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AT&T introduces the Motorola ATRIX 2, the Samsung Captivate Glide and 3 other Android phones

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AT&T introduces the Motorola ATRIX 2, the Samsung Captivate Glide and 3 other Android phones
Back in January, AT&T said it would launch 12 Android flavored devices this year. Since February, the carrier has announced 12 Android smartphones and two Android tablets which means that AT&T has already gone above and beyond the promise made at the beginning of the year. 

Motorola ATRIX 2

ATRIX 2

ATRIX 2

It just doesn't seem that long ago when the Motorola ATRIX 4G was launched for AT&T and called "the world's most powerful smartphone". Earlier this year, sales were deemed to be disappointing, but still, a sequel is now on its way. The Motorola ATRIX 2 will launch at a price of $99 with a signed 2-year contract. The original ATRIX 4G went out the door for $199 with that same signed contract.

The Motorola ATRIX 2 will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor, just like the original model was, and has 1GB of RAM on board-again, just like the original model. The screen is bigger on the sequel, 4.3 inches vs. 4 inches. The resolution has been kept the same - qHD. There is 8GB of internal storage and a microSD slot can handle as much as 32GB in additional memory. The camera has gone from a 5MP shooter to an 8MP camera and has faster shutter speeds and viewfinder start-up times than seen on stand-alone digital cameras. Video capture is now possible at 1080p vs.720p on the first-gen ATRIX model. Both models feature a front-facing camera for self-portraits and video chat.  The handset has HSPA+ connectivity up to 21Mbps (Category 14). Android 2.3 is pre-installed on the phone.

Samsung Captivate Glide

Captivate Glide

Captivate Glide

Earlier today, we reported about a Samsung side-sliding QWERTY device rumored to be called the Samsung Captivate Glyde. As it turns out, AT&T has announced that the phone is for real, although the spelling of the model is a bit different than speculated. Not wanting to bring back memories of the ill-fated Samsung Glyde, the Korean based manufacturer decided to use the correct spelling of the word glide. The Samsung Captivate Glide also has 4G HSPA+ connectivity with maximum theoretical download speed of 21Mbps (Category 14). Under the hood is a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 AP20H processor. 1GB of RAM is aboard along with 8GB of storage that can be expanded to as high as 40GB with a microSD card. The Samsung Captivate Glide is equipped with a 4 inch WVGA Super AMOLED screen. An 8MP rear camera captures video at 1080p while a front-facing 1.3MP camera on front takes care of your self portraits and video chats. Running the show is Android 2.3. No pricing or launch date were revealed for the unit.

And 3 others

For those wanting Android but trying to adhere to a budget, the Samsung DoubleTime comes to AT&T with Android 2.2 installed. A 600MHz Qualcomm processor is working doubletime (argh) and a 2GB microSD card comes with the handset out of the box. A 3.2 inch touchscreen display offers resolution of 320 x 480. Again pricing was not disclosed, nor was an availability date.

The Pantech Pocket is a smaller sized device that fits, where else, but in your pocket. With a 4inch touchscreen with SVGA resolution, the Pocket comes with a 5MPcamera that takes HD video. Android 2.3 is installed and a 2GB microSD card comes with the phone right out of the box. 

Lastly, the AT&T Avail from ZTE is designed for pre-paid GoPhone users. The model has a 3.5 inch touch screen, 5MP camera and comes with a 2GB microSD card. There is 512MB of RAM, 7 home screens and Android 2.3 aboard. Pricing and availability is not known.

source: AT&T, Samsung

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posted on 11 Oct 2011, 01:03

1. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


the Stratosphere on Verizon should have been like this Captivate Glide. it would've even been acceptable with a single core processor w/ LTE. the Atrix 2 would have been a fail if it wasn't priced at the most $150. $99 goes above and beyond so kudos. the Pantech Pocket brings a very nice form factor and a fitting name, kudos to Pantech too.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 01:13

2. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Should I geth tthe atrix 4g, or wait for the atrix 2? And this thing doesnt have a fingerprint scanner, huh? shame...

