The Motorola Atrix 4G is one of the most intriguing smartphones to hit the street this year. That’s partially because of its super-speedy 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 4G connectivity. But it’s also because Motorola offers several docking stations which effectively transform the phone into a laptop computer or a home theater system. Now Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha says the Webtop laptop docking station isn’t just for the Atrix 4G. Later this year the company will offer the Webtop for other high-end smartphones.
Jha made the comments during a Morgan Stanley technology conference, and promised that the Webtop would be available for additional phones during the second half of the year. Engadget reports that Jha said the only reason the Motorola Droid Bionic will ship at launch without a Webtop option is that there wasn’t time to get one ready. That seems to suggest that the Bionic could have a Webtop option soon, making it possibly the second Motorola smartphone to offer a Webtop docking station.
Hopefully the more phones Motorola offers with a Webtop option, the cheaper the laptop dock will get due to economies of scale. Right now the Motorola Atrix 4G is available for $200 when you sign up for a 2-year service plan. But you have to pay $500 to get the phone and the Webtop. Want to purchase the Webtop outright without signing up for a contract? It’ll run you $499.99 — or almost twice as much as the price of a typical netbook, which is pretty expensive for a laptop dock that’s pretty much all keyboard and screen. The Webtop doesn’t have its own processor or storage. Instead it relies on the phone’s.