Motorola Atrix 4G

AT&T officially announced the launch details for the highly anticipated dual-core Motorola Atrix 4G -- and its gang of uber-cool accessories. Let's just break it down in bullet points, shall we?

  • The phone itself will cost $199 after rebate and two-year contract.
  • Presales start Feb. 13, the phone will be available March 6 "or earlier."
  • You have to have a minimum data service that costs $15 a month.
  • The Atrix and Laptop Dock can be purchased as a package for $499.99 -- after contract and a $100 rebate.
  • There's also an Entertainment Access Kit -- with the HD Multimedia Dock, a Blueooth keyboard and mouse, and remote control. That costs $199.
  • The Laptop dock by itself costs $499.99. (Better to buy it with the phone.)

That's a lot of money, no matter how you look at it. But it's a lot of phone, and a lot of accessories to go with it. Check out our hands-on if you haven't already. For more deets, find the press release after the break.

Unique line of Accessories, Including the Motorola Laptop Dock, Available with Bundled Pricing

DALLAS, Feb. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Key Facts

* AT&T* begins pre-sales for Motorola ATRIX™ 4G on Feb. 13
* Motorola ATRIX 4G, powered by the Android 2.2 platform, available exclusively for AT&T customers for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement.
* Motorola ATRIX 4G is expected to be available from AT&T and select retail channels for customers by March 6 or earlier.
* AT&T will offer bundled pricing for the Motorola ATRIX 4G and the Motorola Laptop Dock.


4G Portfolio

AT&T is the leader in smartphones, and expects to widen that lead in 2011. In January, AT&T committed to an industry-leading Android portfolio in the U.S. in 2011 and said it plans to offer two 4G smartphones in the first quarter. An industry first, the Motorola ATRIX 4G is the leading edge of more than 20 advanced, 4G devices AT&T plans to deliver in 2011. AT&T has completed the deployment of HSPA+ to virtually 100 percent of its mobile broadband network, which enables 4G speeds when combined with enhanced backhaul.

Motorola ATRIX™ 4G

The Motorola ATRIX™ 4G Android 2.2 smartphone will be offered exclusively by AT&T and is the world’s most powerful smartphone. Featuring a 2x1 GHz dual-core processor for a total of 2 GHz of processing power, a unique webtop application, the world's first qHD display, and Adobe flash player, the, ATRIX 4G delivers a remarkable combination of application processing power with 4G speed capability and a high-resolution qHD display, a first for the industry.

It will be complemented by breakthrough accessories that include a revolutionary, super-thin Motorola Laptop Dock -- for which ATRIX 4G is the "engine" -- and the Motorola HD Multimedia Dock that uses ATRIX 4G's HDMI video output capabilities and processing power to enable a revolutionary browsing, application and media experience.

AT&T will offer two special packages for customers who choose to purchase ATRIX 4G in addition to these unique accessories. The first combines ATRIX 4G and the Motorola Laptop Dock for a promotional price of $499.99 after a two-year service contract and $100 mail-in-rebate after subscription to Data Pro smartphone data plan and tethering add on. Customers who choose to purchase the Motorola Laptop Dock separately pay $499.99. AT&T is also offering an Entertainment Access Kit for ATRIX customers which includes the Motorola HD Multimedia Dock, a Bluetooth® keyboard and mouse, and a remote control for $189.99.

Motorola ATRIX 4G will also include AT&T Mobile Hotspot service built into the smartphone, allowing users to connect additional Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

AT&T U-verse® TV customers will be able to manage their DVR recordings - and U-verse customers with a qualifying TV plan can download and watch hit TV shows – right from their ATRIX 4G handset using the U-verse Mobile application. In addition, any ATRIX 4G user, whether or not they have U-verse TV at home, can still enjoy a variety of video options - including live TV - with the new U-verse Live TV application, preloaded and available for $9.99 a month.

For more information, visit www.att.com/atrix4G. For photos and more information about presales for ATRIX 4G, visit www.att.com/mobilephones-news.

Quotes

"Motorola ATRIX 4G stole the show at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and we're delivering ATRIX 4G and its truly innovative line of accessories for our customers very soon," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "Any smartphone customer looking for the most powerful and innovative solution on the market has to consider the ATRIX 4G."

"Today consumers use their smartphones to stay constantly connected to the information that matters to them most. The Motorola ATRIX 4G along with our webtop application and innovative docks enable a truly mobile computing experience never before possible on a smartphone," said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president, portfolio and product device management, Motorola Mobility.

1. Mobile broadband coverage is not available in all areas. 4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Will be available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. Learn more at att.com/network.

