Jan 06 AT 2:06 PM Anthony Domanico 35 Comments

Motorola announces Xoom tablet, taking off this February

At this morning’s CES keynote, Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha announced that the hotly-anticipated Motorola Xoom tablet will be released sometime in February, probably on or around the 14th.

Full specs for the Xoom tablet can be found on Motorola’s site. The highlights:

  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
  • 1 GHZ dual core Tegra 2 processor
  • 10.1″ WXGA screen (1280 x 800)
  • 32 GB internal memory (expandable to 64 GB with 32 MB SD-Card support)
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera with 720p HD video capture
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 720p HD video playback

The Xoom is arguably the best Android tablet to come out of CES so far, and several of us on the Android and Me team are pretty excited about this device.

If you haven’t already, see the Xoom in action in the following videos from Motorola.

Official Teaser Video

The Making Of the Xoom Tablet

Show Press Release
LAS VEGAS and BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — CES —Jan. 5, 2011 — Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today unveiled the innovative new tablet Motorola XOOMâ„¢ − the first device on 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. Boasting a dual core processor with each core running at 1 GHz, delivering up to two GHz of processing power, and 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, Motorola XOOM gives Verizon Wireless customers a new type of mobile computing experience on a stylishly thin device that is 4G LTE upgradeable.

Motorola XOOM redefines the tablet device category by providing more ways to have fun, connect with friends and stay productive on the go. It allows consumers to experience HD content right on the device, supports 1080p 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 1280×800 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 over 3 million Google eBooks and thousands of apps from Android Marketâ„¢.

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 favorite 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.”

“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.”

The Motorola XOOM device will launch as a 3G/Wi-Fi-enabled device in Q1 2011 with an upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2. Starting in Q2 2011 the Motorola XOOM will be a 4G LTE/Wi-Fi- enabled device.

For more information about Verizon Wireless at CES please visit www.verizonwireless.com/cesor follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/verizonwireless. For more information about the Motorola XOOM please visit www.verizonwireless.com/xoom.
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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.
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  • http://Website tacojason

    Price Point??

  • http://Website Cristian

    Any chance we’ll see this on either another carrier or in a Wifi only form? Is Verizon saying anything about their service pricing?

  • http://Website kevin

    no wifi only version :-( what the hell. ill pass, asus here i come…..

  • http://www.healthytiger.com Healthy

    have there been any hints towards a ‘developer’ model like google did with the g1 or nexus 1? i’ve got my nexus, don’t mind tethering when i have to so yeah. wifi only is what i want. i definitely don’t want to have to go through a carrier to pick one up.

    also, it seems like honeycomb is coming in without any manufacturer coloring, which is awesome i’d hate to see blur or touchwise (or whatever it is that LG does) mess up or bog down the device.

    • Chris

      This is exactly what I’d like to do as well. I picked up the Nexus S last month and I’d love to have a Wi-Fi only version of a Honeycomb tablet that I can tether to my phone.

      Here’s to hoping for a Nexus tablet!

  • http://www Ramon


  • http://www.everythinglegit.com Ramon

    Apple must be sh*ting their pants right now!!!

    • http://Website kearney

      No, Apple’s not pooping their britches, their laughing. Why? Because you can only get one through Verizon.

      So stupid. Why can’t we have Wi-Fi only things any longer? There’s so many free Wi-Fi spots in the US, the only reason for a 3G is if you’re on the road.

      • http://Website coggy9

        Really? I haven’t noticed where I live. The only time I get something other than GPRS(I have T-Mobile) is when I’m at home,or at a friend’s house(both protected,not really “free”). I guess my area either hates wifi or they haven’t heard about it yet.
        …..back on topic. Just had to get that off my chest.
        I’d differently buy a Nexus Tablet (NexusT?) if it still has oem unlock which it might since the Nexus S does….. I hope Cyanogen gets one too. ;) CyanogenMod’d Honeycomb on a developer tablet would be epic.

      • http://Website Joe

        Well just because you have to get it from Verizon doesn’t mean you have to get a contract (unless you can only afford the unsubsidized price), because obviously they’ll be available from Verizon without a contract if one so chooses to go that route (just like ALL other devices ever sold from a wireless carrier; you can walk out of any carrier’s store with any device with no contract if you’d like to pay the full unsub price, which is what most people will do with this tab).

