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Hands On with the Motorola Xoom Honeycomb Tablet

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The Motorola Xoom Tablet is one of the first touchscreen tablets to use Android version 3.0, also known as HoneyComb. HoneyComb was specifically designed by Google for Tablets. The Xoom is a 10.1″ touchscreen tablet with 1280×800 resolution, 3G, 802.11N WiFi, 5 Megapixel rear-facing camera, 2 Megapixel front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and an expandable SD card slot. It uses an NVIDIA Tegra 2: 1GHz Dual-Core processor. It is a hair thicker than half an inch and weighs 1.6lbs (25.7 ounces). Sometime after the initial launch, Motorola plans on offering a free upgrade to enable the superfast 4G (LTE) network on Xoom. Apparently it’s more than just a software update and it may require sending the device in or visiting a retail outlet.

The user interface is brand-new looking; it appears to have been designed from the ground up and doesn’t look like a scaled up Android phone. It is a very powerful tablet and can even effortlessly play flash video and visit flash websites. It is similarly sized to the first generation iPad, though a bit narrower. Apple better have some big plans for iPad 2, otherwise Motorola Xoom will be giving it a seriously run for its money. The Xoom is not too far away, with a release date planned in the first quarter of this year. No word on the price yet, but we’ll keep you posted.