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 Motorola ATRIX HD Available now
10th July 2012

The Motorola ATRIX HD is a big-screen dual-core Android smartphone that ships with Android 4.0 ICS, coming into Motorola's range at one step above the Motorola RAZR.

Initial indications are that the ATRIX HD will ship to AT&T in the US and Bell in Canada, but there is nothing in the phone's specifications that would prevent it from working with other carriers. The ATRIX HD supports quad-band UMTS/HSPA and GSM and dual-band LTE, so it should work worldwide.

The main features of the ATRIX HD are the 4.5" 720 x 1280 pixel display enhanced with ColorBoost technology that Motorola says gives the handset more vibrant and sharper images. On the back is an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video capture capabilities, plus a 1.3 megapixel video calling camera on the front. Inside is a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU coupled with 1GB of RAM. The ATRIX HD has a microSD slot, although it isn't clear how much flash memory it has internally.

The ATRIX HD has inherited the Kevlar back from the RAZR, although it's a little thicker than the RAZR at 8.4mm thick with a footprint of 134 x 70mm. The ATRIX HD weighs 140 grams and comes with a 1780 mAh battery.

 Motorola ATRIX HD This is an Android 4.0 device (although remember that Android 4.1 is now available on some rival devices) and as such it has dispensed with the physical buttons on the front, reserving an area of the screen for them instead. All the usual Android features are here such as WiFi, 3.5G support, GPS, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. There's a media player but no FM radio, but there is an HDMI port and when combined with the 720p HD display this should be a very decent portable media player.

Motorola have added several business-friendly features such as VPN support, although we suspect that the big-battery RAZR MAXX might be a better choice for many customers. There are also a wide range of accessories available including vehicle docks, media docks and netbook-style "Lapdocks".

The ATRIX HD will be available from AT&T this month, and on Bell Canada during the summer. If you're in the market for one of these SIM-free then at the moment you are out of luck, although our guess is that it will be around €500 to €550 when (or if) it gets generally released worldwide.

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Motorola ATRIX HD at a glance

Available:

Q3 2012

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

UMTS 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA+
+ WiFi

Screen:

4.5" 720 x 1280 pixels

Camera:

8 megapixels (main)

1.3 megapixels (sub)

Size:

Medium-large tablet smartphone

134 x 70 x 8mm / 140 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

MicroSD

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Optional

GPS:

Yes

OS:

Android 4.0

Battery life:

11 hours talk / 8.5 days standby (LTE)

1780 mAh cell

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