As “The Year of the Tablet” picks up speed and we see new offerings from Samsung, HP, Blackberry and a rumored upgrade to Apple’s extremely popular iPad, IT News Africa takes a look at Motorola’s new tablet PC, the Xoom.
Due to be launched on Thursday, the Xoom will be the first device to use Google’s new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system designed from the ground up for tablets. The Honeycomb user experience improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization and features the latest Google Mobile innovations. The Xoom boasts a 1 GHz dual core processor, 10.1-inch (25cm) widescreen HD display (allowing a 1,280×800 resolution) a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera for 720p video capture, and 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats. It also comes equipped with a gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting.
“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.”
Designed for constant connectivity, the Xoom is a 3G/Wi-Fi enabled device, with an upgrade to 4G mooted for later in 2011. Its mobile hotspot capability provides an online connection for up to five other Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
A differentiator Motorola is especially keen to highlight, is that, unlike the iPad, Xoom supports Adobe® Flash®, which allows it to play video from sites such as YouTube. Console-like gaming performance on its 1280×800 display is another selling point, with the built-in gyroscope allowing for novel game mechanics. Like all Android-based devices, independent apps for the device can be bought from the Android Market.
Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, the Xoom won technology website CNET’s “Best of CES” Award.
By Angela Meadon