Motorola brings new Atrix and Xoom to Oz with Telstra

Motorola brings new Atrix and Xoom to Oz with Telstra

The vendor sees great enterprise potential for the new smartphone and tablet

The Motorola Xoom demonstration.

The Motorola Xoom demonstration.

Motorola has announced it will launch the Atrix smartphone and Motorola Xoom tablet in Australia with Telstra.

Both devices use the Google Android OS, with the 4-inch Atrix running Froyo and the 10.1-inch Xoom running Honeycomb. Atrix will be released exclusively to Telstra on June 7 while the Xoom will be out on May 24.

In a bid to woo business customers, Motorola has loaded the Atrix with a number of features including finger print security, described as “an IT manager’s dream”. Internet browsing can be done through a full Firefox browser and Adobe Flash Player is preloaded.

The smartphone uses a 1GHz dual-core processor and HD display.

“The combination of very powerful hardware and software, not just the Android software but the Webtop software with accessories we’ve designed really brings that convergence solution through,” Motorola mobility managing director, Timo Brouwer, said. “That is why we are calling Atrix the world’s most powerful smartphone.”

The vendor’s Webtop application allows content to be stored on the cloud. Users can plug the Atrix into an 11-inch screen docking station with keyboard, dubbed the lapdock, which retails for $449.

Motorola is also heavily pushing its Atrix accessories including a car dock and a Bluetooth keyboard.

The Xoom, which has been out in the US since February, has a 1GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and weighs 0.74kg. The 10.1-inch screen supports HD video playback and can run Adobe Flash 10.1 which has to be installed manually.

The SD card slot is inactive but will be activated through a firmware upgrade. No timeframe has been given for the firmware release.

Motorola saw significant enterprise potential for the Xoom and has already been approached by some corporate customers. The vendor is working with Telstra to position its tablet as an enterprise product.

“We have a clear understanding of what enterprises are looking for and the Xoom is a good fit for enterprises,” Brouwer said. “Through Telstra’s business focused temas we will be looking to approach those customers.”

The Motorola Xoom retail for $840 outright with options available to pay it off monthly when combined with Telstra phone plans starting from $29 per month with $25 phone repayments (Full price list available here).

The Motorola Atrix also sells for $840 outright but can be bought through Telstra’s Freedom Connect plans. Monthly repayments for the phone will be $20 on a $59 plan

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