Motorola and AT&T are diving into territories of the Palm Foleo, a prototype yet unreleased productivity device that runs your applications from the phone but doesn’t have any processing power of its own. For the AT&T Atrix 4G Android phone, Motorola had created a solution, available soon, for AT&T that will allow the Atrix to sync up with a clamshell notebook that has a battery pack, but no processing power of its own. That device, called the Labtop, is like a laptop smartbook that runs applications, and the browsing experience straight from the phone itself.
In terms of the phone, the Atrix 4G is described to be the world’s most capable and powerful smartphone. It utilizes AT&T’s evolved HSPA+ network with a dual-core gigahertz processor, 1 GB RAM, and 16 GB of strorage that could be augmented through a memory card for added space.
The phone itself has a qHD, which delivers 960 X 540 pixels, to give you sharper text and more viewable content on the 4.3-inch display.
The device can be docked to either the home multimedia dock, which connects via HDMI to your HDTV, or through the Laptop Dock, which drives the Webtop user interface, giving it the ability to view videos, photos, and media on the big screen. Additionally, when docked to your HDTV, you can also browse the Web with multiple windows, rearrange and resize browser windows, and have access to the full Internet with HTML5 and Adobe Flash 10.1 content via the Mozilla browser. There is also a simple remote control that can be used so if you want to watch videos or play a photo slideshow, you can do so on the comfort of your living room couch.
The thing that is most comparable to the Palm Foleo, a companion accessory, is perhaps the Laptop Dock. The thin device weighs about 2.4 pounds. There is no OS or processing power on the Laptop Dock itself–all the power is driven from your smartphone, which itself has a dual-core 1 GHz CPU. From there, you can browse the Web with multiple tabs and windows that are re-sizable and movable, as well as have access to media-rich content on the Internet. The Atrix, coupled with the Laptop Dock, essentially becomes a powerful computing device that can serve as a smartbook/netbook replacement.
With the high resolution screen on the phone and the increased screen real estate afforded by the Laptop Dock, Motorola has created a mobile computing device that will make it easy for users to browse the Web and enjoy their content anywhere, everywhere.
The device was previously known via codename as the Olympus.
LAS VEGAS – CES – Jan. 5, 2011 — Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), and AT&T today unveiled Motorola ATRIX™ 4G, the only smartphone that allows you to carry the power of mobile computing inside your pocket. Motorola’s revolutionary webtop application changes mobile computing forever by unleashing the power of the smartphone like never before. Designed to bring unprecedented computing to your smartphone, Motorola’s webtop application runs a full Mozilla Firefox 3.6 browser and supports Adobe® Flash® Player to open up all the rich graphics, animations and video on the web. Motorola ATRIX 4G includes a dual core processor with each core running at 1 GHz, delivering up to two GHz of processing power. Put simply, Motorola ATRIX 4G is the world’s most powerful smartphone.
“Consumers are increasingly using smartphones as their primary digital screens,” said Bill Ogle, chief marketing officer, Motorola Mobility, Inc. “Motorola ATRIX 4G ushers in a new era of mobile computing. ATRIX comes loaded with the Motorola webtop application, and when used with one of our exclusive docks, enables consumers to extend the capabilities of their smartphones. Together, these provide a revolutionary interactive computing experience that empowers individuals in new ways for staying connected, informed and entertained at home, on the job and anywhere in between.”
“With ATRIX 4G, we are rethinking what a smartphone can be, and literally changing the game with a new device category that combines the power of a laptop with the latest smartphone features and 4G speeds,” said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T mobility and consumer markets. “With Motorola Mobility, we’re delivering on our commitment to provide customers with the best mobile broadband experience and best smartphones.”
Motorola ATRIX 4G is designed to essentially become a user’s primary digital hub to create, edit and interact with documents, media and content. This is facilitated by Motorola’s webtop application and incredible new accessory docks, such as the Laptop Dock, that provide users with a larger screen, keyboard and trackpad enabling them to have an enhanced and more interactive computer-like experience with their devices.
While in the webtop application users can run their Android applications in a window, browse their favorite websites with a full Firefox desktop browser, send instant messages and make phone calls, all at the same time. Calls continue uninterrupted if Motorola ATRIX 4G is removed from a dock. Users can take advantage of the ability to surf the web, view social networking, and use HTML5 web-based applications and supported cloud computing services. Plus, the new Entertainment Center feature lets you show all of the photos, music and videos you already enjoy on-the-go on a big screen in your living room. In the U.S., ATRIX 4G will feature the AT&T U-verse® Mobile application, which allows users to schedule recordings, and for qualifying TV customers, download and watch hit TV shows on their smartphones.
Motorola ATRIX 4G provides consumers with instantaneous access to all their emails, files and media. While using the webtop application, business users with an existing Citrix account will benefit from the integrated Citrix Receiver application that provides secure, high performance access to virtual desktops as well as Windows®, web and office applications hosted on Citrix XenDesktop. In addition to the full suite of office productivity applications and email applications, users can also access a great number of web applications such as Salesforce.com, Google Docs, and any HTML application or service from the full desktop browser.
Motorola ATRIX 4G runs Android™ 2.2 with access to more than 100,000 apps and games in the Android Market™.
Motorola is introducing two industry-leading companion docks for ATRIX 4G:
The Motorola HD Multimedia Dock has three USB ports and an HDMI port enabling connections to a keyboard, mouse, speakers and HDMI-compatible monitor for working at your desk/office, or connecting to an HDMI-compatible television and home theater audio system for interacting with content and enjoying video, music, games and more in your living room.
The Motorola Laptop Dock has an incredibly thin design with an 11.6-inch screen, full keyboard, stereo speakers, 36Wh three-cell battery that delivers up to eight hours of battery life and weighs just 2.4 pounds. Users simply dock their Motorola ATRIX 4G into the back of the Laptop Dock to turn it into an active, connected machine to experience true mobility at work, home and playing on-the-go in a form factor that’s lighter and smaller than most laptops on the market.
Key features and specifications:
A dual-core processor capable of opening web pages twice as fast as most other smartphones, rendering games faster and displaying HD video on big-screen TVs
A full 1 GB of RAM for twice the RAM of most smartphones to deliver effortless multi-tasking, such as watching a movie while receiving and responding to email
The world’s first qHD display for a smartphone, offering high resolution and 24-bit color, making it easier to read indoors and outdoors
Front- and rear-facing cameras and the ability to record in HD
Convenient biometric fingerprint reader for easily unlocking your phone while providing extra security
Up to 48GB of storage (16GB internal and optional 32GB MicroSD card) – enough to store thousands of songs, photos and movies
2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi 802.11n support, enabling as much as 50 percent faster download and upload speeds in WiFi mode compared to most other smartphones
Optional AT&T Mobile Hotspot service for connecting up to five additional Wi-Fi-enabled devices
Under 11 mm thin with an extra large 1930 mAh battery for extended standby and talk time
Two microphones for noise-reduction technology so your calls will be heard loud and clear in even the noisiest environments
Supports HD video capture and replay for most multimedia standards