Last week, Motorola decided to officially announce its Lapdock 100, which is the successor to the Atrix 4G’s Lapdock accessory. Unlike that, however, the new Lapdock 100 is compatible with the Motorola Photon 4G for Sprint as well as the Droid Bionic for Verizon alongside AT&T’s Atrix line. So it’s just one SKU to rule them all, which is definitely nice.
When it unveiled the Lapdock 100, Moto gave us the release date on AT&T, which is today (although it’s not out yet), but stayed mum on precise details about when it will make it to Sprint and Verizon, only saying that it would happen this year.
That’s obviously not good enough for those of you who for some reason need to get their accessories from either Sprint or Verizon. And while we still have no news for those in the latter camp, Sprint fans take note. According to Engadget, the Lapdock 100 will be sold by the Now Network starting on October 21. That’s this coming Friday, so it’s almost here.
Unfortunately, we still don’t know how much this new Lapdock will cost. Hopefully we’ll find out later today when it goes on sale at AT&T. The old Lapdock, limited to the Atrix 4G only, still goes for $299.99 at AT&T, which is a bit much for a shell with a screen, keyboard, and battery. And therein lies the key to the success of the Lapdock 100, or lack thereof. If it’s going to be priced affordably, it’s going to be a neat accessory to have. If not, it probably won’t do any better than its predecessor.
The Lapdock 100 comes with a 10.1-inch screen, and once it’s connected to a compatible phone you can use the Firefox Web browser, Adobe Flash, a PC-like file manager, and Quick Office on it, taking full advantage of its screen size which is considerably larger than any smartphone’s.
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