Motorola Atrix 4G and HTC Inspire 4G pricing and launch details revealed? [UPDATED]Alex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Yesterday Motorola let us know that the Atrix 4G would be arriving at "the end of February," but it turns out that Moto may actually be pushing the device out even earlier. AT&T's first dual-core Android was just spotted on AmazonWireless priced at a reasonable $149.99 on contract or $599.99 contract-free. It doesn't stop there, though, as Amazon has slipped a potential launch date in, too: February 11th. That's certainly earlier than the end of February, but I'm not one to complain.
The Atrix didn't come alone, though, as Amazon has thrown HTC's Inspire 4G up on it's site, too. The Inspire's price tag is even lower than the Atrix, sitting at $99.99 with a two-year contract or $499.99 without. Amazon's pricing information jibes with what "someone familiar with the plans" told Pocketnow. That same source also claims that the Inspire is going to arrive on February 13th, right when Mobile World Congress is scheduled to kick off.
While a $150 Atrix sounds pretty amazing, there are a couple of things to remember: first off, retailers like Amazon often sell handsets at a lower price than the carriers, so don't be surprised if AT&T lists Moto's device for $200 or more. That's all assuming that this info is legit, too. This page probably isn't supposed to be on Amazon's site just yet, and for all we know, the price and launch date could just be a placeholder. When it comes to the Inspire, I wouldn't be shocked if its release info is the real deal. After all, the device is basically just a repackaged Desire HD, which can't quite match most of the high-end specs found in the Atrix and Infuse. Still, $100 isn't a bad deal for a 4.3-inch, 4G-capable device with Froyo. So if all of this pricing info is correct, are any of you going to pick up one of AT&T's new HSPA+ handsets?
UPDATE: We were a little skeptical that a high-end handset like the Atrix would be priced at $150, but more evidence of that price has arrived. As you can see below, Costco has also priced Moto's handset at $149.99 with a contract. Of course, AT&T will still likely sell the Atrix for $50-$100 more, but if you're a bargain shopper, it looks like you'll be able to get a pretty good deal on this handset just about anywhere outside of an ATT shop.