Honeycomb is simply awesome. It's the first OS ever made really designed for tablets. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 runs on the Nvidia Tegra2 processor and has a really cool new design.
The talk on the blogosphere and on blogs.forbes.com is that the Motorola Atrix 4G will be $199 alone on 2-year contract, or $499 with the Laptop Dock on 2-year contract. I'm not sure what the Multimedia/Desktop Dock will cost, my guess is $199? (if someone knows the price of the multimedia/desktop dock, please post in the comments).
Notice, as most phones sold in the USA, consumers have to signup for a 2-year contract. I always think all blogs should make it a rule that all prices should include minimum and maximum pricing both unlocked, terminated (with early termination fees) and with those 2-year contracts.
AT&T 2-year contracts seem to cost approximately like this:
- $85 per month for 400 minutes of voice,
- $95 per month for 900 minutes of voice,
- $105 per month for Unlimited minutes of voice
with 2GB data and WiFi hotspot support. That's between $2040 and $2520 for 2 years.
Total price of Motorola Atrix 4G (with both Laptop and Multimedia Docks) on AT&T for 2-years: between $2740 and $3220
This is not really new. Telco carriers are in the business of making tons of cash and money. This is business as usual.
Yet, as AT&T is making so many tons of money on the 2-year contract, I don't exactly understand why AT&T doesn't just give the Motorola Atrix 4G with both docking accessories at a more affordable price than something like this $700 upfront payment.
I mean, comon AT&T. Don't you want to have some price competitive Android super phone options to destroy the iPhone now that your exclusive distribution deal with Apple is finished?
I'd hardly even consider the Motorola Atrix 4G for $499 with both Docks when the whole thing would be sold unlocked. I may be looking at a package for something like $1000 if I want it unlocked.
Anyways, it's for sure Motorola still deserves "Best of CES 2011" award, no matter the pricing. Just because they are courageous enough to push the industry forward in terms of all-in-one ARM Powered device. It is understandable that Motorola wants to take ample profit margins on the accessories and not sell the laptop dock for $150 and TV dock for below $100 as they are supposed to. But for AT&T, well, it's up to them. How fast do they want to sell these devices in the USA? If AT&T would sell the phone $199 on contract, and provide the accessories for $150 for laptop dock and $100 for tv/desktop dock, then they would have something really powerful to outsell the iPhone quickly and quickly get mass adoption. One can hope AT&T and the other carriers around the world who are looking into selling the Motorola Atrix 4G, that they all think hard about pricing, and that they bring the device with accessories to as many people as possible at some reasonable pricing.
This may be the Tegra roadmap that has been leaked on brightsideofnews.com:
Tegra2 3D, T25, AP25, 1.2Ghz Dual-core, 5520MIPS, which may possibly mean 1080p@60fps (full) support, or 1080p@30fps in 3D on HDMI output, it might mean 1080p@30fps (full) with 720p@30fps in 3D on HDMI, to be produced Q1 this year, which may mean it takes another few months for products to ship on the market with this.
Tegra3, T30, AP30, 1.5Ghz Quad-core, 13800MIPS, sampling Q4 this year, 3x faster graphics, ULPC CPU Mode (what does that mean?)
What kind of performance do you expect from Nvidia's next generation processors and how soon do you think they will be in devices that consumers can buy? Post in the comments if you have any informations or guesses for what its performance may be.
- 1.2GHz Tegra 2 3D chips suggested by leaked slide, coming 'spring 2011' (engadget.com)
- Smartphone makers to embrace multi-core chips (go.theregister.com)
- NVIDIA Tegra 3, equipped with 1.5GHz quad-core madness, teased by a familar slide (engadget.com)
- Leak shows NVIDIA Tegra 3 first with quad-core in tablets (electronista.com)
- New NVIDIA Tegra Chip Due This Spring, Supported by Chrome OS (thechromesource.com)
- NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30/AP30 mobile quadcore SoC sampling by end of 2011 (slashgear.com)
Logically, this kind of pricing is probably not with a 2-year contract, instead with one of those pay-as-you-go 3G, possibly $40 per month or some kind of price per-day pricing, on Verizon's 3G and later, somehow, upgradeable to 4G connectivity.
So what is it? Is it going to be 28nm Quad-core 2Ghz with Nvidia's Geforce 9 series GPU?
Hexus.net speculates that Tegra3 might launch during Mobile World Congress, that is to be seen. As the event likely is going to be a launch platform for plenty Tegra2 devices, Nvidia might not want to pre-announce Tegra3 too early, as it could maybe be argued it did announce Tegra2 a bit early at CES 2010 compared to when devices are actually shipping nearly a year later using the processor.
One thing to look for in Tegra3 may be faster memory bandwidth, faster memory I/O performance, DDR3 RAM (if that's not supported in Tegra2?) all of those for smoother multi-tab web browsing performance. As far as I've tested using Firefox on Motorola Atrix 4G and Toshiba AC-100 that multi-tab web browsing can cause slow-downs. Tegra3 could use full 1080p@60fps full codecs full bitrates playback (Tegra2 seems to have problems even with smoothness at 1080p@30fps).
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Asus is back at making ARM Powered laptop/tablet form factor, after the mysterious dissapearance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Asus Laptop at Computex 2009. This Asus Eee Pad Transformer runs on the Nvidia Tegra2 ARM Cortex-A9 processor, has 10.1" capacitive touch screen, the keyboard dock transforms it into a Honeycomb laptop.
