One of the things that is going to set the Motorola Atrix 4G apart from its rivals is its laptop dock, which will turn this Android OS smartphone into a netbook. The pricing for this accessory has now leaked out, and it’s going to be relatively inexpensive.
This laptop dock will offer an 11-inch display, keyboard, and trackpad, but no operating system. The Atrix 4G will provide this. When plugged in, this smartphone will switch to a version of Linux that offers a full desktop version of the Firefox web browser, while also still providing all the features of the Android OS.
According to an inside source at the retailer Best Buy, the laptop dock is going to sell for $150. This means that, assuming the Atrix 4G has the typical price for a high-end smartphone — $200 with contract — the combination of smartphone and dock will be competitive in price and features with other netbooks.
Motorola Atrix 4G Overview
When functioning on its own, the Atrix 4G will have a tablet shape and a qHD (960 x 540) touchscreen. It is going to run Android OS 2.2 on a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, and have 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a microSD/HC memory card slot.
In addition to the laptop dock, Motorola is also producing a desktop dock that will have three USB ports for a keyboard and mouse, as well as an HD video-out port.
AT&T says this model is going to be available in the first quarter of this year, but hasn’t given any specifics.
A document that leaked out of this carrier says that target date is March 1, and a separate unconfirmed report indicates that it could be out even sooner, on Feb. 13.