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Motorola Mobility announces the Atrix 2 mobile phone

Recent Google acquisition Motorola Mobility has unveiled the Atrix 2 mobile phone, as the successor to the handset from the start of the year that could be added to a docking station and be turned into a laptop.

Motorola’s Atirx 2 will ship with a 4.3-inch 540x960 capacitive touch gorilla glass screen, where the original Atrix came with a 4-inch display. The new phone is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, which was also a feature on the original device with 16GB of internal storage that has been halved in the Atrix 2, with a 2GB microSD card bundled in.

The camera has been upped to an 8 megapixel variant, capable of full 1080p HD video recording whereas the Atrix only had a 5MP camera, with just 720p footage capture abilities.

Motorola’s Atrix 2 mobile broadband speeds have been increased to HSDPA 21Mbps, from the 14.4Mbps limit of the first handset with 2Mbps upstream speeds with the phone’s sequel now allowing for 5.76 Mbps.

Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 is the shipping OS on the Motorola Atrix 2; the Atrix 1 only becoming upgradeable to that platform, at a later date.

No prices or details of any networks carrying the Motorola Atrix 2 have been made public yet, only that it will be available in the United States starting mid- October.

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