Feb 03 AT 8:56 PM Taylor Wimberly 76 Comments

Motorola Atrix 4G will be AT&T’s flagship phone, laptop dock carries premium price

AT&T has finally unveiled the launch date and pricing options for the much-hyped Atrix 4G. Motorola’s new superphone will launch by March 6rd (or earlier) for $199 with 2-year agreement.

Those wishing to pre-order the Atrix 4G can do so with AT&T on February 13th.

“Today consumers use their smartphones to stay constantly connected to the information that matters to them most. The Motorola ATRIX 4G along with our webtop application and innovative docks enable a truly mobile computing experience never before possible on a smartphone,” said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president, portfolio and product device management, Motorola Mobility.

We originally thought the Atrix 4G might debut for $149 and that could still be the case, but not from AT&T. The leaked pricing of $149 appeared at Amazon and Costco, two retailers known for their discount pricing.

Those wishing to pick up the innovative laptop dock will have two options. They can opt for a $499.99 bundle (after a $100 mail-in rebate) that includes a 2-year contract, phone, laptop dock, and Data Pro data plan and tethering add-on ($20 per month) or they can buy the laptop dock at full price for $499.99.

The price of the phone is somewhat expected since most high-end phones these days ring in at $199, but the cost of the laptop dock seems a little shocking since it’s just a display, keyboard, and battery . Leaked prices for the dock were around $150, but it does offer a unique experience that appeals to a certain type of user so I guess Motorola thought the price was justified.

AT&T will also offer another bundle called the Entertainment Access Kit. This one will set you back $189.99. and it includes the HD Multimedia Dock, a remote control, and a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

I previously said I was switching to AT&T and buying the Atrix and that’s still the case. The laptop dock feels a little over-priced, but it’s the only solution of its kind on the market and it’s exactly what I’m looking for.

How do the new prices affect your decision to buy the Atrix? Is the high cost of the laptop dock a turn off? Or will you just buy the phone and use it alone?

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DALLAS, Feb. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
Key Facts

  • AT&T begins pre-sales for Motorola ATRIX 4G on Feb. 13
  • Motorola ATRIX 4G, powered by the Android 2.2 platform, available exclusively for AT&T customers for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement.
  • Motorola ATRIX 4G is expected to be available from AT&T and select retail channels for customers by March 6 or earlier.
  • AT&T will offer bundled pricing for the Motorola ATRIX 4G and the Motorola Laptop Dock.

4G Portfolio
AT&T is the leader in smartphones, and expects to widen that lead in 2011. In January, AT&T committed to an industry-leading Android portfolio in the U.S. in 2011 and said it plans to offer two 4G smartphones in the first quarter. An industry first, the Motorola ATRIX 4G is the leading edge of more than 20 advanced, 4G devices AT&T plans to deliver in 2011. AT&T has completed the deployment of HSPA+ to virtually 100 percent of its mobile broadband network, which enables 4G speeds when combined with enhanced backhaul.

Motorola ATRIX 4G
The Motorola ATRIX 4G Android 2.2 smartphone will be offered exclusively by AT&T and is the world’s most powerful smartphone. Featuring a 2×1 GHz dual-core processor for a total of 2 GHz of processing power, a unique webtop application, the world’s first qHD display, and Adobe flash player, the, ATRIX 4G delivers a remarkable combination of application processing power with 4G speed capability and a high-resolution qHD display, a first for the industry.

It will be complemented by breakthrough accessories that include a revolutionary, super-thin Motorola Laptop Dock — for which ATRIX 4G is the “engine” — and the Motorola HD Multimedia Dock that uses ATRIX 4G’s HDMI video output capabilities and processing power to enable a revolutionary browsing, application and media experience.

