We reported yesterday that the first Motorola ATRIX HD LTE dummy units have just started to arrive at Bell Canada, which indicates that the smartphone is close to being released in the market.
Initially slated for an August 2 launch, the ATRIX HD LTE
was delayed until August 21 in order “to ensure complete channel readiness and national product availability.”
However, it appears that the carrier has just revised the phone’s launch date, so Bell Canada customers should expect the ATRIX HD LTE to arrive on August 14.
The folks over at MobileSyrup have also been able to confirm that the smartphone will be available for purchase for a suggested retail price of $599.95 CAD or for $49.95 with a new three-year agreement.
We suspect the carrier won’t offer additional pricing options for the Motorola ATRIX HD LTE besides the ones listed above. It is also worth mentioning that the device will be exclusive to Bell, but we’re not sure when exactly the exclusivity period ends.
The device will be shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system out of the box, so owners will have to wait for Jelly Bean to come on their devices, though Motorola has yet to confirm which devices will receive the upgrade.
The ATRIX HD LTE has several strong points, such as the 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and the 4.5-inch ColorBoost capacitive touchscreen display that supports HD (720 x 1280 pixels) resolution.
The phone is made of DuPont Kevlar fiber
and features splash guard coating inside, as well as scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass display.
Although Bell claims the smartphone is now due for August 14, we should thread this lightly until the carrier comes forward with an official announcement.
Motorola Mobility officially unveiled the ATRIX HD LTE in mid-July and promised that the smartphone would go on sale at Bell sometime this summer, so stay tuned for more updates on the matter.