Motorola's Atrix 4G Is CES 2011's Computer Killer

Posted: Jan 9 2011, 3:41pm CST | by , in News | CES

Motorola's Atrix 4G Is CES 2011's Computer Killer
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Literally, a phone that could become your computer

These days, we hear about phones that are iPhone killers, Android killers, or Blackberry killers. But here's a phone that is destined to make your computer irrelevant. And this time that's not just fluff speak.

Okay. We know. We've heard people saying that for years. Nokia used to refer to its "smartphones" from the early 2000s as portable computers. But we all know that those tiny little handsets can never replace computers.

However, what if you made the phone able to connect to a larger, computer-like docking station? Would you really need another entire computer? Enter the Motorola Atrix 4G.

This little puppy is a very impressive phone in its own right. It's a dual-core Android device with all the trimmings. It'll run on AT&T's 4G network. It has HD support, a high-res camera and all that stuff. But what's most exciting is the external docking station that comes with it. It looks like a laptop, but it's really just a case. There are hardly any innards in it. Instead, the phone will power the display.

When connected, the phone automatically goes into a sort of "computer mode" and runs a desktop operating system interface, along with complete versions of Firefox, Adobe Flash, etc. You'll be able to download PC applications just like your normal computer. The only real difference is everything is being powered by, and saved to, the Atrix.

You'll even be able to connect it to TVs and other large-screen devices to run computing processes, all without leaving your phone.

The Atrix is set to launch later this quarter. We'll see just how big of a splash it'll make. It'll be very interesting to find out.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at




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