Motorola began shipping its new Atrix 2 smartphone to wireless carriers in selected markets such as New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand this month. Even better, the Atrix 2 is currently available in the U.S. through AT&T, a Motorola Mobility spokesperson said Friday.
Priced at $99.99 for customers signing up for a two-year service contract, AT&T's Atrix 2 smartphone can double as a mobile entertainment center for road warriors and globe-trotting business executives -- even as it delivers a range of business security and productivity features.
On the enterprise side, for example, the Atrix 2 offers data encryption on both the device and the SD card. Other business-class features include PIN lock, password protection and inactivity timeouts.
What's more, IT departments also gain the ability to wipe the phone remotely if lost or stolen. Additionally, AT&T's enhanced Internet Protocol virtual private network , or IP VPN, provides business users with corporate access across multiple IP-based infrastructures in more than 60 countries.
The Atrix 2 is currently powered by Google's Android 2.3 platform, also known as Gingerbread. However, Motorola Mobility plans to deliver "Ice Cream Sandwich" Android 4.0 upgrades to Atrix 2 users based in the United States, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and other selected markets beginning in the third quarter of 2012.
Under the Hood
The Atrix 2 has a 4.3-inch, touch-sensitive TFT display with 540x960-pixel resolution, and is equipped with a 1GHz, dual-core processor , 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of ROM and a 2 GB microSD card that can be expanded to a maximum of 32 GB of data storage . Beyond its built-in GSM, UMTS and HSPA+ cellular network radios, the Atrix 2 also offers users standard Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR wireless connectivity options.
Other hardware capabilities under the hood include an e-compass as well as accelerometer, light and proximity sensors. Additionally, the new 4G device incorporates a VGA front camera offering support for video chat sessions, together with an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash that also can be used to capture full 1080p HD videos for playback at 30 frames per second. (continued...)