Moto: Atrix-style dock coming to more phones

In an investor conference call today, Motorola's CEO said the Atrix 4G's laptop-like dock will be rolled out to more of the company's high-end handsets this year, and more tablets are on the way.

More of these? Yes, please. Sarah Tew/CNET

Motorola grabbed the spotlight a few weeks ago when it introduced its Atrix Android-powered smartphone . The handset isn't just a fairly impressive smartphone, it also has the capability to combine Voltron style with a type of dock that turns it into a laptop replacement.

Motorola is calling the gadget a "webtop" computer. It's not meant to be a user's main computing device--it uses the handset as a primary brain, so it's underpowered when compared with even a Netbook--but it's an interesting competitor to other not-as-laptop portables, like tablets.

And despite having its own tablet on the market, the Xoom , Moto said it's bringing the "webtop" experience to more of its handsets this year.

In an investor conference call today, Moto's CEO Sanjay Jha said that all of Moto's high-end Android handsets later this year will having docking capabilities.

Jha left out details--such as which phones will get docks, if the Atrix's dock will work with them, or if each phone will have its own dock--but we're assuming we'll learn more about that as the year goes on.

In addition to the docks, Jha said Moto was working on a smaller 7-inch tablet, perhaps a version of the Xoom, that would be out later this year. Again, he was scant on details, but it looks like Moto has plans for the more-than-a-smartphone, less-than-a-Netbook market, which is heating up. Motorola appears to be in the early stages of a big comeback , and this news could help it along.

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