While the announcement everyone was expecting Andy Rubin to make at today's D: Dive Into Mobile conference was already made earlier today, the head of Android operations still had a few things hidden up his sleeves, not the least of which was a dual-core Motorola tablet:

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If that didn't catch your attention, consider this: the man himself said that it will run Honeycomb, will feature video chat, and will be powered by a "dual-core 3D NVIDIA processor." Additionally, Engadget, whose editor-in-chief was sitting at the event, noticed that the tablet has no buttons at all, for better or for worse. However, to make up for it, the Honeycomb UI appears to have been greatly refined, especially the Gmail app (seen above in the picture on the left).

Unfortunately, the closest thing we got to a release date was the statement that the tablet will be "out sometime next year." Verizon Stingray, anyone?

via Engadget (1), (2)

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • http://www.christiantechsaz.com/ Aaron

    Honeycomb! Woot! A bit buggy at this point, but looks amazing. I am curious how no buttons on the tablet will affect modding the device. With no physical way (seemingly) to correct things if they get broken, it could affect root and installing custom ROM's. Now I know this is only one tablet, the Motorola, but it is a question that begs to be asked. Will other tablet makers follow suite with no buttons or will they continue to put capacitative/hardware buttons on the devices. While it looks sleak, it seems to me that this could be more a problem and more of a way to possibly keep hackers out of the device. All conjecture of course, but it doesn't hurt to think.

  • RomeSC

    I am really bummed to find out this has no buttons. One thing I hated about my iPhone and about the iPad is the single home button. I love the 4 "buttons" on my Nexus One, and it makes navigating android a much nicer experience than Apple iOS products. Much more like a PC imo, and thats a GOOD thing.

    Removing buttons means honeycomb will likely function more like iOS which is a poor choice. Unless the standard 4 android buttons are soft keys that only appear when running an app that "requires" them?

    Bah... guess we'll see, but paying for an android tablet just got less appealing to me.

  • Neil Phillips

    You're right about the buttons on the Androids compared to iPhone. My wife, and i, have had 4 iPhones before switching to EVO's. 6 months with the Android, and I am lost for a few seconds when I start navigating my daughters iPhone. I really love the UI on Android.
    I think the virtual buttons will do fine, except if you need to reset the OS. Maybe they have a physical reset somewhere for that on that tablet. I would certainly hope so. It would also be nice if Google would come out with an App, like iTunes, where you could backup and reflash from your PC/Mac. That would take care of that problem.