By Mark Long / Top Tech News. Updated March 16, 2012.
Motorola began shipping its new Atrix 2 smartphone to wireless carriers in selected markets such as New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand this month. Even better, the Atrix 2 is currently available in the U.S. through AT&T, a Motorola Mobility spokesperson said Friday.
Priced at $99.99 for customers signing up for a two-year service contract, AT&T's Atrix 2 smartphone can double as a mobile entertainment center for road warriors and globe-trotting business executives -- even as it delivers a range of business security and productivity features.
On the enterprise side, for example, the Atrix 2 offers data encryption on both the device and the SD card. Other business-class features include PIN lock, password protection and inactivity timeouts.
What's more, IT departments also gain the ability to wipe the phone remotely if lost or stolen. Additionally, AT&T's enhanced Internet Protocol virtual private network, or IP VPN, provides business users with corporate access across multiple IP-based infrastructures in more than 60 countries.
The Atrix 2 is currently powered by Google's Android 2.3 platform, also known as Gingerbread. However, Motorola Mobility plans to deliver "Ice Cream Sandwich" Android 4.0 upgrades to Atrix 2 users based in the United States, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and other selected markets beginning in the third quarter of 2012.
Under the Hood
The Atrix 2 has a 4.3-inch, touch-sensitive TFT display with 540x960-pixel resolution, and is equipped with a 1GHz, dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of ROM and a 2 GB microSD card that can be expanded to a maximum of 32 GB of data storage. Beyond its built-in GSM, UMTS and HSPA+ cellular network radios, the Atrix 2 also offers users standard Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR wireless connectivity options.
Other hardware capabilities under the hood include an e-compass as well as accelerometer, light and proximity sensors. Additionally, the new 4G device incorporates a VGA front camera offering support for video chat sessions, together with an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash that also can be used to capture full 1080p HD videos for playback at 30 frames per second.
AT&T's Atrix 2 is equipped with a micro USB 2.0 port and an HDMI output jack that enables users to display their HD video clips on any size HD monitor with an HDMI cable using Mirror mode. What's more, the device's 1735 mAh is capable of delivering up to 8.5 hours of talk time or nearly 16 days of operation in the standby mode.
On the software side, the Atrix 2 features the full-version of the Firefox Web browser. Handset users also will be able to connect the smartphone to an optional accessory to browse the Web on any size HD TV or monitor.
"The HD station allows you to dock the device and view its contents on a larger screen," a Motorola Mobility spokesperson said Friday. "The HD station also features multiple USB ports so you can plug in various peripherals such as speakers or a keyboard and mouse."
Weighing 5.18 ounces, AT&T's Atrix 2 includes a built-in media player and FM radio. The smartphone also ships with a free ZumoCast app that provides easy access to the music, playlists, photos and videos stored on the handset user's home PC.
AT&T subscribers receive a range of preloaded AT&T-branded software. The available free and paid offerings include AT&T navigation and code scanner apps, the Let's Golf 2 game and AT&T U-Verse Live TV.
Overseas Atrix 2 customers receive access to content from Electronic Arts, which offers game franchises on a global basis through Internet-connected mobile phones, media tablets, gaming consoles and PCs in 75 countries. "There is no EA content preloaded on the Atrix 2 from AT&T," Motorola Mobility's spokesperson noted in an e-mail.