Motorola Atrix 4G

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Motorola Atrix 4G
Motorola Atrix 4G on Motoblur 2.3.6.jpg
The Motorola Atrix 4G, with capacitive buttons across the bottom
Manufacturer Motorola Mobility
First released

US: February 22, 2011
CAN: March 17, 2011
KOR: April 3, 2011

UK: May 4, 2011
Availability by country US: Q1-2011
CAN: Q1-2011
KOR: Q2-2011
UK: Q2-2011
Successor Atrix 2, Atrix HD, Atrix HD LTE
Form factor Touchscreen smartphone
Dimensions 117.75 mm (4.636 in) H
63.50 mm (2.500 in) W
10.95 mm (0.431 in) D
Weight 135 grams (4.8 oz)
Operating system Android 2.3.4 and 2.3.6 Gingerbread
System on chip Nvidia Tegra 2
CPU 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9
GPU GeForce ULP
Memory 1 GB LP DDR2 RAM
Storage 16 GB on board, supports up to 32 GB microSDHC, total 48 GB
Battery

1930 mAh
Talk time

WCDMA = 9 hrs
GSM = 8.8 hrs

Standby time

WCDMA = 350 hrs
GSM = 400 hrs[1]
Data inputs Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display, accelerometer, magnetometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, fingerprint reader
Display 4.0-inch 960×540 px qHD TFT LCD at 275 ppi, 16 M colors, Gorilla Glass
Rear camera 5 MP AF, digital zoom with LED Flash
Capture – 720p MPEG4 and H.264 at 30 frame/s (full 1080p to be supported via software upgrade post-launch)
Front camera 0.3 MP VGA imager for video chat, self image capture
Connectivity WiFi 2.4, 5 GHz 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
WCDMA 850/1900/2100 MHz
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
HSPA+ at 14.4 Mbit/s
audio jack 3.5 mm
Micro USB 2.0 HS
Other Android WebKit with Adobe Flash Player, Mozilla Firefox 3.6.13 in Webtop Application, eCompass,
aGPS with Google Maps, Google Street View, Google Latitude, Android Market
Website Motorola.Com - Atrix 4G

The Motorola Atrix 4G (also known as MB860, ME860 in Asia market, MB861 in Korean market) is an Android-based smartphone by Motorola, introduced in CES 2011 on January 5, 2011. It was made available in the first quarter of 2011. It was introduced along with three other products, Motorola Xoom, Motorola Droid Bionic, and Motorola Cliq 2.[2] It uses an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor.[3] It is the first phone to use the PenTile[4] qHD display with 24-bit graphics. The Motorola Atrix 4G is carried by the following wireless providers: AT&T Wireless US,[5] Orange UK,[6] Bell Canada CAN,[7] Telstra AU. AT&T released Atrix on March 6.[8] It won CNET Best of CES 2011 Award in the Smartphone category,[9] and won nine awards at CES 2011.[10] With the launch of the Motorola Atrix 4G at CES 2011, Motorola and Google had been working together to integrate the software with the hardware.

Specification highlights[edit]

  • Code name: Olympus[11][12][13]
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 (dual-core 1 GHz Cortex A9 + GeForce ULP)
  • HSPA+ at 14.4 Mbit/s down (Category 10 HSPDA), 5.76 Mbit/s up (Category 6 HSUPA) where available[14]
  • Android 2.2 (Upgradable on most carriers to 2.3 "Gingerbread", upgradable to 4.4.4 "Kitkat" with custom firmware)[15]
  • 1 GB LP-DDR2 RAM
  • 16 GB Internal memory, expandable by microSDXC 64 GB, total of 80 GB
  • 4-inch PenTile qHD display (540×960) with Gorilla Glass[16]
  • 5.0 MP with dual LED flash, 4× digital zoom and autofocus, 720p video capture at 30 frame/s
    (Full 1080p video capture will be officially supported via software upgrade sometime post-launch, unofficially available since 15 May 2011 via customized package[17])
  • VGA front-facing camera for video calls
  • Micro USB
  • Micro HDMI (type D)
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • 2nd rear microphone for "uplink" noise reduction[18]
  • TriColor LED notification light
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 1930 mAh user-changeable Li-po battery
  • 117.75 × 63.50 × 10.95 millimetres (4.636 × 2.500 × 0.431 in)
  • 135 grams (4.8 oz)