This video was released at: jkkmobile.com
- ASUS Eee Pad MeMO makes Android Honeycomb a little more pocketable (intomobile.com)
- Asus unveils laptop/tablet hybrid on eve of tech show (thestar.com)
- ASUS Eee Pad Slider and Transformer are here for those that can't imagine using a tablet without a physical keyboard (engadget.com)
- ASUS Eee Pad Slider & Transform hands-on [Video] (slashgear.com)
The winner of ARMdevices.net Best of CES 2011 award goes to the Motorola Atrix 4G smart phone.
Congratulations! clap clap..
With the launch of this new Motorola Super Phone, we have witnessed a historic moment in the history of consumer electronics. Motorola unveils not only the most powerful smartphone yet based on Nvidia's Tegra2 AP20H ARM Cortex-A9 processor, but has actually worked feverishly on making software layers on top of Android to provide for a Desktop/Laptop replacement experience, all powered by the phone! Motorola presents full HD resolution Firefox web browser running on top of Android, Citrix virtualization integration for running all other x86 apps that can be virtualized, they put Android in a Window so you can still run any Android apps in that Window when in Desktop mode! And this is the first generation of this type of product, so you are only witnessing the beginning of ARM Powered Pocketable Smart Mobile Devices to be able to power everything you would do on a Laptop powered by Intel/Microsoft. Expect even faster dual-core processors to run this type of product soon with unlimited amounts of tabs with lots of pictures/embedded videos and do it all fully smoothly.
Here is my 25 minute long video featuring the part of the keynote unveiling of the product as well as 16 minute interview with Seang Chau, product manager on Motorola Atrix 4G, Vice President and Chief Software Engineer at Motorola Mobility Inc:
To tell you the truth, this award does not mean Motorola Atrix 4G is perfect yet. I noticed some lagging on scrolling when browsing through 3 or 4 tabs with websites loaded such as ARMdevices.net Engadget.com and Gizmodo.com and having Flash videos play in one of the tabs and maybe other Flash instances such as some advertisement running in some other tab. Maybe the slow downs can be removed if Flash can be managed to only use processing and memory bandwidth on-demand or seamlessly when in the front tab. This type of slow down may be caused by any number of factors. Maybe the Software isn't fully ready yet and can still be optimized. Maybe the Chrome browser on ARM would be faster than Mozilla Firefox. Maybe the Nvidia Tegra2 AP20H processor doesn't yet have enough fast access memory bandwidth, not fast enough I/O speeds to let the Firefox tabs load their contents instantly enough when switching tabs. Although, I haven't tested it yet, I wonder if the Tegra2 AP20H is not yet fast enough for full 1080p@60fps high bitrate high profile video playback of all video formats. I tried to playback the 9mbitps .MP4 h264 that my Sanyo HD1000 camcorder makes as well as the 5-24mbitps .MTS h264 that a Panasonic SH900 camcorder makes, those files are not yet recognized or launchable by the file browser. Too bad I didn't have some standard 720p and 1080p MKV movies on my mass storage device that I tested.
Anyways, multi-tab browsing and HD video isn't smooth on a regular Intel Atom netbook either, 480p YouTube seems also to be the maximum that can smoothly be played back using even a recent dual-core Intel Atom N550 Acer D255E netbook, and over 100 million consumers seem to be more or less satisfied with that or even slower experience. The key here is to see if the ARM Cortex-A9 platforms in Laptop/Desktop situations can match performance of Intel Atom. At least Motorola is hereby showing that they are investing heavily into this convergence, they are now definitely officially focused on speeding up ARM Powered performances to a level where consumers and enterprise can be satisfied to replace their Wintel machines. This is the big type of high-end Android product that AT&T wants to promote now that their iPhone exclusivity is finished. Motorola may be trying to say that they are not entering the Laptop and Desktop market, when in fact they are and they are pulling the whole smartphone industry in there with them.
- Motorola Atrix hitting March 1st, according to AT&T document leak? (engadget.com)
- AT&T's Motorola Atrix: More Teasers (pcworld.com)
- AT&T Motorola ATRIX 4G due March 1? (slashgear.com)
- Exclusive: Motorola Atrix confirmed for May UK release (dialtosave.co.uk)
Acer is also one of the major companies launching Tegra2 ARM Cortex-A9 powered Android Tablets. This one seems to have a 1280x800 10.1" capacitive touch screen, 1GB RAM, 2mpixel front and 5mpixel back cameras, 4G LTE compatible and should be upgraded to Honeycomb when it releases in the next few months.
- Acer ICONIA Tab A500 for Verizon Will Support 4G LTE (slashgear.com)
- Acer Reveals Iconia Tab A500 Tablet for Gamers (mwd.com)
- Acer Iconia Tab A500 Comes with LTE Capabilities (Video) (devicemag.com)
- Acer announces Iconia Tab A500 10-inch Android tablet with LTE (engadget.com)
- Acer Iconia Tab A500 confirmed as early Verizon 4G tablet (electronista.com)
- Acer Iconia Tab A500 first hands-on! (engadget.com)
- Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android tablet pleases with LTE and Tegra 2 (intomobile.com)
Similar to the ViewSonic G-Tablet, this one is to be sold and supported by ViewSonic directly while the G-Tablet is supported by US merchants. I try to ask the ViewSonic representative what ViewSonic is doing to allow for alternative Android UI, firmware updates and more.
- ViewSonic ViewPad 10S Tablet Unveiled (trustedreviews.com)
- ViewSonic ViewPad 10 and 10s hands-on (engadget.com)
Here's an ARM Cortex-A9 7" Laptop prototype shown by NEC here at CES it runs Android 2.2 and is about 600 grams.