Is That a Camera Phone In Your Pocket?

Motorola has just announced the new v80 phone, which has a swing-around screen similar to the sexy though not terribly popular v70. The v80 has much better hardware, including an integrated 640×480 camera that can shoot in landscape mode when the screen is moved to 90 deg. But the best imrovement is the spring-loaded mechanism that automatically opens at the touch of a button, revealing the keypad in a smooth ballet of technology. You can imagine how this might be inconvenient or even embarrassing if the screen flipped open at the wrong time, though.

Happy release of this phone is Q2, price not yet known.