Motorola earlier this year introduced the Atrix, an Android phone that will be available from AT&T starting on Sunday. The Atrix can be connected to a docking station that looks like a laptop but has no CPU, providing users with the screen and keyboard.
"You will see this across our portfolio of high-tier smartphones," Sanjay Jha, Motorola's CEO, said on Monday during a Morgan Stanley conference. From the second half of the year on, those high-end phones will have Motorola's "webtop" application that lets the phones pair with the docking station.
"What we're trying to do is recognize that the smartphone really works extremely well for 80 percent of the time but sometimes you need a bigger display and a larger keyboard," he said.
The memory and processing speeds available with today's phones make it possible to run applications on the larger form factor of the docking station, he said.
Motorola won't be the first to pair a phone with a stripped-down laptop. Palm once announced a similar concept, called the Folio, but scuttled it before launch.