Motorola has announced a new Android smartphone, the Flipout.
It’s not called that because when the signal drops and it cuts your phone conversation off, you’ll go nuts, hurl the thing on the floor and stamp on it.
Rather, it’s because of the Qwerty keyboard that nestles under the screen and swivels out, hence it “flips out”.
Aside from the swivelling keyboard, the smartphone is an unusual square shape, with the idea being to keep it a very compact unit.
Motorola will doubtless be hoping it will benefit from the Smiths Square Crisps effect, where people are more likely to buy a product just because it looks different.
Other specs are a 2.8 inch screen, a 3 megapixel camera, an FM radio, 512MB of storage, bluetooth, salt and vinegar wi-fi, and cheese and onion GPS.
As you can tell, it’s a lower end phone, although pricing has yet to be confirmed.
The Flipout will run Android 2.1, and Motorola’s own Motoblur interface. More news on pricing and tariffs – Orange will be adding this one to its repertoire – when we hear it.
Bet you’re dying to nosh a packet of crisps now…