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Motorola Xoom is First Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablet


Motorola Xoom is First Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablet

It's all world's fastest this and first that at this year's CES. Having already proclaimed having the fastest smartphone, Motorola has also given us the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola Xoom.

The 10.1in (possibly too big?) device packs in Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor backed by 1GB RAM for super speedy performance, while accelerometers and gyros ensure its ready for all the usual tilt based games.

Its 16:10 aspect ratio LCD display sports a high resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels while a 5-megapixel camera sits on the back.

1080p video playback and support for Adobe Flash are also sticks to poke the iPad with while the tablet centric interface of Android 3.0 will make it a much more user-friendly experience than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. From our brief time playing with the device it certainly seems very slick.

Avilable in Q1 this year, the launch model will be 3G but it will be upgradeable to 4G as well. There's no word on price yet.

More to come.

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January 6, 2011, 9:45 am

Maybe Motorola overdid it a bit with the overall size, but it's nice to see the return of the 16:10 ratio which seems perfect for tablets - not quite as webpage unfriendly as widescreen, not as video unfriendly as 4:3. Maybe tablets can host a resurgence of this useful form.

For all the iPad's charms, the sea of black in a 2.35:1 video is very offputting. Tiered zooming to 16:9 or 16:10 sizes in iOS would be handy, instead of being stuck with a fully cropped mess. (There isn't much in 'Star Trek' as visually pleasing as the carefully selected shot of Spock in the promo vid.) I'm still surprised Apple didn't just order a scaled up version of their iPhone screen, which gets this compromise right.

Greg Shewan

January 6, 2011, 10:52 am

This is exactly what I've been looking for!!! It took over a year but if this has a nice clean install of 3.0 with no skins it looks like the tablet for me! FINALLY!


January 6, 2011, 2:10 pm

@Greg - it's Motorola, so it'll probably have Motoblur. Just wish manufacturers would give you the option to go vanilla rather than forcing their skins and other s**t on you.

Glenn Gore

January 6, 2011, 5:48 pm

So let me get this straight: It has no wifi capability, so you MUST pay a monthly fee to some cellphone carrier in order to use this device? And this is better than the iPad just exactly how???? Please tell me, because I just don't see that "feature" as being a plus.


January 6, 2011, 7:42 pm

the question is will there be a GSM version for us in the UK, and what will be the price.

as for the 'stock' android this is the tablet akin to the nexus 1/s so should be fully stock.

I've said all along that android is perfect for tablets, the simplicity of a phone interface but the complete freedom of a proper computer OS to do anything you want on it including full proper flash which is pretty much required for a device that is ment to be more than a boring picture frame.


January 6, 2011, 8:02 pm

''The Honeycomb looks pretty sweet''

Epic Fail Ed! :o)

Looks a lot more thought into tablet computing has finally gone in (No more smartphone OS/'BB syndrome' which could kick off finally this year as well as next year.


January 6, 2011, 10:31 pm

"...the launch model will be 3G but it will be upgradeable to 4G as well."

Ed! The Americans might have swallowed their networks' '4G' marketing swill, but do try to resist!

Then again, I read about this limp-wristed cop-out from the ITU:




January 7, 2011, 12:42 am

@Glenn Gore: WTF are you talking about? it has 802.11n wifi built in

the bigger problem is that because it is US verizon and we won't be getting LTE anytime soon this moto tablet is pretty useless here.

better news is LG have pretty much exactly the same spec tablet (with stock android) for US tmobile and is GSM so can be used here (frequacy dependant) :D

Glenn Gore

January 7, 2011, 2:08 pm

Sorry, the report I read yesterday morning specifically mentioned that the Xoom did not have built-in WiFi capability. Verizon has no coverage here in my part of the US, so anything like the Xoom would have to have WiFi to be of any use.

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