Motorola’s ATRIX 4G packs dual-core processor, powers laptop dock

January 5th at 1:32 PM

Motorola’s ATRIX 4G packs dual-core processor, powers laptop dock

Remember that long rumored Motorola Olympus, a dual-core Android beast that was destined for AT&T? Today at CES, we got a quick look at exactly what that handset (or a handset just like it), now named the ATRIX 4G, has in store for us. The ATRIX 4G sports a dual-core 1GHz processor paired with 1GB of RAM, qHD high-resolution display, HSPA+ (4G) radio, and Android 2.2. The device can connect to a laptop-dock accessory that houses a laptop battery, keyboard and display. From there your ATRIX powers the laptop-like device — a device that Motorola’s CEO bragged had better battery life than Apple’s new Macbook Air. Here is AT&T’s official blurb on the new device:

The Motorola ATRIX™ 4G Android 2.2 smartphone will be offered exclusively by AT&T and is the world’s most powerful smartphone. Featuring a 1 GHz dual-core processor, ATRIX 4G delivers a remarkable combination of application processing power, 4G network speed and a high-resolution qHD display. It will be complemented by breakthrough accessories that include a revolutionary, super-thin laptop dock — for which ATRIX 4G is the “engine” — and an HD media dock that uses ATRIX 4G’s HDMI video output capabilities and processing power to enable a revolutionary browsing, application and media experience. For more information, visit http://www.att.com/atrix4G (website available after 10 a.m. PT on Jan. 5). This device is slated for launch in the first quarter of 2011, only for AT&T customers.

Although not mentioned by AT&T, Motorola did note that the ATRIX has a 1930mAh battery to keep it powered on and crushing numbers throughout the day (the DROID X has a 1500mAh battery). Who’s ready to rock one of these bad boys? More →


AT&T details 4G plans [updated]

January 5th at 12:12 PM

AT&T details 4G plans [updated]

AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega gave a keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday. The focus was undoubtedly 4G — as we reported earlier today — and de la Vega was joined by Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, HTC CEO Peter Chou and Samsung CEO J. K. Shin to show off exciting upcoming devices. Here are some highlights:

  • AT&T is accelerating its LTE deployment — it will launch LTE later this year and complete its deployment by 2013
  • AT&T HSPA+ provides “4G speeds,” and is already deployed to nearly 100% of AT&T’s network
  • 20 new 4G devices will be introduced this year including modems, mobile hotspots and phones
  • De la Vega included Apple in his list of manufacturers set to launch “4G” devices this year [updated]
  • Motorola ATRIX 4G launches this year: 4G LTE, Android OS, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 1930 mAh battery, 10.9mm thick, HTML5 support
  • The ATRIX 4G has a laptop dock that basically turns the phone into a full notebook-sized smartbook — very weird, very intriguing — and a home entertainment dock
  • HTC Inspire 4G: new HTC Sense UI, HTCSense.com support, 4.3-inch display, Android 2.2 OS, physical location awareness (phone rings louder when in a pocket or bag, then quiets when taken out), HTML5 support
  • Samsung Infuse 4G: AT&T’s thinnest smartphone, 4.5-inch Super-AMOLED Plus display, Android 2.2 OS, 8-megapixel rear camera, front-facing camera for video chat, HTML 5 support
  • AT&T’s first “4G” tablet will come soon from Motorola: dual core Tegra 2, 10.1-inch display, Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
  • First LTE tablets coming this year
  • 12 new Android devices coming this year
  • BlackBerry Torch sales have been strong and Windows Phone 7 sales have increased steadily since its launch

In terms of timing for those great new 4G smartphones mention above, five to seven HSPA+ devices will be introduced in the first half of this year, and the Motorola ATRIX 4G, HTC Infuse 4G and Samsung Infuse 4G will be among them. Hit the break for AT&T’s full press release related to today’s announcements.

UPDATE: Well, AT&T’s ridiculous decision to call both HSPA+ and LTE “4G”is already causing problems — AT&T contacted us to let us know that no iPhone-related LTE announcements were made. Apparently the “4G” mentioned alongside de la Vega’s mention of Apple did not refer to LTE “4G”.
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