What could be the hottest device coming out of CES is finally official. The Motorola Xoom tablet will be the first tablet running Google Android Honeycomb (3.0), an operating system designed specifically for large screen tablets.
Of course, TabletPCReview has been following and reporting on the Motorola Xoom since Google Android engineer Andy Rubin showed it off last month. However, we now officially know the details.
For starters, the Xoom will sport a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor running at 1 GHz and a 10.1-inch display (1280 x 800). The Xoom will have 32 GB of onboard memory and 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, along with SD card support. The battery will be good for up to 10 hours of video playback, which includes 1080p. It will have a five-megapixel rear camera and a two-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. The Xoom will feature a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and light sensor. Oh, and it will have Android Market access and support Flash 10.1.
For connectivity, it will support Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR +HID, 802.11 Wi-Fi b/g/n, as well as both 3G and 4G LTE.
The Xoom will launch in Q1, but the 4G update won’t be available until Q2. Either Motorola or Verizon will apply the physical update to 4G for early adopters. Motorola did not supply details about what that process will entail or cost, if anything. However, it will require a physical hardware change.
TabletPCReview got a chance to check out the Xoom close up, but it was not fully operational. The Honeycomb operating system was not completely implemented (probably because it is not completely finished) and the device was simply showing video of it in action, in real time.