Motorola Atrix 4G on AT&T

Today Motorola and AT&T announced the Motorola Atrix, arguably the most advance Android device to hit AT&T. For you tech folks, here’s the breakdown:

  • Android 2.2 (presumably upgradeable to Gingerbread  Android 2.3) with MotoBlur (nope – they haven’t abandoned this branding).
  • NVIDIA Tegra dual core processor offering a total of 2GHz of processing.
  • 4" QHD display with 24-bit color graphics.
  • 1 GB RAM with 16 GB of onboard storage.
  • A micro SDHC slot that supports up to 32 GB for a total of 48 GB of useable storage space (HD video anyone?)
  • Fingerprint recognition reader ensures secure authenticated access past the lock screen.
  • Dual microphone noise recognition for clear crisp conference calls and video capture.
  • Front-facing VGA video camera for web conferencing and chat.
  • 1930 mAh battery to power this monster device.
  • 5MP camera.

The most fascinating feature of this device is the HD Dock. The dock has an HDMI port that plugs into a monitor or TV for quick access to music, pictures, and videos. Motorola offers a unique and easy to use interface to access and display media content.

Another cool accessory is the Atrix laptop dock. The Atrix is running a full version of Firefox and Flash and is capable of displaying this content via the laptop dock, all powered by the phone. Road warriors will appreciate the ability to access the web, edit documents, and make calls without ever touching the phone.

Pricing and availability was not announced.

The Atrix will also be available on Bell Canada and Orange UK.

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Hands-on with the Motorola Atrix 4G

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lmbo, you must be one of the lucky ones...my "CAPTIVATE" works great as does the GPS without rooting it. Anyway this phone is definitely an upgrade compared to ALL the phones currently on AT&T.

Even with the huge battery, I wonder how these dual core phones will run. I really don't think we're ready for dual core with the current battery tech.

you must not have watched the Press Conference this morning when AT&T announced 4G. Try to be knowledgable on things before you comment on them

HSPA+ is not a 4G technology, and during the conference they announced they wouldn't actually have a 4G network, LTE, until 2012. Marketing idiots have decided to relabel HSPA+ as a 4G technology, when in fact, it's even less of a 4G technology than current iterations of LTE and WiMax. Try to be knowledgeable on things before you comment on them. Also, learn to spell "knowledgeable" before making snide remarks.

I wish you could just add the two cores together to get an effective 2ghz proc for stuff not designed for dual core procs.

ALRIGHT!!!I may switch from my BB Torch to this or open another line to get this baby.Finally,ATT has a badass that can compete w/the Evo4g and better...UPGRADE!!

You are such a dip-wad. Sprint was the first with 4G. Verizon still has NO 4G network at the moment... they will soon. Meanwhile Sprint has covered MILLIONS of users with 4G for most of last year.

AT&T is so far away from 4G it isn't even funny.

+1 for the Sprint 4G network. However, VZW does have a 4G network but it's limited and only accessible with a USB dongle.

I just laugh at AT&T's 4G...

Clearly you haven't seen AT&T's HSPA+ and LTE plans. It's by far the best I've seen from any network. Maybe running behind the rest but for good reason. Have fun leaving Wimax or Verizon LTE zones and dropping to 1mb download speeds at best on CDMA 3g.

Actually, if you had been paying attention you'd know that with AT&T now on HSPA+ all 4 big networks have 4G. The ITU recently changed the standards for what is considered 4G to include LTE, WiMax, and HSPA+. Really though, even if they didn't, I don't see why somebody on every 4G related post I see has to jump in and say "no one haz 4G's, k?"

I like the dock idea but I think a cooler or neater design would have been to use a laptop shell with a cutout where a trackpad normally would be. slide the phone into this cutout making contact with an embedded connector so that the phone's dock capability is now activated and the phone itself becomes a trackpad using the touchscreen. how awesome would that be???? awesome I tell ya!!!

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Im having trouble choosing between this and the Samsung Infuss. Leaning more tward the infuse but I love the battery in the motorola. Ill just have to wait and see when they are both released.

I'm still going to go with the HTC Inspire 4G because this is made by Motorola. American companies are known for making terrible products.

Really? You come to a American web site, to look at devices that carry a American Operating System from one of largest American search engines in the world (Google) and you say we make terrible products? REALLY? I disagree.

"# 1 GB RAM with 16 GB of onboard"

I think the finish of that sentence was "onboard storage"

WOW! 1 GB of memory!!!!! That is extremely impressive. I like I like!!! Coupled with a fingerprint reader, huge battery, and dual core Tegra.. Sweeeeeeeeeeet!

Of course, they left of one of the most important specs- the screen size. Looks like it is Evo-sized!

Took me a little to realize it, but...

Motorola Atrix, Motorola M symbol Atrix M Atrix..

Yeah I should sleep. Bell? Get me this phone, weekend's almost here. GO!

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So install a different launcher. Problem solved. If your complaint is that MotoBlur slows the phone down, I'm pretty sure that dual core processor can handle it.

This actually looks like a better replacement of the Olympus. They have very similar specs.... Unless I missed the name change part O.o

So... LCD or OLED?

