Motorola Atrix HD For AT&T Peeks Out, Looks Sharpby Jason Inofuentes on July 5, 2012 12:23 PM EST
Image courtesy of Droid-Life.
Somewhere a Motorola employee is wishing he'd double-checked that launch date. Splashing into the news after a bit of a hiatus, Motorola briefly revealed the splashpage for the new Atrix HD destined for AT&T this morning. The page has since been pulled, but not before showing off some interesting details. The RAZR-like design isn't terribly surprising, but is a strong departure from the more curvy Atrix design language. The screen has grown to a 1280 x 720 4.5" size with what's being referred to as ColorBoost technology. In order to hit that 8.4 mm thickness,
the display is likely of the AMOLED variety, so PenTile will be present. As we've seen, though, it hardly matters at these pixel densities. Motorola, apparently, didn't have to resort to AMOLED, unlike the RAZR before it. This comes from a spec page entry we missed earlier, hence the update. We've seen some thin LCDs before, and we've seen Motorola use PenTile on LCDs before, too; so display judgments will have to wait till we have some hands-on time.
We're left to wonder, though, what chipset powers this third Atrix variant? For the RAZR, Motorola opted for the TI OMAP 4 solution, and their own Wrigley LTE baseband. These days, Qualcomm Snapdragon has been taking most of the design wins for LTE devices because of its power sipping habits. So, could the Atrix HD be revisiting the OMAP 4 well, or has it moved on to faster moving water? We'll wait and see.
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Belard - Thursday, July 5, 2012 - linkThat would be nobody. You'd need to root your phone or buy an international version.
RussianSensation - Thursday, July 5, 2012 - linkSame with my Samsung Galaxy S1. Still stuck on the original Android 2.1 (Eclair) with no upgrade in sight. Going to switch to iPhone 5 probably because none of the carriers care about providing any support to Android phones the minute they sell them to you. My phone is extremely slow by now too. I hate itunes, but I've been extremely disappointing with GPS on Android phones, lack of updates and what is inevitably is an OS that slows over time the more you use it, almost like Windows XP on old mechanical drives back int the days ;)
Belard - Thursday, July 5, 2012 - linkMine is a SGS1 as well... but its running 2.3, you need to check with Samsung to see if they have the proper update for you. Its not completely Samsungs fault as it is the carriers.
You of course, can root your phone and put something else on.
The more power versions of Android may require more resources than the old SGS1 can handle
- Yes GPS on Samsungs seem to suck.
Zoomer - Friday, July 6, 2012 - linkMy Desire got a OTA update to froyo, and was flashable to gingerbread. There are 3rd party roms for ICS.
Get a phone that's more likely to be supported long term. :)
Spunjji - Friday, July 6, 2012 - linkWhat's wrong with GPS on "Android phones"? Mine works fine... :/
Belard - Friday, July 6, 2012 - linkIts crap... still seeing posts from SGs2 owners.
Constant "GPS SIGNAL LOST"
PS: For those who may have capativate or other SGs1 phone. The updater from Samsung (last time) wasn't very good. I had to use an old PC with WindowsXP to do the firmware update to 2.3. It didn't like W7 (how stupid).
It did improve GPS... but still crap.
PubFiction - Friday, July 6, 2012 - linkPlease learn to separate the correct items. Android GPS is fine, my EVO 3D works fine I have no problems. Samsung is the one with GPS problem, I do not know about others but the first galaxy phones have issues.
PubFiction - Friday, July 6, 2012 - linkAlso to people complaining about updates, now that Motorola is owned by google I would expect that to change.
But there has to be a point where you stop updating a phone. Want updates get windows phone 7.
AFAIK apple stops updating phones too. Lots of features are not added to older phones. So not sure how going apple changes that.
Google maps is good and the GPS works fine on many android phones.
raulr - Sunday, July 8, 2012 - linkApple is still updating it's 3 year old 3GS to iOS 6. You're correct that it doesn't get all the features, but it does get all the API's. In a short amount of time, newer apps and updated versions of existing apps will be written with those new API's in mind. This 3 year old iPhone will still be able to run these apps.
Now flip that to Android and the same applies. Personally I have a Nexus S, so I'll fortunately be getting the latest and greatest within the next week or two.
I still think Google needs to somehow resolve this upgradeability issue. Unfortunately, it's not in the manufacturers best interest to do so. They'd rather sell you a new device instead.
amdwilliam1985 - Monday, July 9, 2012 - link"Apple is still updating it's 3 year old 3GS to iOS 6. You're correct that it doesn't get all the features, but it does get all the API's. In a short amount of time, newer apps and updated versions of existing apps will be written with those new API's in mind. This 3 year old iPhone will still be able to run these apps."
Unfortunately, all iPhones are still with puny 3.5", still locked to iTunes, still not able to play mkv and many other video format, still no LTE, still no micro SD card, still not able to have ringtone and vibrate at the same time, still not able to assign any mp3 as ringtone, still the same boring same iOS interface...
I had the iPhone 3GS.
Once you tasted the freedom of Android, you can't go back to iOS, never ever again.