Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone doubles as full-blown PC

By on January 6, 2011, 7:33 AM
It’s all about smartphones and tablets at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show and Motorola is making sure to stand out from the crowd with their newest devices. Following the much-hyped introduction of its Xoom tablet, the first to run on Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the company is showing off what it claims is the world's most powerful smartphone. The Atrix 4G is an Android 2.2 smartphone with a dual-core 1Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 4-inch "qHD" (960 x 540) display, a fingerprint recognizer, a big 1930 mAh battery and 0.4-inch thick body.

For those keeping scores at home that display comes up just 100 lines short of the resolution on Apple's iPhone 4, which has a 960 x 640 pixel display, and because the Motorola Atrix 4G screen is a bit larger it also doesn’t pack the same pixel density. Still, it the gets the title of being the first dual-core processor on AT&T's network and has little to envy on the features front – dual cameras, expandable storage through miniSD cards, HDMI-out, and HSPA+ "4G" connectivity.


But perhaps the coolest feature is the Atrix's docking ability. Motorola showed off two different docking stations that allow its smartphone to act like a full-blown computer: The first is a laptop-sized expansion dock, which is essentially a brainless 11.6-inch, 2.4lb laptop complete with keyboard and trackpad, while the HD multimedia dock features a power connector, three USB ports, and an HDMI output to hook up a monitor and peripherals.

Both docks use a special “Webtop” app that enables PC-like features such as a windowed UI, an application dock, a full desktop version of Firefox 3.6 with Flash 10.1 support, a file manager, support for your mobile apps on a big display, and Citrix remote desktop support which Motorola showed connected to a PC running Windows XP full screen. You can check out a video of the Motoroa Atrix and accessories in action over at Engadget.




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Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Thats insane! although its a shame Motorola came up with something like this and not HTC or Nokia.

Guest said:

Hey, give Motorola some credit. I have the Motorola Milestone, and beside the fact that it is taking forever to update to Froyo it is a stable Smartphone.

princeton princeton said:

960x540 is actually superior to 960x640. Because it's 16:9 ratio. Opposed to 960x640 being 3:2 ratio.

Here's the problem. It'll probably run on effing motoblur.

vangrat said:

OMFG, this is exactly what we have been looking for in an all-in-one device. To top it off it already supports a Citrix remote client which means no hassle in installing third party software, brilliant! I would like to place an order for 100 of these five years ago XD

Guest said:

The Milestone never got Froyo, (and never will) and the HDMI out didn't work.

If this had Gingerbread, then it would be compelling.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I might have bought a Motorola Defy if it had Froyo, but it's only promised for Q2. So holding out on the Android phone for now, but yes, it's annoying that Moto is always a step or two back with the OS version.

Guest said:

It is good for the country though. Motorola is an American company, HTC and Nokia are not. Is that bad for America or bad for you?

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