AT&T will offer two special packages for customers who choose to purchase ATRIX 4G in addition to these unique accessories. The first combines ATRIX 4G and the Motorola Laptop Dock for a promotional price of $499.99 after a two-year service contract and $100 mail-in-rebate after subscription to Data Pro smartphone data plan and tethering add on. Customers who choose to purchase the Motorola Laptop Dock separately pay $499.99. AT&T is also offering an Entertainment Access Kit for ATRIX customers which includes the Motorola HD Multimedia Dock, a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and a remote control for $189.99.

Motorola ATRIX 4G will also include AT&T Mobile Hotspot service built into the smartphone, allowing users to connect additional Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
AT&T U-verse® TV customers will be able to manage their DVR recordings — and U-verse customers with a qualifying TV plan can download and watch hit TV shows – right from their ATRIX 4G handset using the U-verse Mobile application. In addition, any ATRIX 4G user, whether or not they have U-verse TV at home, can still enjoy a variety of video options — including live TV — with the new U-verse Live TV application, preloaded and available for $9.99 a month.

For more information, visit www.att.com/atrix4G. For photos and more information about presales for ATRIX 4G, visit www.att.com/mobilephones-news

Via: CNN Money

Source: Wall St. Journal

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  • http://Website substance12

    the pricing of the dock is an extreme turn off and potential atrix owners are angered all over the forums and popular websites as engadget, arstechnica, and gizmodo. it makes absolute no sense. for $500 I can buy a regular laptop. and the tethering plan? don’t even get me started.

    • http://Website Kevin

      Agree, completely turned off by the pricing of the docks and the required tethering plan.

      I think I am leaning towards the rumored HTC Pyramid now. HTC doesn’t lock out hackers. Plus TMO plans are cheaper.

      • ayocuz

        Man it would be so sweet if htc would give that pyramid to google for a real follow up to the nexus one

    • joe23521

      Whoever set that $500 price for the dock should be immediately relieved of his or her duties. The only word to describe it is STUPID. Makes less than zero sense.

    • http://Website Nitrog7

      Agreed. $500 for a gutted out laptop shell is too much. I thought the $150 price was worth it. I mean, its a 15in screen and keyboard. A 32in LED TV is about $300.

    • http://Website 3000022940

      I really don’t understand why the price of the dock would ‘turn off’ potential buyers from purchasing the phone. The phone does not require the dock in order to perform – the dock is simply an accessory, which means it is not a requirement or even necessary. The phone is fairly priced, and the specs seem to outshine a lot of phones on the market today.

      • http://Website Disgruntled

        It is true that the dock is an accessory and not necessary for usage of the phone. However, the highlight of the phone is its ability to “transform” into a laptop.

        Without the laptop dock, the Atrix is just a dual core phone. I say “just a dual core phone,” because dual core phones will become more prevalent in the market later on this year. The perks if dual core are still glamourous and Motorola designs a solid phone worth investing in, however, the Atrix is less appealing without the dock. Especially considering other manufactures are creating their dual core phones with higher megapixel cameras, 1.2 processors and whatnot

      • http://Website Andre

        As you can probably see from the hundreds of vituperative complaints on every tech blog and forum, clearly people were as interested in the dock as they were in the phone. Sure, the phone is absolutely state of the art for Q1 of 2011, but there will probably be phones announced between MWC and CTIA with comparable or superior specs.

        When the Atrix was first announced, I actually considered switching carriers for it, and I’ve been using smartphones on Sprint exclusively since the Treo 300 in 2000. The Atrix is the only device that ever made me think about switching carriers. But the pricing killed that desire instantly–and I’m not talking about the price of the hardware, but the mandatory charge for a tethering plan that the docked laptop doesn’t actually use.

    • http://Website Just passing by….

      Being that the pricing of this laptop dock has basically eliminated the high interest for the Atrix for its uniqueness, there’s practically no reason for Verizon customers to switch to AT&T to get a hold of the most “eye-catching” of Motorola’s first phase dual-core phones since the Bionic has a larger screen and a higher pixel camera than that of the Atrix. It is now just a matter of waiting for VZW customers.

      P.S. 512MB of RAM with a dual-core processor is pretty adequate.

