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iPhone 4S Rival Alert: Motorola Unveils Atrix 2 Handset

Motorola has quietly launched the new Atrix 2 smartphone, which is an evolution rather than a revolution, compared to the first ground breaking Atrix.

The new handset has a different shape to the original Atrix with smoother edges and a curvier profile.

Google-owned Motorola has swapped the Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC for a TI OMAP4 SoC clocked at 1GHz. There's a bigger 4.3-inch capacitive screen that uses Pentile pixel technology with a 960x540 pixel resolution.

Add in 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (half that of the original Atrix), a microSD card slot, an eight megapixel camera, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, full 1080p video capture and a free ZumoCast App and you've got a decent mainstream smartphone rather than a top of the range device.

This impression was reinforced by the fact that Alain Mutricy, Motorola Mobility's senior vice president of product and portfolio management, mentioned that the Atrix 2 offers great value for money and is at an accessible price.

The handset will be released in the US within days but Motorola hasn't confirmed when it will arrive in the UK. Furthermore, we expect that there will be a higher specced Motorola handset coming soon.

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.