CES 2011: Motorola Unveils 4G Phones, 3G/4G Verizon Tablet


Las Vegas - Motorola came to CES to unveil an Android 3.0 tablet for Verizon Wireless and two 4G Android smartphones, one each for Verizon and AT&T.

The company also unveiled a successor to the Android-based Cliq phone for T-Mobile.

The two 4G phones are the Atrix 4G for AT&T's HSPA+ network and the Droid Bionic for Verizon's LTE network, both with dual-core 1GHz processors with a total of 2GHz processing power.

The Verizon-network tablet is Motorola Xoom, also with dual-core 1GHz processors. It's the industry's first tablet built on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS designed specifically for tablets.

 Motorola is targeting first-quarter availability of the 3G Xoom incorporating CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A, but purchasers who buy the 3G version will be able to upgrade it to 4G LTE sometime in the second quarter, when the 4G version will also become available, Motorola Mobility chairman/CEO Sanjhay Jha said here at a press conference.

Tablet feature include 10.1-inch 1280x800 touchscreen with 16:10 aspect ratio, 1GB RAM, 32GB embedded memory, SD Card support after a software upgrade, 802.11n hot spot, rear and front-facing cameras for video chats, 720p video capture, 1080p video storage and playback, HDMI output, and Adobe Flash 10.1. It's billed as the first tablet with Google Maps 5.0, access to Google e-books, and Google Talk with video chat.

Although Motorola demonstrated the tablet, Jha said the device "is not completely done," so the company did not pass out samples for reporters to test during the event.

 In 4G phones, the company unveiled a 3G/4G LTE phone for the Verizon network. The Droid Bionic will be available in the early second quarter with Android 2.2 OS, dual 1GHz processors for a combined 2GHz processing power, 4.3-inch qHD (quarter-HD 960x540) display, 4G and Wi-Fi video chat via VGA front-facing camera, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 16GB embedded memory, 32GB microSD Card slot, DLNA certification, mobile hot spot, Adobe Flash 10.1, and enterprise-friendly data security, the company said.

Another 4G phone, this one for AT&T's HSPA+ 4G network, is the Atrix 4G with dual 1GHz processor cores for a total of 2GHz of processing power. It comes with 1GB RAM, 4-inch qHD display, Android 2.2 (upgradable to 2.3 later in the year), fingerprint reader to unlock the device, 16GB of memory, 32MB microSD slot, 2.1GHz-band operation in overseas markets, AT&T U-verse app to stream U-verse TV content to the phone, 720p video capture, 1080p video storage and playback, 10.9mm-thick form factor, and multiple docking accessories.

 One Atrix 4G dock connects to a TV, keyboard and mouse to deliver a PC-like experience, and the other dock takes the shape of a laptop-looking clamshell into which the Atrix 4G is placed. Both docks enable a larger-screen display of Mozilla's Firefox web browser. The laptop-like dock features 11.6-inch display.

"The convergence of computing and mobility has another form," Jha said of the laptop dock.

The Atrix 4G is due in AT&T stores and enterprise channels "in the coming weeks," said Jeff Bradley, AT&T's senior VP for devices. He promised more than 20 4G devices by the end of 2011.

For the T-Mobile HSPA+ network, the company unveiled the Cliq 2 with 1GHz processor, slide-from the side QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.2, 3.7-inch screen, 3G HSPA technology, hot spot capability, Adobe Flash 10.1, Blockbuster On Demand app, Kindle app, Motoblur email and social-network aggregation service, 5-megapixel camera, and IT-friendly security features. It will be available Jan. 19.

 Pricing on all of the new products wasn't released.


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