Motorola has been missing in the Android device wars this year, which is surprising considering the company is now owned by Google. Motorola finally made its move a few days back with the official revelation of the Atrix HD, that has been flitting around the rumor mill as the Motorola Dinara. You can find the full specifications about the device, that will be available exclusively from AT&T, here.
Unfortunately, the previous report did not include any information on pricing and release date, but we have good news on that front! Motorola and AT&T finally revealed that the Atrix HD will be available for $99 with a 2-year contract, and could release as early as this weekend, i.e. July 15.
With the release of the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3, the specs of the Atrix HD aren’t that “special” but is, in fact, almost identical to the other Android powerhouses. With the One X and Galaxy S3 selling for at least $100 more, the Atrix HD can be considered a steal.
The Atrix HD claims to be “Slimmer, Smarter, and Stronger than ever before.” Apart from the hardware, the MotoBlur UI has been also been “skinned” to give as close to a stock ICS experience as possible, while including its Smart Actions app and other new widget and UI enhancements. You can catch all the features of the Motorola Atrix HD below:
What are your thoughts? Is Motorola finally joining the Android smartphone race with the Atrix HD? Will you be looking to pick up this device? Let us know in the comments section below.
Motorola ATRIX HD For AT&T Is Slimmer, Stronger And Smarter Than Ever Before
Runs Android 4.0, Created by Motorola and Available Exclusively from AT&T for $99.99 Beginning July 15 in Modern White and Titanium
DALLAS, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Beginning July 15, the Motorola ATRIX(TM) HD arrives in all AT&T* channels for $99.99** with a two-year agreement.
The newest addition to the popular Motorola ATRIX family, this smartphone is remarkably thin at 8.4 millimeters but doesn’t compromise strength since it is made KEVLAR® strong for incredible stability in any situation. The Motorola ATRIX HD also has a high-tech, invisible nano-coating that acts as a splash guard – not only on the outer shell, but on the electrical circuit boards inside, too. To see more of the ATRIX HD’s features in action, check out this video.
Motorola ATRIX HD comes pre-loaded with SMARTACTIONS(TM), a free app from Motorola that suggests ways to automatically change your phone’s settings throughout the day to make your life easier. For instance, when you place the Motorola ATRIX HD in the Vehicle Navigation Dock accessory and enable Drive Smart, it will set your phone to vehicle mode, read your text messages aloud, auto-reply to incoming calls and texts as well as provide turn-by-turn navigation. You can also set rules for when your battery gets low by enacting the Battery Extender, which can help your battery last longer by turning off GPS, disabling background sync or other features you select.
To raise awareness of responsible driving, for a limited time, customers who purchase a Motorola ATRIX HD at participating locations will receive a Vehicle Dock at no additional charge.
The vibrant 4.5-inch HD ColorBoost(TM) display is the highest resolution smartphone display on the market supporting a wide range of more vibrant colors for greater detail and sharper, clearer images. The ATRIX HD also features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video recording capabilities at 30 frames per second and zero shutter lag. It also has a front-facing 720p HD camera.
“Our customers look to their smartphones to provide new, compelling experiences and the Motorola ATRIX HD does just that,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T Mobility. “With features that automatically customize over time to be contextually aware of the user’s daily routine and preferences, ATRIX HD is a great example of smartphones getting smarter.”
“Motorola ATRIX HD was designed for people who get excited about new technology, but want it to make their life easier, feed their need for entertainment and make a statement,” said Mark Shockley, senior vice president, Go-to-Market, Motorola Mobility. “This next evolution of the ATRIX family delivers a slimmer, stronger, smarter, Android-powered device at a great price.”
Running on Android(TM) 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, the ATRIX HD is the first phone equipped with Motorola’s Circle Widget on the home screen, which connects directly with your AT&T account and displays data usage since your last bill***. Plus, it gives you “at-a-glance” access to the time, notifications, weather and battery meter. You can also access more than 600,000 apps and games on Google Play(TM), as well as millions of books and songs and thousands of movies and TV shows.
And to help in your work life, the Motorola ATRIX HD is ideal for business use and comes with advanced security features including password protection and inactivity timeouts, VPN, government-grade data encryption on both the device and SD card, and the ability to wipe the phone and SD card in the event your phone is lost or stolen. With apps like Quickoffice, customers are able to create and edit documents and stay connected to their work on-the-go.
AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network, covering more than 260 million people. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. That means AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you’re on a much slower 3G network.
For more information, customers can visit http://www.att.com/motorolaatrixhd .
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.**Requires eligible voice and data plans.***Data usage is approximated. Actual billed data usage may vary due to network delays or other technical limitations.
Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. 4G speeds delivered by LTE, or HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul, where available. Deployment ongoing. Compatible device and data plan required. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.
Limited-time offer. Motorola ATRIX HD requires a new 2-yr wireless agreement with voice (min $39.99/mo) and min monthly data plan ($20/mo). Subject to Wireless Customer Agrmt. Credit approval req’d. Activ fee $36/line. Geographic, usage and other terms, conditions and restrictions apply, and may result in svc termination. Coverage and svcs not avail everywhere. Taxes and other charges apply. Data (att.com/dataplans): If usage exceeds your monthly data allowance, you will automatically be charged overage for additional data provided. Early Termination Fee (att.com/equipmentETF): After 30 days, ETF up to $325. Restocking fee up to $35. Other Monthly Charges/line may include a Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge (up to $1.25), a gross receipts surcharge, federal and state universal svc charges, fees and charges for other gov’t assessments. These are not taxes or gov’t req’d charges. Visit a store or att.com/wireless to learn more about wireless devices and services from AT&T. Downloadable content may be subject to additional charges.