Motorola Atrix 4G, Xoom Android 3.0 Tablet Wow CES

At CES Jan. 5, Motorola Mobility enjoyed a dual-core, Android bonanza, including the Atrix 4G smartphone from AT&T, the Droid Bionic smartphone and the Xoom tablet on Verizon Wireless.

LAS VEGAS-Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha unveiled two new Android 4G smartphones and the highly anticipated Xoom Android 3.0 tablet computer, all powered by dual-core processors, at the Consumer Electronics Show here Jan. 5.

The Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone, which will launch on AT&T in the first quarter of this year, runs Android 2.2 and is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core chip.

Each core runs at 1GHz, making the device ideally twice as fast as today's standard single core, 1GHz chips, according to Jha.

With a 4-inch qHD display, the Atrix 4G has more than speed in store for consumers. The device also docks with a PC or laptop to make users' content accessible on larger screens via Motorola's Webtop application, which runs a full Mozilla Firefox 3.6 browser.

The Atrix 4G enables serious multitasking. Users can run their Android apps, browse their favorite Websites with a full Firefox desktop browser, send instant messages and make phone calls.

Calls continue uninterrupted if users remove the phone from the dock. Ideally, the docks and Webtop app will deliver a more "computerlike" experience for users.

The Atrix 4G, which also sports 1GB of RAM and front and rear-facing cameras, is one of more than 20 4G products coming from AT&T in 2011. No pricing has been set.

Motorola's Droid Bionic, meanwhile, is another Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core (each 1GHz) handset running Android 2.2 at 4G speeds. However, as the Droid name portends, the device will run on Verizon Wireless' network sometime next year.

Verizon is promising speeds on its 4G LTE network of as much as 10 times that of the 3G, rendering music, video and Web pages richer with Adobe Flash Player and HTML5.

The device has a 4.3-inch qHD screen and 8-megapixel camera, as well as HDMI connectivity to let users hook up their video and games to large-screen HD televisions in full 1080p.

There is no word on pricing or availability for the Bionic, though one can guess it might be this quarter. Verizon won't want to trail AT&T and its Atrix.

Jha saved the Motorola Xoom, the gem of his company's launch, for last, perhaps because neither the tablet's hardware nor software is polished yet.

Xoom will run the forthcoming version of Android-Honeycomb-which is not ready but will be optimized for tablets when it is.

Google Android creator Andy Rubin, who showed off Google Maps 5.0 for Android on a prototype Xoom a month ago, said in a blog post that widgets, multitasking, browsing, notifications, customization and other features will be improved in Android 3.0 when it's fully baked.

Like the Atrix 4G and Droid Bionic, the Xoom will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, with each core running at 1GHz.

However, this device will sport a large, 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, which also powers 1080p HD video and has an HDMI output. In addition, there is a front-facing 2-megapixel camera accompanied by a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures video in 720p HD. The cameras support video chat over WiFi or 3G/4G LTE,

Xoom will be available from Verizon Wireless as a 3G/WiFi-enabled device in the first quarter of 2011 with an upgrade to 4G LTE in the second quarter.