Motorola Atrix HD For AT&T Peeks Out, Looks Sharpby Jason Inofuentes on July 5, 2012 12:23 PM EST
Image courtesy of Droid-Life.
Somewhere a Motorola employee is wishing he'd double-checked that launch date. Splashing into the news after a bit of a hiatus, Motorola briefly revealed the splashpage for the new Atrix HD destined for AT&T this morning. The page has since been pulled, but not before showing off some interesting details. The RAZR-like design isn't terribly surprising, but is a strong departure from the more curvy Atrix design language. The screen has grown to a 1280 x 720 4.5" size with what's being referred to as ColorBoost technology. In order to hit that 8.4 mm thickness,
the display is likely of the AMOLED variety, so PenTile will be present. As we've seen, though, it hardly matters at these pixel densities. Motorola, apparently, didn't have to resort to AMOLED, unlike the RAZR before it. This comes from a spec page entry we missed earlier, hence the update. We've seen some thin LCDs before, and we've seen Motorola use PenTile on LCDs before, too; so display judgments will have to wait till we have some hands-on time.
We're left to wonder, though, what chipset powers this third Atrix variant? For the RAZR, Motorola opted for the TI OMAP 4 solution, and their own Wrigley LTE baseband. These days, Qualcomm Snapdragon has been taking most of the design wins for LTE devices because of its power sipping habits. So, could the Atrix HD be revisiting the OMAP 4 well, or has it moved on to faster moving water? We'll wait and see.
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phoenix_rizzen - Thursday, July 5, 2012 - linkn/t
JasonInofuentes - Thursday, July 5, 2012 - linkFixed
Impulses - Thursday, July 5, 2012 - linkIf they don't simultaneously release a 9-10mm thick MAXX version with a significantly larger battery Moto will have failed to produce anything noteworthy for 2012... I mean, the Razr MAXX sold pretty well, I don't see why they would stagger the release of an Atrix MAXX, 'specially when they're already late to the party.
As it is, it doesn't look like this phone will have any redeeming quality compared to the HOX or SGS3. Smaller battery than the latter while not being significantly smaller overall, at 'least it'll have a microSD I guess... The only way it could be worse is if it was coming to Sprint (and competing w/the EVO LTE & SGS3 instead).
It'd be a great 4.5"+ alternative to Samsung on T-Mobile/Verizon, kinda odd that Verizon didn't secure this (it may be called an Atrix but it's basically a Razr HD in spirit).
piroroadkill - Friday, July 6, 2012 - linkI thought the same thing. Why is Motorola releasing with anything less than MAXX battery life?
Belard - Thursday, July 5, 2012 - linkI've touched the SGS3... and I'm not liking the plastic feel of its cheap body. I could care less about its ultra thinness. As a owner of a galaxy 1... the GPS is problematic (and apparently still to this day with new models).
A thing that bugs me about most Samsung phones is that they love making the top and bottom feel the same. This is more important when you have to hit the home bottom and your holding the phone upside down.
I've been eyeing the HTX ONE S or perhaps its sister model with the kick stand and a dedicated camera shutter button. The HTC feels very good in the hand, but the top-mounted power button throws me. I guess due to Apple patents, a real HOME button can't be on an Android phone.
I love how this Motorola looks... with the camera on TOP creating an obvious thicker area, I know which is TOP if its in my pocket, etc. Also, looking at the face, you can tell which is UP because the bottom has the side-color visible. If the back has an excellent texture... then that is going to be nice. I prefer to have the USB port to be un-covered because with daily charging... those rubber thingies are a pain to pop off... usually.
If its specs are equal to the HTC One S... I may go with my first ever Motorola phone.
PS: why can't they make android phones with SPEAKERS in the front? It'll make them louder.
Belard - Thursday, July 5, 2012 - linkWhen do we get a full review on this puppy?!
This is the top of my list.
extide - Thursday, July 5, 2012 - linkx2, I have an Atrix 2 and the wife has an Atrix 4G. If this thing has another OMAP 4 I will be very disappointed. It would be like an Atrix 2 with a very slightly larger/higher res screen, which is nice but I am really feeling the need for more cpu power and 2GB of ram. I am really liking the SGS3 with its fast dual core, 2GB of DDR memory, and a micro sd. Having no micro sd would suck!
I wont be upgrading for a while, but I want at LEAST Dual core 1.5+Ghz Cortex A15 (or similar like Krait, etc), 2GB of system ram, 1280x720 res screen that looks decent, micro sd slot (hopefully that supports SDXC), LTE capability, decent performing 3d for the time(this one I am flexible on though), and the latest version of Android at the time. Honestly it seems like that's the spec list that just about everyone is after.
As far as quad cores go, if its an A15 class where it can 'Turbo at least 1-2 cores to ~1.5Ghz, that would be cool, but I would rather not sacrifice clock speed for 4 cores. We just arent to the point yet where the cpu's in phones is not a bottleneck, especially in single threaded stuff.I certainly hope they start implementing turbo like Iintel does in Sandy/Ivy bridge.
Spunjji - Friday, July 6, 2012 - linkGalaxy S3 has 1GB of RAM, doesn't it?
nVidia Tegra 3 does turbo core, if you're interested. :)
retrospooty - Friday, July 6, 2012 - link"Galaxy S3 has 1GB of RAM, doesn't it?"
The world version has quad core and 1gb ram, but that SOC isnt 4G compatible with the US, so the US versions all 4 carriers have a dual core SOC with 2gb ram.
boeush - Thursday, July 5, 2012 - linkMy current Motorola phone (Droid X2) is stuck on Android 2.3.5 despite being less than 1 year old, and near top-of-the-line when I bought it. It's because Motorola just up and decided to ass-rape its customers by not upgrading most of its newer models to ICS (never mind JB!)
Never again. I will never buy anything with a "skinned" Android on it. Give me pure unadulterated Android, with timely access to the latest software updates. Nothing short of that will suffice.