The Motorola Atrix, one of the earliest anticipated Android device to feature a dual-core 1GHz processor and high resolution display is finally here in Malaysia. That’s nearly a 6 months wait since its first announcement in January this year. We’ve even mentioned that the Motorola Atrix was the best smart phone at the start of the new year.
The Motorola Atrix is priced at RM1999 which was tweeted by sapiensbryan at the launch event. This is actually the same price as the HTC Incredible S which we reviewed earlier. But what you’ll get is a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, a 4.0″ qHD 960×540 display and massive 1930mAh battery.
That’s not all, there’s also a Lapdock that transforms the Atrix smart phone to offer a laptop like experience. Such functionality however comes with a hefty price. At RM1399, the lapdock itself is priced pretty close to a tablet like the iPad 2 or ASUS Eee Pad Transformer at RM1499 range.
There’s a cheaper multimedia dock at RM439, which you can connect to your HD TV via HDMI. It also allows you to connect a USB keyboard and mouse as well. You can check out the pic of the dock taken at the launch here.
It is a pity that the Motorola Atrix took this long to make it to Malaysia. Had it launched long before Samsung and HTC announced their flagship devices, the Atrix could have landed onto more hands of Malaysians. With the Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Sensation boasting higher processing power and running the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the Atrix will have a tough challenge ahead. The Atrix will be available only on Android 2.2 Froyo and Gingerbread upgrade is said to be on the way but without any definitive dates.
To know more about this device, read our previous post here which contains a couple of videos of the Atrix including the Lapdock/Webtop.
HTC Malaysia has announced that they are throwing a party next Tuesday, 21st June and they are opening 40 slots for you and a friend to attend.
According to the announcement, it looks like a launch party for several new devices. We wonder what will the devices be? The HTC Wildfire S has been announced earlier and is now bundled by both DiGi and Celcom. The HTC Salsa however has already made an appearance on DiGi’s Facebook SMS contest but no pricing or bundling details have been revealed so far.
Of course, not forgetting its current top of the range HTC Sensation, which had started selling in the market since 1st June at RM2299 outright. We believe it is likely a event launch for the HTC Sensation and with a possibility of a telco bundling plan as well.
It is also interesting to note that the event is a day before Samsung Galaxy S II launch at Midvalley.
If you want to be part of this event, quickly register yourself here.
HTC Global issued an update via Twitter:
To resolve Desires memory issue and enable the upgrade to Gingerbread, we will cut select apps from the release.
Look for status updates starting next week. We apologize for any confusion.
It looks like memory limitation is indeed a serious issue for the Desire but its great to see that HTC is taking consumer feedback and giving users what they want. Also it looks like Desire users could have Gingerbread on their devices as early as next week
The take out from this is that HTC looks to be a very proactive company able to take in feedback and decisions quickly based on the feedback. They are really creating a lot of positive public perception for themselves with this exercise.
It’s not everyday you see a brand admit to being wrong. HTC UK’s official Facebook page did an about face on their earlier statement and are now saying that the Gingerbread update is indeed coming to the HTC Desire.
Earlier HTC UK claimed that there is simply not enough memory in the Desire produce a smooth user experience with the Gingerbread and HTC’s latest version of Sense UI put together. We find this a bit odd as the 1GHz processor and 576MB of RAM should be enough for Gingerbread and Sense UI to run fine.
Now apparently HTC is able to cook something up.
The very short Facebook update only affirms that the Desire will be getting a Gingerbread update but no timeline or other details are made available, so it could be tomorrow or it could be next year.
Further reading here.