Motorola shows off XOOM tablet
By Rick Martin
January 5, 2011
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.