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 01:20

3. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Nevermind, its official, im waiting for the atrix 2 as long as its released before december, i mean c'mon, to me thats crazy cheap, 99$? same price as the atrix now, plus some online retailer or store like amazon will sell it cheaper... but its so hard to wait!!

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 01:33

4. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


if you're not on a budget i would pass and get the SGS2 or some other new toy that will be announced. i played with my friends atrix and was never truly impressed with what it had to offer.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 01:35 3

5. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


I dont want the sgs2, i want an atrix, or an atrix 2, because I also have a friend with it and I was impressed with what it had to offer. Im on budget of a $100 or less anyways, but if I had the money, I wouldnt get the sgs2 because I simply do not like samsung.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 04:27 1

8. Sniggly (Posts: 6920; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Well, the current Atrix loses out on camera tech and potential data speeds, but the Atrix 2 has zero improvement in specs and halves the internal memory.

I'm personally happy with my Atrix, and the fingerprint scanner really does kick ass. :)

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 10:40 1

20. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


well it has a bigger screen too and it has an OMAP instead of a Nvidia and it has the more up to date version of the Applications Platform that's on the Droid 3 and Droid Bionic.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 08:22 1

15. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


I have played around enough with the SGS2, Samsung Infuse, Captivate and the Moto Atrix. The Atrix does have it's advantages over the Samsung phones, but if I had to choose I would go with the SGS 2 or Infuse honestly, even though I also hate Touchwiz.

For starters, the gingerbread update for the Atrix made the UI close enough to Touchwiz for my face to cringe after it rebooted. And then that is coupled with Motoblur, aka the most annoying Android experience to many Android folks. The Motorola also takes more effort to root, and there's just less development for it also if you're into that thing.
The qHD SCREEN IS POSITIVELY UGLY. Greens look like brown, it looks very pixelated etc. and makes many things like pictures and videos look darker than on other phones. Have a look at this articlehttp://www.droid-life.com/2011/05/26/a-closer-look-at-the-droidx2-and-its-qhd-display-pentile-at-its-finest/ S AMOLED does look pixelated to me too, coming from an HTC EVO 4G user, but its not nearly as bad as the pentile qHD display.
That leads me to the media playback, doesn't compare to what Samsungs have stock. The media gallery is difficult and unorganized, all your pictures you have in different folders on your SD card will just be thrown into one album, so my 2000 pics and vids were thrown into one place, and I was uninterested in looking at them again. And the Video Player stock on the Samsung is the best I've seen, stock. But there are apps for those.

Of course, the Atrix does have it's advantages too. The fingerprint reader.. I love it! Wish it could become more common on high end android phones but the thinner they get the least likely that is to happen.. It's dual core, dual cameras, and feels better in the hands. I'd get the Atrix over the original Captivate (I used to have that before), but my gripes with it don't justify me choosing it over the Infuse or Galaxy S II.
That said, the Atrix 2 loses some of the thing I like from the Atrix 4G, so I'd stick with the Atrix 4G if you are certain you want the Motorola.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 23:30

24. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6380; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Galaxy S II is what you should get. I have the Atrix i love the finger sensor feature and it's only 99$ unless you want the Webtop dock bundle for 199$. And it's upgradable to Gingerbread so I wouldn't waist my money on Atrix 2 unless you want a better camera which is the only difference and I have my Atrix since FEB.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 02:54

6. hixsonkevin (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Dec 2010)


The Atrix 2 seems just as disappointing as the Iphone 4s. I would've expected at least an upgrade from the tegra processor. The 1.5 ghz dual core snapdragen would've made me buy it in a heart beat.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 04:29 1

9. Sniggly (Posts: 6920; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I'm assuming that the Atrix 2 is not meant to be a high end device like the original Atrix was, and that Motorola will hopefully come out with a higher end LTE phone for AT&T.

Hoping. Almost praying. If not then yes, it is very disappointing.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 03:01

7. Steve38 (unregistered)


Are these phones included in the 12 that are suppose to "Launch" this year? or are these the above and beyond what they planned?

