Motorola ATRIX 4G will have to be updated for Full HD video capture and HDMI playback post-launch

Motorola ATRIX 4G will have to be updated for Full HD video capture and HDMI playback post-launch
The incredibly-spec'd Motorola ATRIX 4G (our hands-on here) for some reason might ship with "only" HD video capabilities - both capture, and playback via HDMI. According to Moto's dedicated website, 1080p Full HD video will be unlocked at a later time via a firmware update. Well, teething problems with a brand new chipset could be expected, so we are willing to cut Moto some slack here.

The LG Optimus 2X, however, running the same dual-core Tegra 2 chipset, already has samples showing its 1080p video capabilities. Not perfect in terms of exposure and color representation, but the quantity of video detail is just out there for a phone.

Motorola ATRIX 4G will have to be updated for Full HD video capture and HDMI playback post-launch

We guess this is all due to the power management issues present with Moto's Tegra 2 handsets - the ATRIX 4G, and the Motorola DROID BIONIC - that were exposed yesterday. Motorola has obviously committed to out the handset in a month's time anyway, probably due to contractual obligations, and deal with the glitches in the meantime. We know Full HD puts strain on the chipset when encoding and decoding, so we wouldn't like the phone melting on us due to the said power management issues.

Oh, what a world we live in, when trailblazing devices are out unfinished due to deadlines. It's a riot that we have to make do with 720p video capture and HDMI-out playback on our dual-core phones now, we have to tell you.

source: Motorola via Engadget

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ATRIX 4G
  • Display 4.0" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1930 mAh(9.00h 3G talk time)

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2 Comments

1. ribbonsalmark

Posts: 84; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

DOOOOOM!!!! This update will never make to any AT&T customer. For warning none rooted AT&T customers, ie none developers: if you get the Atrix never expect to get the full 1080p HD video capture and playback.

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I believe that At&t is looking froward delivering updates faster now that their main dish has become available on other carriers... now if they want to be well received in the android community in their hopes to keep raising sales they must start with reducing that 'update slowpoke' reputation...

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