The Motorola Atrix 2 is finally here with the price tag of RM1,599 from IMCC. Despite having a “2” behind the Atrix name, it isn’t really a full fledged replacement.
First up, the screen is bumped from 4.0″ to 4.3″ which is an improvement with non-Pentile display. The screen resolution is still maintained at qHD which pushes a rather high 960×540 pixels. In terms of processor, instead of the 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 on the original Atrix, the Atrix 2 uses a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430. This puts it a notch lower than the RM1,999 Motorola RAZR that runs on 1.2GHz dual-core.
At the back, the camera is given an upgrade from 5MP to 8MP which now shoots 1080p HD videos. Unfortunately the battery capacity is reduced from 1,930mAh down to 1,785mAh. The Atrix 2 supports HSPA+ with download speeds up to 21Mbps which is similar to the Samsung Galaxy S II. It is also worth pointing out that the Atrix 2 doesn’t come with a bio-metric fingerprint scanner which was available on the original Atrix.
If you’re interested, head over to IMCC’s Motorola Atrix 2 page.
At the same time, the original dual-core Motorola Atrix which was launched at RM1,999 is now going for as low as RM1,299 at IMCC Online Store. If you’re interested, you better act fast as offer is while stocks last.
Head after break for promo videos of the Motorola Atrix 2.
We’ve once again reached that time of the year where we look back at the past eleven months to see what a year it has been. For us at SoyaCincau.com, 2011 has been a year filled with amazing gadgets and innovation. The mobile scene has progressed so much in such a short time span that you can’t believe how much the game has moved on since a year ago.
In Malaysia, we see more interest from prominent brands like Samsung, Sony Ericsson, HTC, Nokia and BlackBerry as they identify Malaysia as a key market. As a result we see more devices being launched in Malaysia much earlier than – or at the very least at the same time as – other countries. We see this trend continuing for 2012 as Android gains traction and makes inroads in the minds and hearts of Malaysian consumers outside of urban areas and the demand for smartphones increases and prices drop.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone has got to be, in our opinion, one of the biggest lost opportunities for 2011. As a mobile platform, Windows Phone has loads of potential but the lack of a concerted and synchronised market awareness effort from Microsoft and manufacturers has resulted in the platform being an unknown in the country. As a result of that, retailers have seen very little interest in Windows Phone devices.
Having said that, Nokia is set to launch its range of Lumia devices that run on Windows Phone in Malaysia sometime before the first quarter of next year. With a strong brand presence in the country, Nokia could just be what Windows Phone need to gain some mind share in Malaysia. But make no mistake, the Nokia Lumia devices are not magic bullets and Microsoft can’t depend on Nokia alone to solve the lack of awareness for its mobile platform. More needs to be done on Microsoft’s side to educate and drive conversation on the strengths and advantages of Windows Phone.
Speaking of which, TIME magazine has released its top ten lists of everything for the year. Naturally, the list of Top 10 gadgets for 2011 is something we are all very interested to see.
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Malaysia’s most up-to-date smartphone store, IMCC, announced that it has dropped the pricing of the Motorola Atrix from RM1,999 previously to RM1,599 currently.
Touted as the world’s more powerful smartphone when it was initially launched in January this year, the Atrix was amongst the first smartphones with a dual-core processor. In this case, the Atrix came with a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, a 4.0-inch qHD 960×540 display, a 5MP camera and a massive 1930mAh battery.
IMCC is also throwing a multimedia dock retailing for RM439 for free. The dock allows the Atrix to be connected to a HD TV via HDMI out. It also allows you to connect a USB keyboard and mouse as well.
The new pricing should reflect on other retailers as well. So check before you buy.
Motorola is now planning to release the successor to its Atrix flagship Android smartphone. The Atrix 2, as it is most probably be called, will feature 4.3-inch qHD display, an 8 megapixel AF cam with single LED flash, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage with expansion to a total of 40GB with a 2GB microSD card included in box.
Along with the new Atrix comes a newly-designed Lapdock, but from what we’ve there are no features. Though the size of the Lapdock has been reduced from a 11.6-inch screen on the original to a 10.1-inch unit.
Another notable difference between the older Lapdock and the new design is the way the phone is connected to it. The new Lapdock connects to the Atrix 2 with a cable rather that a form-fitting recess. This connection method will give the Lapdock compatibility with other supported Motorola devices.
No word on pricing and release date. The original Atrix was and still is a vastly talented device but it didn’t exactly fly off the shelves here in Malaysia. A lackluster marketing effort is much to blame for this and we hope that when the new Atrix hits Malaysia, Motorola Malaysia would’ve learnt a thing or two to not just depend on a the device’s reputation to make the sale.
One more picture of the Atrix 2 after the jump.
For those of who’s interested, Maxis is now offering the Motorola Atrix for as low as RM1,299, with contract of course (RRP without contract is RM1,999). In terms of packages, it’s the same deal as any other Maxis Android device plan, just choose any Maxis Value plan (Value First or Value Plus) and add to that a data bundle (500MB, 1.5GB, 3GB) and you’re good to go.
For details, click on Maxis.
If you’re sill undecided on which Android smartphone to get, check out our detailed comparison here.
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.
Having surprised us all by being one of the first resellers to sell the HTC Sensation in Malaysia, IMCC is getting Malaysian device junkies all excited again with a list of devices that it plans to bring between June and July this year.
With these regular updates IMCC is quickly establishing itself as the go to guys when you’re looking for the latest mobile gadgets at a good price.
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