    • http://Website Paula

      I think TechnoTradingHouse.com is selling the original dock for motorola atrix very cheap. People should check that out before buying.

  • http://Website ROnald

    wow thats expensive !! im with Substance12 YIKES

  • Battleship

    More like an outrageous price. Having to get the tethering plan in order to use the laptop dock is even more BS.

    The price of the Atrix itself, however, seems fair to me.

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    It’s almost here Taylor. You excited?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I’m still excited about the phone, but the pricing of the laptop dock is disappointing. I thought it was a steal at the rumored $150, but the $500 price is a little crazy.

      • http://Website ahodge007

        thank you for answering my question about the bootloader some day ago

      • GuniGuGu

        I wouldn’t say it’s a ‘steal’ as much as I would say it’s ‘fairly priced’.

        At $500 even $300 plus the extras.. it’s way way way over priced. Why does anyone get this when they can just get a xoom for the same price?

      • http://Website Mikey

        Boy you are going down with the ship with this taylor.

  • http://Website Reggie

    Wow…talk about scaring potential customers away. Motorola might want to think this one over.

  • http://Website dagamer34

    So I wonder if AT&T will be surprised when they dont sell too many docks…

    • http://Website jorge

      I can picture executives scratching their heads wondering what went wrong.

  • http://Website Smooth3d

    I’m sorry anybody that buys that dock is a fool, its not worth $500 not even close. Wow it allows you to surf the web with firefox. You can get a ultra-portable laptop with dual core cpu, 320GB hard drive, etc. for $450 all day long. Shame Moto and At&t!!!

  • http://Website Raj

    Im having a hard time wanting this phone with the dock.

    Do you think places like amazon or best buy will offer a discount?

  • http://Website erfs

    at $500 the dock really does defeat the purpose. If you’re looking for something that will allow you to throw away your laptop and “Carry only one” piece of tech that does everything you want it to, this is not it. Scenario one: You will be carrying your phone with you, you will be carrying your laptop dock with you.
    Scenario two: You will be carrying your phone with you, you will be carrying your laptop, netbook, whatever with you. You have your android phone rooted and running wireless tether, because you don’t believe that paying twice for the same ‘net access is fair.
    Which scenario has you carrying more stuff? Is there a scenario where you’re carrying “only one” thing? I don’t think so.

    Scenario one can end up being much more expensive than a more powerful dual core atom netbook + free android phone. Let’s be totally honest with ourselves though. This phone, while rocking the most powerful phone processor, still won’t be more capable than a last gen atom with hyper-threading. I’ll keep my 1005HA with 11 hour battery life and keep tethering over bluetooth, thanks :)

    What the atrix+dock setup will get you though is undeniable geek cred. At least for a few months.

  • http://Website Mark

    Look to see this dock in the bargain bin at your local Best Buy (if not pawn shop) in a couple of months…

  • http://Website colin eigenmann

    i work for att and i really wanted all the items for this phone. i like the leaked pricing for the lap top and the phone. but i have to buy outright and there is no way that i would pay the 500 for the lap top doc when i allready have to pay 600 or 700 for the phone.. i talk this item up all day and it will kill any apple products out now or even coming out, but as of now. not my phone not my problem.

  • http://Website ahoodge007

    what do any body thinks about the HD multimedia dock, is 189.99 a good deal or what? let me know what you think

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      It looks like you can get the HD dock alone for $50-59.

  • http://Website Bob G

    If enough people buy the dock and phone with tethering plan at this price, then AT&T and Motorola will have won and will not need to lower the price.

    So, DONT BUY THIS PHONE ON LAUNCH DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Viva La Revolucion!

    I’ll get the phone when the price drops!

  • Uncemister

    I love how they keep marketing this as a good laptop to use but in reality, you’re paying 700+ dollars for a pretty shitty laptop :) I mean really? Tmos dell netbooks run faster & have the data cards built in and are still cheaper than that.

