Motorola’s Atrix HD offers high-end specs at a $100 price point. Image: Motorola
Mid-range smartphones are getting better — on paper at least. On Tuesday, Motorola introduced the Atrix HD, a $100 phone packed with high-end specs.
The Atrix HD, a follow up to last year’s Atrix and Atrix 2 handsets, features a 4.5-inch display with a 1280×720 resolution and 331ppi pixel density. The screen is covered in scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, and inside the Atrix will have a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM.
The phone looks a lot like Motorola’s sleek Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx handsets, coming in at 0.33 inches thick and backed in DuPont Kevlar that looks a lot like carbon fiber. The Atrix HD will also feature a 720p front-facing camera for high-definition video chats, and an 8-megapixel, 1080p camera on the back. There’s also an HDMI port for connecting the phone to a TV or external monitor.
Being an AT&T-exclusive, the Atrix HD will run on AT&T’s 4G LTE network. Powering the device will be Motorola’s version of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. All of these specs help place the Atrix in competition with top-of-the-line phones such as the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S III. The Atrix HD will ship with only 8GB of included storage, but at a price of $100 (on a 2-year contract of course) and an available microSD card slot, bumping up storage shouldn’t be a problem for most consumers.
The Atrix HD hits stores on July 15 in both white and black. We should be getting a test unit soon, so stay tuned for a full review of the Atrix HD as well.