05
Jan

After a surprise from Andy Rubin at D:Dive Into Mobile, a tease from Motorola themselves, and many rumors surrounding it, the Honeycomb powered Motorola Xoom is finally official. Announced today at CES, the Xoom will pack a dual-core 1GHz Tegra II processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, and vanilla Android 3.0. The Xoom eschews the recent trend of 7-inch displays on tablets, and instead opts for a 10.1-inch 1280x800 (16:10) (gorilla glass) display, which should complement the 720P video playback capabilities nicely.

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Along with an amazing screen, the Xoom has both a rear 5MP camera with LED flash, HD video-recording, and digital zoom; and a front-facing camera for video conferencing on Google Talk for tablets. Want to watch on another screen? The brand new Honeycomb tablet will also include HDMI and DLNA output at 1080p.  It will be released with 3G and Wifi in the first quarter of this year, but the Xoom will also be fully upgradeable to 4G LTE in the second quarter, which means that the hardware is ready for next-generation mobile speeds. There is no word on pricing so we'll just have to wait for more. Here are two videos to whet your appetite till then:


For more information on the tablet, check out the official website here.

Press release:

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 1280x800 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.

For more information about Verizon Wireless at CES please visit www.verizonwireless.com/ces or follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/verizonwireless. For more information about the Motorola XOOM please visit www.verizonwireless.com/xoom.

  • Joe

    Looks like Moto might be headed down the same road of mistakes that Samsung paved, mainly in terms of making the 3G version the priority, as opposed to the wifi only version which we all know is by far the most sought-after. Oh well.

  • fcarriedo

    Is it just me or they're flat copying Apple on how they presented the building of the product. Sad day for creativity!

  • Álmos

    "People science" vs "rocket science"... omg. And why are they marketing their new tablet with microsoft surface in the first video? :P

  • Tablet seeker

    Add GPS and it's the tablet for me

    • Joe

      Yes not sure if I specifically saw GPS mentioned in the specs, but it would be beyond bizarre if it didn't have it. So I'd count on it :)

    • Tim

      Check out the Adam from Notion Ink, already has a GPS, has a W-Fi only model, has the Pixel Qi screen option and plans to upgrade to Android 3.0 as soon as it is out. It sold out in December when offered for sale but is expected to open sales again soon.

      • Joe

        I had been following the Adam for several months, but I didn't care for their UI so much (just a personal preference; I'm more interested in a pure Google UI). And maybe more importantly, right now I don't have much confidence in going with a company that doesn't have any track record, specifically when it comes to customer support, return policies (NI's policy incidentally is terrible!). I'd much rather go with what will be a flagship Google device.

  • Tablet seeker

    I can't edit my message some posts above.

    I want to say that GPS is supported.
    Here it is mentioned "Simultaneous GPS"
    http://developer.motorola.com/products/xoom/

    Why didn't they mention it in the press release ??

  • Android Boi

    Notion Ink just pissed in there pants.

    Xoom out in Feb, upgradable to 4g and supports verizon.

    Honeycomb is looking good, has the multi-tasking card concepts. Actually looks professional and all the videos we have seen, it seems super fast.

  • yen

    Is this means there will be no pure google honeycomb tab?

    • Anuj Ahooja

      The Xoom is the pure Google Honeycomb tab :)

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