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Android-based ATRIX 4G boasts "impressive specs," says iFixit

From hardware perspective, Motorola ATRIX 4G smartphone lives up to the hype

By Brad Reed, Network World
February 23, 2011 11:22 AM ET
Motorola ATRIX 4G

Network World - While new smartphones often tout their superior hardware, Motorola's new Android-based ATRIX 4G is living up to the hype, says iFixit.

iFixit's team of smartphone repair gurus tore down the ATRIX 4G this week and came away impressed by the device's processing power and its graphics processing unit. IFixit found that the ATRIX has a dual-core Cortex A9 processor and an eight-core ultra-low power GeForce Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). These two features alone were enough for iFixit to dub the ATRIX as "the most powerful smartphone on the market" that "boasts some impressive technical specs."

ANALYSIS: Motorola ATRIX 4G: A new stage in smartphone-PC integration

But the device's processing power wasn't the only feature that impressed the iFixit team about the ATRIX. Among other things, iFixit noted that the ATRIX features a 1930 mAh Li-Ion battery that gives users "up to 530 minutes of talk time on GSM and up to 540 minutes on 3G"; side-by-side USB and HDMI ports to boost connectivity; and a simple interior design that makes the device easier to take apart and repair than comparable devices.

"This is... the most-repairable smartphone we've ever taken apart!" wrote Miro Djuric on the iFixit team's blog. "The ATRIX was definitely designed for repairability on the inside, just waiting for our loving hands to disassemble it piece by piece."

The ATRIX 4G, which is available exclusively on AT&T's network for the time being, was designed by Motorola to integrate directly into personal computers. During a demonstration at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Motorola showed how a laptop could take data directly from the smartphone and edit it as though it had originated on the laptop itself. It also showed how the laptop could be used to enact such crucial smartphone functions as text messaging and voice calling when integrated with the ATRIX.

The device also aims to give users the option of having a more PC-like experience through Motorola's own Web top application that runs the 3.6 version of Mozilla Firefox and that supports Adobe's Flash. In other words, when you plug your device into your laptop dock and browse the Web, it will be more like browsing on a laptop rather than on a giant smartphone. AT&T is offering users the opportunity to buy both the ATRIX 4G and a Motorola Laptop Dock at a bundled price of $500. The carrier is also offering ATRIX users a package that includes a Motorola HD Multimedia Dock, as well as a Bluetooth-enabled wireless keyboard and mouse, for an additional $190.

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