The MotoBlock Could Actually Be Real, Dubbed The Motorola Twist


Last night, we reported on a picture that landed into the inbox of PhoneDog’s John Walton. We didn’t know what to think of this perky little thing, at first, and we asked you guys to give your opinion on it. After just half a day of torturing ourselves trying to figure this thing out, someone has already done the work for us.


AndroidFrance got their hands on a screen capture today that gives us a run-through of specs. We derived the phone’s name from the phone’s tagline: Networking With A Twist. Supposedly launching June 2010 (to what carriers? we don’t know yet) this slide-up candy bar seems to be spec’d for the teen texter/tweeter/facebooker as its smaller screen size and resolution would gear to that market nicely.


One thing that stood out to me is that the phone would supposedly support a fully-functional multi-touch browser with – wait for it – flash support! I’m not sure how reliable that information is, but we’ll take anything at this point.

Here’s a quick list of specs that will supposedly power this social square:

  • Size: 67 x 67 x 15.8mm
  • Networks: WCDMA/HSPA: 850/1900
  • GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • Display: 2.8″ QVGA 320 x 240 Touchscreen
  • Web: HTML, Flash with multi-touch
  • Camera: 3mp
  • Video: Capture/Playback/Streaming, H.263, MPEG-4, WMV v9
  • Intenral Memory: 512 MB flash, 256 MB RAM
  • Memory card: microSD card up to 32GB
  • WLAN: 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth: 2.1 with EDR
  • GPS/aGPS
  • Battery: 940 mAh
  • Special Features: MOTOBLUR 1.5, 3.5mm audio jack, removable/customizable rear covers
  • Chipset: OMAP 3410, 700mhz

Well that was a lot to take in all at once! I’m not sure where this screenshot was taken, exactly,  but it appears to be some sort of Motorola portfolio page – for what reason it exists, I don’t know, but I’m definitely going to take it with a grain of salt. To be honest, after reading the list of specs behind this little gem, it’s beginning to grow on me. Is that weird? Nah, didn’t think so.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. If it does have “flash support” it’s most likely flash lite just like the HTC Hero among other handsets :)

  2. Really? This thing might be real? How can a company that comes out with the Droid drop this turd?

  3. I love the idea of having a squarish phone. Motoroal has really stepped up their game lately with Android. I’m not sold on MotoBLUR, but I’m sure HTC will be pushing something similar in the near future.

  4. I can see this phone being pushed for teenage use. For easy SMS. And work like a small mp3 player.

  5. @Nick – They have Friend Stream on the new Desire

  6. I think its a cute little thing! Definitely wouldn’t replace my Nexus One, but looks like it would be fun to play with/type on!

  7. Hmmm… Specs say 1.5 and Photo says 2.1…

  8. Fragmentation you got to love it. That is weird how the specs say 1.5 but the live wallpaper in the background is 2.1.

  9. 1.5 refers to the motoblur version.
    isn’t it possible the motoblur version is not directly related to the supported android version?

    btw, seeing the specs does make it slightly more appealing.
    QVGA means atleast a large portion of apps will still display properly, i expected SQVGA or SVGA resolution which would probably have been a first for android, and cause a lot of aspect ratio problems.

  10. Note: Photo says Android 2.1, specs say MOTOBLUR 1.5, nothing about the OS! Just saying!

  11. @darkseider – they obviously ate too much fiber to drop this turd… to answer your question.

  12. I’d love to where people are seeing Android 2.1 here. The only 2.1 I see refers to the bluetooth version.

  13. @NotRelevent, they’re not looking at the specs, they’re looking at the picture. The phone has a 2.1 live wallpaper on it.

  14. I think the specs are pretty good. Omap 3 uses a cortex a8 processor, and if it really is 700mhz, it should be faster than a droid. This also makes me think that the flash support might not be just the lite version.

  15. @Carl (1st comment) – It’s possible it might have the real deal. It may have Flash 10.1 which Adobe is finishing up to work with many handsets. Some phones have flash lite right now, but Flash 10.1 is in progress to release the first half of 2010 (which hopefully doesn’t get pushed back).

  16. I have seen an engineering sample of the phone. It is not a slider, the display rotates on to the top.

  17. It would be stupid for Motorola to call it the Twist since Nokia recently had a phone w/ a rotating display named the Twist. There would probably be trademark issues with using that name as well.

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