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At Motorola's booth today, we got a chance to play with the Atrix 4G - a dual-core HSPA+ equipped slate handset, sporting a whopping 1GB of RAM and packing a couple of notable features. Along with the laptop dock demoed in the video below, the Atrix 4G also has a media dock (called "HD dock") which allows you to connect it to a larger screen (and use the same WebTop desktop-like interface) as well as plug in a keyboard and a mouse. The Motorola rep also informed us of plans for regular charging and car docks, so it looks like wherever you may be, the Atrix will have a bespoke resting place.

If you don't fancy running the Debian-based WebTop interface, you can also full-screen your phone on your TV for some requisite big-screen Angry Birds action. It's also possible to run your phone in a picture-in-picture mode to access both operating systems at once. Unfortunately your phone's browser will not pick up with the webpages you were viewing in WebTop's Firefox browser when you disconnect the device. However, to be fair, as soon as you reconnect it, all the open tabs will still be there, and there is a way to access the Firefox history from within Android by using an app called the WebTop Connector.

We've got an idea though - if you install the Firefox Sync plugin on the WebTop side and use Firefox for Mobile on the Android side, there's a good chance you'll be able to seamlessly sync open tabs, passwords, history, and bookmarks.

Another notable feature I wanted to point out was a built-in file browser, albeit only available from within WebTop. It's not too surprising, considering WebTop is really Linux and not Android, but it's nice to be able to easily manage your files without resorting to relatively limited UI-wise Android apps. If you decide that you need to take a screenshot, a convenient WebTop screenshot app will take care of the task for you.

At the end of the demo, we played some Angry Birds in full screen mode on the HD monitor and found that the game was a bit laggy. Using the WebTop mode in general, we found it relatively snappy but still not as smooth as you regular desktop experience you may be used to. We are also not sure we'd commit to buying the first generation laptop dock, but the direction things are headed is definitely very interesting. Soon enough, we'll be carrying our desktop and laptop brains in our pockets and wondering what life was like back in the stone age.

Video

Specs

If you need a recap of the specs, you can find them below:

  • 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
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 1930 mAh battery for 9 hours talk time

Photos

Atrix 4G Standalone

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Atrix 4G + Laptop Dock

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Atrix 4G + HD Dock

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Brian O'Toole
Having learnt his writing techniques reading e-Books of Sherlock Holmes, Brian now spends his time /kicking, lurking, SSHing and encoding.
  • aaron

    there is a way to sync the tabs in the webtop app look a the gizmodo or engadget videos they both show this feature used

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Actually, what Brian meant was that the Android browser and WebTop Firefox are not sharing sessions or tab histories. We've rephrased this a bit and added the extra info you've mentioned - thanks for that!

      Additionally, there's a good chance that by installing Firefox for Mobile on the WebTop Firefox and then using Firefox for Android, you'll be able to sync things a lot better.

  • Kane

    This is highly impressive. Motorola seems to be the most innovative company out of all mobile manufacturers at CES.

  • eric

    You say debian based webtop. Does that mean people might make .deb apps work on it? Or even better, any .deb apps that support arm work on it already?

    • Brian O’Toole

      Interesting question, I'll try to get a chance to ask Motorola next time I'm by their booth. Although to be honest I expect them to just blankly respond "Debian?".

      • eric

        Sadly true. However, assuming they didn't do something to kill all hope of compatibility, I except the hacking community might get something going on it. If/When I get one, I'll definitely try a few to see what happens.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

    My only question is -- if I get it unlocked, will it run on T-mobile's network?

    • some dude

      AT&T might not have the best rep for coverage, but downgrading to t-mo... really??? everywhere i've been (except New Hampshire) their coverage has dominated verizion (and there are sure places where that's not the case) and sprint and t-mo is a joke. But hey spend $700 plus on a phone without a contract in order to save $20 a month using it on t-mo, what ever floats your boat....

  • LHead

    Any physical dimensions besides the screen size? It doesn't look very svelte at all.

  • TareX

    Seeing how much faster the SE Arc was in your video demo, I really blame Motorola for not going for Gingerbread.... SE -the notoriously slow company- did it, and their skin is a whole lot deeper and more intrusive than Motoblur.

    I mean this is a Tegra 2 device with 1GB RAM, and you can clearly see a small stutter when swiping between homescreens....

  • Paul

    Drool. I'm getting one. Wonder how this stacks against Asus's Transformer.

  • NameName

    Hope this thing is under 200 and doesn't come with the dock. It shouldn't be a requirement.

  • The guy next to calvin

    Is it just me or should the phone slide into the keyboard like a battery, this way it would have a much cleaner look to it? And the phone would not be exposed to bumps and dirty etc...

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