Seriously, folks, it’s Tegra Tegra everywhere in the mobile and tablet space so far at CES. Motorola rolled out three Tegra 2 powered devices at their press day event, including a phone, a phone that docks into a laptop shell, and the first Android 3.0 tablet computer to hit Verizon Wireless.
First up is the tablet, the Motorola Xoom. Xoom will run Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” on a 10.1″ display with 1200 x 800 resolution and support for 1080p HD video with HDMI out. Xoom is also built for Flash content and 3D gaming, and Google’s been hard at work on tablet-optimized versions of some of their top shelf apps. I got to see a live demo of Xoom running Android 3.0, and the look and feel is definitely made for tablets, and not just a “stretched out” port of the 1.x and 2.x versions of Android seen on smartphones. Google Maps 5.0 with its 3D interface was honestly just insane to see.
Xoom ships this quarter as a 3G/WiFi product with an upgrade path to Verizon’s 4G LTE service in Q2 of this year. It’s got front and rear facing cameras with video capture, a gyroscope, accelerometer e-compass and even a barometer (?), and all kinds of other goodies lurking under its big, bright, widescreen display. This thing’s a beast on first glance, and I honestly can’t wait to get some serious hands-on time to check it out in depth.
Next is the phone that turns into a laptop, the Atrix 4G for AT&T. Atrix is an Android smartphone with a 4″ qHD (960 x 540) display powered by a dual-core Tegra 2 chip. 1080p video, 1GB of RAM and 16GB onboard storage, 4G and WiFi? Atrix has it all, and would rightly take its place near the top of the superphone heap based solely on what it can do in your hand. But what makes Atrix really unique are its docking options.
First there’s the HD Multimedia dock for HDMI, USB and audio-out connectivity. Dock Atrix this way and you’ve got a desktop computer and home theater solution you can use with a computer keyboard and mouse, HDTV or monitor, or even your home theater system.
Then there’s the Laptop Dock. This is essentially an ultrathin, light laptop with an 11.6″ display, full keyboard and stereo speakers – but it uses your Atrix for processing, storage and connectivity. Snap Atrix into the dock and the Webtop app automatically launches, giving you side-by-side access to your standard Android desktop and apps as well as a full Firefox browser for Web-surfing and HTML5 web-based apps. So you’ve basically got the best of all worlds: A computer in the guise of a smartphone that connects to laptop, desktop, and home theater form factors to meet your mobility, productivity and home entertainment needs.
And last but not least is Droid Bionic for Verizon. A 4G LTE superphone with a massive 4.3″ qHD display, full Adobe Flash and HTML5 support, and Tegra 2 powered 1080p video playback and 3D gaming capabilities, Droid Bionic does it all and does it on Big Red’s next-gen network. Motorola’s using the tag line, “The End of Waiting” to describe Droid Bionic, and I think I dig it. Think about it: If you’ve got a dual-core computer in your pocket, you don’t have to wait to “get back to the desk” to get things done or be entertained. And if you’re connected to Verizon’s LTE service you shouldn’t have to wait to download Web pages or access online files. The End of Waiting? Sign me up.