At first glance, the Motorola Atrix HD appears to have all the bits you would need or want from a high-end smartphone. It offers an HD Ready, 720 x 1,280 screen with added ColorBoost marketing. Taking care of processing duties we have an unnamed 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, which we assume is the new Snapdragon S4 – incidentally the same chip found in the US version of the HTC One X, and one that can happily go toe to toe with the quad-core Tegra 3 found in the UK version of HTC’s top phone. It’s backed by 1GB of RAM, which is still standard though we’re seeing 2GB in LG’s premium smartphone and some Korea-only versions of the S3.
The first possible disappointment is a ‘mere’ 8GB of permanent storage, but unlike the Galaxy Nexus or One X, it’s expandable via MicroSD – so in fact a cheap, quick upgrade will see you rocking 40GB or even 72GB.
The next is a 1,780mAh battery, where many were hoping for something closer to the 3,300mAh of the Droid RAZR Maxx. Then again, this is an 8.4mm thin phone, but even the S3 managed to fit in 2,100mAh.
Last but not least, it’ll be coming to market with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwhich, where it had been speculated that, as Motorola now belongs to Google, it might get early access to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Still, the new Atrix HD does have some aces up its sleeve. For one thing, its construction using Kevlar and Gorilla glass should make it a wee bit more durable than most, and it’s also “splash resistant” so should survive a rainy texting session.
So which one would you go for? Let us know in the comments…