DROID BIONIC users were none too thrilled when they learned that the laptop dock didn’t work with the same accessory from AT&T’s Atrix. Now Motorola has removed that little wrinkle with the Lapdock 100, a universal laptop dock for all upcoming Webtop phones including the Atrix 2. Even better, it’ll be compatible with the older Motorola phones as well.

Motorola skirts the physical docking problem with a more traditional cable that plugs into the ports on the side of the phone. This makes for a less integrated unit, but the cross-device advantages should be enough to offset that in the minds of most consumers. Some phones, like the BIONIC, will need an OTA software upgrade to use the new accessory. The Lapdock 100 keeps the 10-inch screen and dedicated Android buttons from the previous docks. The manufacturer is claiming five hours of battery life for the Lapdock, and users can connect to the Internet via Wifi or cable tethering with their device.

AT&T will be the first to sell the Lapdock 100 on October 17th. Other carriers with Webtop-enabled phones will follow later this year. Pricing, alas, is not available, but at least you won’t have to wait long to find out. The device keeps one of the coolest features of the original, a full desktop-style Firefox browser and screen mirroring of its connected smartphone.

[via Android Central]

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  • Pamela Wik-Grimm

    Nope, the lapdock is a loser all around. Took Motorola three weeks and many, many, many phone calls to finally ship me one. It worked for 48 hours and now won’t load the webtop. Three attempts with tech support to fix and they have no idea why not. Okay, then take it back. But their system doesn’t recognize the serial number, so they can’t process the repair order. And here I sit with a useless piece of electronics and no way to get it fixed. Motorola customer service is so completely inept that I would never recommend trying to deal with them. You have been warned.