MWC preview: Motorola

MWC preview: MotorolaMobile World Congress is just a few days away now. We should probably go pack at some point. But before that, let’s take a look at what Motorola has in store for MWC.

There are huge question marks regarding what we’ll see from Nokia in Barcelona. We have a vague idea what to expect from HTC, Sony Ericsson and Samsung. Motorola, on the other hand, has already officially revealed its big guns.

At last month’s CES in Las Vegas, Motorola arguably stole the show. They revealed “the world’s most powerful mobile” (thanks, marketing guys) in the Motorola Atrix, and showed off the Honeycomb-powered dual-core Motorola Xoom tablet.

That’s not to say we’re not excited about seeing Motorola. Our greasy hands will be over their new junk.

The Motorola Atrix boldly intends to blur the line between smartphone and computer. With Webtop, an 11.6in laptop shell, the Atrix doubles as a full-blown netbook. Indeed, it packs a dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Cripes, that’s not far off my laptop.

On the downside, it’s expected to ship with Android 2.2, though an upgrade to 2.3 is already said to be in the works. Also, the camera is a humble 5MP. Not that that’s particularly terrible, but we are talking about “the world’s most powerful mobile” here.

Moto boss Sanjay Jha reckons the Atrix will be launched in February in the States. No word on when it’ll make it over to our side of the Atlantic; Motorola is historically a bit slow when bringing US goodies to the UK.

Motorola’s Xoom tablet will pack the same Tegra 2 processor as the Atrix. It’ll run Android 3.0, and has a 10.1in screen with full HD display. But can it compete with the iPad?

The iPad 2 is expected to make an appearance any day now, with a possible April release. Or March. Or February. As always with Apple, rumours abound. In any case, Sanjay Jha seems keen to get the Motorola Xoom out there as soon as possible, if not in February, then in March.

We’ll bring you all the latest Moto news from the frontlines next week. Mobile World Congress kicks off on everyone’s favourite Hallmark holiday, Valentine’s Day.

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