Motorola Flipout

The Motorola Flipout (Model Number MB511, also styled FLIPOUT) is a phone made by Motorola and released in June 2010. Its touchscreen is 2.8 inches in size. It also has a 3.2-megapixel camera and comes in a wide variety of colors such as "Poppy Red", "Brilliant Blue″, "Licorice Black", "White", and "Saffron". However, in Australia, only "Poppy Red" and "Licorice Black" are available. The Flipout runs on Android 2.1 (codenamed Eclair). Its square-shaped body has two parts that rotate near the bottom-right corner to reveal a five-row QWERTY keyboard below the screen. It has an accelerometer and includes a web browser with Adobe Flash Lite 3.0. It also has a 720 MHz processor with a QVGA 320x240 pixel display.[1]

Motorola Flipout
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Availability by region17 October 2010 (United States)
16 June 2010 (United Kingdom)
26 January 2012 (Botswana)
Form factorSwivel smartphone
Dimensions67 mm (2.6 in) (h)
67 mm (2.6 in) (w)
17 mm (0.67 in) (d)
Mass120 g (4.2 oz)
Operating systemAndroid 2.1 (can be upgraded to unofficial Cyanogenmod 7.1 (Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread)
CPU720 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP3410 processor
Memory512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM
Removable storageSupports up to 32 GB microSD
Battery1170 mAh
Internal rechargeable removable lithium-ion battery
Data inputscapacitive touchscreen display, QWERTY keyboard
Display320 x 240 px, 2.8 in (71 mm), QVGA, 256k color LCD
Rear camera3.2-megapixel
ConnectivityWi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.1, MicroUSB, A-GPS
Quad band GSM 850 900 1800 1900 MHz GPRS/EDGE
Dual band UMTS 850 1900 MHz (US), UMTS 900 2100 MHz (UK) HSDPA/HSUPA (7.2/2 Mbit/s)

General featuresEdit

  • The phone is built on Android 2.1, and features Motoblur, which integrates multiple social network service sites on the homescreen.


The Flipout replaces the bigger Backflip. The specifications according to the Motorola website as of October 2010 are:[2]

  • Model MB511
  • Screen size: 3.1-in.
  • Screen resolution: QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
  • Weight: 4.2 oz (120 g)
  • Size: 53.0 × 108.0 × 15.3 mm
  • Input devices: QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen
  • Battery: 1170 mAh Lithium-Ion 3.7 V Motorola BT60
  • Processor: 720 mHz
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • ROM: 512 MB
  • Memory: up to 32 GB microSD
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth: 2.1 + EDR and A2DP
  • GPS receiver, accelerometer
  • Dual microphone with noise cancellation
  • 3.1 megapixels


Users may customize the phone by installing apps through the Android Market; however, some carriers (AT&T) do not give users the option to install non-market apps onto the Flipout (a policy they have continued with all of their Android phones and which was already in effect with the Backflip).[3] Users can circumvent this limitation by manually installing 3rd party apps using the tools included with the SDK while the device is connected to a desktop.

System upgradesEdit

Android 2.3Edit

Since Motorola won't provide further updates for the Flipout, CyanogenMod 7.2 (Android 2.3.7) is used to update the device beyond official releases.[4][5] Work was carried out at Xda-developers to update the Flipout to Android Gingerbread.[6]

Root accessEdit

The Flipout was successfully "rooted" (manipulated to provide Superuser access). This allowed installing and launching custom software, and root access on the phone using a Terminal emulator. Later on, the Flipout was rooted using APK applications such as Superuser Permissions.[6]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Motorola Flipout with Motoblur". Motorola. 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2011-06-06.
  2. ^ "Motorola" (PDF). Motorola_US. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
  3. ^ "AT&T blocks non-market apps from Motorola flipout". FierceMobileIT. Archived from the original on 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
  4. ^ "CyanogenMod Downloads". Retrieved 2015-09-06.
  5. ^ "Motorola Flipout - cyanogenmod 7 (2.3.7)". Retrieved 2015-09-06.
  6. ^ a b "[HOWTO][CM7] Install 2.3.7 GB on MB511". XDA Developers. Retrieved 2015-09-06.

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