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 04:35 1

10. Sniggly (Posts: 6920; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh thank god, Samsung. You didn't name it after the Glyde after all. Because if you did, I would've ridden a pissed off king seahorse to your front door and then used it to beat your entire executive team to death, just for making me remember that goddamn electronic tool and loyal servant of he who we call the Desolate One, the Destroyer of Worlds, the Spoiler of Virgins, the Creator of Justin Bieber and all other elements of True Unholiness in this world.

Hep, hit me up with a chapter from the Book of Elopalypse where Samsung briefly turns to Satan worship and ends up producing the Glyde!

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 04:47

11. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Ha, what was so bad about that phone? And as for the atrix 2, ur right, i might just go with the atrix 4g, but the main thing that was getting me with the atrix 2 is the 4.3 inch screen, with some kind of technology that makes the screen nicer even though it's still qhd? i could of sworn I read that last part somewhere...

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 05:09

12. Sniggly (Posts: 6920; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I don't know about the screen tech on the Atrix 2, honestly. They obviously didn't mention it as a selling point at CTIA. The 4 inched on the Atrix is still pretty good. I just wish they hadn't knocked the Atrix 2 down so much by halving the storage and deep sixing the fingerprint scanner.

As for the original Samsung Glyde, it was a touchscreen phone with a sliding keyboard that sold for 200 bucks AFTER a 50 buck mail in rebate. The screen was 2.8 inches in size, it had a 2 megapixel camera, and was notable for trying to use the same screen tech as the iPhone-note that I said trying, because the touchscreen worked about as well as picking your teeth with a chainsaw.

For months the Glyde was sold at the same price while unit after unit was returned because the touchscreen DID NOT WORK. It would register completely inaccurate presses or not register a press at all. Ten months later they finally released a version that used a resistive touchscreen, but it wasn't long after that they released the Samsung Rogue, which was about a thousand times better.

The Glyde was especially awful for me because I was working for Verizon Wireless's warranty department for about the entire life of the capacitative version and all I could do was issue the same damn phone to people and tell them the refurbished replacement fixed the issue (which of course was pretty much a lie). Out of all of the phones Verizon sold at the time, the only models I got as many calls on were the Env series and the Chocolate series.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 07:06

14. Nickmfnjackson (Posts: 101; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)


U mad?

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 05:48 1

13. 100%AppleFree (unregistered)


ME WANT SAMSUNG CAPTIVATE GLIDE! Dual-core, 1080p video, and keyboard, what more can I want?

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 08:44

17. unregistered (unregistered)


This article states At&t went above their commitment for Android for 2011, does that have any effect on if the HTC Holiday will be released this year? I thought I heard it may be released at this CTIA show this week.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 08:53

18. Shawn (unregistered)


All these phone suck hardcore! Where is the HTC Raider/Holiday AT&T? If it is not announced soon, then I am switching carriers to get a decent Android phone!

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 09:55

19. snowgator (Posts: 3205; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


A confirmation on the HTC Holiday would have been nice, but I suppose that high end monster will get it's own day in the sun. Of these, the Atrix 2 is a fine bargain for what it offers, but it is not an improvement over the Atrix and should have got it's own name. Samsung and AT&T are smart to get side sliders into the mix. There is an army of consumers who want the choice of a qwerty over a full touch screen. And give Pantech this: They are trying. The Pocket looks unique. It may not perfom fantastic, but at least they are in there swinging away.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 11:33

21. ltr (unregistered)


That Pantech Pocket, looks fat.... Most 4 inch screen phone are narrow.

The glide has nice specs.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 16:12 1

22. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


More like the Atrix 1.5. This this is not worthy as a numerical sequel. Sequel implies upgrade... which this has few. The new Captivate phone is interesting though.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 23:28

23. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6380; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Dislike the Atrix 2 cause Motorola didn't put the finger sensor feature like my 1st Atrix have. i would trade in my Atrix for the sweet thin GALAXY GLIDE. i always wanted a full qwerty keyboard and this baby have a 8MP :). I hate the Avail ugly ass phone.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 23:58

25. NotImpressed.. (unregistered)


I always feel that Verizon has a much better Andriod line-up.
The only good Andriod phones this year in AT&T are Atrix1 and GS2.

Atrix2..? Nice joke.

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