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Motorola Atrix, Cliq2, Droid Bionic Outed


Motorola Atrix, CLIQ2 and Droid Bionic Outed

Just moments after LG claimed to have created the world's most powerful smartphone with the LG Optimus 2X, Motorola has laid claim to that crown with its Motorola Atrix phone.

Sporting a dual 1Ghz CPU (Nvidia's new Tegra 2) and 1GB RAM, it has the same vital statistics as the 2X but trumps it with some truly impressive extra abilities.

Dock the phone in its matching desktop dock and it switches to a desktop interface (WebTop) with full access to a desktop version of Firefox and all manner of other apps. With HDMI out it can also playback full HD video to your monitor. What's more, there's a notebook dock into which the phone docks and seamlessly switches to its desktop interface, and it even charges the phone through the laptop docks own 8hr battery.

Other stats include a hefty 1930mAh battery, yet a mere 10.9mm thickness, a QHD (960 x 540) display and even a fingerprint reader.

There's no word on price yet but it will be available soon on AT&T in the US, Orange in the UK, and Bell in Canada.

The second handset the company announced is the CLIQ2. This more typical single core Android smartphone uses a 1Ghz processor, has an intriguing looking hexagonal-keyed slideout keyboard, incorporates a 3.7in screen, has Adobe Flash support, and a 5-megapixel camera.

Third is a US exclusive, the Droid Bionic, which is again a fairly typical looking Android phone but with 4G connectivity. It's a 4.3in touchscreen only device.

All these devices will use a modified version of Android with Motorola's MotoBlur interface, which is very good but will slow updates, as evidenced by the fact these devices are only running Android 2.2 and not the latest 2.3 version. The company does insist the handsets will all be readily upgradeable though and will be arriving very shortly.

Hands-on and videos coming soon.

Hamish Campbell

January 6, 2011, 1:08 pm

That is pretty cool I must admit. If the laptop/dock doesn't cost so much it's a pretty sweet option rather than buying a seperate netbook which a lot of people have opted for.

Clever, seems motorola has heaved themselves out of the doldrums.

Trevor Totten

January 6, 2011, 2:15 pm

So what's a QHD display?


January 6, 2011, 6:58 pm

Okay firstly, I have zero faith in Motorola regarding updates, ZERO. So, I said to myself I won't be buying any of their products in 2011 regardless of how good the hardware is. Talk about feeling conflicted right now. That is so damn cool and is clearly just a glimpse of the future smartpho...sorry, Superphones have. They really are going to be our computers, and soon by the looks of it.

CES has been surprisingly good for phones this year. I wonder how much is being held back for MWC? because so far I am damn impressed with some of these announcements.


January 6, 2011, 7:20 pm

Woah, Motorola seem to be on a roll recently. Ive been very impressed with the Motorola Defy (the "life proof" android phone) both for how well it runs and how pretty it looks (from the front anyway, such a narrow bezel) and now this, a phone with a proper battery! Any idea how long the Atrix battery lasts?

Also wheres the "tablet" dock? :-p


January 7, 2011, 2:53 am

"So what's a QHD display?" - I'm guessing QHD means Quarter High Definition (960 x 540) being a quarter of 1920 x 1080.

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