Motorola Xoom aka Zoom Specs, Design, Price & Pictures [Preview]

by mohit on January 14, 2011

Here comes the sequel to the Smartphones war in the telecom industry – the Tablet War. 2010 was supposed to be the Year of the Tablet. That did not really happen — the flood of product was reduced to a trickle, as many manufacturers awaited a more tablet-friendly operating system from Google. So, once again, with all the optimism in the air, 2011 will be the Year of the Tablet. Several new models have either been released, or are in a very advanced state of preview. One such tablet is the Motorola Xoom tablet, which the company hopes will dethrone Apple’s iPad in this fast-growing market segment. The Motorola Xoom tablet has won the Cnet CES 2011 Best in Show award, beating out its counterparts.

One step ahead of the Samsung Galaxy tab which runs on Google’s Android 2.2 operating system, Motorola Xoom tablet will be the first device to run the latest version of Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS(Honeycomb supports multitasking and has been designed explicitly for devices with larger screen sizes, such as tablets. Some upgrades include tabbed browsing, form auto-fill, syncing with your Google Chrome bookmarks, and incognito mode for private browsing. Also, it comes with built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting so that users would be able to enjoy new types of applications on it.)

Some Impressive Hardware specs of Motorola Xoom Tablet :

  • a dual core Tegra 2 processor with each core running at 1 GHz,
  • 10.1-inch touchscreen display(larger than the iPad’s 9.7 inches),
  • a 1,280×800 resolution (compared with the iPad’s 1,024×768)
  • HDMI output,
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM,
  • 32GB onboard memory (expendable via SD card support expandable to 32GB),
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video conferencing., including one that can record in HD(none in the current version of the iPad.)
  • a Bluetooth keyboard
  • three accessories: a leather case that doubles as a stand, a standard dock for charging and display, and a “speaker HD” dock. The latter includes three USB ports, HDMI output, and built-in speakers.

Motorola has allegedly already ordered 800,000 units of the device for the Q1 2011. The 3G-supporting device will launch in February or March while the LTE 4G model will launch in the Q2. And it uses Verizon’s network instead of AT&T’s.

As far as the estimated price is concerned, the information is not official. The price tag is bound to kill the excitement for those who were hoping Xoom to be priced lower than Apple’s iPad. For the records, iPad starts at £439 for the basic Wi-Fi with 16GB model, while costliest Wi-Fi+3G model with 64GB memory will cost £714. As per Handtec’s listing, Xoom is priced more than the higher end model of iPad, not really appealing to the mind and heart. However, looking forward to the official announcement.

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