Users of the Motorola Atrix 4G are going to be able to turn their smartphone into a nettop computer, but doing so will require a desktop dock. The price for this upcoming accessory has not yet been announced, but has now leaked out.
The Atrix 4G will normally operate like any other high-end Android OS smartphone, but plugging it into its Standard Dock will make it into a light-duty PC. Users will be able to use a full version of the Firefox web browser without losing access to the Android OS apps. The dock will provide three USB ports for a keyboard and mouse, as well as an HD video-out port.
When AT&T and Motorola announced this device early this month, they said nothing about the the price of this dock, but the online retail website Fommy is now listing it for $60.
More about the Motorola Atrix 4G
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.
This smartphone is going to be one of the first able to connect to AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network, plus it will have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.
In addition to the desktop dock, Motorola is also producing a laptop dock that will offer an 11-inch display, keyboard, and trackpad,
When plugged into either of these accessories, the smartphone will switch to a version of Linux that can run Firefox with a near desktop experience, including multiple windows, Adobe Flash support, etc.
Pricing & Availability
Motorola says the Atrix 4G will launch at some point late next month, but the exact day remains unknown.
The price for the smartphone and its laptop dock also have not yet been officially announced, but information slipping out of retailers indicates that the device will sell for $150 with a two-year contract, while the laptop dock will cost $150.