After some broad hints last month, AT&T has officially announced that it will be offering the Motorola Backflip in a few weeks. This smartphone — which has an unusual reverse-flip keyboard — will be AT&T’s first with Google’s Android OS.
In January, this wireless operator promised to offer a Motorola model that it wouldn’t name but described as an Android OS phone with “a unique form factor” and MotoBlur. This was a clear reference to the Backflip, which had just been unveiled by its maker that week.
Today, AT&T stopped hinting and said that this product will go on sale on March 7 in its retail stores nationwide and through its website.
The Motorola Backflip will sell for $100 after a $100 mail-in rebate. A two-year agreement and smartphone data plan are required to get this price.
An Overview of the Motorola Backflip
This device will have a landscape-oriented keyboard, but won’t be a slider or clamshell. Instead, will have a reverse flip keyboard, so that when this model is closed its keyboard is on the back. This will allow it to set on a a table with its screen flipped up.
It will likely launch with Android 1.5, but but an upgrade to Android 2.1 is coming at some point.
It will include MotoBlur, Motorola’s software that brings together messages from a range of social-networking services like Facebook and Twitter, text messages, as well as consumer and business e-mail accounts, into a universal inbox.
The Motorola Backflip will offer 3G mobile broadband, and also include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
In addition, this smartphone will have a microSD memory card slot, a 5 megapixel camera, a GPS receiver, and a 3.5 mm headset jack.