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iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Motorola Atrix Down To £260

Motorola retailers are clearing out stocks of the existing Atrix smartphone which was launched just over one year ago at CES 2011 with one retailer, BuyMobilePhones, selling the unlocked and unbranded device for £260.

The Atrix is still a pretty powerful handset even if it is 12 months old. It has a 4-inch 960x540 pixel touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass, a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a five megapixel rear camera plus a front facing VGA one, 720p HD video recording, a 1930mAh battery - the biggest one on any smartphone, a fingerprint reader and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo which is upgradable to 2.3.

Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a microUSB port, and Motoblur UI with Live Widgets. It will probably be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in 2012.

At 11mm and weighing 135g, the Atrix is bulkier than similar dual-core smartphones but offers two interesting accessories: an HD multimedia dock and a lapdock which converts the phone into a laptop. The Atrix is the second cheapest dual core smartphone on the market next to the Optimus 2X, which costs £250.