Motorola on Wednesday announced additional information regarding its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update schedule. The company has confirmed that an Ice Cream Sandwich update is currently rolling out to the XOOM, with the XOOM Family Edition, Atrix 4G, Atrix 2 and Photon 4G set to receive the update in the second quarter and third quarter of 2012. Motorola previously confirmed an update for the DROID BIONIC, DROID RAZR, DROID RAZR MAXX and DROID 4, however the company’s website list the devices as being “in Evaluation & Planning” phase. In fact, all of Verizon’s phones and tablets are curiously stuck in the evaluation stage and there are no further details as to when they may see an update. More →
When BGR Editor-in-chief Jonathan Geller first reviewed the original Motorola ATRIX 4G in February, he called it “one of the best smartphones to ever be available from AT&T.” Now I have that phone’s successor, the Motorola ATRIX 2. It offers a few improvements over the original, including support for faster data speeds, a slightly larger display and a beefier camera. I’ve been using the ATRIX 2 and a number of its new accessories for a while now; is it as big of a deal as the original was? Can it compete with higher-end devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S II? Those questions and more are answered in my full review, which follows after the break.
We just met with Motorola in San Diego during the CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2011 trade show to get a first-hand look at the newly announced Motorola ATRIX 2, and we love what we see so far. The phone is made of plastic, and while we generally prefer more high-end materials such as aluminum, it feels weighty and solid in the hand. We also appreciate that Motorola added a dedicated camera button this time around, which makes it easy to launch the camera app for quick photo taking. The ATRIX 2 is also equipped with a beautiful 4.3-inch qHD display that was very sharp, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM and support for AT&T’s HSPA+ 21 network. Additionally, it runs the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system. The ATRIX 2 will be available on Sunday, October 16th for $99.99 with a new two-year contract. We’ll reserve final judgements until we write our full review, but we’re definitely respecting the high-spec build-out at an affordable price point. Be sure to check out our gallery below.
Motorola may have big plans for the holiday season, at least according to a few new leaks from This is my next. Official press shots of the AT&T ATRIX 2 and its brand new Laptop Dock 100 accessory were spilled recently, as were details on an unannounced Motorola Spyder smartphone and two models of the XOOM 2 tablet. Last week we published an exclusive first look at the ATRIX 2 and now several of the phone’s specs have supposedly been confirmed. It is equipped with a 4.3-inch display with a qHD resolution, 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera. Details on the Laptop Dock 100 are still slim but This is my next did report that it has a smaller 10.1-inch display. Hit the break for more. More →
Last week we saw the first images of a new Motorola handset largely believed to be the successor to the ATRIX 4G. Now rumors have surfaced that the phone’s model number is actually “MB865” and that it packs a 4G LTE radio, which lends credence to the possibility of it launching as AT&T’s first 4G LTE smartphone. According to PhoneArena, which purportedly obtained a leaked internal system screenshot from AT&T, the MB865 will be field tested in a number of markets where AT&T has already confirmed it will deploy its new 4G network. The phone also said to sport an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video and is equipped with an HD display and a dual-core processor. AT&T has confirmed that it will launch 4G LTE service in several markets this summer including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The carrier expects its faster network to be available in a total of 15 markets by the end of this year and has already announced two devices. AT&T may hold off on launching the MB865, or what is now being called the ATRIX 2, until its LTE network is available in more areas, so it is unclear when we will see the phone become official. More →