  • http://Website Android Fan

    I wanted the Atrix but paying $300 plus tethering for the laptop accessory is crazy. Motorola missed an opportunity to make the combination even better if they had designed the laptop connect to slip the Atrix at the front of the keyboard to use the Atrix as the touch pad. Now that would have been a great use of the phone and not hiding it behind the screen. Maybe HTC or Samsung will capitalize on that idea.

  • qcom

    Kind of disappointing all around, really.

    I mean, I still love the phone, of course.

    I was just hoping the launch date to be sooner and the docks to cost a lot less…

  • http://Website das8nt

    It has hurt my desire for the phone. It has killed any desire I had for the dock as long as AT&T is sticking with the Firefox/Tethering crap. I will probably still get the phone and a different dock or two, but not from AT&T. Another bad move by AT&T in my opinion.

  • http://Website dissapointed

    motorola is giving 25% off accessories next month. that plus a hack might be a better option for some.

  • http://Website InspectorGadget80

    I’m just getting the phone and the HD DOCk I could just use the docking station hook up to my HDTV and use it as a miniature PC. but com on 500$ for a 4hr battery?

  • http://Website FrankTank

    I wanted this phone and laptop dock but no way am I am going to get price gouged for the laptop dock and the Data Pro and Tethering options. So sad, I believe with the just released pricing it’s going to be a failure for Motorola and AT&T.

  • http://Website Deon

    lol. AT&T has come a long way since the Motorola Backflip huh. Their first Android phone, and it was crippled with Yahoo (or was it Bing).

    I wonder if they’ll continue to cripple their Android phones, force-different search engine, no side-loading, Remove Google Navigation in favor of their $10/mo Telenav Navigator, etc. I hope they don’t cripple the Atrix.

    • http://Website djackson1500

      Google navigation is not taken off their phones they just add ATT navigation as an app and the Inspire 4G is said to have 3rd party apps unlocked

  • http://Website Shaundizzle

    I still want to know about what is going to happen with data plans for people who are already on att.

    I have an unlimited data plan on my old iPhone and am looking to keep it unlimited. Also I keep seeing people say that the phone is lte capable, are they going to allow for early adopters to keep the unlimited data plaplan? That would be a great deal.

    Someone please help and point me in the right direction.

    • http://Website Bob G

      If you have unlimited data plan, you won’t have to give it up when you get a new smartphone. BUT I’m not sure about whether that will stick when you get a tethering plan.

      Atrix is HSPA+ capable, not LTE capable (at least not shown yet). Either way, AT&T doesn’t have LTE everywhere yet, so it wouldn’t matter anyways. They plan to have 100% LTE coverage by 2013, so if you get the phone now, you’ll be just fine.

    • http://Website djackson1500

      You can keep your unlimited plan just can’t add the tether option (unless there is a root/rom for it) I work for ATT and the plans won’t change till LTE so your OK for now.

    • http://Website krisguy

      Another thing to keep in mind: If there isn’t enough spectrum in the area, speeds go down. It’s not just backhaul, it’s not just devices. If you guys read about a spectrum swap between Sprint and AT&T a few months back, it’s for just that purpose. AT&T in Lincoln, NE averages 4Mbps, 6Mbps on burst on a device that is only capable of 7.2 Mbps max (iPhone 4), and that’s due to current spectrum. Areas that are getting LTE first are areas that really need the 700MHz spectrum to relieve the spectrum crunch.

    • http://Website colin eigenmann

      they get grandfathered

  • http://Website Lee

    Was totally set on this phone, but after all the waiting, it’s a total Bummer that u have to pay so much for the extras + tethering charge to boot, and the inspire 4g is only pulling in 2mbps on average? 4 g my ass! Maybe time to jump ship!

  • http://Website ahodge007

    how fast is att’s hspa plus anyway? I stay in cuyahoga falls,Ohio and I would like too know if there is anyway I can find out how fast it is in my area.

  • http://Website Daniel

    I think I will keep my little netbook and my Dell Streak,which I didn’t like much in the beginning but I love it know.I learned after years,just enjoy what you have,there’s always new technology.

