Motorola Atrix 4G

Motorola and AT&T got together this morning at CES to announce the Motorola Atrix 4G, what they are calling the world's most advanced mobile device.  Without question, the specs are impressive:

  • Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core 1 GHz processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory and microSD card slot
  • 4 inch QHD display
  • 5 MP rear camera and VGA front facing camera
  • Fingerprint scanning security
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) with MotoBlur
  • All the assorted radios and sensors

It also is dockable in what they're calling a Laptop Dock,which has a full keyboard and puts the Atrix 4G into "webtop mode".  While in webtop mode, users can enjoy a fuller computer-like experience via apps like Firefox web browser.  This looks like a winner, and we can't wait to get our hands on one.  [AT&T]

Update: Hit the break for the Motorola presser [Motorola Mobility]

Motorola Mobility and AT&T Announce ATRIX™ 4G, the Future of Mobile Computing
The world’s most powerful smartphone packs the power and capabilities of a PC in your pocket through Motorola’s revolutionary webtop
Jan. 05, 2011
LAS VEGAS – CES – Jan. 5, 2011 — Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), and AT&T today unveiled Motorola ATRIX 4G, the only smartphone that allows you to carry the power of mobile computing inside your pocket. Motorola’s revolutionary webtop application changes mobile computing forever by unleashing the power of the smartphone like never before. Designed to bring unprecedented computing to your smartphone, Motorola’s webtop application runs a full Mozilla Firefox 3.6 browser and supports Adobe® Flash® Player to open up all the rich graphics, animations and video on the web. Motorola ATRIX 4G includes a dual core processor with each core running at 1 GHz, delivering up to two GHz of processing power. Put simply, Motorola ATRIX 4G is the world’s most powerful smartphone.
“Consumers are increasingly using smartphones as their primary digital screens,” said Bill Ogle, chief marketing officer, Motorola Mobility, Inc. “Motorola ATRIX 4G ushers in a new era of mobile computing. ATRIX comes loaded with the Motorola webtop application, and when used with one of our exclusive docks, enables consumers to extend the capabilities of their smartphones. Together, these provide a revolutionary interactive computing experience that empowers individuals in new ways for staying connected, informed and entertained at home, on the job and anywhere in between.”
"With ATRIX 4G, we are rethinking what a smartphone can be, and literally changing the game with a new device category that combines the power of a laptop with the latest smartphone features and 4G speeds," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T mobility and consumer markets. "With Motorola Mobility, we're delivering on our commitment to provide customers with the best mobile broadband experience and best smartphones."
Motorola ATRIX 4G is designed to essentially become a user’s primary digital hub to create, edit and interact with documents, media and content. This is facilitated by Motorola’s webtop application and incredible new accessory docks, such as the Laptop Dock, that provide users with a larger screen, keyboard and trackpad enabling them to have an enhanced and more interactive computer-like experience with their devices.
While in the webtop application users can run their Android applications in a window, browse their favorite websites with a full Firefox desktop browser, send instant messages and make phone calls, all at the same time. Calls continue uninterrupted if Motorola ATRIX 4G is removed from a dock. Users can take advantage of the ability to surf the web, view social networking, and use HTML5 web-based applications and supported cloud computing services. Plus, the new Entertainment Center feature lets you show all of the photos, music and videos you already enjoy on-the-go on a big screen in your living room. In the U.S., ATRIX 4G will feature the AT&T U-verse® Mobile application, which allows users to schedule recordings, and for qualifying TV customers, download and watch hit TV shows on their smartphones.
Motorola ATRIX 4G provides consumers with instantaneous access to all their emails, files and media. While using the webtop application, business users with an existing Citrix account will benefit from the integrated Citrix Receiver application that provides secure, high performance access to virtual desktops as well as Windows®, web and office applications hosted on Citrix XenDesktop. In addition to the full suite of office productivity applications and email applications, users can also access a great number of web applications such as, Google Docs, and any HTML application or service from the full desktop browser.
Motorola ATRIX 4G runs Android 2.2 with access to more than 100,000 apps and games in the Android Market.
Motorola is introducing two industry-leading companion docks for ATRIX 4G:
  • The Motorola HD Multimedia Dock has three USB ports and an HDMI port enabling connections to a keyboard, mouse, speakers and HDMI-compatible monitor for working at your desk/office, or connecting to an HDMI-compatible television and home theater audio system for interacting with content and enjoying video, music, games and more in your living room.
  • The Motorola Laptop Dock has an incredibly thin design with an 11.6-inch screen, full keyboard, stereo speakers, 36Wh three-cell battery that delivers up to eight hours of battery life and weighs just 2.4 pounds. Users simply dock their Motorola ATRIX 4G into the back of the Laptop Dock to turn it into an active, connected machine to experience true mobility at work, home and playing on-the-go in a form factor that’s lighter and smaller than most laptops on the market.
Key features and specifications:
  • A dual-core processor capable of opening web pages twice as fast as most other smartphones, rendering games faster and displaying HD video on big-screen TVs
  • A full 1 GB of RAM for twice the RAM of most smartphones to deliver effortless multi-tasking, such as watching a movie while receiving and responding to email
  • The world’s first qHD display for a smartphone, offering high resolution and 24-bit color, making it easier to read indoors and outdoors
  • Front- and rear-facing cameras and the ability to record in HD
  • Convenient biometric fingerprint reader for easily unlocking your phone while providing extra security
  • Up to 48GB of storage (16GB internal and optional 32GB MicroSD card) – enough to store thousands of songs, photos and movies
  • 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi 802.11n support, enabling as much as 50 percent faster download and upload speeds in WiFi mode compared to most other smartphones
  • Optional AT&T Mobile Hotspot service for connecting up to five additional Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Under 11 mm thin with an extra large 1930 mAh battery for extended standby and talk time
  • Two microphones for noise-reduction technology so your calls will be heard loud and clear in even the noisiest environments
  • Supports HD video capture and replay for most multimedia standards
Motorola ATRIX 4G will be available to AT&T customers in Q1 2011. For more ATRIX 4G information visit: and Motorola ATRIX 4G will be available exclusively in the U.S. for AT&T customers.
About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people's lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit

