CES 2010: Motorola Backflip joins the Android party

Motorola has followed up last year's offerings of the Dext and the Milestone by unveiling the Backflip at CES, a new addition to its Android family.Th

Motorola has followed up last year's offerings of the Dext and the Milestone by unveiling the Backflip at CES, a new addition to its Android family.

The handset does a similar trick to the Nokia N97, but the opposite way round – sliding up to show off a full QWERTY keyboard and then folding back on itself (Backflip, geddit?) to "tabletop mode" for listening to music, watching videos or showing off photos. It even doubles up as a bedside alarm clock.

Specwise, you can expect a high-res 3.1-inch HVGA screen, which features a new touch panel on the back called "Backtrack". This enables you to flick through photos, texts and emails without covering up any of the main screen with your chubby digits.

There's also 3G and Wifi connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with flash and aGPS, not to mention the MotoBlur content delivery system like the Dext, pulling your social networks, emails and phone content together in one place.

The Backflip is expected to hit shelves in Q1 this year, but no exact dates or prices were available. We'll be sure to keep you updated, but in the meantime let us know what you think to the Backflip, check out our Milestone and Dext reviews and all our other CES stuff below.

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Watch our CES 2010 preview video and CES 2010 press day round up video

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Hands on with Google Nexus One, Intel InfoScape, Skype on TV and the Alex eReader

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