MWC 2011 - Rollin' with Motorola, Samsung & Huawei

MWC 2011 - Motorola

Remember CES 2011? Motorola kickstarted the year with new directives in their business, as well as with the release of Atrix 4G and Xoom, both of which made appearances at MWC as well. However, we still haven't gotten any official word about their availability in Asia Pacific, though we must say we would love to see the Atrix in Singapore due to its unique ecosystem of accessories (i.e., the "infamous" laptop dock). This time, the two devices share their stage with two other upcoming handsets, the Motorola Gleam and Pro.  Both phones have not been announced for the Asia market yet.

The flashy Motorola Gleam comes with swanky LED lights and a metallic LG-lesque body. Don't expect high-end smartphone capabilities here - the Gleam is a feature phone that is meant for users who just need a simple phone for communication.


It's a big hint when a phone sports a QWERTY keypad and when it has the word "pro" in it. Yes, the Motorola Pro is catered to the working class with the best of both touchscreen and physical typing controls.

Ah, the Xoom. Just to recap, the 10.1-inch (1280 x 800 pixels) Xoom sports a dual core processor (NVIDIA Tegra 2), the latest Gingerbread OS, and a 5.0-megapixel rear camera. This time, we were allowed to manhandle the tablet (previously, we were not allowed to try the units at CES). Performance was smooth, with the Xoom handling both graphics and games well.

Remember the Atrix? The phone has a unique feature - alongside a Laptop Dock, the handset transforms into a fully functional computer while retaining its mobile capabilities. 

Here's a short Angry Birds video played on the laptop dock with the Atrix docked (so effectively, you are playing it from the mobile phone through the dock). You can easily adjust the game to full screen on the laptop. As you can see below, the trackpad replaces the touch controls.