Motorola Atrix 4G Hands-on Preview

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AT&T officially announced plans to offer the Motorola Atrix 4G yesterday. I was at Motorola’s official launch event for this cutting-edge Android OS smartphone, and I’d like to share some of my first impressions.

Motorola Atrix 4GThis will be an innovative device, not your run-of-the-mill phone, as it will be able to convert into either a netbook or even a simple desktop PC.

It’s going to be full of high-end features, like a large display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, and a fingerprint scanner.


The Atrix 4G starts off with a tablet shape dominated by a 4-inch, qHD (960 x 540) touchscreen.

Given the size of its display, this isn’t going to be a particularly small device, but not as large as some of its rivals, like the HTC EVO 4G or the Dell Streak.

What’s really going to set the Atrix 4G apart from its rivals will be the docks, and how this smartphone will act when you plug it into them.

There will be two options, a multimedia dock and a laptop dock.

Motorola Atrix 4GDespite its name, the multimedia dock is going to basically turn this phone into a simple PC. Three USB ports will let you plug in a keyboard and mouse, and there is also going to be an HD video-out port.

The laptop dock will look like a thin and light netbook with a port on its back to plug a phone in to. It is going to have an 11-inch display and a full keyboard and trackpad. A large battery will provide power for the screen and to recharge the Atrix 4G.

When the smartphone is inserted into either of these, a full version of the Firefox web browser will open. This is going to give users the same browsing experience they are used to on their PC, including support for multiple windows and Adobe Flash.

Firefox will be available only when the device is docked. When the device is on its own, it will act like an other Android OS-based smartphone.

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