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CES: Motorola Android phone pairs with dock for added features

Docking station looks like laptop but has no CPU

Motorola showed off a new Android phone that connects to a docking station that looks like a laptop but has no CPU, so that users can access a full physical keyboard and monitor.

The Atrix 4G runs a 1 GHz dual-core processor, matching the power of full-size PCs from just a few years past. The phone hooks to the dock using an app called Motorola Webtop. The docking device weighs just over 2 pounds and has long battery life, said Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility. He unveiled the device at the AT&T Developers Summit at CES in Las Vegas.

Users will be able to browse the internet on the full version of Mozilla Firefox. "This is not desktop-like. This is the desktop browser running on this," said Jha.

He did not disclose many more details about the dock. Presumably users will be limited to the applications that can run on the Android phone. The concept of pairing a mobile phone with a 'dumb' device that features a larger keyboard and monitor is similar to one called the Folio that Palm once announced but later killed.

Users of the Atrix will also be able to connect the phone into a different dock that will allow streaming to an HDTV or any HDMI-compatible monitor.

Jha did not say how much the Atrix or the docks would cost or when they would be available.

See also: CES: Motorola launches Xoom tablet with Android 3.0


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