Motorola announces 10.1-inch ‘XOOM’ Android tablet

Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc., today announced a new tablet, the Motorola XOOM which runs Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system.

The rest of Verizon Wireless’ and Motorola Mobility’s press release, verbatim:

The Honeycomb user experience improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization and features the latest Google Mobile innovations. Boasting a dual core processor with each core running at 1 GHz, delivering up to two GHz of processing power, and 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, Motorola XOOM gives Verizon Wireless customers a new type of mobile computing experience on a stylishly thin device that is 4G LTE upgradeable.

Motorola XOOM redefines the tablet device category by providing more ways to have fun, connect with friends and stay productive on the go. It allows consumers to experience HD content right on the device, supports 1080p HD video and HDMI output to display content on larger HD screens, and plays video and other rich web content seamlessly with Adobe Flash Player. Motorola XOOM features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats over Wi-Fi or 3G/4G LTE, as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures video in 720p HD. It delivers console-like gaming performance on its 1280×800 display, and features a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting for new types of applications. It also features Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction and delivers access to over 3 million Google eBooks and thousands of apps from Android Market.

MacDailyNews Take: What, no periscope?! WTF good is a barometer without a periscope?! wink But, seriously, after Apple unveils the next iPad, the poor XOOM’s barometer is going to implode.

For working on the go, Motorola XOOM provides constant connectivity − including connecting to Gmail or Exchange email; opening and editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations; and viewing calendars and sending out appointments or meeting notices – with mobile broadband speeds. Its mobile hotspot capability provides an online connection for up to five other Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

“Motorola XOOM is a powerful addition to Verizon’s product lineup and builds on our combined leadership with Motorola to deliver innovative mobile devices and service on the Android platform,” said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless, in the press release. “Motorola XOOM gives consumers complete access and control of their favorite personal content and work files whether through our nationwide 3G network, or through our lightning-fast 4G LTE network as it rolls out around the country.”

“Light, powerful and fundamentally different than anything else on the market, Motorola XOOM leverages the very best technology available today to redefine what a tablet experience can be,” said Bill Ogle, chief marketing officer of Motorola Mobility, in the press release. “The first device to feature software designed specifically for tablets, Motorola XOOM goes everywhere you do and delivers everything you need.”

The Motorola XOOM device will launch as a 3G/Wi-Fi-enabled device in Q1 2011 with an upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2. Starting in Q2 2011 the Motorola XOOM will be a 4G LTE/Wi-Fi- enabled device.

Sources: Verizon Wireless, Motorola Mobility, Inc.

Motorola XOOM Tablet specs:

• Android 3.0 Honeycomb
• 1080p HD support
• 249.1mm (h) x 167.8mm (w) x 12.9mm (d)
• 10.1” 1280×800 resolution
• 730 g
• NVIDIA Tegra 2: 1GHz dual-core processor
• Battery: Up to 10 hour video playback
• Connectivity: 3.5mm, micro USB 2.0 HS, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID
• Network: 3G, 4G LTE upgradeable, 802.11n w/Personal Hotspot
• Messaging/Web/Apps: Email (Corporate Sync, Google Mail, POP3/IMAP embedded, Push Email, Yahoo Mail) , WebKit w/ Flash
• Audio: AAC, AAC+, AMR NB, AMR WB, MP3, XMF
• Video: 720p capture/1080p playback/streaming, H.263, H.264, MPEG4
• Camera: 5 MP rear-facing camera with dual LED flash/2MP front-facing camera
• Memory: 32GB on board user memory, SD card support after software update, 1GB DDR2 RAM

MacDailyNews Take: And the price is… not disclosed. Telling. To be totally dependent on Google, that was Motorola’s choice (really, they had no other choice except to die); now it is their fate.

And subjecting your users to devices that kill batteries by choking and crashing on Adobe’s Flash is not a selling point.

50 Comments

  1. “…fundamentally different than anything else on the market”

    Riiight, let’s close our eyes and pretend the iPad doesn’t exist.

    “Memory: 32GB on board user memory, SD card support after software update, 1GB DDR2 RAM”

    After software update? Honeycomb is still beta I take it.

  2. Why is it that a company like Motorola can’t develop an operating system for their own hardware? They do it for their own phones. I used to think Motorola was an impressive company. My how the times have changed.

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