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Verizon Confirms Xoom 2 as Droid Xyboard for December

By - Source: CNET | B 9 comments

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.

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    ikyung , December 2, 2011 11:52 PM
    Couple new tablets coming out this quarter, but nothing stands out like Transformer Prime..
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    STravis , December 3, 2011 12:32 AM
    "10-inch version will be geared for business customers and include a stylus. "

    Stylus = fail. Been down that road before fellas...didn't work then, won't work now.
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    de5_Roy , December 3, 2011 2:10 AM
    smart move on motorola's part - renaming xoom(failure) 2 to droid(better) xyboard. but after tegra 3 and asus prime tablet, tegra 2 seems useless.
    and when will we see a proper googorola tablet?
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    stm1185 , December 3, 2011 2:19 AM
    How they settled on calling it the Droid Xyborg.

    Motorola Headquarters: Conference Room B.
    Alright guys lets take something that's like a droid... "Robot"... no that's not edgy enough, "CYBORG!"... yes yes that will work, and add in something to make people know its a tablet... "Pad" too used!... "Tab" way too generic cmon guys... "Board" yes! that will do. Now we just need to put these two together without making it seem obvious. "Cyboard", too obvious!, "Boardborg" that's just retarded Gary cmon; "Well what if we just used an X instead of a C with Cyboard, that way it sounds like it but its not spelled like it making it cool." BINGO!
    Now to finish it off we just add Droid to the front!
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    JOSHSKORN , December 3, 2011 2:24 AM
    I'm waiting for a Windows 8 tablet with a built in SIRI personal assistant with Kinect technology. The way I see it, I want to walk my tablet around the house and have it record the floor plan, the layout of the lights and everything. Then, setup a panel that can turn things off and on. Also, have remote access via mobile phone.
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    bobusboy , December 3, 2011 3:34 AM
    Ugh i hate this laptop / tablet subwoofer idea. They have tweeters and a woofer, with xovers which allow them to push tinny sound across a broad spectrum. A real subwoofer would take up most of the back of one of these.
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    eddieroolz , December 3, 2011 7:45 AM
    Motorola sure likes X in their name.
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    clivene09 , December 3, 2011 4:40 PM
    Shouldn't any newly announced android devices be coming with Ice Cream Sandwich?
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    STravis , December 3, 2011 7:53 PM
    clivene09Shouldn't any newly announced android devices be coming with Ice Cream Sandwich?

    And there you have it - this is why the Android table market is an unmitigated disaster.
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