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Motorola Xoom: Sneaking a hands-on with Honeycomb tablet

January 6, 2022 | Debbie Turner

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Motorola Xoom: Sneaking a hands-on with Honeycomb tablet

Since we first heard about a Motorola Android tablet reportedly running on Honeycomb we’ve been getting quite excited at this promising-sounding device. More recently we found out that the device would be called Xoom and would indeed be running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a designed-for-tablet operating system.

Now the news from CES 2011 has seen the Xoom officially unveiled and from what we’ve seen so far this could be a really keen rival to the iPad, not to mention the influx of other tablets coming soon, such as the BlackBerry PlayBook. Tim Gideon over on PC Mag brings us details of the reveal and the Xoom will be carried by Verizon with a 3G version due in the first quarter of 2011 and a 4G upgrade due by the second quarter.

It also has both front and rear-facing cameras and a 2GHz dual-core processor, HD widescreen, HD video recording and supports Adobe Flash 10.1. We’ve already noted that tablets are the big story at this year’s CES and this one could just be the pick of the crop, especially as Gideon notes that the OS seems far superior to Android 2.2, that many current tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab run on.

Now for a sneaky hands-on look at the device head over to an article by Jacob Schulman on Engadget who managed to get his hands on a Xoom and shows us plenty of pictures. There’s even a video which you can view on the Engadget link. It certainly looks like a pretty handy tablet to us but we’d like to know what you think so please send in those comments.

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