There are 58 comments

chrisharmful says:

Wasn't this supposed to be the Olympus?

Looks like the Olympus. Olympus was a dumb name anyway...I like Atrix better. I like the dock idea too (and will probably make use of it) but I hope they continue to offer a desk dock and car dock as well.

FNDomination says:

Very very very nice. Can't wait to see what Verizon unveils. I am not upgrading for a while, but they better land some nasty phones!!!

Why would anyone care what Verizon unveils? Besides, Lord Steve hath decreed that nothing will upstage the iThingy.

Know what? if Motoblur gives it remote wipe and encryption for Exchange accounts I'll live with it.

I do wonder how the fingerprint sensor will mix with Exchange policies though...I know policies can disable pattern-match security just because Exchange doesn't know what it is or realize it's better than some PINs.

icebike says:

Fingerprint readers can be set up to render a pin without the user ever having to know what the pin actually is.

Pattern matching on the other hand is user changeable, and it often leaves smudge marks on the phone pretty much showing what the pattern is.

Yeah, but doing anything else leaves MORE smudge marks, and since you're unlocking it to do something you're going to smudge the pattern right away. Then of course, there's the infamous cheek-smudge. Bottom line: if you do ANYTHING after unlocking the phone, good luck trying to interpret the smudges to find the unlock code.

Of course, there's also the dumb people who pattern-smudge and then put their phone down. But then you don't have to interpret the smudges, do you?

It should boot into Chrome OS. That would be hot.

HTCSense says:

Woh, isn't QHD 960×540???

toramorigan says:

That is correct, sir. :]

JagoX says:

Too bad it has the playschool version of least the DX/D2 version looks more modern.

What does it matter? Most people use launcherpro or ADW.

weehooherod says:

I agree that the "Droidblur" looks a lot better than motoblur. Also this device is too round. It's a dumb looking phone, but it has some awesome internals.

Also @mojonation1487, using ADW or LP doesn't remove custom interfaces. How can you not know that by now? There are still plenty of stupid changes to all of the stock apps in the phone plus the status bar and the entire framework.

TKVictim05 says:

was hoping for an 8MP camera, but with all the other specs, I can't complain.

bstringy says:

The best pictures I've seen from a phone have been from 5mp cameras (Galaxy S and iphone 4). With megapixels, there is a sweetspot. It's not the same as megahertz where more is better.

Likewise, with compact cameras, the best shots are from 10mp sensors.


sandplasma says:

lol, you guys have all the cool cars, let us have our phones

icebike says:

I like the fingerprint reading capability for basic phone unlocking capability.

However, I expect it will be cracked before the phone is actually released. It has proven rather insecure in computer platforms.

I'm not sure I would trust fingerprint readers on an NFC enabled phone as my only form of security.

youareme7 says:

Are you suggesting that this phone has NFC? I don't see that mentioned at all but it would be a nice little add on.

icebike says:

No, not suggesting it has NFC.
Just wondering why a phone would be introduced at this point in time without NFC, and still have a "security" feature like finger print reader.

pearljam5000 says:

5 MP rear camera and VGA front facing camera

so is the front facing camera 5mp as well?

SanGo says:

No, the ffc is VGA, which is 640x480

crea78 says:

This may very well be my next phone.

