Last Updated: January 11th, 2011

The Atrix 4G may not be the only dual-core powered Android phone announced this year at CES, but it certainly seems to be the only one that claims to 'redefine the line between a phone and a laptop'. It's able to blur said line by featuring the relatively unique 'Laptop Dock' accessory, which, for all intents and purposes, will convert your Android phone into a netbook running Motorola's 'Webtop' application.


Details on the actual Webtop interface are sparse, but Motorola did spill the beans on the internals powering the Atrix 4G:

  • Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core 1 GHz processor
  • 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory
  • HSPA+ 4G compatibility with AT&T
  • 4 inch qHD display
  • 5 MP rear camera with LED flash
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Fingerprint scanning security (located on the back of the device)
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) with MotoBlur (which looks to be refined, I might add)
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 1930 mAh battery for 9 hours talk time

Note the incredibly beefy battery - 1930 mAh is probably the largest mobile phone battery we've ever heard of. If you think this is where the fun ends, you are grossly mistaken. Remember the laptop dock that the Atrix plugs into? Get this - it has its own battery, which can last 8 hours and doubles as a phone charger. Plug the Atrix in, use the laptop, unplug it when you're ready to go, and instead of a dead Atrix, you have one that is still fully charged. Brilliant.

In addition to the battery powered laptop dock, we also have an HD dock, which can hook up to an HD monitor, a mouse, and a keyboard. The Atrix IS the brain - all you need are the peripherals. In fact, it's so powerful, the Webtop app actually contains a full desktop version of Firefox, really blurring the lines between desktops, notebooks, and mobile.

Don't have a keyboard or a mouse? No problem - the Atrix can replace either of those devices while hooked up to a dock. Alternatively, the keyboard/mouse combination can be swapped for a multimedia remote. Motorola definitely went an extra mile while designing this device, didn't it?

No price or dates have been announced yet, but you can be sure we'll let you know when they are.

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Source: AT&T

Images courtesy of: Phone Scoop

  • Chris

    This phone is just awesome. Just hope a real release date is out soon (something better than "Q1 2011").

    • Aaron david baker

      yeah it would be awesome if it was available in the beginning of Q1 2011 rather then ending.
      lol actually I've been waiting for almost a year now waiting for At&t to release a Quality android device,
      so if becomes available at the end of Q1(march) it should be worth the wait

      • Chris

        I hope it will come sooner than end of Q1. My current phone (Acer Liquid) is starting to become less usable by the day, after I dropped it in an unfortunate way and the display started bleeding black/yellow from the edges...

        I will wait for this phone though, the possibilities are just too awesome!

  • Zigmar

    Motoblur? Puked...
    But the concept and hardware look interesting...

  • TareX

    Best phone announced at CES 2011. I don't mind Motoblur, I actually think it's the least obtrusive UI, and the Widgets look neat. I'll just replace the launcher.

    I am concerned about the contrasts on the screen (it is a non-SAMOLED/NOVA/BRAVIA screen, after all).... I hope the colors aren't too bad.

    The bezel might be quite thick, but it gives the phone a uniform shape. I think this is the phone to have, this year -until glasses-free 3D Androids become the norm in 2012 (HTC will announce theirs next month)...

  • http://krypticnexus.blogspot.com anthony hickman

    i do think this will be replacing my nexus one. i just hope the out of contract price isnt stupid high.

  • http://none.com Kai99

    Leave it to AT&Terrible to have THE BEST smartphone, on their network (again.) :(

  • Deon

    Wow... I was really liking the Asus Transformer (or even the slider) but now this one has my interest.
    I think Nvidia is going to kick some serious rear with the Tegra 2 CPU. It's the 'new snapdragon' everyone is using.
    I think now it's a race-to-market game. There's so much kewl stuff coming out, but if you release it 4th quarter of 2011, and everybody else releases 1st and 2nd quarter, then you'll loose.

  • JJ

    If only it was coming to sprint.