Feb. 3, 2011 at 4:52 PM ET
It just might work: A super-powered Android phone that inserts like a game cartridge into a laptop, providing the CPU and the connectivity. That's the promise of the Motorola Atrix 4G, which AT&T today announced would cost, as a combo, $500. Now we ask: Is that too much? Too little? Or just right?
Considering it's how much an iPad costs, $500 seems like a decent deal for an 11.6-inch netbook and a phone, especially the very latest 4G phone powered by a dual-core processor.
What makes this price feel high is that rumors suggested the phone and laptop would each cost $149. AT&T will charge $199 for the phone, and charge an a la carte price of $499 for the laptop dock by itself. You only get the $499 combo price if you buy both together, and agree to a 2-year contract plus AT&T's new $45 monthly "Data Pro" plan. (It's basically the current $25 2GB data plan plus the $20 tethering fee, but now, when you get tethering, you get up to 4GB of data usage.)
Pre orders begin on Feb. 13; AT&T expects to deliver the devices by March 6, possibly sooner.
The question will really be answered when the Atrix 4G ships, and we can get a good look at how this Android-infused notebook experience, this unprecedentedly tight integration between phone and computer, works in the real world. Until then, we can just speculate. So, is $500 a fair price?
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