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Motorola Lapdock 100 netbook powered by your Android smartphone

The upcoming dock will offer users a full 10.1-inch screen with a QWERTY keyboard and touchpad, all powered by a compatible high-end Android smartphone

Motorola is set to release the Lapdock 100 netbook, a 10.1-inch “laptop” with a 1366x768 resolution screen, stereo speakers, 2x USB 2.0 and a battery rated for up to 5 hours of use. We say “laptop” in quotations because the unit includes no common CPU to speak of. Instead, the notebook will connect to supported Android smartphones through a special adapter to take advantage of the processing power of the smartphone.

Those familiar with the Motorola Atrix smartphone will recognize the functionality of the Lapdock 100. Once a compatible Android smartphone is connected, the notebook will offer users a fully functional Firefox browser, document editor, app player and other programs on a larger screen complete with a QWERTY keyboard and touchpad. Multitasking should be easier than ever compared to smartphones and the built-in battery doubles as a phone charger if needed. Overall, the Lapdock 100 is about 2.2 pounds (.99kg) and 1.2 inches (3.05cm) thick, according to liliputing.

As for Android support, certain high-end smartphones can power the 10.1-inch notebook with more planned in the future. So far, only Motorola’s own Atrix 2 and Photon 4G will be compatible with the dock, although liliputing lists the Droid Bionic as a possibility as well.

The Lapdock 100 will reportedly be available for AT&T users first starting as soon as October 17th. Verizon and Sprint customers will have to wait until the end of the year, the source says. Prices for the dock are still unknown.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-10-13 (Update: 2012-05-26)