The Motorola ATRIX is a boundary-pushing smartphone that might just give us a glimpse of the future of smartphone technology.
Alongside a terrific technical spec, the ATRIX offers a unique feature – it can be ‘docked’ and used with a mouse and keyboard to operate like a home computer. While the technology is still being ironed out, the ATRIX will be sure to appeal to those who like to be ahead of the game.
The Motorola ATRIX is one of those phones that infrequently make an appearance but that push the envelope of smartphone technology to a new level. As another example of how various multimedia devices are converging as technology advances, the ATRIX has the potential to be operated as a PC or laptop. There are two docking stations that are available for the ATRIX including the multimedia dock and the laptop dock. Simply by placing the ATRIX into the dock (in a similar manner to iPod docking ports) and connecting a keyboard, mouse and monitor the ATRIX can be used as a home computer.
It may not have the same processing power as the latest desktop or laptop computers but certainly packs a punch compared to other smartphones. Although 2011 has only just begun it seems that a large number of upcoming phones will feature the Tegra 2 dual core processor that may become as common place as the Snapdragon became in 2010. The ATRIX is one such phone to make use of the Tegra 2 (effectively twice as fast as the Snapdragon) and also comes with 1GB RAM. This processing power is what provides it with the capacity to operate almost like a desktop computer complete with its own file manager and windowed interface. The ATRIX can also be undocked at any point and pick up where it left off when redocked.
The ATRIX features a hi-res (540 x 960) 4" display and runs on Google Android 2.2 (Froyo). This is combined with Motorola´s Motoblur interface which provides superb social networking integration. The screen allows for multitouch input and comes with Gorilla Glass, while an accelerometer provides auto-rotation of the interface.
The ATRIX has a pretty decent 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video support. This has various software features including geo-tagging and comes with an LED flash. The ATRIX supports the playback of 1080p HD videos and also comes with excellent music support. There is a large amount of space available on the ATRIX with 16GB internal and a further 32GB available through microSD.
Although a 4G version is available in the United States there will not be any 4G networks available in the UK until at least 2012. So for now the ATRIX comes with 3G and Wi-Fi among other connectivity options. The move to allow smartphones to provide full computer power will prove interesting in the near future but for now and for some time after the ATRIX will represent a true benchmark in such devices as at present there is no other device quite like it.