CES 2011: Motorola Xoom, the ten-inch Android 3 tablet


Motorola just announced the Xoom tablet (pronounced "zoom"), with a hot spec sheet centered on Google's forthcoming Android 3 "Honeycomb" operating system.


As the first version of the software designed specifically with tablets in mind, Honeycomb will help Apple's competitors mount stronger challenges to the iPad, a runaway success that saw little competition in 2010.

The Xoom's hardware also leapfrogs the pack: a 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, a 2 megapixel webcam, dual-core 1GHz processor and 1080p HDMI output. Its 1280×800 resolution display demands satisfaction.

Motorola says it'll be out before the summer with integrated 3G, with a 4G model following later this year.

Also announced was its newest Droid, the "Droid Bionic," another dual-core 4G phone. This one offers a 4.3-inch display (A smidgin smaller than Samsung's new one, but larger than the new LG's or that on its own Atrix, already let out the bag today by AT&T) and HDMI output. The "Droid Bionic" also marks the very limit of credible unused sub-branding options centered on the "Droid" concept, according to science.



Press release [Motorola]