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Posted at 8:32 AM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Motorola unveils Atrix, a smartphone that's also a laptop

By Hayley Tsukayama

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It's a smartphone. It's a computer. It's the Atrix!

Motorola's getting a lot of press this morning after announcing its much-hyped competitor to the iPad, the Xoom. But the Atrix, also unveiled at Motorola's press conference yesterday, is generating quite a lot of buzz as well.

The novel idea behind the Atrix is that it's a smartphone that plugs into the shell of a laptop. Unlike the doomed Palm Foleo, which synced a computer with a Palm Treo, all the computing power in the Atrix is in the smartphone.

The phone, which Motorola is calling the "world's most powerful smartphone," has some great guts: an NVIDIA Tegra 2, four-inch display, a front-facing camera and a rear-facing 5MP camera, 1 GB RAM, 16GB on-board memory, and a microSD card slot. It runs Android 2.2 FroYo.

The laptop, which is being dubbed a "webtop," has an 11.6-inch display, two USB ports and a full keyboard.

Electronista had a brief hands-on with the Atrix, and had high praise for the hardware and design, with slight misgivings about the software. Obviously, it's still early to make a call on the Atrix's performance, but Electronista noted that performance slowed down considerably when the phone was docked into the laptop shell.

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By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 6, 2011; 8:32 AM ET
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Comments

I like to try it first before commenting but I cannot wait! I must say that this device looks very promising. This concept is a first I believe. For years, Apple has been leading the market in terms of innovations so it’s good to see other companies trying to squeeze some juice out of their brains to produce a product such as this one. I really hope that Motorola can keep up the good work! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvtJPs8IDgU

Posted by: bobbymikels | January 6, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

If I read it right, the Atrix will only be available on the terrible AT&T network. Bummer! AT&T always buys the best hardware to run on their crappy, overpriced network.

Posted by: Nogero | January 6, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

This idea has obvious merit for the majority of home users who are doing only email and web surfing with (one of) their home computer(s). Should build in WiFi though.

Posted by: justsayin | January 6, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

industry will crush it.

otherwise, you wouldn't need to double pay for internet access... phone and computer.

industry can't have you using your phone for your internet connection....

we must prop up verizon/comcast further. don't share your internet connection with your neighbor... don't realize you can tether your computer to a droid phone.

keep pumping that money to big cable.

Posted by: docwhocuts | January 6, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

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