Motorola pushes laptop-dock Android phone at Brits
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Orange has the UK exclusive on Motorola's netbook-powering Atrix Android smartphone, the US phone maker has confirmed.
The Atrix is a 1GHz dual-core handset with 1GB of Ram and 16GB of on-board Flash storage to which you can add the contents of a 32GB Micro SD card if you wish.
It's just 11mm thick and has a "qHD" 960 x 540, 24-bit colour screen, 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi, and tri-band cellular connectivity.
Atrix's novelty is a netbook-like 11.6in screen, keyboard and battery accessory - it's called the Lapdock - all in a slimline metal covered case. The Atrix clips snuggly into a dock behind the screen and provides the unit's memory, storage and processing power.
Atrix runs a dedicated desktop-style UI, complete with the Firefox browser and the QuickOffice suite, when it's docked.
You can read our hands-on report here.
Motorola still isn't saying when exactly Orange will allow you to buy an Atrix, through it's taking down expressions of interest if you ring it and say you want one. Call Motorola on 0800 079 2000. ®
Why is the dock there?
For my money, the obvious place to dock the phone would have been where the trackpad is, and use the phone as a trackpad and possibly secondary display of some sort. How they've got it just looks clunky and needlessly increases the footprint of the whole setup.
......shower of arse, hope it can do a lot of offline tricks.
exclusives are annoying
I was thinking of one of these when my next upgrade comes due (it was more appealing than the LG Optimus 2x), but I'm not on Orange, and I have no intention of switching to Orange. Am I a demographic that manufacturers no longer care about?
You, sir, are extremely clever.
That is all.
Good to see some innovation. I expect the price will put it out of my reach however.