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Google-owned Motorola Mobility has announced its latest Android-powered smartphone, the Motorola Atrix HD, via its website. The follow-on to the Atrix, which was launched locally in August last year, sports a design very similar to that of the Motorola Razr.

Like the Razr, its back cover is adorned with DuPont Kevlar fiber in the distinctive microweave pattern. The smartphone is not quite as thin as the sleek Razr (7.1 mm at its thinnest point), but at 8.4 mm thick, users should have no problem slipping into the back pocket of their tightest pair of skinny jeans.

Motorola’s Atrix HD is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU (make not specified) and boasts a large enough display not to be dwarfed by the Samsung Galaxy S3's 4.8" (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED or HTC One X's 4.7" (720 x 1280) Super IPS LCD. The Atrix HD packs a 4.5" HD (720 x 1280) ColorBoost TFT LCD, protected by a Corning Gorilla glass display panel.  

This smartphone operates on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) out of the box, so users will not have to wonder if and when it will be updated. Well, at least not for ICS, since Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) has already been unveiled and is becoming available (at least Stateside) for some mobile devices in mid-July, including some of Motorola Mobility’s Xoom tablets.   

 

Also onboard is a blistering HSDPA connectivity, with network download speeds of up to 21.1 Mbps and upload speeds up to 5.76 Mbps, a big 1780 mAh li-ion polymer battery, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth version 4.0, and 1 GB RAM.

Motorola equipped the Atrix HD with a 8 megapixel rear-facing snapper capable of recording full HD (1080p) videos, as well as a 1.3 MP front-facing camera for video calls and capturing self-portraits.

Users will be able to store their HD movies, high resolution photos and apps on the device, since it offers 8 GB worth of internal storage, which is expandable via microSD memory card slot that supports cards up to 32 GB in size. No word yet on its availability, local or otherwise.

In related news, market research firm comScore recently released the latest data from its MobiLens service, looking at key trends in the US mobile phone industry over the three month period ending May 2012. In terms of OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) Motorola Mobility came in fourth (after Samsung, LG, and Apple), by capturing 12% of the US smartphone market.

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