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Tegra 2 Motorola ATRIX to Launch March 1?

We were mesmerized by the Motorola ATRIX when it was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show last week. However, one little detail that brought us crashing back down to planet Earth with a bump was the fact that Motorola had yet to detail a release date or pricing for the device. What if it turned out to be like the HP Slate and we didn’t see hide nor hair of it for months?



Keeping the panic at bay, however, are rumors that the ATRIX will actually be launching in March. Android Central cites an AT&T document leak in reporting that the phone, complete with its unique laptop docking station, will be available on March 1. Though it’s not certain, it matches up with previous rumblings from Android forums, and we did learn at CES that it will hit sometime in the first quarter of 2011.



In case you need reminding, the Motorola ATRIX packs Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chipset, HSPA+, 1GB of RAM, up to 48GB of memory, fingerprint log-in, a 4-inch QHD display, a front-facing camera for video calls and a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash on the rear. Software-wise it packs Android 2.2 and a customized version of Linux has been put in place to aid its transformation into a full blown laptop when coupled with the docking station.

Unfortunately, while we know for certain that this phone will be available by the end of March at the latest, we still don’t know how much it’s going to cost. And that docking station? You can bet that’s going to set you back a buck or two.

Read more (and see more) of the ATRIX here.

  • joytech22
    I bet the docking station will cost $300+ by itself, even though it's basically just a screen and a battery.

    I wonder how the battery life will be, it's going to be one hell of a powerful device.

    Maybe x86 should just die and everything switch over to ARM. Isn't it more efficient than x86 anyway?
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  • eklipz330
    although i feel as if the phone is superior to many phones on the market, the docking station still seems to be in its infancy

    i will wait until it ages a little more and we can see some real damage being done with it... how bout a phone that docks into a larger tablet pc, AND notebook? that would be one hell of a device id be ready to shell out money for... just promise me a smooth, lag free UI
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  • guanyu210379
    ATRIX is the most powerful new smartphone that has been introduced in CES 2011.
    Let see about the battery stamina of this thing.
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  • g00ey
    guanyu210379ATRIX is the most powerful new smartphone that has been introduced in CES 2011.Let see about the battery stamina of this thing.I don't think so, The LG Optimus X2 and the LG Optimus Black also use the Tegra 2 chipset and dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 which should be at least as powerful as the circuitry in the Atrix.
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  • frostyfireball
    This is the most awesome thing I've seen in a long time, I really hope this catches on and a whole slew of phones get this type of functionality in the next couple years. I can easily see this being the future of computing for most people that don't need the huge performance of a dedicated desktop computer.
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  • iphone girl
    g00eyI don't think so, The LG Optimus X2 and the LG Optimus Black also use the Tegra 2 chipset and dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 which should be at least as powerful as the circuitry in the Atrix.Except they have half the ram as the motorola and using DDR instead of DDR2. Plus there have already been Quandrant benchmarks showing the Atrix as the most powerful. On top of that those phones aren't even qHD or 24-bit color screens.
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  • iphone girl
    http://www.phonearena.com/news/LG-Optimus-2X-scores-high-on-Quadrant-benchmark-test-Motorola-ATRIX-4G-surpasses-it_id15997
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  • nevertell
    Will they opensource their linux drivers so I can put a distro of my own on it ?
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  • g00ey
    iphone girl... On top of that those phones aren't even qHD or 24-bit color screens. It may not have as high a resolution as the ATRIX but all specs I've seen indicates that it is a 16M IPS screen, i.e. it supports 24-bit colors. Further the specs say that it comes with 8GB built in memory. Whether it is onboard or in the CF/SD slot is something I don't know. If Motorola is better then congrats to them. However at present I'm a bit wary of Motorolas products as they actively have put effort to deter people from flashing the firmware on prior models (such as the droid) either with linux homebrews or newer versions of Android. If there will be no support for the phone with firmware updates then I see no point in getting it. I cannot support this kind of market philosophy leaving customers in the dark once the product is bought,
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  • A little dock with a few USB ports and a HDMI port would be the perfect replacement for a HTPC...
    You could still call and receive voice and video calls since the screen would be shown on the big LCD. It would be kinda perfect.
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