Motorola Atrix 4G just the beginning for mobile computing
One of the most talked-about gadgets of CES 2011 was the Motorola Atrix 4G, a dual-core Android handset that offers far more than just a mere smartphone featureset.
Its ability to transform into a laptop computer or big screen, high definition media player (when attached to different docking solutions) makes it one of the most exciting devices that Pocket-lint has seen, and it could well put the newly-formed offshoot, Motorola Mobility, firmly on the map.
However, it's not going to end there. World domination is planned. The Atrix is merely the first salvo in an offensive that could bring about a complete convergence between mobile computing and smartphones. Certainly, the company's chairman and CEO, Sanjay Jha, seems to think so:
"We believe that the consumers will resonate with these devices, and we look forward to developing a series of products [in the range]. We look forward to seeing more of these products in the future", he told Pocket-lint during the CES show in Las Vegas.
He also believes that, by combining two formerly separate devices, the company can reduce the steep costs of stand-alone rival products:
"I believe that the cost proposal of the Atrix 4G and the laptop dock will be meaningfully less than any rival stand-alone PC with the same properties", he said. Which, we understand to be $270 (on contract) for the handset and around $50-80 for the Laptop Dock. The resulting $350-ish price point is considerably cheaper, for example, than an equivalent Vaio or MacBook Air.
Certainly, the lack of processing speed will not be a factor:
"The processing speed and performance of the phone will be the forthcoming trend in smartphones in 2011", he told us. And followed, with a glint in his eye, "there is so much growth in mobile phones".
Can the Atrix rival competitive handsets from HTC and Apple, and even netbooks and laptops? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below...