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iPhone 4S Rival Alert: Motorola Atrix Now Costs £282

The price of the Motorola Atrix is continuing to tumble amidst what is increasingly looking like a clearance sale.

Online retailer Handtec (opens in new tab) is selling the device for only £282, which is around half the phone's original SRP and that's only nine months after it was released at CES in Las Vegas.

The Atrix is now only £40 or so more expensive than the LG Optimus 2X, the cheapest dual core handset on the market.

However, it's almost certainly worth forking out that additional £40 for the Atrix. Like the Optimus 2X, it is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC. But it has twice the RAM (1GB), twice the onboard storage (16GB), a higher resolution (960x540 pixels), and a bigger battery (1930mah).

There's also the unique laptop dock which converts the phone into a laptop plus that fingerprint reader, a five megapixel camera, a front facing webcam, a microSD card slot and an HDMI port.

The Atrix is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo but is upgradable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. At 11mm thick and weighing 135g, it is slightly thicker but also weighs less than the iPhone 4S. There are rumours that the followup to the Motorola Atrix is not too far away.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.