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iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Motorola Atrix Now Down To £234

Another sign that the Motorola Atrix handset is on its way out; online retailer Ballicom International is now selling Moto's former flagship handset for a mere £234.34, which is less than half its original selling price and nearly £50 less than the price we reported last week.

And with more than 400 smartphones in stock, Ballicom (opens in new tab) is almost certainly passing on price cuts from Motorola itself rather than losing hard earnt money, given the fact that Motorola has already announced the launch of the Atrix 2.

The Atrix is still a worthy handset despite being launched more than nine months ago. It was the first smartphone to come with a qHD resolution, the first to come with 1GB RAM, the first to come with a 1950mAh battery (the largest at the time) and the first (and still only) to come with a fingerprint recognition feature.

The rest of the configuration was also ground breaking at the time. It had a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, a 4-inch 960x540 pixel touchscreen, two cameras, 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, Android OS 2.2 (upgradable to 2.3) with Motoblur and up to nine hours talk time.

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.