Motorola has taken the wraps off of its Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet called the Motorola Xoom, which has been rumored previously, at CES. The slate device has a revised user interface and experience that takes advantage of scrollable widgets, multiple panes, multiple browsing tabs, and a carousel user interface. Various apps, such as YouTube, have been retooled and optimized for the tablet experience.
The Xoom will launch initially, soon, as a 3G model. It seems that Verizon Wireless and Motorola want to deliver the tablet as quickly as possible, perhaps in an effort to be the first–or among the earliest–Honeycomb tablet to hit the market. That said, Verizon will offer an upgrade to early adopters to swap out the 3G radio for a 4G radio, according to Motorola’s representatives, though it’s unclear if the upgrade will be free or will come with an added cost. Though Motorola didn’t mention it in our demo video, we did spy on a slide-out tray that’s small in size, perhaps to accommodate a SIM card–either for global roaming or for the 4G LTE service as 4G USB modems from the carrier currently have SIM cards.
There are dock connectors on the bottom of the device to accommodate a home multimedia dock where you can watch your HD content on a larger television. That said, copy-protected media will not play through the dock, but home-made videos will work fine.
Another feature of Android 3.0 Honeycomb is that updates will be delivered over-the-air so you’ll always have the latest edition of the OS.
LAS VEGAS and BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – CES –Jan. 5, 2011 – Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today unveiled the innovative new tablet Motorola XOOM™ − the first device on Google’s new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system designed from the ground up for tablets. 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™.
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. “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. “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.
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