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A $99.99 Phone, Motorola Atrix HD packed with high-end specs

The Motorola Atrix HD

Motorola today announced that AT&T will start selling its Atrix HD smartphone on July 15.The Atrix HD will be available for $99.99 with a two-year contract in white or titanium.

The device boasts a 4.5-inch HD display with ColorBoost, which Motorola said includes the "highest resolution smartphone display on the market" of a 1280×720 resolution and 331ppi pixel density.The screen is covered in scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass.

The Atrix HD, is a follow up to last year’s Atrix and Atrix 2 handsets, and inside itwill have a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM.

The smartphone includes an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video recording at 30 frames per second, as well as a front-facing 720p HD camera. Motorola said the Atrix HD measures in a 8.4 millimeters and includes "a high-tech, invisible nano-coating that acts as a splash guard" for the case and electrical circuit boards.

It will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and will come pre-loaded with Motorola's Circle Widget, which will connect users directly to information about their AT&T account details, as well as things like the time, notifications, weather and battery meter. AT&T yesterday turned on its 4G LTE network in an additional six locations, bringing its total span to 47 U.S. markets.

For business users, Motorola promised security features like password protection and inactivity timeouts, VPN, government-grade data encryption on the device and SD card, and the remote phone/SD card wipes.

It will also include SmartActions, an app that will change the phone's setting depending on how it's being used. If you put the phone in the vehicle navigation dock and set it to Drive Smart, for example, the Atrix HD will automatically switch to vehicle mode and read aloud any received messages. For a limited time, those who buy an Atrix HD will get a free vehicle dock.
Battery Extender, meanwhile, will also prolong battery life by disabling certain power-hungry features.

The phone looks a lot like Motorola’s sleek Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx handsets, coming in at 0.33 inches thick and backed in DuPont Kevlar that looks a lot like carbon fiber.

All of these specs help to place the Atrix in competition with top-of-the-line smartphones such as the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S III. The Atrix HD will ship with only 8GB of included storage and an available microSD card slot.