Though the above picture of a Motorola Android device looks innocent enough, don't be fooled--it's a flip phone. And yes, leave it to Motorola to cook up some interesting form factors for Android. After introducing the Backflip, it looks like Motorola has a flip Android phone in the works. But the Motorola Android flip phone isn't the size of your typical flip phone, which could've be neat, it's smartphone sized, which just maks the thing unwieldy. We're not even sure if the 'flip' portion of the phone offers any functionality other than protecting the screen.

The phone is reported to be an engineering prototype and of course looks to run the Motorola favorite, Motoblur. Specs are hard to come by, but we're sure more will be revealed soon. Either way, if Motorola keeps throwing things against the wall, we're sure something will stick, right? Does a flip phone running Android interest you guys?

Hit the jump to see more pictures of the Motorola Flip Android phone. [it168 via engadget]

 
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YUKKKKKKKK!

nutbunnies says:

I think Moto has a deal with the devil where they can only make a good phone once every 5 years or so.

spectre13 says:

MAN IS THIS THING REAL. THE BACKFLIP TO ME IS UGLY MY OPINION. BUT THIS THING MAKE THE BACKFLIP LOOK A LOT BETTER. I CAN'T C ANYBODY IN THE STATES BUYING THIS THING BUT I COULD B WRONG.

jeff275 says:

Beam me up!

androiphone says:

Motorola - killing their market success with far too many products that will compete with themselves and force the company to go under. just look at the british motor industry the similarities are chilling, if you have stock in motorola I'd sell sell sell, things are only going to get worse

at least 17 (needless) new phones this year, just think of the afermarket support and updates your not going to get from them

JohnnyACE562 says:

So you're saying that making a lot of phones on different networks so that you can gain more customers and money is a BAD idea? Come on now. I hate when people try to sound smart. Lest we forget, Motorola STARTED the cell phone industry. The only plausible thing to say would be that they could've designed a lot of their phones way better (Nextel's Motorola i860 for example).

{{-_-}}

joshyth1012 says:

This phone is probably intended for China only. This is in line with how the Moto MING series look like where they use the LiMo OS. and now they are just replacing it with android.

icebike says:

There are a lot of people who still need a flip phone. Construction workers eat them up due to too many smashed screens on regular designs.

Yeah, its ugly, but I bet it gets cleaned up prior to release.

Blueriver says:

Could it be this?

http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2010/04/motorola_3d_image_flip_phon...

This explains all the ugliness of the phone. But if it's really this, it can be pretty amazing.

megagamer44 says:

Palm pre ripoff

moises1204 says:

oh god let this stay in china please...

NickF227 says:

Actually, someone I know, but am not friends with, has a Backflip...Its quite nice in real life. She has tiny hands so it looks huge though. Lmao.

Gunner says:

This has to be their new 3D phone....

“A cover is mechanically coupled to the housing and may be moved to overlie the display. The cover includes an optical element, such as a transparent lenticular material, through which the display may be viewed. The display presents images in two dimensions, and when the cover is “open“, the operator sees the displayed images, for example, diagrams and text, in two dimensions. However, when the cover is “closed“, the operator perceives the images presented through the optical element as three dimensional.”

http://androidandme.com/2010/04/news/will-motorolas-next-android-phone-o...