January 13, 2011 | by Lars Aronsson
Besides all the Honeycomb tablets, one device that really intrigued me at this year’s CES was the Motorola Atrix 4G and its groundbreaking docking solution. I’ve been all about technological convergence when it comes to gadgets for about ten years now. I haven’t been particularly interested in media or MP3 players, handheld game consoles, GPS navigators, or even digital cameras – I’ve wanted my phone to replace all those things: one gizmo to rule them all.
And like many others, I’ve believed that smartphones are our new computers. That’s why I love the idea behind Motorola’s Atrix 4G device: it can actually power a desktop or a laptop in a Linux environment that the company calls Webtop. The environment features a full version of Firefox with Flash 10.1, a file manager and Citrix remote desktop support. The state of Webtop is saved between sessions, so you can undock the phone any time you want and continue later where you left off.
Imagine the possibilities if we all carried our computers with us wherever we went in the form of a pocketable device weighing about 130g, and all we needed was a light-weight physical shell to use them. If there eventually will be a universal standard for the docking stations, and as the coin-sized-chips get even more powerful, regular computers can potentially be replaced altogether.
In addition to the Webtop functionality, the Atrix 4G rocks genuinely impressive hardware specs: a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor with dual cores and a strong GPU, a full 1GB of RAM, and a 4-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, a fingerprint reader, a 5MP camera with dual-LED flash, and the weight of it all is just 135g. Motorola has released a video ad on YouTube that illustrates that the Atrix can be more than a phone.
What do you think of the Atrix 4G? Even though the docking technology currently may have its drawbacks and requires potentially expensive accessories, I definitely want to see more devices with this type of functionality.
Via [Android and Me]