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Motorola unveiled this phone at this year’s CES. It has very impressive hardware and a great feature set to back it up, but the best part about this smartphone by far, is its ability to be used as a desktop when plugged into a special netbook shell.

The netbook shell weighs 2.4 pounds and has an 11.6-inch screen. It doesn’t have any internal storage of its own because it completely boots from the Atrix 4G smartphone. When plugged into the shell, the smartphone also has the ability to charge via an HDMI plug and a micro-USB plug.

The idea behind this revolutionary step in smartphones, is to put the phone at the center of the user’s computing experience. All the data and applications that are stored on the phone are instantly transferred when the user plugs the phone into the shell. So you can run your smartphone using a desktop-like format if you feel like the screen is too small or for whatever other reason.

When tested, the netbook shell runs surprisingly fast off of the Atrix. The desktop environment seems to be some sort of Linux distribution.

The Android experience can also be accessed on the shell via a window in webtop mode. This way, you can run you Android applications alongside the desktop applications that come with the netbook shell.

Overall reviews of the netbook is pretty darn good. Some demoers complain a little about the slight indentation in each key, but that just takes adjusting to.

Some specs:

  • Dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB of ram
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 5 MP rear camera with LED flash
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Fingerprint reader for security
  • 4-inch display with 960×540 resolution
  • Android 2.2 (no news about an upgrade to Honeycomb)

Hands-on: Motorola’s Atrix Android phone leads secret double life as a netbook



Last month, Acer released three Android tablets, one of which was a 4.8-inch smartphone and tablet hybrid. As Acer puts it, “[it’s] 100 percent phone, 100 percent tablet.”

Acer has confirmed that this “phoneblet” will be coming to the US in April. It will run on either Froyo or Honeycomb. They are in the middle of discussing carrier partnerships, but it will most likely be carried by AT&T or T-Mobile. However, an Acer spokesperson hinted slightly that it might also be available from Verizon.

Unfortunately, the demoers at CES could not turn the phone on, so therefore could not see how fast it is and how good the screen resolution is. It seems that to find out, we will have to wait another few months until it arrives in the US.

Acer’s 4.8-inch phoneblet will head to a US carrier this year — Engadget.


The newly revealed LG Optimus is crazy fast. With a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, it allows you to fly through pages and applications in the blink of an eye. LG also claims that it is very good for video games because of its fast speed. It has a 4-inch display and a resolution of 480×800. The phone is pretty light at 4.9 ounces and it is 4.95 inches long, 2.5 inches wide and less than half an inch thick.

It will ship with Android 2.2, but most likely will be able to be upgraded to Android 3.0. It is a global phone, meaning that it will probably first be seen in Asia and Europe, and possibly come to the United States. Even if it does arrive in America, some people worry that it won’t have a carrier.

I sure hope that this speedy phone will arrive in America sometime in 2011 and will be one of the first to buy it.

CES: LG Optimus 2X feels twice as fast – CES 2011 CNET Blogs.

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