Verizon Confirms Xoom 2 as Droid Xyboard for December
Motorola's renamed XOOM 2 tablet, the DROID Xyboard, is unofficially slated to arrive on Verizon Wireless this month.
The follow-up to Motorola's XOOM tablet is reportedly landing on Verizon Wireless sometime this month, but here in the States it won't be sold under the XOOM 2 label. Instead, the new Motorola tablet will don Verizon's licensed DROID branding along with the name "Xyboard." That's right, meet the new 4G LTE tablet you can add to Santa's wishlist: the DROID Xyboard.
"As we've previously mentioned, we're planning to bring several new LTE devices to market including two tablets," Verizon told CNET in a statement. "We haven't made any official announcements in the U.S. but we look forward to sharing more details soon."
The tablet will reportedly arrive in two sizes: 8-inches and 10-inches. The tablets will be thinner than the original XOOM and share the same design cues as the DROID Razr, sporting sharper corners than the average tablet. They will also come packed with Android 3.2 "Honeycomb," a 1.2 GHz dual-core SoC, 1 GB of RAM, a rear-facing 5MP camera, a front-facing 1.3MP camera, and screens protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass.
According to CNET, the 10-inch version will be geared for business customers and include a stylus. The 8-inch version will focus on entertainment, providing 2.1 virtual surround sound and a subwoofer. Accessories will also be available at launch including a wireless keyboard and cover for the 10-inch model, and a dock for the 8-inch model.
Unfortunately, other features are unknown at this point, and as of this writing, there's no set ship date or pricing. However more information is expected to arrive within the next week or so as we get closer to the holidays. "We're only getting started on tablets," said Verizon Wireless marketing chief Marni Walden.