The Motorola DROID XYBOARD LTE tablets now launched at Verizon, starting at $429.99
The Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions, whereas the DROID XYBOARD 8.2 comes in 16GB and 32GB versions only. The XYBOARD 10.1 costs $529.99, $629.99 and $729.99, respectively, whereas the 8.2 is $429.99 for the 16GB unit and $529.99 for the one with 32GB of internal memory.
Both tablets are way slimmer and lighter than the original Motorola XOOM, and run Android 3.2 Honeycomb out of the box. In terms of hardware, the tablets are pretty similar to one another 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 5MP one on the back, capable of 720p HD video recording, and a 1.3MP front-facing shooter. Besides, both of them offer 1280x800 displays reinforced with Corning Gorilla Glass, and are protected by a water-repellent nanocoating. The 10-incher comes with an included stylus pen for doodling on the capacitive touchscreen.
The icing on the cake is LTE connectivity, and the 7000mAh battery on the 10-incher is tested to last more than 10 hours of video playback or browsing (8 if browsing is via LTE), and more than a month of standby. The 8.2" DROID XYBOARD has a more modest 3960mAh battery which gets you 6 hours of browsing (5 via LTE), and 6 hours of video playback.
Verizon is sweetening the XYBOARD deal if you buy a Motorola DROID RAZR from the carrier, as it will chop off a $100 off the tablets' price, plus you will have matching design in the corners.
1. Sniggly (Posts: 7227; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
These sound like much better devices than the XOOM (which was still good). Good to see Motorola isn't holding back anymore this year.
Btw, I'm using the original Lapdock now. It's definitely not bad at all, especially for 50 bucks. It's kind of laggy sometimes, but I was expecting that from the reviews I had read. The hardware works nicely though; it definitely doesn't feel cheap. The web browser also works really well, even though the Internet still recognizes it as operating on a mobile device, so 1080p Youtube playback won't work so well and sites like CNET will open the mobile version first.
Even with the lag the lapdock will easily do what I need it to do-that is, it definitely fills the role of a web browsing/mobile productivity device, and it's so thin and light that I'll probably be taking this to college next semester for note taking and typing up essays and other assignments. I love how after its initial bootup, plugging the phone in and opening the screen causes a near instantaneous boot to the home screen. It's even faster than bringing my laptop back from standby, and way more portable. Sound output from the speakers is also pretty sweet even for something so small.
All right, that's enough off topic discussion for now. I really am glad Motorola didn't kill this concept off; I look forward to seeing this concept refined and expanded upon, especially as our phones accelerate closer to netbook specs and bring laptop specs into sight. If marketed and priced right, Motorola could really make this innovation work for them as a viable product.
2. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Looks like a good product, and I appreciate that they offer it in both 8" and 10". I think the 8" size is quite attractive for a tablet - not as small as the Fire/Nook but significantly smaller than the iPad. My only beef is with the name - do we really need to spread the Droid name even more thinly? And Xyboard doesn't have a clean marketing ring to it. I think Verizon and Moto were trying a little too hard. And before you jump on me that it's only a name, it matters when you're trying to sell people unfamiliar with Android a tablet.
And while I was initally put off by the odd corners, at least Apple can't claim design infringement easily. Sadly, that matters too.
3. kickinbass (Posts: 26; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)
I want one ASAP. Awesome device, size and speed all into one! Good job Moto.
4. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
and those displays are IPS DISPLAYS, if that makes it any different with 184 ppi ( 8.2)
and the 8.2 comes with UNIVERSAL REMOTE with IR tech!!! so u can use your tab around the house and control the electronics, oh yeah !!