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Motorola DROID XYBOARD branding confirmed, a pair of LTE tablets launching on Verizon by year's end

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Motorola DROID XYBOARD branding confirmed, a pair of LTE tablets launching on Verizon by year's end
Well, it turns out that the rumors were on the right track. The Motorola XOOM 2 and its little brother, the XOOM 2 Media Edition, will both carry the DROID XYBOARD branding when they launch on Verizon. Furthermore, both tablets will be equipped with LTE radios and will be out in the U.S. before the year's end, as the carrier stated.  

The Motorola XOOM 2 is a 10.1-inch tablet that was unveiled in the U.K. about a month ago, along with the 8.2-inch XOOM 2 Media Edition. Both of them run Honeycomb and are thinner than the original Motorola XOOM. In terms of hardware, the tablets are pretty similar as they are both powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor backed up by a gig of RAM and have a pair of cameras – a 5-megapixel one on the back and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter.

The Motorola XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition will carry the DROID XYBOARD branding

The Motorola XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition will carry the DROID XYBOARD branding" 

However, while the 10.1-inch XYBOARD will come with a stylus and will be targeting business customers, its 8.2-inch counterpart will be more of a media-centric device as it comes with virtual surround sound and... a subwoofer. When it comes to accessories, a keyboard and cover combo is in stock for the 10.1-inch tablet, and a docking station will be offered for the 8.2-inch model.

Bear in mind, that neither Motorola nor Verizon provided a full list of the XYBOARD tablets' tech specs, so their hardware might still vary from that of their European variants. Their price was not disclosed either, but if the rumors are to be trusted, $529 is what the 10.1-inch model will cost.

source: CNET

The 10.1-inch Motorola DROID XYBOARD (left) and its 8.2-inch model (right) along with their matching accessories
The 10.1-inch Motorola DROID XYBOARD (left) and its 8.2-inch model (right) along with their matching accessories

The 10.1-inch Motorola DROID XYBOARD (left) and its 8.2-inch model (right) along with their matching accessories


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posted on 02 Dec 2011, 07:50 2

1. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


whats the point of a dual core processor in these tablets when in a week or so a quad core tablet in the transformer prime is releasing? nobody is going to want the xoom 2

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 07:50 2

2. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Um. Xyboard? Is that supposed to be a homophone for "cyborg"?

Silly name meaning nothing... good job, Moto.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 08:08 2

3. c.hack (Posts: 491; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Yay! A 2-year contact on a tablet that will be obsolete in a month.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 12:02 1

4. corporateJP (Posts: 1499; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


No offense to anyone, but my smartphone does everything that these tablets do plus more.

I'll stick with my laptop for the time being, it's small enough.

No bueno, Verizon.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:52

5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5536; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the Droid branding will definitely help these things get out the door. i can't wait to see the marketing campaign they throw for these things. i'd take a Media Edition myself for a good deal.

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 03:46

6. whiteninjazx6r (Posts: 32; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Hey! I have one of these now, but mine makes phone calls, has a smaller screen, fits in my pocket, and costs less! Plus its way more handy! And better battery life! Its called a Droid RAZR. Seriously...this is stupid. IF most people actually had a real good excuse to need a tablet...just get a Asus T-Prime.

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 12:36

7. roscuthiii (Posts: 1784; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Maybe Motorola hates tablets. Xyboard? Really?!

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