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Motorola Xoom: Possibly the best Android tablet right now

Earlier debuted by Andy Rubin at the D:Dive Into Mobile event, this Motorola tablet is now official and boy does it make us drool.

The Motorola Xoom is, to our eyes at least, the best Android tablet to come into the market. Here’s the specs breakdown.

  • 10.1-inch 1280X800 16:10 touchscreen
  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 with 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • Android3.0 Honeycomb
  • 1080p video out playback through HDMI, 720p onboard playback
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera, 720p video
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 10 hours battery life

The deal maker for us is the tablet specific Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, you can take a look at all the demo videos here and here. The Android developers have done a great job in making the Android OS work for a tablet and for the looks of the video, its a really good looking OS.

Motorola says the Xoom is fully upgradable to 4G but it’s not something that the user can do at home. TO upgrade the Xoom to 4G the user will need to take it back to service centre, and since 4G in this instance is LTE, don’t expect this feature to be available here.

There’s also a mention of a radical “floating finger” interface, we’re not too sure what this is but we sure can’t wait to get our hands on one.

Join us after the jump the official video of the Motorola Xoom, some press pics and full press release.

Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility Announce Motorola XOOM™ Tablet on Nation’s Largest and Most Reliable 3G Network

10.1-inch HD Tablet Offers Dual-Core Processing, Google’s Honeycomb Platform, and 1080p HD Video Content Support

Jan. 05, 2011

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 XOOM™ − 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 Market™.

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.