The picture above, under all the blurriness, is the Motorola Motus, Motorola's next Android phone. It definitely shares a significant resemblance to the Motorola CLIQ but comes off with more sleekness. The keyboard is very flat looking but the buttons look pretty sizable, at least there's no d-pad to throw off the symmetry. What's most interesting to us is that the Motus looks like it could have an interesting slide/flip mechanism, from our perspective it looks like the screen and the keyboard look like they're completely side-by-side with little overlap.

Here are the specs [via androidandme]:

  • 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A
  • 512 MB ROM / 256 MB RAM
  • 3.1 inch display 320 x 480 (HVGA)
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • WiFi / Bluetooth 2.0 / GPS
  • Android 1.5 with MOTOBLUR
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 W-CDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
  • Reverse flip keyboard
  • Rear directional touchpad

We're not exactly sure what 'Reverse flip keyboard' means exactly other than it's different from your typical reveal of the keyboard. The 'Rear directional touchpad' is easier to determine but still confusing in how it'll be executed, really a touchpad on the back of a phone? In any case, it looks like the Motorola Motus will join the CLIQ and extend the MOTOBLUR family! We'll definitely keep an eye on this!

 
There are 3 comments

c3PreO says:

Kinda brings back memories of the old Sharp Wizard and Casio PDAs

Anonymous says:

Not sure what pic you're looking at, but there is clearly overlap between the screen half and keyboard half. Look at the curved corners where the two sections overlap, and the bottom of the screen surround. The screen surround is clearly covering up part of the keyboard surround.

I guess keyboard symmetry is nice, if you value appearance more than functionality. But I've yet to find a hard interface device that is more intuitive and easier to use than a D-pad.

peetee says:

he Motus has quad-band GSM connectivity and – weird enough – it looks like it also supports the 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz WCDMA bands, which means that both AT&T and T-Mobile could launch it.
http://bit.ly/motorola-motus-overview