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Motorola shows off XOOM tablet

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January 5, 2011

Motorala XOOM tablet

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Motorola and Verizon today came out with what is sure to be one of many new tablet computers that we're going to see at CES 2011. Billed as the world's first Honeycomb (Android 3.0) tablet, the specs of the XOOM look impressive with a dual core 2GHz processor (Nvidia Tegra 2) and a 10.1 inch HD display. The 3G/Wi-Fi enabled XOOM boasts two cameras: a front-facing 2 megapixel camera for use during video chat, as well as a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera capable of shooting 720p video.

As a media device the XOOM should be able to hold it's own among other tablet competitors, as users can enjoy 1080p HD content on the 1280x800 display or pipe it to a larger external display via HDMI out.

Other interesting features include a built-in gyroscope, an accelerometer, a barometer, and an e-compass, while battery life is reportedly around 10 hours.

Like any Android device, consumers already using Google services should feel right at home. The XOOM will feature Google Maps 5.0, have access to Google's eBook market, as well all the various apps housed in the Android Market.

We won't have long to wait for the XOOM either, as it's poised for launch by the end of March of this year, with an upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2. No word on pricing just yet.

As Android 3.0 was designed with tablets in mind, it should be a strong class of tablets that emerge from this year's CES. We're hoping that the Xoom is the first of many in the coming days.

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6 Comments

A Dual Core 2GHz processor? i don't know a lot about computers, but isn't that a bit of a overkill?

bio-power jeff
6th January, 2011 @ 03:47 am PST

@bio-power: it depends how much your time is worth... if you could beam into work everyday would you still drive? :-)

Knowledge Thirsty
6th January, 2011 @ 06:47 am PST

Jeff,

2GHz Duel core probably is overkill for a tablet, but considering computers are up to 3 GHz on 8 cores, plus virtual mini computers inside to run graphics and sound, this tablet is not so outlandish afterall.

Charles Bosse
6th January, 2011 @ 07:51 am PST

Is two 1ghz cores, theres an error.

Facebook User
6th January, 2011 @ 08:44 am PST

It\'s actually a Dual Core with both cores running at 1Ghz. The 2Ghz comes from marketing trying to confuse consumers. From the Motorola press release: "a dual core processor with each core running at 1 GHz, delivering up to two GHz of processing power.\" Using that math a Core i7 980x is a 20 Ghz processor.

Eric Grant
6th January, 2011 @ 10:54 am PST

What's a GHz between friends! :-))Anyone want to send me one as a present I promise I won't complain that it's two cores each at only one GHz... Hark back to the days when we were excited by the BBC B computer's 32K RAM and 320K floppy disks... (now I'm showing my age!)

agulesin
18th January, 2011 @ 12:27 am PST
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