Motorola ATRIX 4G and Laptop Dock Hands On Demo [Video]

Jan 8, 2011
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Motorola says they have the most powerful smartphone around with the ATRIX 4G, and they've been showing it off at this year's Consumer Electronics Show without hesitation. The device is feature-rich in of itself, but Motorola managed to throw in plenty of extras to sweeten the deal for potential customers. Including a laptop-like dock that allows owners to connect the device, and access the device with a keyboard, display, and mouse. We managed to get some hands-on time with the device, while Motorola demoed the handset and its main accessory.

The ATRIX 4G features a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen display, and a dual-core Tegra 2 processor under the hood. It's running Android 2.2, and while it may not be the latest build of Android, it has plenty of extra features. First and foremost, the laptop dock. The device isn't a full-featured laptop in any sense of the word. Namely, it's just a screen (measuring 11.6-inches), a keyboard, and a mouse. It won't do anything if an ATRIX 4G isn't plugged into it, at the back of the dock.

Once we plugged the device in, we were escorted through the main features of the set-up. Accessing the phone's features, like the separate homescreens, and even applications, is easy through the representation of the device on the dock's display. You can launch and use some applications, like the Browser and even games.

The best part, though, is the usage of Firefox. This isn't a mobile version of Firefox. It's the full desktop version. And from what we could see of its usage in the demo, it works really well. The display is crisp, and rendering webpages is quick. Even Flash video loads up quickly, and we watched it play through without interruption.

There are even small flourishes, like window transitions, that making the dock worthwhile. Simply put, we were blown away by the performance a dock of this sort has, especially considering that a smartphone is running the entire show.

As for the ATRIX, it is snappy. Considering that Android 2.2 is the Operating System (OS) of choice, it's not a deterrent from purchasing this phone at all. As of right now, with this demo as evidence, Motorola's statement that the ATRIX 4G is the world's most powerful smartphone may be true. Other features like the fingerprint sensor, which works as both security and the method to power on the device from sleep mode

Of course, the real test will come when we have the first review unit, and we can run the device through all of the necessary benchmarks. Until that day, go ahead and check out the video below, and let us know how you think the ATRIX 4G stacks up.


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