Motorola Xoom Tablet

Motorola Announces Xoom at CES Motorola is an American mutli-national company with headquarters in in Schaumburg, Illinois. It was founded in 1928, it’s first product being a battery eliminator* for car radios. Since it’s founding Motorola has manufactured and sold car radios, two way portable radios (walkie talkies), mobile telephone (before cellular), cellular phones, broadband telecommunications devices, televisions, wireless broadband (WiFi) and a plethora of other products both defense oriented and for public consumption.

Yesterday, January 6, 2011, Motorloa announced and demonstrated their newest computer offering, the Xoom tablet. This product is expected to hit shelves and online stores in the first quarter of 2011; sometime in March.Xoom Specifics The Xoom will run the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System (OS), touts a ten point one (10.1″) inch wide screen supporting 1080p High Definition display, it runs a dual-core 1GHz processor, the nVidia Tegra 2, and has full 1080p support with microHDMI out.

Video recording, however, is in 720p. Of course, the device has both accelerometers and gyroscopes so it can detect and reorient the display to portrait or landscape depending on how the user has it oriented to the horizon. The Xoom uses mutli-touch capacitive touchscreen supporting gestures. When needed the machine presents the user with a four-row virtual keyboard with decent sized keys and functionality. It can also be docked, via Bluetooth 2.0 to an external Motorola keyboard.

Because the machine is dual core processor it supports multi-tasking allowing multiple applications to run simultaneously, Unlike Apple, the tablet also supports Adobe flash videos and animation. The Xoom also supports Google’s cloud computing (Internet based) standards including Google Maps, Google Mail, as well as the recently announced Google eBooks. It also supports YouTube video. It has a rear-facing camera at 5Megapixels(Mpxl), as well as a 2Mpxl front-facing camera for video chat.

It will be offered through Verizon Wireless on their 3G (third generation) network and will run on the 4G (forth generation) Long Term Evolution (LTE) network with an external dongle attached. Note: The Xoom does not come pre-installed for LTE support. If you want LTE enabled you’ll have to send your Xoom to Motorola and wait seven days for the upgrade. Supposedly, the upgrade, shipping and handling will be free. It will also support an external keyboard and headset via Bluetooth 2.

0 which is stereo audio. The internals include the nVidia Tegra 2 processor running at 1+GigaHertz (GHz). The Tegra is an optimized system on a chip (SoC) designed to run faster, using less power, and support high definition video output while also support a wide array of input and output standards such as microUSB, microHDMI, and so on. Update February 20, 2011 BestBuy will now offer the Verizon Data plan model starting February 24, 2011.

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