Fan of the Atrix Dock? Motorola says prepare for more

Fan of the Atrix Dock? Motorola says prepare for more

Summary: Undeterred by the lukewarm reception of its Atrix 4G and adjoining dock, Motorola is preparing a number of new Lapdock phones for the second half of the year.

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One of the most popular features of Motorola's Atrix 4G was the phone's ability to be docked into a special dummy laptop that expanded its functionality.  The idea, exciting in theory, was less thrilling for customers for one central reason: the price.

But Motorola's isn't giving up. During the company's earnings call last week, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha told investors to expect more from the company's Lapdock concept.

"You will see multiple devices from us in the second half launching with these capabilities, and we will expand the range of our Lapdock devices so we cover a broader price point, addressing both the enterprise premium tier as well as more consumer tiers," Jha told investors.

Clearly, Jha has heard the cries of potential Atrix 4G owners pained by the device's price-point. While the Atrix itself is priced at an understandable $199, with the accompanying dock, that price gets boosted to $500 - no small fee for a new phone. Motorola will likely tweak the screen size and resolutions of the newer dock screens in an attempt to differentiate them from one other.

But for those who really want the Atrix 4G set up, Motorola says that AT&T will slash $100 off the price before the end of May. We'll have to wait on news from AT&T on that, however.

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  • It's not just price

    I'd love to see a phone like this with more memory, faster processor (it's sluggish in laptop mode) and running on an actual 4G network (HSPA+ doesn't count).

    And yeah, the phone should be $150-200 (subsidized) with the laptop dock coming in around $200 or so.
    cmasak@...
    • Reception is lukewarm since theconcept is good only abstractly: people want

      @cmasak@... separate devices.
      DDERSSS
    • The LTE is not "4G" either.

      @cmasak@...

      Conceptually, however, I am impressed with the Atrix and it really is the first Android phone that shows any hint of originality. I think the Atrix's main issue is it is too early on the playing field.
      Bruizer
  • RE: Fan of the Atrix Dock? Motorola Says Prepare For More

    I have to say I think this idea is pure genius. Although the Atrix at present still needs little work to make it exactly what I want it will be another year or two before I think about upgrading anyway. I am looking forward to seeing how far these devices have been developed by then. It is still a little bit early adopter for my liking but if I could ditch my laptop and phone for one device I would be happy.
    DarthCyclist
    • Make them out of dirt, sell them for a buck

      @DarthCyclist <ul><I> if I could ditch my laptop and phone for one device I would be happy.</I></ul>
      Why are you being so reasonable? You're supposed to crab and say it's not good enough. Here's a device that does function as both a phone and a laptop, it sells for less than most laptops, and what is Motorola's reward? An article about how it's too expensive.

      But don't worry... Help is on the way. If you'll only agree to buy nothing while the trade press parades one soon-to-be-here Better Solution after another, each one cheaper than the last (but more expensive than the one coming next month), the vendors will happily go out of business trying to meet your needs.
      Robert Hahn
  • RE: Fan of the Atrix Dock? Motorola Says Prepare For More

    The dock price is not so bad if you can upgrade the phone part and essentially get a new, faster laptop/netbook every time you get a new phone
    txscott
  • RE: Fan of the Atrix Dock? Motorola Says Prepare For More

    I like the idea, but not the execution. All the dock should be is a larger display and keyboard. There is NO way it should be priced at $400. Sorry but I lost interest half way through this post...
    timspublic1@...
  • It's success depends on Windows based emu & Ethernet port

    Love to hook it up to corp LAN, join domain or workgroup and use LAN resources. That is what I would call corp penetration!
    Otherwise ... don't need the docs!
    ZDNNissan
  • RE: Fan of the Atrix Dock? Motorola Says Prepare For More

    The future of portable computing is undoubtably carrying around a small device wih serious computing power and attaching I/O devices as needed for various computing scenarios. Motorola's work in this arena will eventually reward them. although their attempts may be a little awkward and (I feel) under-powered as yet.
    radleym