CES 2011: Motorola Atrix 4G – a phone or a computer?

Friday, January 7, 2011, 11:01 by Tech Correspondent

Motorola has released its 4G smartphone Atrix on AT&T’s network at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011 at Las Vegas.

The new Motorola Atrix runs on Android 2.2 Froyo OS and is powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset with two ARM A9 cores. Atrix is Motorola’s flagship smartphone although it doesn’t run the latest version of Android for smartphones, version 2.3 Gingerbread. However, there’s nothing to say Motorola won’t push upgrades to devices once they’re sold.

Motorola Atrix 4G phone measures 2.5 x 4.6 x 0.4 inches and weighs 4.8 ounces. It has a 4-inch quarter HD touchscreen display capable of 24 bit color and 960 x 540 pixel resolution. Atrix has a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash at the back and a VGA camera on the front (which is rather weak for this otherwise cool phone). Also see: HTC Evo Shift 4G on Sprint

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Photo: Motorola Atrix 4G Phone

Atrix 4G is about 11 mm thick and comes with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal NAND storage and a 1930 mAh battery. And that’s not all. Motorola Atrix 4G flaunts two docks that would turn the phone into a – drumroll- computer! With the desktop dock, you can attach a monitor, keyboard and mouse to the Atrix abd use it as a desktop computer (in Linux mode). With the laptop dock, Motorola Atrix 4G transforms into a netbook, complete with an 11.6-inch screen, eight hours of battery life and full QWERTY keyboard.

Atrix, despite its mostly high-end specs, would have been lost among all the Android, had it not been for its cool docks. In addition to the netbook dock, Atrix can be hooked up to a vehicle dock that enables hands-free voice calls and access to Google Maps. And there’s the multimedia dock with three USB ports and an HDMI port to stream content to an HDTV or connect a mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc.

The new 4G phone from Motorola uses a custom made user interface Motoblur. For connectivity Motorola’s Atrix 4G uses Wi-Fi, HSDPA, quad band GSM and tri band WCDMA cellular networks. What’s more, Motorola Atrix 4G comes with a biometric fingerprint reader for security.

The name Atrix, incidentally, could be designed to read ‘Matrix’ when it is written along with Motorola’s ‘M.’ The name, like the product, attaches to something (Motorola’s ‘M’ in the case of the word and the netbook dock in the product’s case) to get transformed into something new.

With such impressive specs, we can just imagine the Matrix…err…the Atrix becoming a huge hit when it’s released. For price and availabilty, watch this space!