Webtop[edit]

The Atrix 4G was one of the first Motorola devices to ship with its Webtop platform. When the phone is placed into its HD Multimedia Dock or Laptop Dock accessories, the user can access an Ubuntu-based desktop featuring access to the phone and its applications via the Mobile View'application, integration of Android notifications into the desktop, multimedia playback through Entertainment Center, file management through Nautilus, and the Firefox web browser (along with support for Prism for the site-specific browsers used on Webtop mode).[19]

In September 2011, Motorola released the source code of the Webtop software on SourceForge.[20]

Accessories[edit]

Atrix accessories announced as of October 2011 include:

Motorola Atrix in its HD Multimedia dock

Software updates[edit]

  • On April 30, 2011 AT&T issued an update to the Motorola Atrix 4G enabling HSUPA
  • On July 25, 2011 AT&T began rolling out the Android 2.3.4 update to the AT&T-branded Atrix 4G[25]
  • On February 8, 2012 Motorola sent out Android 2.3.6 to 1000 phones for market testing. Only AT&T customers enjoy 2.3.6 version.
  • On February 15, 2012, Motorola announced that an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) would be available in Q3 2012.[26]
  • On September 28, 2012, Motorola announced that they would not upgrade the Atrix 4G to Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)[27] as they had promised, prompting customer outrage.[28]

Variants[edit]

In June 2011 Motorola and Sprint announced the release on July 31 of the Motorola Photon 4G, which has a 4.3-inch (110 mm) qHD multi-touch display and a 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. It has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 720p recording capabilities, a VGA front-facing camera for video chat and self-portrait pictures, and the Sprint ID customization app.

FCC approval[edit]

FCC ID: IHDP56LS1 Approved January 20, 2011

Reception and awards[edit]

The Atrix 4G received largely positive reviews from critics. Engadget gave the Atrix 4G 9 out of 10, commenting on its sound quality and high-resolution display.[29] CNET gave it 4 out of 5 stars for its sleek design and 5 megapixels camera.[30]

Atrix has been awarded 'Best of CES Awards' at CES, held in January 2011.[31]

Development[edit]

When the Atrix was shipped to AT&T, root access[clarify] was available, but the bootloader was locked[clarify] by request of AT&T.[32] Only pseudo-roms[clarification needed] were available, since the kernel could not be overwritten.

Many customers wrote to Motorola, including on their Facebook page, and eventually a method to unlock the bootloader was released.[33] People began to develop for[clarify] the phone, and eventually, it gained official CyanogenMod 7 support. However, CyanogenMod support was more difficult to gain than for other phones because the Atrix shipped with uncommon features, such as WebTop support and a fingerprint reader.

After CyanogenMod 7 was finished, Motorola's support pages stated that Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0[clarify] would be released to the phone. This would be important for the development of CyanogenMod 9, since the existing kernel of the Atrix (based on Linux 2.6) was incompatible with Ice Cream Sandwich drivers. Though ROMs based on ICS[clarify] could still be used, important features such as hardware acceleration did not work.

Motorola Mobility was then acquired by Google, and the online support page still said that the Atrix would receive ICS. However, eventually the page was updated stating that the Atrix would not receive the ICS update, meaning that development would be extremely difficult to move forward.

Eventually, developers were able to get an unreleased test build[clarify] of the incomplete AT&T ICS ROM, leading some to believe that ICS progress would be able to move forward again. However, that build drained a lot of battery power, and did not come with the kernel source, meaning that it could not be used for stable development purposes.

Some developers eventually succeeded in developing a Jelly Bean and Kitkat ROMs with minimum bugs.