    • http://Website krisguy

      Daniel, I’ve always said that. Buy what you want that will meet your needs for roughly 1.5 years. This goes for computers, phones, and other electronic devices.

  • http://Website Andre

    The bundled laptop dock pricing is prohibitive, but the required tethering plan is unethical on a setup that uses no tethering. AT&T should not be allowed to get away with defining the use of a full Firefox browser as “tethering”.

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      Mine is bigger.

  • http://Website George

    This does not make sense so I am treating it like an IQ test to see how many stupid people are willing to too easily part with their hard earned cash.

    Buying a dock outright at $500 is outrageous but it is actually cheaper than buying a dock in plan at an even more outrageous $780 ($300 over phone cost net of rebate + $480 tethering ($20 x 24 months) ). A further $190 for the media dock is also outrageous.

    The locked phone by itself at $200 still has a certain appeal although without the optional docks it is far less interesting. It is then only abother high end phone for which we will see equivalent spec’d phones displayed by the other manufacturers at WMC in 2 weeks time.

    I am sure these prices will get slashed drastically within a short space of time after all there is only a small window before all the other manufacturers come out with the same thing. Unfortunately for Moto I think this has burst their hype bubble. No need to rush out to buy the phone either. There are big savings to be had by waiting just a little while.

    • http://Website AceoStar

      I hope you’re right about the specs being matched at MWC. Preorder starts right before MWC, coincidence? I think not :p

  • http://Website JayMonster

    And here I thought this was just like the Palm Foleo… at least Palm realized nobody was going to buy their curlews laptop and didn’t insult people with an insane price.

    In the end, this dock may be released, but will get the same #fail tag and garner as many sales (before closeout pricing) as the Foleo.

  • http://Website Paul Atreides aka Ziggy Stardust

    This is so funny I forgot to laugh! Motorola/At&t can dock this price up their asses. As if this thing gives you the functionality of a true laptop. The Atrix just got a lot less attractive.

  • http://Website npaladin2000

    Might still get the phone, hope the laptop dock comes way down later. It’s absolutely ridiculous that AT&T wants to charge a tethering fee for attaching a keyboard and monitor to your phone. Tethering is for computers connecting through phones, but this is just the phone connecting! And for $499 I could buy a netbook. A GOOD, dual-core netbook that can do 1080p playback.

    Anyway, I’m rethinking the Infuse 4G versus this. Dual Core and car dock versus big screen and not-Blur.

  • Galen20K

    Ha!! Eff that Att!!

  • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

    “Leaked prices for the dock were around $150, but it does offer a unique experience that appeals to a certain type of user so I guess Motorola thought the price was justified.”

    I don’t think it appeals to any audience. Mirroring others comments, I can buy an awesome laptop (or a xoom) for $5-600. Why would I pay the same for a shell of a laptop which won’t work if you lose/replace your atrix with another device?

  • WickedToby741

    I really hope theres an aftermarket dock solution soon and one that supports more models too like the Bionic and any other phone with mirror HDMI. Some sort of Webtop app too in case motorola decides to keep theirs on the Atrix only.

  • http://Website malcolm swall

    Still like the phone, and might have been willing to go the $500 for the dock, but WTF about the mandatory tethering plan?

    I have iphone 3g, and wasn’t willing to pay monthly to tether that to a real laptop (I did a jail break, and tethered for free), so I am NOT willing to pay a monthly fee to “tether” to a KVM dock.

    I would stay with apple, but the lack of flash media is a daily frustration.

  • http://Website Derek

    Hardware wise I really love this phone. But software wise, Blur sucks donkey balls. And its going to have the motorola locked down bootloader. Big negatives in my book.

    • http://Exactly Derek R-C

      The docks are nice and all. Maybe they are alittle overpriced, but the reason I am not buying a Motorola is just because of the Bootloader fiasco.

  • http://Website Mike

    Who cares about the dock??? I rather use my laptop with this phone than purchasing the dock.

