Motorola Shows Xoom Tablet at CES

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Motorola Shows Xoom tablet PC at CESBy Esther Shein
Motorola Mobility and Verizon Wireless unveiled the Motorola Xoom tablet PC at CES Wednesday, the first device to run on Google’s new Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS.

The Motorola Xoom features a dual-core processor with each core running at 1GHz, delivering up to 2GHz of processing power and a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display. The Xoom is upgradeable to 4G LTE, the companies said.

Consumers will be able to experience HD content on the device, which supports 1080p HD video and HDMI output to display content on larger HD screens, and also comes with Adobe Flash Player. The Xoom has a front-facing 2 megapixel camera for video chats over Wi-Fi or 3G/4G LE, along with a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera to capture video in 720p HD. The Xoom also has a 1280 x 800 display and features a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting for new types of applications, the companies said. Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction is also included, along with access to Google eBooks and Android Market apps.

The device is also geared at workers and provides constant connectivity, the companies said, for connecting to Gmail or Exchange email, opening and editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations and viewing calendars with broadband speeds. An online connection is available for up to five other Wi-Fi enabled devices through the Xoom’s mobile hotspot capability, the companies said.

The Motorola Xoom will launch in the first quarter as a 3G/Wi-Fi-enabled device with an upgrade available to 4G LTE in the second quarter. It will be sold as a 4G LTE/Wi-Fi-enabled device beginning in the second quarter.

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