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GSLive 2011: Hands on with the Motorola Atrix

Despite currently not having a price or release date for the UK, Nvidia brought the Motorola Atrix 4G with them to the Gadget Show Live, and we got a good look at it.

The Dual-Core, 4G network touting superphone is currently on sale in the US (and apparently not doing as well as expected), though we are awaiting a confirmation for a UK release. Our Nvidia rep couldn’t confirm anything about a UK release either unfortunately.

The Atrix 4G on display had obviously been imported directly from the US for the show, as it was full of AT&T branded apps and software. As with all other devices on the Nvidia stand, the Atrix was preloaded with Nvidia’s dedicated Tegrazone app as well as some apps to show off its processing and graphics power.

Motorola Atrix 4G Playing "Rango" Movie

We tested a few games and some pre-loaded video content on the Atrix, and it performed pretty well. Both games and videos looked clear and pretty crisp, though unfortunately general navigation of the handset didn’t seem especially quick.

Back of the Motorola Atrix 4G

The main feature of the Atrix (aside from its 4G network capabilities, US only) is the fact that it can be connected to a Laptop Dock accessory. Once docked into the back of the Laptop Dock, you’ll have a full netbook-sized keyboard and 11.6 –inch screen which will run a separate Atrix “Webtop” OS for Firefox browsing and extra PC-like functionality.

Unfortunately the Laptop Dock accessory wasn’t available to test out at The Gadget Show, though interestingly a few UK websites have the accessory priced at around £349.99, with Expansys even stating they will have stock in 6 days. The Atrix handset itself still has no pricing or release date, but perhaps Expansy’s expected stock date for the Laptop Dock points at the release date being fairly soon.

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