Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone doubles as full-blown PCBy Jose Vilches 7 comments
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.