Centro85#AC says:

Add LTE, HD rear camera, and make sure its got a 1650mha battery or better(ill do 1500 and add a 1650 seido I guess) and ill take one on Verizon please.

jjt250 says:

It has a 1930 mah battery. If you click on the source link, it brings you to an AT&T website which has photos, videos, specs, etc.

greygoose0 says:

holy crap, now that's a battery. why in the hell didn't they put that battery on the LG 2x?!

bstringy says:

The rear camera is 5mp. HD is only 2mp. As for video capture, I'd say it has the horsepower to support it and would be surprised if it didn't ship with HD video capture capability. If not, third party roms will.

jjt250 says:

If you check the pictures on AT&T's website, there's a picture of the rear of this device and it says HD next to the camera.

Battleship says:

From Motorola's fact-sheet:

HD 1080 p capable

Capture – 720p MPEG4 and H.264 at 30 fps

(1080p will be supported via SW upgrade post-launch)

Playback – 1080p MPEG4, H.264, WMV, Xvid/DivX at 30 fps

(Playback through HDMI is 720p at launch and will be upgraded to 1080p via SW upgrade post-launch)

Streaming – VGA in MPEG4, H.264, H.263 at 30 fps

Can't wait until this drops...I've been due for renewal since Dec 3, and I've been waiting for something like this.

Kiserai says:

I'm in the same boat. I love my Nexus One but ever since I was eligible in mid-November I've been itching for something with more power and a higher resolution screen.

This is it.

I'm also really stoked for the Inspire, but I'm kinda bummed they didn't go with a dual core processor. I prefer HTC hardware but the perks on this phone are hard to deny.

dwt10 says:

Anyone on ATT that says the iphone is better then this is just a major A$$

When AT&T calles the Atrix "4G" do they mean LTE or "T-Mobile 4G" (HSPA+)?

TKVictim05 says:


bsinc1962 says:

Just looked at the specs....... No GPS? Did I read that right?

youareme7 says:

The tech spec is oddly missing, but they mention it having google maps and at&t navigator (barf) so i'm sure that it does.

weehooherod says:

Even the G1 has GPS.

commander 4 says:

Ok the camera has no flash whatsoever?!!!!!

Balthazar B says:

According to the specs, it has an LED flash.

patfactorx says:

2.2 really? that OS is like more than half a year old...

OMG, a 6-month old OS! As those with Windows XP on their desktops shake their realize how silly that sounds? Oh, it's old and grey, it's 6 months old!.

Sorry, I just remember when an OS coming out every 5 years was considered the height of speedy recklessness. :)

zm976311 says:

And MotoBlur kills another device... Why on Earth can't Moto take a hint? If they are dead set on having their own skin on here, which isn't too much for them to ask, at least put NinjaBlur on.

Jonneh says:

Good thing it doesn't even matter when you (completely unrooted and free) can change the launcher in a matter of seconds to ADW, or Launcher pro. :-)

jonasrocker says:

Screw you att! This device should be going to verizon with specs like that

chrisharmful says:

Actually, this one just might make me regret the switch to T-Mobile/ Nexus S.

chrisharmful says:

For reals this time.

Go Android! says:

Doesn't the resolution look a little weird on this? The icons and widgets are strange looking.

gtg465x says:

Possibly because of the QHD display... which should mean 960x540 resolution. Motorola does like to come out with its own new resolutions for Android. Would be pretty sweet to get some extra pixels though if apps scale properly. Or maybe QHD means something completely different in this case... who knows.

Motosurf says:

when will IT BE OUT? whEN WILL IT COME TO HONG KONG? I have been waiting for milestone for a year and now dualcores are coming out and Milestone 2 is still not out yet!

zhecht says:

Yay for even more screen resolution fragmentation. This phone adds 960/540 to the list (which already includes 320/240, 480/320, 800/480, 854/480, and 1024/600 (not to mention the iPhone 4's 960/640)

weehooherod says:

Oh noes! Getting higher resolution screens sure does suck! I wanted to use 320x480 screens the rest of my life. Darn it!

crxssi says:

There is NOTHING 4G about this phone nor AT&T's network. The whole "4G" thing is out of control, but AT&T takes the cake. Their network is NOWHERE NEAR being 4G. AT&T doesn't have anything 4G EVEN ON THE HORIZON right now. They are the LAST carrier that has ANY right to use the name "4G" on *ANYTHING*. This is really pushing it. Someone should sue them over this crap.

weehooherod says:

They actually have HSPA+ which is the same as T-Mobile's 4G. T-Mobile's 4G hits 15mpbs in real life tests which rivals both wimax and lte so I don't know what you're complaining about.

crea78 says:

Motorola press conference said "available in the coming weeks". Keeping fingers crossed for March if all goes well, but have to see.

breakmedown says:

I'm ridiculously dissapointed in AT&T. I thought they weren't gonna jump on this 4G bandwagon bullhonkey, but the consumer has yet again driven a business to tell them they're getting what they want because they really have no idea that they're not getting what they say they are. Ugh. Pisses me off.

weehooherod says:

Why would the second largest carrier in the US not want to compete by ignoring 4G? Sounds like you need to get over to Boost Mobile ASAP.