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Motorola Atrix 2 hands-on

CNET takes a hands-on look at the Motorola Atrix 2 at CTIA in San Diego

SAN DIEGO--We had a chance to take a look at the Motorola Atrix 2 here just hours after it was announced, and while it is very similar to its predecessor, it does have a number of improvements that are worth noting.

Motorola Atrix 2
Motorola Atrix 2 Nicole Lee/CNET

The design, for example, seems sleeker and more striking. It has a longer and larger 4.3-inch qHD display, and Motorola bumped up the resolution to 960x540. As a result, pixels seem crisper and denser than the display on the Droid Bionic, and it seems more colorful as well. We're glad Motorola swapped out the glossy back with a more textured surface for a better feel in the hand.

On the whole though, don't expect tons of changes with the Atrix 2. It still has a dual-core 1GHz processor, albeit with TI instead of Nvidia. And no it's not an LTE phone, but AT&T did bump up the speeds to HSPA+ 21Mbps. It also has that same Webtop connectivity that turns the phone into a portable PC whenever it's docked into a corresponding Webtop accessory. Motorola says it'll be compatible with the upcoming Lapdock 100, which is smaller than the previous Lapdock and should fit more than just one Motorola handset.

Other minor changes include different icons on the home screen and the ability to customize the four app shortcuts at the bottom row. The big change if you're a camera fan is that Motorola upgraded the Atrix 2's camera to an 8-megapixel lens with 1080p HD video capture.

But perhaps the best attribute of the new Motorola Atrix 2 is that it'll retail for $99 after a new two-year service agreement. For such a feature-packed phone, that's not bad at all.