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Price Of Motorola Flipout Drops To £100

Motorola is continuing to clear out stocks of the Flipout, a process that started back in May at Orange and continues at online retailers, as the Google-owned company shifts its focus elsewhere.

The device is currently available (opens in new tab) for £100 at Expansys; it is unlocked and the price includes free delivery. What sets it apart from other handsets (and potentially caused its downfall) is its bold form factor.

The upper part of the Flipout's body rotates to reveal a square QWERTY keyboard; this means that the device is thicker than most (at 17mm) but feels tiny thanks to its 67mm square form factor. Close it and it transforms into a touchscreen device with a 2.8-inch QVGA capacitive display.

The rest of its configuration is rather impressive; there's a Cortex A8-based SoC, a TI OMAP3410 chipset clocked at 600MHz with a PowerVR SGX530 GPU, that's basically what powers the iPhone 3GS which costs four times that price.

Also in the mix is 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, a 2GB microSD card upgradable to 32GB, a 3.15-megapixel camera, microUSB, Wi-Fi, Android OS 2.1 (not upgradable to Froyo or Gingerbread) and Bluetooth. Considering its size, Motorola has bundled a smallish 1130mAh battery which can give up to 4h30min talk time and up to 380 hours on standby mode in 3G.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.