Motorola has announced the latest of their devices to earn its very own developer edition. This time it’s the Motorola Atrix HD for AT&T, which launched over the summer. The latest member of the carrier’s Atrix lineup — a series of phones that featured one AT&T’s first LTE devices — was not made eligible for Motorola’s standard bootloader unlock program. As is the case with Verizon’s Droid RAZR, users wishing to obtain a version of the Atrix HD open to software customization and other hacks will need to pay up front.
While pricing has not yet been revealed, don’t expect to pay much less than the $549.99 buyers must fork over for the Droid RAZR M Developer Edition. The unsubsidized versions of these popular Moto handsets feature all the same specs as the models sold in carrier stores, and likewise remain compatible with those networks. The decision comes down to how much value is placed in having an unlockable bootloader. For a handset like the Atrix HD, which has already been out for some months, it’s hard to imagine many users will flock to such a device.