Developers then decided to build their own kernel, based on the nVidia Linux 3.1 kernel. According to kernel developer krystianp, "Motorola helped the team, and give them a little boost. We can't say they played fair, but at least they help a little."[34] As for the kernel, it is being made "with ported code derived from a combination of sources."

See also[edit]

Other phones with Tegra 2 SoC:

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/US-EN/Consumer-Product-and-Services/Mobile-Phones/ci.Motorola-ATRIX-US-EN.alt
  2. ^ International CES 2011 Press Kit Retrieved 12 Jan 2011.
  3. ^ Specifications NVIDIA - Tegra 2 dual core processor Retrieved 12 Jan 2011.
  4. ^ Insight Media. "Display Daily — The World's Most Significant New Smart Phone". Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  5. ^ AT&T Mobility Preview of the Motorola Atrix 4G Retrieved 12 Jan 2011.
  6. ^ Orange UK Press Release of Motorola Atrix 4G. Retrieved 14 Jan 2011.
  7. ^ Bell.Ca Motorola Atrix 4G Coming to Canada's Best Network. Retrieved 14 Jan 2011.
  8. ^ AT&T Announces the World’s Most Powerful Smartphone, the Motorola ATRIX 4G, will be Available for Preorder on Feb. 13
  9. ^ CNet - Best of CES 2011 Smartphone Category video 9:22 to 10:30. Retrieved 12 Jan 2011
  10. ^ Motorola.com Atrix 4G Wins 9 Awards at CES 2011. Retrieved 12 Jan 2011.
  11. ^ Galbraith, Craig (2011-02-03). "Motorola Atrix 4G: AT&T’S Best Bet Against Verizon iPhone?". Channel Partners (Phoenix, Arizona). Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  12. ^ "Motorola Atrix 4G MB860 (Motorola Olympus) Specs". PDAdb.net. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  13. ^ "Motorola Atrix 4G specs". PhoneArena. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  14. ^ Wireless.Att.Com 4G LTE HSPA+ Description. Retrieved 20 Jan 2011.
  15. ^ "[ROM] [ROM CM 11 ( Android 4.4.4 ) for Atrix (BigPart)"]. XDA Developers mailing list. 22 December 2012. http://forum.xda-developers.com/atrix-4g/development/rom-cm-11-android-4-4-4-atrix-bigpart-t2847281. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  16. ^ Gizmodo.com Gorilla Glass Hands On: Unbreakable Retrieved 17 Jan 2011
  17. ^ "Atrix 1080p Recording OlympusCamera App". XDA Developers mailing list. 15 May 2011. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1079760. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  18. ^ Johnston, Craig James (2011). My Motorola Atrix 4G. Que Publishing. p. 5. ISBN 9780132827973. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  19. ^ "Hands-on: Motorola Atrix’s Ubuntu-powered WebTop experience". Ars Technica. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "Announcing the new Motorola Webtop source project". 
  21. ^ Motorola.com - Atrix 4G - Laptop Dock
  22. ^ Motorola.com - Atrix 4G - HD Multimedia Dock
  23. ^ Motorola.com - Atrix 4G - Vehicle Dock
  24. ^ Motorola.com - Atrix 4G - Standard Dock
  25. ^ "AT&T Customers to Enjoy Gingerbread.". att.com. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  26. ^ "Motorola Android Software Upgrade News". 
  27. ^ "Motorola Android Software Upgrade News". 
  28. ^ "Android users outraged over Motorola's broken promise". CNET. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  29. ^ Topolsky, Joshua (14 Feb 2011). "Motorola Atrix 4G review". Engadget. AOL. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Motorola Atrix 4G (AT&T)". 
  31. ^ "CES: Moto spills full details on Atrix 4G and laptop dock". 
  32. ^ http://www.slashgear.com/motorola-atrix-4g-bootloader-locked-down-against-custom-roms-22135262/
  33. ^ "Motorola unlock-your-bootloader". 
  34. ^ "[FAQ] Olympus (Atrix 4G) Kernel 3.1 Project". 

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