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CES 2011 News - Motorola Atrix CLIQ2 and Droid Bionic Outed

The Motorola Atrix is the flagship handset of the company's new Android lineup. It sports a dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM and has some clever peripherals available for it. We've been hands-on to see if it can live up to the hype.

The phone's design is suitably appealing with a single glass panel filling the front and a simple mottled design adorning the back. Four touch sensitive buttons are incorporated into the front, below the screen, and while they don't disappear when not in use, as on the Google Nexus S, they are nice and responsive.

The phone uses an intriguing power button. It's incorporated into the edge that meets the top and back panels, making it easier to reach than most top-mounted equivalents. Indeed the contours and slimness of the phone make it very nice to handle.

Also on the top edge is the headphone jack while the left is home to the volume rocker and the right has microUSB and miniHDMI. There's no sign of a shutter button for the 8-megapixel camera but it does at least have twin LEDs.

Under the backplate is a whopping 1930mAh battery (most smartphones use 1500mAh ones) that should keep this phone running for several days, despite its dual-core CPU. You'll also find a microSD slot, giving you the option to add another 32GB of storage to the 16GB onboard.

The 4in LCD screen is excellent. Its 960 x 540 resolution makes it really sharp, while colour reproduction and viewing angles are both very good. It's easily one of the best we've ever seen.

All told, as a piece of hardware it feels like a solid design in terms of looks, functionality and build quality, though if we were really nitpicking we'd point out it's a little plasticky.

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