        • http://Website Steve

          Yes you can get one without a contract, but if they opened up their market to everyone by offering a wifi only version that could be tethered to your cell phone data plan, then they could ramp up production and lower the retail cost. I don’t understand their thinking… if they tie themselves to a cell provider then they automatically restrict their market and their market penetration. Bad business really.

  • http://Website yen

    Does this mean there will be no pure google honeycomb tab?

  • http://Website Maximus

    I have to admit even that is impressive

    The Specs alone would make anyone go out and get this Tablet

    Im no fan of Motorola or Verizon for that matter but i have to give credit where its Due

    It makes the IPad look like a Joke!

    I do agree with the above comments that there should be a Wifi version as some people will be reluctant to go through a carrier especially Verizon

    Im an owner of the Nexus S and i do see a Tablet in my future i guess im waiting for the all elusive Nexus Tablet if there ever is one but i will be getting a Tablet

    Whether its the Nexus tablet or IPad 2 its definitely in my future

    • http://Website xxx1xxx

      “It makes the IPad look like a Joke!”

      Which iPad? The one almost an year old? You must be joking…
      Wait for the iPad 2…
      Android fanboys everywhere…

      • http://Website Lowkey

        On an Android site? Preposterous!

  • http://Website Nick

    I would be content with all the specs and everything if they did similar to the iPad with a full priced non-contracted tablet

    i will only buy one without a contract. Gladly i will pay 499 or even 599 for this tablet without a contract and use it as a wifi only version.

    if it comes out and you have to have a contract. no matter how much i want one, i will not be able to afford it.

  • http://Website Melissa Hardigan

    i rather wait for the superior iPad 2, this motoflop is junk. I bet its full of sms bugs!

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    I can’t wait until other carriers get one.

  • http://Website Toha

    Anything about battery capacity?

  • http://Website Mark

    Just Buy It Contract Free It Will Probably Cost Around $400-$500.

  • http://Website Motorola Poop

    Motorola said they are locking the bootloader…haha go f+ck yourself moto

  • http://Website Shags1978


  • http://Website Shags1978

    Chances are that Motorola will release this exclusively on Verizon’s network for the time being until they sucker as many subscribers as possible and then they will release a wi-fi only version. I see a wi-fi only version coming out at approximately 6 months after launch of the Verizon 3G/4G version. That’s just my take on it.

    • http://Website enki

      Chances are, if Moto really release global version, that they will lost the train here in europe ;-)

  • Gums

    I agree with Shags1978. There no wi-fi only version for the time being. Be patient and wait six months (maybe longer) for the wi-fi only Xoom to be made available. Till then I’ll have to pass on this one. For now this is a deal breaker. Don’t want or need another Verizon contract. As a matter of fact, don’t really “need” a Xoom either. I’ve survived this long without one. I can wait a while longer…

  • http://Website Brian

    A lot of apple fanboy comments on an android site. Don’t you worry. It doesn’t matter how much better the xoom will be than the ipad. There will always be lemmings like that you that will only buy fruit based hardware so everyone can see that they are “cool”.

  • http://Website Alan

    All three carriers here in canada have plans that let you share data between an i*hone and an i*ad. I wonder if they’ll do the same with a honeycomb? If I could get it without an extra contract, I might jump all over this.

  • http://Website Joshua Topolsky

    BLUR will destroy this wonderful tablet. I gonna pass on this, i dont wanna ruin my editors life!

  • http://Website Madam

    I’ll just pray that this will be available globally

  • http://Website Emil

    Im more impressed with the technology than the actual tablet. Sure, it looks as awesome as a newly baked load of grannys cookies but I still believe that the other kids grannies (manufacturers) will soon be dishing out even tastier cookies.

  • http://Website Ponyboy Paul Atreides

    I really like this, but I won’t early adopt any of these tablets. I’ll hold off until the Spring/Early Summer before I jump into this arena. Plus I’d prefer a wifi-only tab.

  • http://www.hashimschool.com Doctor Stars

    The competition is getting more complicated and fast in updating the more powerful tablet or iPad with all what to be available for better coverage to the information and internet communications

  • http://Website Zer0-9

    Why isn’t the notion ink adam getting any more attention? The only tablet featuring a PixelQI screen? Helloooo

  • http://Website Magicdroid

    A bunch of really good Android tablets coming our way in 2011. But the Xoom is the one I prefer because it will be running Honeycomb upon release.

    As for the Apple fanatics: dual-core biaaatches!