The successors to the Motorola XOOM Android tablet are coming to Verizon Wireless this month. Verizon’s fourth installment to its QWERTY-sporting Android smartphone series, the Motorola DROID 4, will also be arriving on Verizon this month.
Known elsewhere in the world as the Motorola XOOM 2, the two upcoming tablets will be known on Verizon as the Motorola DROID XYBoard. Both tablets are capable of 4G LTE connectivity on the Verizon network. Just like the two DROID XYBoard tablets, the Motorola DROID 4 is also an LTE-enabled device. It has a slide-out, full, 5-row QWERTY keyboard, just like the Motorola DROID 3.
The bigger tablet, the Motorola DROID XYBoard 10, carries a 10.1-inch touchscreen, while the smaller tablet, the Motorola DROID XYBoard 8, carries an 8.2-inch touchscreen. Both tablets differ only in their screen sizes and preinstalled Android apps.
Both run on Android 3.2 Honeycomb and have a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel primary camera, 1.3-megapixel secondary camera, 1 GB of RAM, Corning Gorilla Glass protection, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The bigger XYBoard has three storage configurations: 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB. The smaller XYBoard comes with either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage.
According to a report on CNET News, which also had the chance to check out demo units, the two tablets are significantly thinner and more compact than the earlier Motorola XOOM. The Android tablets can also be connected to a wireless keyboard and a docking station.
The design of the three Motorola devices have a close resemblance to the Motorola DROID RAZR, which was just recently launched on Verizon. Most noticeable is the cut corners which are more sharp than round.
No official word has been revealed yet regarding the release date and pricing of these three Android devices, but leaked insider information claims that the Motorola DROID 4 might be launched on December 8 on Verizon together with the GALAXY Nexus. As for the DROID XYBoard tablets, insider info claims prices range from $430 to $730.
Between the Motorola DROID XYBoard and the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, which are you having? And, if you’re looking for a QWERTY Android smartphone, does the Motorola DROID 4 sound like something you’d like to have?
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