LAS VEGAS – Motorola’s answer to the iPad – the first tablet computer to run Android 3.0 ‘Honeycomb’ – has picked up the ‘Best in Show’ award at the Consumer Electronics Show.
The Honeycomb-powered XOOM enables multi-tasking and is powered by a dual core processor, each one running at 1GHz.
It has a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display and is upgradable to 4G LTE.
The device supports 1,080p 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 1,280 x 800 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 more than 3m 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 favourite 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.”
The Motorola XOOM device will launch as a 3G/Wi-Fi-enabled device in Q1 2011 with an upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2.
“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,” Ogle added.
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