Motorola Atrix 4G – Hands-on with Dual Core Android Superphone

January 7, 2011 - Written By Anthony Hardy

The Motorola Atrix 4G is a dual core beast of a phone that comes with a little extra bonus. The media-centric phone comes with a fingerprint scanner as a power button. You essentially swipe your finger across the back to unlock the device and if your fingerprints don’t match, it rejects your unlock attempt. A nice addition that adds to the security of the device, but there’s more. It can even be docked into an optional laptop-like device in a new way than we have seen befor,e allowing full control of the smartphone from the much larger screened docking device.

Here’s a quick hands-on, thanks to Aaron at PhoneDog.

The specs are more than impressive coming with a ton of features that are a first in the Spuerphone market. This phone is sure to be a game changer and definitely is the top Android phone on AT&T. It does feel lighter in the hand, less solid than its predecessor  the Droid X.  What it lacks in tactile feel it more than makes up for on the spec sheet.

Motorola ATRIXâ„¢ 4G Fact Sheet

Motorola ATRIX 4G: The World’s Most Powerful Smartphone and the Future of Mobile Computing

Motorola’s ATRIX 4G launches a new era of mobile computing. A phone that acts like a computer, the Motorola ATRIX 4G delivers both the power and performance of mobile computing, all while fitting comfortably in your pocket. With the new webtop application, a web based desktop, Motorola ATRIX 4G can morph personalities when it is connected to different accessories. Connect Motorola ATRIX to an HDMI compatible monitor, HD TV or Motorola’s Laptop Dock or HD Docks accessories, and with the webtop application, you now have the freedom to surf the web with a full Mozilla Firefox® browser and to access all of your files, emails, photos and movies on a larger screen in the office, on the road or at home.

Your Digital Hub

Motorola ATRIX 4G is the only smartphone that allows you to carry the power and performance of mobile computing inside your pocket. Motorola ATRIX 4G is built around a dual core processor with each core running at 1 GHz, delivering up to two GHz of processing power and 1 GB of RAM to keep pace with all aspects of your life. Web pages open twice as fast as non-dual-core smartphones and Adobe® Flash® Player makes it possible to view a full range of online animations and video. Motorola ATRIX 4G’s unparalleled versatility and connectivity equips you to handle whatever life throws at you, wherever you are. You can even make and receive calls as you’re working within the webtop application. Live your life powerfully with Motorola ATRIX 4G.

Empower Your Fun

Enjoy sharper, smoother entertainment at home or on the go with Motorola ATRIX 4G. Motorola ATRIX 4G offers up to 48 GB of memory ─ 16 GB on board and an optional 32 GB microSD card ─ giving you space to store thousands of songs, photos, and files to keep you entertained wherever your life takes you. The dual-core processor lets Motorola ATRIX 4G render graphics and games faster, and everything you see on Motorola ATRIX 4G screen will be in crisp, rich 24-bit color with the world’s first qHD (Quarter High Definition) smartphone display. With the U-verse mobile app from AT&T, U-verse subscribers can browse a library of shows for streaming to the Motorola ATRIX 4G, and remotely schedule recordings on their DVRs at home.

Balance with Ease

Motorola ATRIX 4G is mobile the way you want it to be, for both work and play. With MOTOBLUR, you can simultaneously stay updated with work and your social life. You’ll always have the world at your fingertips with AT&T’s fast 4G wireless network or Wi-Fi. Dock your Motorola ATRIX 4G at home or in the office to open, view, edit and send PowerPoint, Excel and Word documents using cloud based web apps through the full Mozilla Firefox browser in the webtop application. At the end of the day you’ll know all the information stored in your smartphone is safe, thanks to the fingerprint reader with its unique fingerprint recognition technology.

Motorola ATRIX 4G
Talk and Standby


Usage Time/Talk Time: 3G = 9 hrs; GSM = 8.8 hrs

Standby Time: 3G = 250 hrs; GSM = 264 hrs

Bands/Modes WCDMA 850/1900/2100,

GSM 850/900/1900/1800

Weight 135g
Dimensions 63.50 wide x 117.75 long x 10.95 thin
OS Android 2.2 – upgrade to 2.3 is planned for later this year
Processor 2 processor cores running at 1GHz each
Battery 1930.00 mAh
Connectivity 3.5mm, micro USB 2.0 HS, Corporate Sync, BOTA, Wi-Fi 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11b/g/n Bluetooth2 2.1 EDR
Display 4.0 in. qHD (Quarter High Definition) (960 x 540)
Messaging/Web/Apps MMS, SMS, Email (Corporate Sync, Google Mail, POP3/IMAP embedded, Push Email)
Audio AAC, AAC+, AAC+ Enhanced, AMR NB, MP3, WMA v10
Video HD 1020 p capable

Capture – 720p MPEG4 and H.264 at 30 fps

(1020p will be supported via SW upgrade post-launch)

Playback – 1020p MPEG4, H.264, WMV, Xvid/DivX at 30 fps

(Playback through HDMI is 720p at launch and will be upgraded to 1020p via SW upgrade post-launch)

Streaming – VGA in MPEG4, H.264, H.263 at 30 fps

Camera 5 MP AF, Digital Zoom with LED Flash , 2nd VGA imager for video chat self image capture
Storage 16GB on board – supports up to 32GB microSD (Total 48GB)
Memory 1GB LP DDR2 RAM
Form Factor Touch screen
Sensors Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Proximity
Antenna Internal
Address Book/Calendar MOTOBLURTM aggregates Facebook®, MySpace, TwitterTM and GmailTM messages and contacts as well as syncs and merges your work contacts, email and calendar
Browsers Android Web Kit with Adobe® Flash® Player, Mozilla 3.6.13 in Webtop Application
Location Services eCompass, aGPS with Google Mapsâ„¢, Google Latitudeâ„¢, Google Maps Street View