Motorola and Verizon Unveil The Droid Xyboard Tablets; U.S Version Of The XOOM 2

Motorola and Verizon just announced the Droid Xyboard tablets, which are basically the U.S version of the recently unveiled XOOM 2 and the XOOM 2 Media Edition.

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The 10.1-inch XOOM 2 will be known as the Droid Xyboard 10.1, while its smaller variant, the XOOM 2 Media Edition will be known as the Droid Xyboard 8.2. Both the tablets are powered by the old and under-powered Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor and come with 1GB of RAM on-board. The Xyboard tablets sport a IPS display panel for an improved image quality. Other than this, both the tablets have a 5MP camera with Auto-Focus and LED flash at their back, and a 1.3MP HD camera in the front.

Unlike the bulky proportions of the original XOOM, the Droid Xyboard tablets are slimmer and lighter. Outside, the tablets are made with magnesium-reinforced material along with aluminum housing. The tablets will also come with Dijit, an app which will double their tablets as a universal remote. They will also support Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. Oh, both the Xyboards also support GSM networks but the capability has been turned off by Motorola and Verizon at the firmware level.

The 10.1-inch and the 8.2-inch Xyboard will come with Android 3.2 Honeycomb on-board, but will get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update sometime early next year. Both the tablets will hit the Verizon retail stores sometime this month. The 16GB 10.1-inch Xyboard will cost $529.99, while the 32GB and 64GB variants will cost $629.99 and $729.99, respectively. The smaller 8.2-inch Xyboard will be available for $429.99 and $529.99 for the 16GB and 32GB variants. These prices include a two-year contract with Verizon as well. No wonder the iPad dominates the tablet market. Until these Android manufacturers price their tablets properly, there is no way they can sell them in large numbers.

Verizon and Motorola, you guys seriously did not get a better name for these tablets other than Xyboard? Seriously?

Motorola XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition Announced

In a press release, Motorola has just announced the successor to the XOOM – the XOOM 2. The XOOM 2 is accompanied by a small variant, the XOOM 2 Media Edition.

 

Like the original XOOM, the XOOM 2 also comes with a 10.1-inch HD display, protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. However, the quality of the display on the XOOM2 is much better than the one found on the original. It is not only brighter, but also more vibrant and enhanced colors. The tablet also comes with a splash-guard coating, which allows it to withstand rough use. To improve handling, the XOOM2 comes with rounded corners, and is 100grams lighter than its predecessor.

The smaller version of the XOOM2, the XOOM 2 Media Edition sports an 8.2-inch HD display, which is again protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Like its elder brother, the XOOM2 Media edition also has a splash-guard coating.

Both the tablets are powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, which in all probability must be the OMAP4430 or the OMAP4460. Other key specs include 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 16GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, and stereo surround speakers. The tablets also have a 5MP camera with LED flash and Auto-focus at their back, and a 1.3MP camera in the front for video calling.

The XOOM 2 Media Edition tablet also has an infrared IR, which makes it an universal remote. Users can control their home AV devices, like TV, music system etc. right from their tablet.

Both the tablets run on Android 3.2 Honeycomb, with the XOOM2 having a ¬†quoted ¬†battery life of 10+ hours, and the Media edition having a batter life of 6+hours when web browsing. The tablets are also pretty slim at 8.8mm and 8.9mm, respectively. They will also have the Motorola’s MotoCast app pre-installed, which first debuted with the Droid RAZR.

Motorola also announced a bunch of accessories with these two tablets, including a stylus. The Wi-Fi version of both the tablets will be available in the U.K and the Ireland by mid-November.