Motorola and AT&T Announce the Atrix2 – In Stores October 16

Posted by at 11:48 am on October 11, 2011

Motorola and AT&T are launching the Atrix 2, a sequel to the flagship phone shipped just several months ago. The new version uses faster HSPA+ data, up from 14.4Mbps to 21Mbps, and carries a bigger 4.3-inch 540×940 that switches away from Pentile pixels for a sharper look. The design has also switched out the Tegra 2 in favor of a TI OMAP chip, which still carries two 1GHz cores but is fast enough to record and shoot 1080p video.

Equally new is the Lapdock 100, an updated companion notebook shell. It runs a smaller 10-inch screen and uses a cable to link up with the Atrix 2 rather than a docking port, possibly in an attempt to futureproof the notebook. The Lapdock has its own battery and expansion to turn it into a notebook when mixed with the desktop-like Webtop interface.

The upgrade carries an eight-megapixel rear camera and a front facing camera. Storage includes both 8GB of built-in space as well as a microSDHC slot, which comes with a 2GB card already loaded inside. Motorola’s phone sits as one of its first on AT&T to combine both Android 2.3 with its modern interpretation of Blur.

The Atrix 2 is due to reach AT&T stores on October 16, two days after the iPhone 4S is in stores. Pricing is much more aggressive than before at $100 on a contract and without the need for a rebate, hinting at Motorola’s hopes of undercutting Apple on features and price.


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