How Smartphones Could One Day Replace Laptops
Laptops have evolved over the years to become more than just platforms to conduct general business-oriented tasks on. They used to be limited to reading and writing documents, editing presentations and checking email and doing basic PC tasks. Modern laptops have such powerful hardware, that there even gaming-grade models available. Recently, the rapid rise in popularity of smartphones has led to the laptop being challenged as the best mobile computing solution for consumers.
Motorola Atrix 4G: The World’s Most Powerful Cell Phone
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Motorola demonstrated just how close the smartphone is to replacing the laptop altogether. With the unveiling of the Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone, the potential of future smartphones dominating the mobile computing market was shown.
The Atrix 4G is the mos powerful smartphone, powered by a dual core processor, with each core running at 1 GHz. This is on par with the processing power of most laptops. It uses the Andoid 2.2 operating system and together with the fast processing available, it opens web pages twice as fast as any other smartphone on the market.
To make applications run smoother, the Atrix 4G has 1GB of RAM. Storage space is plentiful, with 16GB of internal memory and expansion of up 48GB. The phone has front and rear facing cameras, making video calls possible. The camera’s performance is good on its own and certainly rivals the performance of any laptop internal camera.
The Motorola Atrix 4G comes preloaded with Firefox 3.6, as its default Web browser and it supports Adobe Flash - making the internet interaction very much the same as that of a laptop or desktop computer. According to Bill Ogle, the chief marketing officer of Motorola Marketing Inc., consumers have started using smartphones as their primary digital screens.
Taking Smartphones to the Next Level
Although the latest smartphones have excellent video rendering ability and even Dolby pseudo-surround sound, you won’t necessarily want to watch your favorite HD television series on them. A 4-inch screen is still tiny in comparison to the average sized flat screen monitors and HD televisions. The same goes for smartphone speakers: even the best ones will sound mediocre in comparison to normal home entertainment speakers.
This is where the Motorola Atrix 4G comes in with its own brand of multimedia goodness. Motorola have developed two accessories for the Atrix 4G that convert it from a normal smartphone, to what is essentially, a mobile laptop.
The first accessory is the Laptop Dock. It has an 11.6 inch screen, a full size QWERTY keyboard, stereo speakers and up to eight hours of battery life. The second accessory converts the Atrix 4G into a full media player: the Multimedia Dock has three USB ports and an HDMI port. Together, these ports allow you to connect a mouse, keyboard, speakers and a monitor or TV with HDMI inputs.
Together with 4G connection speeds and ever-increasing wireless coverage, all smartphones – not just Motorola’s – seem destined to either replace laptops, or at least become serious contenders for mobile computing solutions.
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