Is Motorola planning another laptop dock for the next Moto X?

Is Motorola planning another laptop dock for the next Moto X?
The Motorola Atrix 4G with its lapdock accessory was the definition of ahead of its time. Mobile hardware wasn't ready to power a laptop experience and Android was nowhere near ready for the big screen. In the years since that failure in 2011, the technology has come around, as proven by the Asus Padfone as well as Windows Continuum efforts. Now, there's a chance Motorola may be making another attempt. 

Earlier today, proper leaks came out showing what the next Moto X and Droid devices and some eagle eyes noticed that the phones have a set of 16 gold pins along the bottom of the back side of the devices. These are very suspicious because they definitely point to some sort of dock connector coming along with the new Moto handsets. It could be something as simple as a dock charger, but 16 pins seems like a lot for something as simple as that, and pins for charging are usually found on the edge of a device, not along the back. The more interesting theory is that the pins would work by docking the phone into a tablet or laptop. 

Manufacturers are trying to find keep up sales by finding ways to offer new experiences that extend the use of a smartphone. LG has its new "friends" lineup of swappable accessories, so it wouldn't be terribly surprising if Lenovorola has a similar idea for the new Moto devices. Unfortunately, the announcement of the next Moto X isn't expected until late August, so we may have a while to wait before finding out. 


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15 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

is that phone running OSX?

3. sgodsell

Posts: 6653; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Motorola doesn't make OS/X devices. Nobody but Apple. Besides I like Motorola phones. They are solid devices with a streamlined version of Android. I hope they do come out with another atrix like device. Especially now the they have the RAM, storage, and processors that can handle it. The last atrix only had a dual core 1ghz processor, with 1gb of RAM and 16gb of storage. So now if they use a Snapdragon 820 or higher, with 4gb of RAM or more, and 32-64gb of expandable storage, then it should be a great device. I wouldn't mind seeing Chrome OS and Android together on this device.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

actually I ask about the picture they use.. It looks like OSX :-/

8. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Kind of looks like a razor blade with non green backlit (just a black macbook actually, with a docking station on the back

11. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

There are more operating systems that use an icon dock

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3058; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

No, that was Webtop. It was the required program to "marry" the Lapdock to the Atrix. Moto killed Webtop with ICS which is why it wouldn't run on the Atrix HD.

2. vananucho

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

I doubt it is a dock port. It may be a 10 minute charging port. We do not need more docks when we can wirelessly cast to any screen already since kit kat.

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The problem with casting the screen is that it doesnt change the UI to accommodate the increase in screen size. The padfone infinity I had worked well to switch from phone to tablet bit unfortunately it did not go laptop mode like the first padfone did and that was largely what was needed. This would be great now and I hope they release this converter so everything can run off the phone. The connector gets rid of the pairing problems seen in the lines of the pixel c and makes it possible to alter ui. I just hope they make phones of different sizes for this. Don't want it only working with a phablet or something.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

It'll make sense with Windows 10 Mobile as a continuum dock. That could be a differentiating function; dual-boot Android and Windows 10 Mobile on the same device. But not really appealing with the way Windows 10 Mobile currently is. Alternatively, it could be Chrome OS's way of becoming more relevant beyond a meh browser. Dock your SmartPhone, it's running Chrome OS with all the extensions and what not, undock, and you're back in Android land. That's the more realistic option, but again nothing really practical nor appealing IMO, would still much rather use my full-featured Surface Pro (which will be with me wherever I'd be carrying such dock) than buy another dummy dock...

6. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

I came just to say the square fingerprint sensor is awfully ugly

9. megaSUNNY

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

Same here. But more than that button, the bezel. I thought g4 was bad, now I think that was somewhat better than this.

10. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

It's obviously a speaker grille not a connector of any kind. Anyone can see that.

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The reason people are thinking connector is that if it were a speaker grille, the holes would be black not gold. If you look at the difference between pic 1 (the Moto X) and pic 2 (the Droid) you'll see one has gold holes, the other has black. And the hole pattern is also different between the two.

13. hiseshu

Posts: 38; Member since: May 09, 2016

I am seriously looking for "moto x force 2"

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3058; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Sorry guys, but Motorola wasn't the first with a slave terminal. The Celio Redfly was out long before the Lapdock for WinMo and BlackBerry OS 4.5. Technically, the first companion was the ill-fated Palm Foleo in 2007 but that was never actually released.

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