2. Motorola ATRIX 4G: Requires a minimum data service starting at $15/month. Two-year voice agreement required. Qualified customers only. Motorola ATRIX 4G is configured to work only with the wireless services provided by AT&T. Early termination fee of up to $325. Price of ATRIX 4G and Motorola Laptop Dock package is before $100 mail-in-rebate AT&T Promotion card & with 2-yr DataConnect agreement is $599.99. Allow 60 days for fulfillment. Card valid for 120 days wherever major credit cards accepted. May be used to pay wireless bill. Not redeemable for cash & cannot be used at ATMs or gas pumps. Card request must be postmarked by 4/20/11. Must be a customer for 30 consecutive days to receive Card. Some restrictions & other charges apply. See terms at store or att.com/wirelessrebate.

3. Laptop Dock - Firefox browser use with AT&T Mobile Broadband requires Tethering Plan.

4. Mobile Hotspots and Tethered devices require at a minimum a DataPro Tethering Plan. Devices connected to a Mobile Hotspot or tethered to the ATRIX 4G use data from your DataPro Tethering Plan. Tethering Plans are not unlimited and significant charges may be incurred if the included data allowance is exceeded. Performance may vary depending on the number of devices connected and other factors.

5. Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse services. Call or go to www.att.com/u-verse to see if you qualify. Download and watch capability available for select content and requires select devices, Wi-Fi connection, and qualifying U-verse TV plan or monthly subscription fee. Standard data charges may apply. AT&T U-verse Live TV requires compatible device, eligible data plan, and mobile broadband service. Service not available in all areas. Programming subject to blackout restrictions. Data rates apply.

6. Price established by AT&T for AT&T-owned retail outlets. Prices may vary at independent retailers.

 

Reader comments

AT&T announces Atrix 4G launch details: $199 on contract, available March 6 (or earlier), pre-order Feb. 13

48 Comments

It's just a shame that AT&T did away with unlimited data plans since their network can't handle the traffic because it looks like a sweet phone otherwise.

$500 for a dock is just stupid. Very few people will buy this phone. Not that important to me though. I am not on AT&T. :)

i agree. There will be ppl that buy this dock no doubt about it. But I highly doubt alot. It's just doesnt make sense to get a dock that is that expensive.

Seriously. $500 for a keyboard + screen is absurd. And you have to add a tethering plan on top of the data plan to use it!

I think the Atrix will probably be a kick-ass phone, but the rest of it is insanity.

The Dock is going to be $300? For $150 it was a good deal, but for $300 it is getting close to netbook price.

Has there been any official word of when this might get Gingerbread? Feeling burned enough by Samsung with my Captivate that I might try to finagle an early upgrade to get this.

Addendum: I think $199 for the phone itself is a fair price, considering the screen and internals, but the dock pricing (for both of them) is indeed outrageous.

I agree with you on the phone price (199). That's pretty much average I think, especially when you take into account the phones internals. However, the dock costs are outrageous, and add onto that they want to charge you for tethering if you use the laptop dock...nah, don't think so. I think the laptop dock is going to be a major crash and burn as far as sales; had they not tacked on the tethering, it would have eased teh sting of the initial cost. As many others have said, take that 300/500 and get yourself a decent netbook.

The dock is $190. The lapdock is $500 or $300 with the purchase of the phone.

The dock shouldn't come with a keyboard and mouse and shouldn't cost any more than $100.

Any more than $200 for the lapdock and it's not worth getting.

Woh Woh Woh....does number 3 say that using firefox with the lapdock will require tethering plan?!?!?!?!?!

i see that too. that kills the the laptop dock if you have to have the tethering plan. hopefully that is an error (not likely) or rooting will be available for the phone and will go around this requirement.

The Entertainment Kit is actually $189.99 (need to be corrected on your bullet points).

Assuming the multimedia dock is $69.99, the bluetooth keyboard and mouse combo for $120 is just discouraging.

and yeah, using the laptopdock forces you to buy their tethering plan = :( ...wonder if you can buy the dock separately at a later time and use it without letting them know you don't have a tethering plan...

I'll wait this one out for the price to drop.

I plan to wait a month after release to make sure there are no issues with the phone. It will be hard to wait! Not interested in the laptop dock, but maybe the multimedia dock. Have unlimted data on AT&T. Once everything looks good, goodby captivate and samsung!

I think a piece of me died when I read the accessory prices and the Tethering Plan requirement for the "laptop" dock. Com'on AT&T!

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

$300-$500 for a dock? I can buy a netbook/decent laptop for that price. $150 was good. $200 would have been the most I would have paid. This is ridiculous. Still, the Atrix is well priced, better than the $250 rumors, worse than the $150, but that was a little excessive :p

Well looks like Verizon will get the chance to sling the TB out at their over $200 price tag.. once compared to this the TB is not priced out bad... Wonder what Moto will do with the Bionic...

So much for the Atrix, looks like I might be investing in the Inspire now. I would have put up with motoblur and a locked bootlegger, but with these prices, idk anymore. Awful news.