Why does almost every review of every device leave out this critical bit of info?

The problems on my Captivate make me want to pull my hair out, but... I don't think I could ever go back to an LCD display. AMOLED is that good... now the deficiencies of LCD glare out at me and looking at one is like having to switch to passive-matrix LCD once you've seen active matrix.

Any idea if this phone has a locked bootloader? If it does, that is an instant dealbreaker for me no matter what the specs: no custom ROMS mean that I'd rather support a company that respects my rights as a consumer.

Plus, now that I have had the Galaxy S phones, I do want something with a screen that rivals the Super Amoled and the newer SuperAmoled Plus.

I forsee $2000 a year in phone replacements for me free here on. :(
Thats at least 3 replacements per year with the way technology is advancing. These phones are so freakin awesome.

This might replace my Nexus One. Plus, I still have my upgrade credit . . .

And if I don't like MotoBlur, I figure I will always be able to root it and run Cyanogen Mod. (Of course, I will have to finally figure all that out, but I can cross that bridge later.)

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I have to say, after seeing a video demo of this on Engadget, this makes all the others look like, well, just "phones". But ATT.....

The only people who say nobody has 4G yet are the people who are getting lousy DL speeds from their carrier. I could care less what they call it, I know that my carrier, T-Mobile, is giving me over 6.5 mb on the download and a very healthy 1.4 on the upload. These speeds are during the day during peek hours. These are my average speeds, I can times of day when they go well over 8 and 9 mb. Call it what you want, I just call it fast.

I love this phone especially the finger print scan cant wait for the release date hope its late january or early febuary because my birthday is january 24th!!!!

I would love that phone but I'm on T-Mobile's HSPA+ network averaging over 4500 DL and 1400 UL speeds during peek hours on my Nexus One. My new MyTouch 4g is much faster but love my Nexus One. I don't think AT&T's HSPA+ network will be able to come near those speeds. If they are near those speeds I just might have to get me one of those devices.
Does anyone get those speeds on AT&T currently??? I have not heard of those speeds on AT&T's HSPA+ nework and then they say they are going to LTE like Verizon and that new phone will be useless on that network.

I have a MOTO Backflip. Hate the phone. Extremly disappointed with the crapware that was on it. BLUR was more crapware. Thank God I got it rooted and applied a PRECLAIR ROM.

However, based off the stats from Motorola, this phone looks promising. 149 dollars? Hmm, maybe there is hope for ATT after all.

hardware wise it's awesome. the only problem I find with this phone, its made by Motorola. those of you who'll get one will love the user interface(aka motoblur). just look at the home screen in the pic at the very top you'll see how crappy motoblur is. good luck with motoblur I hope you learn to like it.

I apologize for the android newbie question but I haven't been able to figure out an answer to my question through research. I understand that the Atrix has a locked bootloader which makes rooting and therefore tethering, which is all that I really care about, nearly impossible? If I buy a phone out of contract, which means it is unlocked, is the bootloader also unlocked or is that something integral to the phone? I have always bought unlocked phones so I am not stuck with any particular carrier (I currently have an unlocked Nokia N95) but AT&T is giving me a cheap legacy unlimited data plan that I can keep if I buy my own phone. I think the carriers are charging an unreasonable amount for tethering and the new data plans but I would really like to switch to Android over Symbian. The Atrix looks great but I have read that rooting a Motorola phone can cause it to malfunction? Is the Atrix the phone for me or should I look elsewhere? Thanks in advance!

Just get "PDAnet"( Goolge them) as your tether app for ONE TIME of $30.00. No rooting needed. If you have an unlimited internet plan the company supposidly (sp?) can't "see"/detect the teher.

I have a POS BB and it's pretty slow, but my sense is that it's the PHONE not the app.

Unfortunately my mom had bought this phone and let me tell you all its a piece of shit.

Problems with the phone:
-top half of screen wont work
-shakes between and freezes between main screen and other screens
-types series of numbers and random letters over and over again.
-won't let you text or call on the phone every now and then.
-won't hang up calls
-goes to random apps and features on the phone (ex. Camera will randomly pop up)
-won't go onto NFL fantasy football; kicks you out to Google search engine
-games won't work. (Ex. Angry birds)
-when you plug it into a charger it will have a seizure saying the phone isn't charging then goes to charging over and over again in a matter of 30 minutes
-randomly calls and hangs up on people
-freezes whenever you try to answer calls

We've been to the ATT store, the Motorola manufacturer in my state, and radio shack where my mom had bought it from, and NONE OF THEM will cover the phone because the case they had originally put on it had minutely scratched the corner. She bought the Radio shack and the ATT warranties and they still wouldn't cover it. Also, the case has proceeded to make the same scratch on all four corners but yet " we caused those scratches"... All she has ever gotten from this phone and ATT, is stress,anger, and complete regret.

After our encounters with ATT and all of the rest of those buffoons, I would HIGHLY recommend to never get this phone or even get a plan with ATT. If anybody needs to get a plan with any company, I suggest join Sprint.