When Motorola announced the Atrix 4G earlier this year, one of the unique selling points of the smartphone wasn’t part of it, it was an accessory – the Lapdock. This netbook-like shell had a screen, a keyboard, and a big battery, and when you attached the Atrix it would turn to life, powered by the smartphone. Thus buying the Atrix as well as the Lapdock netted you an experience close to owning both a phone and a netbook.
That was an interesting concept, and we’re always happy to see manufacturers try to innovate by doing more than cramming more MHz into their processors. It’s impossible to tell whether the Lapdock was really a success sales-wise, though we assume it wasn’t – especially thanks to it being grossly overpriced at least at launch.
Now Motorola has unveiled yet another Lapdock, this time called the Lapdock 100. Unlike the one which was sold for the Atrix, this dock is compatible with three Motorola smartphones, the Photon 4G for Sprint and the Droid Bionic for Verizon featuring alongside the Atrix 4G.
The Lapdock 100 has a 10-inch screen and weighs less than 1 kg. Motorola claims its battery will last for up to five hours, and, like its predecessor, it will charge your phone while it’s connected to the dock.
The Lapdock 100 will be available at AT&T on October 17 (so less than a week from now), and it will also be sold by Verizon and Sprint before the end of this year. Unfortunately the most important detail, pricing, was left out of Moto’s press release. We’re hoping it’s learned from past mistakes and the Lapdock 100 will be affordable, but we’ll have to wait and see.