We know that NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor can support 1080p video capture and we’ve seen it implemented on devices like the LG Optimus 2X, so I was a little confused when I learned that the Motorola Atrix 4G would only handle 720p. It was not a deal-breaker for me when I considered purchasing the Atrix, but you would think that Motorola would want 1080p video so they could add one more bullet-point to the list of features when trying to woo potential customers.
I asked around at CES trying to figure out why the Atrix only did 720p and no one could answer my question, but I guess someone was listening because Motorola quietly confirmed their flagship phone will do 1080p video – eventually. The fact sheet on Motorola’s site points out that the Atrix 4G will support 1080p video, both capture and playback, sometime post-launch. The feature will be enabled via a software update, similar to how many Snapdragon phones received 720p video record after launch.
If anything, I think this is a good sign that Motorola is trying really hard to get this out the door (and into my hands) as soon as possible. It sounds like their main priority is squashing all the bugs during QA testing and then more love (like Android 2.3) will be coming later.
Now I wonder what other features are hidden inside the Atrix 4G just waiting to be unlocked via a future software upgrade.