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Orange Cuts Price Of Motorola Flipout To £49.99

Orange has chopped the price of the Motorola Flipout smartphone to a staggeringly low £49.99, when buying a £20 top up (see the screen capture below).

That's down from £182 SIM free from Clove. The handset has been on the market for less than one year and differs from the regular candybar design by adopting a rather peculiar square flipout combination, which will divide users.

When closed, the Flipout looks like an oversized cosmetic box measuring 67mm on each side with a 2.8-inch QVGA capacitive screen, which is a tad smaller than the HTC Wildfire.

When opened, it shows a full QWERTY physical keyboard complete with a separate number row and even a trackpad.

Hardware wise, it comes with 512MB RAM, a TI OMAP3410 SoC which is a 600MHz Cortex A8 with a PowerVR SGX530 GPU, better than any smartphone we've seen under £200 (that includes the HTC Wildfire and the ZTE Blade).

It runs on Android 2.1 Froyo with Motorola's own user interface, Motoblur, bringing together social network access as well as a host of useful features.

Apart from having onboard GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a microSD card slot, 2GB onboard memory, an FM radio and a three-megapixel rear camera, the Flipout weighs a tiny 120g but is a chunky 17mm thick. You can read a review of the handset on our sister website, ITreviews.