View Full Version : Motorola and AT&T launch Atrix 4G Superphone

01-06-11, 07:20 AM
AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega and Motorola CEO Dr Sanjay Jha kicked off the 2011 AT&T Dev Summit by announcing the carrier‚??s first 4G smartphone, the NVIDIA-powered Atrix 4G. Don‚??t call it a smartphone, at least not around here ‚?? NVIDIA is talking about the new wave of superphones powered by Tegra 2, and rightly so. Packing a dual-core 1GHz processor and a full gigabyte of RAM, Atrix is part phone, part laptop, part home entertainment hub. Or at least it looked that way onstage ‚?¶

The phone itself is an Android powered device capable of video capture and playback, with a big multitouch display and a 1,930 mAh battery powering the system. But there‚??s more in the way of two ‚??accessories‚?? that really should be called peripherals. First is the HD dock, an HDMI-based system for getting all of that hi-def content off of your Atrix 4G and onto your living room flat panel display. Cool stuff.

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Next is the big play: The laptop dock. Atrix 4G will come with an app called ‚??Webtop‚?? and be compatible with a laptop-form factor device that‚??s basically a 13.1‚?≥ display and full-sized keyboard in a super thin, lightweight magnesium shell body. The laptop dock has a port for the phone itself, which powers the whole thing and provides processing power and network connectivity. Verrrry interesting ‚?¶ Dr. Jha had the machine onstage during the keynote just now, and I‚??m hoping to get some up-close time with as much as of the setup as possible later in the day.

Now wait, what‚??s this? AT&T‚??s talking about a Tegra 2 powered, Android Honeycomb tablet coming in Q2 of this year? Hmm ‚?¶ when‚??s that Motorola press conference start ‚?¶ later this afternoon? I‚??ll be there!

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And oh, the catering at the AT&T Developers Summit is awesome so far. I‚??m not trying to be cute, either ‚?? after my first night in Vegas, getting up early and making it to a keynote was made so much easier by the awesome donut holes and Egg McMuffin-style sandwiches here at the Palms. Thanks, food sponsors!

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