Motorola Atrix 2 Likely To Be Launched Before iPhone 5

Motorola is already working on a svelter, less angular version of the Atrix 2, and the first (p)review of the device has already appeared online courtesy of Thisismynext.com.

The smartphone, which is known internally as the Edison, comes with a 4.3-inch qHD LCD touchscreen but has given up on the PenTile pixel technology used in the previous Atrix.

The Atrix 2 also marks a major win for TI whose OMAP4 (possibly the 4460) powers the handset. With two cores clocked at 1GHz, it should prove to be a worthy rival to the Tegra 2.

Other hardware features include a microUSB & HDMI port, 1GB RAM, a paltry 8GB onboard storage with microSD expansion, HSPA+ connectivity (but no LTE), an eight megapixel camera, 1080p video capture, a two-megapixel front-facing camera, up to 8.5 hours battery life, up to 16 days standby and Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread.

We are however slightly disappointed that the phone isn't nearly as compelling an upgrade as the Samsung Galaxy S2 is to the Galaxy S.

Worse still, the Atrix 2 has dropped the "edgy" distinctive look of the Atrix for something more mundane, not unlike the HTC Sensation or the Galaxy S2.

The good news though is that the introduction of the Atrix 2 will cause the price of the original Atrix to drop even further.