AT&T has promised that the Motorola Atrix 4G is going to be available by March 6, but now this carrier says that the launch date for this cutting-edge smartphone is going to be nearly two weeks earlier.
This model has drawn considerable attention not only for its very high-end feature set, but for a pair of innovative accessories that will be able to turn this phone into either a netbook or a nettop computer.
AT&T announced today that the Atrix 4G is going to hit store shelves on Tuesday, February 22.
This product can already be pre-ordered from AT&T, but at this point this is only open to this carrier's current subscribers. Pre-orders will ship for Feb. 21, or those who opted to pick up their device at an AT&T store will be able to do so on that same day.
The Atrix 4G will sell for the usual cost for a high-end smartphone: $200 with a two-year service agreement. No mail-in rebates will be required to get this price.
More Than Your Typical Smartphone
Those who get an Atrix 4G will have the option to get a laptop dock with an 11-inch display, keyboard, and trackpad, but no operating system. The Atrix 4G will provide this.
Customers will be able to buy this smartphone and the laptop dock for $500 with a two-year service contract that includes a 4 GB Data Pro smartphone data plan with tethering add on, and a $100 mail-in rebate. It will cost $500 when purchased separately.
Motorola is also producing a desktop dock that will have three USB ports for a keyboard and mouse, as well as a HD video-out port.
This accessory will be sold with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, plus a remote control, for $190.
Overview of the Motorola Atrix 4G
When functioning on its own, the Atrix 4G will have a tablet shape and a qHD (960 x 540) touchscreen.
It is going to run Android OS 2.2 on a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, making it the first smartphones widely available in the U.S. with this chip.
It will also have 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a microSD/HC memory card slot.
This smartphone is going to be one of the first to be able to connect to AT&T's 4G HSPA+ network, plus it will have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.
When plugged in to one of its accessories, the Atrix 4G will switch to a version of Linux that offers a full desktop version of the Firefox web browser, while also still providing all the features of the Android OS.
The version of Firefox that will run in dock mode will offer a near desktop experience, with multiple windows, Adobe Flash support, etc.
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