LAS VEGAS--Think the PC market will be just more of the same old same old in the coming years? Maybe not. Motorola demonstrated an intriguing vision of one viable PC future at CES today.
On the surface, it's pretty straightforward. Convert your smartphone into a full-blown laptop (see graphic).
This PC-like functionality is made possible to a large extent by the powerful dual-core processors going into upcoming Motorola phones, such as the ATRIX 4G, as Sanjay Jha, chief executive of Motorola, mentioned today during the Motorola event at CES.
And Motorola can thank its chip supplier, Nvidia, which is on a quest to make the ARM chip architecture into a high-performance computing platform, on top of ARM's traditional power frugality.
The Motorola Laptop Dock itself is a thin design with an 11.6-inch screen, full keyboard, stereo speakers, eight hours of battery life, and weighs in at only 2.4 pounds.
Of course, the software half of the equation is critical too. ATRIX comes loaded with the Motorola webtop application that runs a full Mozilla Firefox 3.6 browser and supports Adobe Flash Player.
There are other goodies too. While using the webtop application, users with an existing Citrix account can tap into the integrated Citrix Receiver application that provides access to virtual desktops, including Windows, and office applications. This, of course, is in addition to Android Market applications.
"Consumers are increasingly using smartphones as their primary digital screens," Bill Ogle, chief marketing officer, Motorola Mobility, said in a statement. "Motorola ATRIX 4G ushers in a new era of mobile computing."