The Motorola Atrix 4G wowed CES with two docks turning the smartphone into a portable computer, but I was more impressed by more traditional uses of the phone: video and graphics performance. Here’s a look at 1080p playback on a big screen and 3-D gaming action.


Among the many new handsets debuting at last week’s CES, the Motorola Atrix 4G commanded much of the attention. The smartphone uses a high-resolution 960 x 540 display powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 and will run on AT&T’s HSPA+ network in the first half of this year. Perhaps the most unique aspect of the Atrix 4G is the ability to dock the phone in a laptop shell or a computer-like dock with USB ports, HDMI out and a wireless keyboard / mouse combo.

The modular docking options show promise, but I’m not yet sold that mainstream consumers will take to them. However, they’ll likely want to use the Atrix 4G as a miniature set-top box for big screen video or for rich 3-D gaming, so I captured those uses in an under four minute video. Tegra 2, which was inside most of the new phones and tablets, is surely up to the task for graphic intensive applications. At the end of the video, you’ll see how it handles a gallery full of images which fly across the screen without a hint of lag.

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