  • http://Website Austin

    Wow! I would never drop that kind of money for a laptop dock! You could get something MUCH nicer for that price!

  • DonChinga

    I don’t know about that unlimited plan. I friend of mine got a new iPhone and gave his wife his 3GS, and they gave him the tier’d data plan. The rep at the store said it was a mistake, but he had to call the customer service line to get it fixed. When he called, AT&T said whenever you get a new phone, your plan changes so your screwed.

  • http://Website orangestrat

    I wrote somewhere about this “Wow! $150 each for the phone and dock sounds like a good deal, too bad that up north Bell is going to teabag us with $400 on a 3 year contract or some other nonsense”
    Now AT&T did even worse. I don’t even want to know what Bell is going to ask for this. Good thing I didn’t pre-order thinking of a price thats about half of what it’ll probably cost :(
    Also, $200 is a pretty crap price. In europe, this phone will probably be free on contract somewhere. When I saw $150, I thought, great, the states is finally catching up! Guess not.

  • http://Website Ge

    I just don’t see the appeal of the dock. It basically amounts to a netbook running a crappy build of Linux. At that price point what’s the point? Might as well drop $300-400 on a dual core netbook and just throw in a dual boot of windows 7 and your flavor of Linux.

    Wake me up when Google comes up with a intergrated Android expirience. One where I can hook up my phone to a monitor and get a true 1:1 scalable solution. Expensive quasi laptop dock aside, I don’t want to get stuck with Moto’s mediocre, if that, software

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  • HackNet

    I am really excited about purchasing the Atrix 4G because of all the goodies that come with it.
    But, let’s be realistic… At&t is raping their customers with these outrages prices. Unfortunately, the majority of people have “herd mentality,” and they will go out and spend their life savings on a phone and a laptop dock that is useless without the Atrix.

    Keep in mind, i’m not here to bash on Motorola or At&t. But, the reality is that they are the farmers and we are the cattle; we are getting milked.

    We need to take a stand against At&t like the Egyptians are doing with their current government.
    Except without throwing rocks and getting shot at by At&t customer service reps. :)

  • http://Website Christopher Brown

    I think I’ll just get the Atrix, use a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable and A small USB host cable with a wireless keyboard and mouse. $30-$50 extra and game over. I’ve already seen a demo of the phone HDMI’d do a TV. All of the laptop features are there without the ridiculous price.

  • ayocuz

    I would still buy the phone but the docks would just be out of the question for real for real!

  • http://Website cloud36426

    NO WAY!!! you can just about buy a xxom for that much. The price of the phone is not bad for what you get (minus AT&T) but the dock is ridiculous. Buy an HDMI cable and the bluetooth hook to my LCD TV that I already own. Don’t need the dock then.

  • http://Website Kendra

    I just really don’t see what’s so impressive about this phone. I had a moto android and I disliked it. MotoBlur is the most anoying thing on the planet. If I want a laptop, I’ll buy a laptop.

  • http://Website Richard

    Personally this CONCEPT looks great but it’s ONLY A CONCEPT….Rather everyone expects this or rather this actually CATCHED ON we will all see one way or the other…Personally If this catches on then A BETTER MANUFRACTURER HTC, OR LG, OR SAMSUNG in this stated order will come out with there DEVICE AT Mobile World Congress OR CTIA in march. Then and only then will I take the dive into this areas…Maybe SPRINT OR HTC will come out with the new HTC EVO 2 4G using this CONCEPT with BETTER PRICING ON THE ASSSESORIES..HTC/SPRINT ROCKS AND WOULD BE THE ONE TO DO THIS THE CORRECT WAY…

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    moto rules!
    where can I buy?

  • http://Website Nick

    I wanted and still might get the Atrix (when it comes to the UK), but still, quite disappointed at the price point Moto have settled on for the dock accessory. I probably wouldn’t have bought it anyways, but it says a lot about the company :(. And they were doing ALMOST everything else right!