I decided that after I graduate this May, I would reward myself with a new phone, laptop, or computer. My 2007 macbook pro is starting to feel a little dated , and my rooted first-gen motorola droid will likely not get the next android update, as it’s amazing verizon and motorola have supported i’s first blockbuster this long. So what do I find combing through gadget-blog coverage of the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this year but the Motorola Atrix. This little beast sports a 1 ghz dual-core processor, 1gb RAM, an at&t’s 4g speeds (rated for up to 14.5mbps down). However, the story is only beginning here, as the Atrix serves not only as a super-smartphone, but also as the meat of a desktop, laptop, or home theater pc.
Plug this little guy into its remote-controlled dock, with usb ports and hdmi out, and this phone instantly changes into Nettop mode. This means you can connect a monitor, mouse, and keyboard to the dock and you’ve got a take-anywhere pc. Also, Motorola has produced a laptop shell with a built-in dock to to ensure maximum portability of the Nettop operating system. The OS itself is apparently Linux based and thus features Firefox as the default browser rather than Google’s own Chrome OS. Check out the CES Hands-On video brought to you by Aaron from PhoneDog.com.
This all-in-one from the future is rumored to be available March 1st, which falls at the very end of Q1. Hopefully the phone itself debuts at the industry-standard, subsidized price of $199, because I’m sure those dock and laptop shells are going to cost quite a bit themselves. And so far, there is no word on whether there will be any sort of extra tethering or data costs associated with using this thing as a portable Nettop computer. Head on over to engadget.com or att.com for more information and photos of the Motorola Atrix.