Motorola is set to add to its line up of quirky smartphones with the forthcoming Android-based Flipout.
The Flipout is so called because it has a full QWERTY keypad hidden beneath the screen which comes out in a rotating, spinning and indeed flipping motion.
The handset was seen in some spy shots a few weeks ago and it made an impact not just for its odd flip design, but also for its completely square body and screen.
This has been retained for the finished product and the 2.8-inch display is touch sensitive and not capable of displaying widescreen content without black bars, which is something other smartphones can achieve.
A three megapixel camera, Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS for navigation mark out this mobile as a mid-range smartphone that is solid rather than revolutionary. It should be available without a huge price tag, which will make it ideal as a messaging mobile for teens and young adults.
Version 2.1 of the Android operating system is onboard, complete with the Motoblur interface that Motorola adds to all of its latest smartphones.
Network provider Orange is bringing the Flipout to UK customers in the coming weeks, so fans of smartphones that stand out from the crowd should keep their eyes peeled for pricing and availability announcements.