January 6, 2011

Motorola Introduces Android-Powered Xoom Tablet Computer

Motorola has become the latest company to enter the tablet computer market, unveiling the Google Android powered Xoom during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

According to the official Motorola Xoom website, the new tablet computer is the first to operate using a dual core processor, as well as the first to use Android 3.0 (also known as 'Honeycomb') software. It features a 10.1 inch widescreen display, making it roughly the same size as the Apple iPad.

According to MSNBC.com technology blogger Wilson Rothman, the device is "a smooth black on black with a rubberized rear. It has two cameras, one in front for videoconferencing, one in back for shooting. Battery life is about 10 hours for video, which should put it in the same company as the iPad."

Rothman added that the device "uses almost the entire screen when playing a movie" and will dock in landscape view, not portrait view like its Apple-developed competitor. "I actually think that's the smarter orientation, at least for movie watching," he adds, noting that the device, which launches on the Verizon 3G network but can be upgraded to 4G.

The Xoom "is Google's first attempt to take on the iPad, and it's a worthy one," he said. The device is expected to be available in the first quarter of this year, Motorola Mobility Chief Executive Sanjay Jha told Chris Lefkow of AFP, but no price point has yet been revealed.

Lefkow also notes that Motorola debuted three new smartphones during their CES presentation on Wednesday: the Atrix 4G, the Cliq 2 and the Droid Bionic.

The Atrix 4G will be available in the first quarter, and will be able to connect to a computer monitor and surf the Web using a Firefox browser. The Cliq 2 will be released on January 19, feature a slide-out keyboard, and provide "business-ready features and robust entertainment options," according to Lefkow.

The Bionic Droid won't be out until the second quarter and was designed to run on Verizon's 4G network. According to Lefkow, "It offers mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G and will, for example, allow high-quality streaming of television shows."


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