Motorola’s curiously-designed Backflip Android smartphone may be headed to AT&T this year, but Chinese buyers will be able to get their hands on it first.  The distinctive folder has gone on sale there for 4,298 yuan ($629) as the Motorola ME600.

The specifications are pretty much as we heard from the Backflip launch back at CES 2010, though with some tweaks to Android in order to suit the Chinese market.  The ME600 has a HVGA touchscreen, HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 5-megapixel camera embedded into the full QWERTY keyboard.

AT&T are expected to get the Motorola Backflip in March 2010; no word on pricing as yet.  Check out our hands-on with the US-spec unit here.

[via Unwired View]