Yeah...kind of a disappointing, "let-down" announcement. If it was available sooner than March 6, I'd consider waiting for it.

On the other hand, the dock pricing doesn't bother me so much, since I was planning on an Otterbox for this phone anyway, I was trying to figure out how I would use an otterbox and dock simultaneously (hint: you can't).

Just buy the dock separately.
Comes out the same pretty much with the bundle plus fees.

$20 for tethering plan x 12 = $240 + $500 bundle = $740

$200 for phone + $500 dock = $700.

not sure how that laptop dock will work if you buy a separately later on down the line.

" needs tethering plan to run firefox " etc etc.

I'm sure the android community will figure something out.

is there fees for the 4G service? or is that 4G service during the summer?

Actually, your missing something. It would be $20 tethering plan x24. It would cost $280 more over two years, but you would get 2Gb extra data per month.

I guess I'll stick with my Captivate with Cognition and Mobile AP built in along with my CR-48 Notebook. This thing is damn expensive!

That's funny they think they can charge $500 for the laptop dock. I'm sure that when the phone is docked in laptop mode it still is less powerful than a netbook which you can find for $200-300. $500 is silly, I just bought a 17" Core i5 laptop with a discrete midrange video card for $560.

I too am wondering can you buy this off contract? Anybody know? If not, I'll probably be heading to LG as i'm in Europe and not on AT&T
Cheers

You know i was proud of At&t after all the dissapointment with my ridiculous captivate. Its like finally we dont have a highend device that will be one of the best android devives. But calm on a laptop that based on the different hands on ppl say internet is a little.choppy. Why would you pay that for just ok working service when you could buy a netbokk. Thats ridiculous. And tethering. I think its fair to say all of us at att are really dissapointed.

I was thinking of getting this or the Inspire off contract to replace my Captivate...but after seeing those prices, seeing that the Inspire is basically an Evo without the FFC and never trusting Samsung ever again...I'll just wait and see.

Motorola first cripples the phone by putting it on AT&T, and now AT&T kills it with the pricing. Welcome to the OS/2 of smartphones.

Wow. Great way to take the most anticipated phone of the CES and decrease it's chance of success 10fold. Due to HTC's pricing of the Inspire being only $99 I don't see how the Atrix could sell at all except to people with too much money to burn.

I don't know why you brought the Inspire into this convo, anyone who wants this phone or any top end phone wouldn't think about the Inspire for a second.

Thick - BGR report
1230 mah - so you're wasting $ on a new battery anyways
4GB storage
bt 2.1 - really? I don't use BT, but what a joke

The one highlight might be the RAM, though it'd still have less than the Atrix, but on Android phones I wait until there is widespread confirmation before assuming that isn't just the app storage partition.

It's got a really really big screen and a front facing camera (which AT&T is probably trying to figure out how to charge to use). And the fact is I like TouchWiz better than Blur (not to say it's GOOD but it's an improvement). You're right about the battery but you can do a lot with a 4.5 inch phone (might not need my Nook anymore).

The Inspire is not going to compete with the Atrix, it's there for the bargain shoppers (comparatively anyway). I figure the Infuse and Atrix will be after the same super-duper-phone market though.

I figured that they weren't going to give the docking pieces away but I wasn't expecting upwards of $500.00 each. That's just insanity. The prices for the docking stuff will have to drop if they expect the concept to go anywhere. My contract isn't up for another year (and I'm on Verizon) so I'm happy to wait. I'm worried, though, that if the thing flops too badly then similar devices won't make it to other carriers.

Are you listening, Motorola?

The $199 for the phone is reasonable. That's where reasonable ends though. $500 is insane for a netbook, much less a dock without RAM, CPU or storage. And requiring a tethering plan to tether your non-laptop to your phone (basically accessing the internet with your phone) is silly. AT&T had such a good thing going here, and yet they managed to kill it. No one will buy the laptop dock at that price, and the docks are the whole reasoning behind the ATRIX for me. I may have just been pushed over to the Infuse 4G.

I could theoretically afford it, but requiring a tethering plan to attach a keyboard and screen to my phone is just taking things too far.

From what I have seen and read, it looks like the Atrix is the heart of the laptop dock, but with AT&T making you get the tethering add-on, they are treating like a whole other device and not the extension of the phone that it should be.

AT&T is so full of IT and themselves.

Wow! Since I signed a new contract about 4 months ago, it would probably cost me around $1200 if I wanted to get the phone and both docks. Craigslist here I come.

Finally. I'm so glad I returned my crappy X10 from Dec. Now I'm ready for a upgrade beginning of March I will pre-order my Atrix then after this billing cycle Ill add and keep my unlimited data package. I CAN'T WAIT. thanks for a great phone AT&T that doesn't have to deal with Iphone.