December 18, 2014

Motorola Backflip Headed to AT&T

moto_enzo_01Our friends over at phandroid were just passed along some images of the Motorola Motus.  According to their tipster, we can start calling this one the Enzo, however it might be Backflip by the time it rolls out.  The images finally help us understand just how the hinges and backflipping is going to work.

The keyboard is “always revealed and flips from the back as you can see in the picture. When the keyboard is open a touchpad on the back of the phone is revealed which allows you to easily scroll through webpages and apparently it works very well.”

Like the Cliq, the handset is based off of MOTOBLUR with the Android 1.5 backbone.   In a move that reminds us of Verizon would do, it appears AT&T is branding the phone with their own apps and yanking out the Google stuff.  This doesn’t come as a surprise as it echoes sentiments expressed by CEO Ralph de la Vega earlier this year.

I mean, the whole idea behind Android is that it’s gonna be an open OS, and so I don’t wanna roll an open OS to market that has primarily Google apps on it, and I think that’s gonna happen. I mean, I see a lot of activity, I think it’s got a good future, and I think it makes a lot of sense that the OS is open-source, separate from Google apps that are also very good.

Based on the pictures, we can see the following AT&T titles loaded on the Enzo.

  • Yahoo! Search
  • AT&T Navigator
  • AT&T Music
  • AT&T Radio
  • AT&T Maps
  • Appcenter

The phone itself is said to have a 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A processor, a 5MP camera and LED flash, a 3.1 inch touchscreen, 512 MB ROM, and 256 MB RAM.

So what do you think?

Any AT&T customers want to weigh in on what you think of the potential first crack at Android? Hit or Miss?  Does the word ‘flagship’ come to mind when you look at it?



  • Jonathan L.

    Oooh, AT&T Maps. Yeeeah. You can tell AT&T is real serious about Android with this stunner.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/pinoytutorial pinoytutorial

      One of the things that interests us MOST is that physical QWERTY keyboard on the back. Our tipster says its always revealed and flips from the back as you can see in the picture. When the keyboard is open a touchpad on the back of the phone is revealed which allows you to easily scroll through webpages and apparently it works very well
      slightly thinner, slightly shorter both length and width, and lighter than the G1. Hmm, that's more like it. backflip Details: http://bit.ly/moto-backlip-details-best-worst

  • http://www.vitabits.fr/antioxidant/co-enzyme-q10-30mg/16309 Co Enzyme

    Hi,
    So, AT&T is starting by crippling Android of some of it's key features…

  • Vladimir Kelman

    Sounds absolutely crazy: Yahoo! Search on Android (i.e. Google) phone, AT&T Maps instead of Google maps. Who in the world would want such a phone? I won't.

    • Vladimir Kelman

      I already use Android Dev Phone 1 on AT&T network for a whole year. It was very good and becomes more and more exciting: wonderful Cyanogen MOD, Android Market with interesting applications, Google Maps with turn-by-turn navigation, Google Voice…. and a complete freedom.

    • mariah

      u just suck thats why u dont like it

  • allen pain

    Thank goodness,
    Let AT&T have this turkey. Nexus here i come!!!

  • maleek34k

    eh I'm happily running my G1 on the ATT network until the X10 comes out or another phone catches my eye. While i have no problem with the G1's performance i refuse to buy a new phone that's the same or worse than the one i've had for a year or two. (same processor and Android 1.6 G1 > 1.5 Backflip)

  • sisterchick

    I'm on ATT with a Cyanogenmod G1 too. I love the freedom to use the apps I want – not what ATT wants me to have. Yahoo vs Google? ATT Maps vs Google? Are you kidding? I also love the freedom of not being under anyone's contract. Because I'm legacy on ATT, I'm not using a data plan but MediaNet. I'm thinking NexusOne for my next phone if it'll do the ATT network.

  • anakin78z

    I'm curious, how many Droids have sold vs. the Cliq? Is there really that much of a market for these 'meh' phones that motorola is focusing on them rather than making more phones like the Droid?

  • http://androidnutz.blogspot.com Jeremy Bumgarner

    I agree with allen pain. why would we want to back track to 1.5? I have tmob g1 and didnt even consider getting the cliq or the behold.

  • Khalilah

    I was excited when I heard about the phone. I want an android phone with the google apps not at&t apps. I mean I’ve been with AT&T when it was cellular one, but I’d rather wait for the nexus if it is not a hoax. Or I will just get the :cough:iphone:cough:

  • shaneaus

    I've been on ATT with a G1 almost since the G1 went to market. I love ATT in my area as the cell phone coverage here is second to none. The 3G leaves a little to be desired – BUT, I MUST have good cell phone coverage.

    Not to excited about the backflip! SAME processor as my outdated G1 – AND, I have heard really mixed reviews about MotoBlur. I'll probably wait even LONGER for the next Android device for ATT.

    Now that ATT has found out what they want on an Android device there will be more that come along.

    All I have to do is wait for it to be rooted and I can take all that ATT CRAP!! off my phone and update it as desired. That was what I have done with all my ATT phones since I was with WInMo devices!!!

  • James

    Haha yahoo search. I think AT&T is trying to make sure that they don't see a lot of bandwidth used up by people with this phone.

    "I can't find anything…"

  • @AndrejVl

    Processor is #fail should be the snapdragon 1ghz!!!

  • http://www.jfseostudio.com jfseostudio.com

    yeah it does need a better processor. The flip feature is cool.. Motorolla has come out with come good ones.

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  • June Reich

    In regard to Motorola’s Backflip on AT&T, can anyone tell me how do you activate the flash when you’re taking a photo?

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