AT&T seems a tad unrealistic here.
When the Motorola Atrix was first unveiled at CES 2011, the phrase "computer killer" instantly leapt back into the industry vernacular. The Atrix's dual-core processor and gig of RAM make it as-or-more powerful than pretty much any tablet or netbook. Moto announced that the Atrix would launch with an optional laptop dock in order to take advantage of this fact.
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The dock wasn't expected to be very expensive- our first leaked price was just $150. Equivalent netbooks generally hover at around $300, and the Atrix dock is nothing but an 11.6" display, battery, keyboard and speakers. You wouldn't expect it to cost much.
But AT&T's new press release revealed just the opposite. While the Atrix 4G alone will be the standard $199 with a two-year contract, the dock will cost $499 on its own. If you buy it bundled with the Atrix, you'll have to pay $599 (with a $100 rebate) for the phone, laptop dock, and subscription to the Data Pro plan with the tethering add-on. Ouch.
While it is true that most users don't need the power of a full desktop, tablets lack a keyboard and netbooks have tiny displays. By bundling a large-screen browsing / typing/media solution with a mobile communications device, the Atrix dock is a solution that must be attractive to many users. But that high price is going to make it a tougher sell. While $600 isn't bad for both a phone and a large-display netbook, it is high enough that customers will be also be eyeing the premium tablets and high-end laptops.
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The Atrix is also accompanied by an optional Motorola HD Multimedia dock, Bluetooth keyboard, mouse and remote control for $189.99. AT&T expects it to hit customers and retail establishments by March 6- if not a little earlier.