Motorola previews XOOM and ATRIX
The XOOM is Motorola's first tablet while the ATRIX is said to be 'the world's most powerful smartphone'
Motorola Mobility showed off its first tablet device, the forthcoming XOOM, as well as its upcoming ATRIX smartphone at a press-only event in Dubai.
The XOOM features Google's Android 3.0 ‘Honeycomb' operating system, while the ATRIX packs a dual-core processor. Motorola claims the latter is the ‘world's most powerful smartphone'.
"The mobility market in the UAE is advancing at a rapid rate and Motorola is reacting by providing today's highly mobile consumers with unprecedented computing power and performance with innovative designs and software to allow for an unmatched level of connectivity to the information and contacts they need on the go and at home. Motorola XOOM is the first tablet that delivers on what a tablet truly should be by combining industry-leading technology and the tablet-specific Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system," said Raed Hafez, General Manager for Motorola Mobility, Middle East & Africa.
The XOOM's main specifications include a 10.1-inch widescreen display that runs at a native resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The device also features a 5-megapixel camera that can capture both still images and videos. The tablet offers on the fly photo and video editing capabilities. Motorola claims its tablet is the first to offer connectivity to Google's Mobile Innovation service, which offers books, music and movies. The tablet also sports fully-fledged multitasking capabilities.
The ATRIX smartphone features a dual-core processor where each processing core runs at 1GHz. 1GB of memory is featured as standard in addition to 16GB of permanent storage. Consumers can also fit a microSD memory card (up to 32GB) for a total of 48GB of storage. The phone features front and rear facing cameras and a biometric fingerprint scanner that can be used to unlock the phone. The device can also be upgraded to run on 4G networks via a simple software patch.
Motorola is positioning the smartphone as a ‘digital hub' that allows users to create, edit and interact with documents and media. In line with this Motorola will also sell a range of docks, including a laptop dock that will allow the user to connect the ATRIX and take advantage of the dock's larger keyboard, trackpad and LCD screen. The dock will charge the smartphone at the same time it was revealed.
The smartphone runs two operating systems; Android and a Linux variant though the latter only comes into play when the phone is docked. The ATRIX can run Motorola's ‘webtop' application as well and this enables the user to use the docked ATRIX smartphone as a fully-fledged PC, by streaming a virtual desktop of a fully-fledged OS (such as Windows 7) onto the screen of the smartphone-powered laptop dock.
Both products will be launched in the UAE though a final decision in terms of a date is still pending.