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Motorola launches ATRIX Android smartphone in Singapore

Motorola Atrix

The Motorola ATRIX is the company's high-end Android smartphone that was showcased at CES in Las Vegas earlier this year. Today, Motorola announced the launch of the ATRIX in Singapore which will be available at all three local telco operators. Also announced at the event – the Motorola Xoom 3G Android tablet. VR-Zone brings you the coverage.

Update: StarHub has unveiled the price plan for the Motorola Xoom 3G. Please refer to the Motorola Xoom news release inside for the details.

Spiros Nikolakopoulos, vice president and general manager, International distribution markets, Motorola Mobility, says that this year the company have launched a number of devices including the Motorola Defy, Milestone 2 and the Xoom Wi-Fi which was launched few weeks ago and doing very well in the Singapore market.

"Today, we introduced a new portfolio that is very differentiated and it is more than just a smartphone. It has all the features and functionality you would expect from a mobile device; it is also a multimedia centre, a cloud-computing device, a laptop, and is seamless to the user. With the converged device such as the Motorola ATRIX, we are able to deliver a truly converged user experience. The converged user experience allow users to go beyond just consumption like watching videos and surfing Internet. It also allows you to go into the world of creation and sharing," said Nikolakopoulos.


Powered by 1GHz dual core processor, the Motorola ATRIX features 16GB onboard memory and an optional 32GB microSD card slot for expansion. It runs Google Android 2.2 Froyo, though the company states that it will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. No news as to when the update will come though.

On the left, we see the micro USB and HDMI connectors for transferring data and video output to an external display. And yes, the ports are to be docked to the appropriate docking station you want to use.

Over to the right, we only find the volume controls for the Motorola ATRIX smartphone.

At the top is the 3.5mm audio jack and fingerprint reader. Unlike other phones whereby you wake up from idle mode by pressing the power or lock button, you just need to swipe your finger across the reader for this one. Well, provided you have registered your fingerprint first. At the rear is the 5-megapixel camera with LED flash that can capture high definition videos.

One notable feature of the Motorola ATRIX is that it comes with Citrix client app, which allows business user to easily access all their applications they need to work from anywhere.

Motorola has designed two docks for use with the Motorola ATRIX smartphone – HD Multimedia Dock (above) and the Lapdock. The Motorola HD Multimedia Dock comes with HDMI output and three USB ports for connecting to devices including keyboard and mouse (for wireless keyboard and mouse, just plug in the USB wireless transceivers), and USB storage drives.

The Motorola Lapdock has a thin design with 11.6-inch display, full-size keyboard, trackpad for navigating the cursor, stereo speakers, and 36Wh three-cell battery that delivers up to eight hours of battery life. It also weghs lightly at just 1.1kg.

The Motorola ATRIX will be available at all three local operators on 10 June 2011. The ATRIX bundled with the HD Multimedia Dock will be at a recommended retail price of S$988 and the ATRIX bundled with the Lapdock will be at a recommended retail price of S$1,288. According to Motorola, the operators may offer the ATRIX with or without the dock bundle and it will be best to check with them.

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