Motorola Xoom, Motorola Atrix, Smart Docks and the Future of Mobile Computing

January 16, 2011

Motorola has just released information on it’s upcoming Verizon XOOM tablet with 10.1″ display, Android 3.0, aka Honeycomb. It’ll feature an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor with each core running at 1Ghz. Just like Morotola’s other flagship devices, they also plan on having several accessories to extend it’s functionality. CEO Sanjha Jha announced that it should be in stores in Q1, 2011.  It’ll start with Verizon 3G, but will be thankfully be upgradeable to 4G/LTE. Sources say that Motorola will issue a software update to turn it on once Verizon puts the final touches on its LTE network.

Ever since Chrome OS and Google TV were announced, many Android fans have wondered how those projects would merge with Google’s mobile OS. This past week at CES, Motorola provided a glimpse of the future and revealed exactly where Google is taking their platforms.

“Smart docks” will offer unprecedented flexibility for next gen devices. No longer will consumers need to have multiple devices. Mobile computing will be just that – mobile. Imagine a reality (and it’s coming sooner than you think) where you can have one device that serves as your GPS, as your Media source for your HDTV, and as your computer. With a phone as powerful as the soon to be released Motorola Atrix, the future of Android and mobile computing will lie in the smart docks that are being created as we speak. In the next couple of years, your smartphone will most certainly be powerful enough to handle even the most demanding tasks with ease. Smart docks will allow you to interact with it in new and exciting ways.

Want to turn you Android Smartphone into a laptop? There will be a dock for that. Want to turn it into a Google TV box, Alarm Clock, or a GPS navigation solution? Just plug it in to the according dock.

As it stands right now, Android, Chrome OS, and Google TV will continue to be their own projects and appear on certain devices, but (keep your fingers crossed) by the end of this year they will all converge on a single device that fits in your pocket.

These are exciting times for lovers of mobile technology everywhere. The same functionality that Smart Docks afford the user will also be extended to Tablets as well. See below for more information from Motorola. Stay tuned!

See the below specs from Motorola’s website:

Motorola XOOM™ Fact SheetJan. 05, 2011

Motorola XOOM™: Redefining the Tablet Experience

Motorola XOOM is redefining what a tablet experience can be as the world’s first device to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Google’s powerful operating system designed specifically for tablets and featuring the latest Google Mobile Innovations. Motorola XOOM also comes with support for Adobe® Flash® Player, allowing you to browse the web with full access to Flash sites, videos and games. Enjoy all of this on the Motorola XOOM’s 10.1” HD widescreen display, enabling HD video content that’s richer and clearer than ever before.

Beyond the Next Generation

Motorola XOOM is uniquely equipped to support an always evolving tablet experience. Offering 3G wireless access that can be upgraded to super-fast 4G LTE, and powered by a dual core processor with each core running at 1 GHz, delivering up to two GHz of processing power, Motorola XOOM delivers performance that’s twice as fast at web browsing as the leading competitor on the market today. Thin, light and powerful, it’s easy to hold, easy on the eyes and goes anywhere you do with the connectivity and performance to support the latest features, software and functions as soon as they’re released.

Surf. Watch. Play. Connect.

Motorola XOOM is the first tablet to feature the latest Google Mobile innovations, including Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction, access to over 3 million Google eBooks and Google Talk with video and voice chat. And as a gamer, you can experience Motorola XOOM’s rich graphics at lightning-fast speeds with games that leverage the built-in gyroscope and accelerometer.

Work with Ease

Motorola XOOM lets you stay connected to work from anywhere through the country’s largest 3G network from Verizon Wireless. You can check personal or Exchange corporate email, view calendars and even send meeting notices. Not to mention that information is brought straight to your home screen with live, scrollable widgets. Open documents, spreadsheets and presentations, edit them on a virtual QWERTY or the Motorola Bluetooth® Wireless keyboard, and send them back lightning fast.

Power Accessories beyond the Charger

Motorola XOOM has a wide range of accessories to expand its power and capabilities. The “smart docks” are no longer just a place to charge your device; they make Motorola XOOM a portable play and work station that fits your lifestyle. The Standard Dock can be used for watching video content or listening to music through external speakers as the device charges. The Speaker HD Dock allows you to send HD content directly to your TV or blast your tunes without attaching external speakers.

Create and Share

Motorola XOOM is ready to document your adventures. It includes a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera with flash that captures video in 720p HD. View and edit your photos and video immediately, then display them on the 10.1” HD screen or on any HDTV with HDMI connectivity. Post your creations straight to YouTube, Picasa, and Facebook® or engage with friends and family through Motorola XOOM’s front-facing 2 megapixel camera designed for video calling.

Motorola XOOM Tablet

OS

Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Differentiation

Larger display in smaller form-factor, 1080p HD support, first tablet with Honeycomb software, dual-core 1GHz processor, and a wide range of docking options

Dimensions

249.1mm (h) x 167.8mm (w) x 12.9mm (d)

Display

10.1” 1280×800 resolution

Weight

730 g

Processor

NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2: 1GHz dual-core processor

Battery

Up to 10 hour video playback

Connectivity

3.5mm, micro USB 2.0 HS, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID

Network

3G, 4G LTE upgradeable, 802.11n w/Personal Hotspot

Messaging/Web/Apps

Email (Corporate Sync, Google Mail, POP3/IMAP embedded, Push Email, Yahoo Mail) , WebKit w/ Flash

Audio

AAC, AAC+, AMR NB, AMR WB, MP3, XMF

Video

720p capture/1080p playback/streaming, H.263, H.264, MPEG4

Camera

5 MP rear-facing camera with dual LED flash/2MP front-facing camera

Memory

32GB on board user memory, SD card support after software update, 1GB DDR2 RAM

Comments

  • anon

    Sounds very cool, but I’m going to be lost when my phone stops working.

  • anon

    Wish this phone was coming to Verizon.

  • http://www.xoomcommunity.com Xoom Forums

    This phone is coming to Verizon. I just hope they don’t get greedy with the price, or force contracts on buyers. Otherwise, this tablet should be a monster seller.