Motorola Atrix hits the shelves

It's been on pre-order for the last couple of weeks, but from today, you can walk into an Orange store and grab the Motorola Atrix. Just Orange though, as the network has an initial exclusive.

Pitched as 'the world's most powerful smartphone' when it launched at CES in January, the Atrix sadly doesn't offer the most up-to-date Android OS at launch, with just Android 2.2 (Froyo) rather than 2.3 (Gingerbread). However, it does have a dual-core processor with two 1GHz cores, 1GB of RAM, a four-inch Quarter HD touch display, a five-megapixel camera, a VGA webcam for video calling and 16GB of on-board storage. You can bump that up to 32GB with a microSD card.

Extras too, if you want that PC-like functionality, including the 'Work and Play Kit' for a reduced £49.99 (from £129.99), which includes a remote control, mouse, HD multimedia dock and keyboard. In fact, you'll get that free if you are an existing customer and purchase an Atrix in May. There should be deals on the Motorola Lapdock too, which allows you to plug the Atrix in for a full-on, laptop-like experience. Just as well – the RRP for that is £299.99.

All of which is well and good, but the price of the contract is likely to be the most important selling point. If you walk into an Orange store today (or buy online), you'll be asked to pay £35 per month over 24 months, which gets you 600 minutes, a 750MB data allowance, unlimited texts, 50 MMS and unlimited Wi-Fi. If all of that appeals, you know where to go.

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