Motorola Xoom wins CES 2011 Best in Show award

By on January 10, 2011, 3:29 PM
CES 2011 was unsurprisingly full of various tablets, but one of them stood out in particular: the Motorola Xoom. The device won the Best in Show Award at CES 2011.

For Q1 2011, Motorola has reportedly placed orders for about 700,000 to 800,000 units of the device with four color options. The orders will go up as high as one million units in the quarter, according to sources from upstream component makers cited by DigiTimes. The sources also claimed that currently, Motorola and Samsung are Google's priority partners, while LG Electronics and HTC are secondary.

The Motorola Xoom will ship with Android 3.0 (codenamed Honeycomb) with impressive hardware: Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, 32GB of onboard storage (expandable via SD, a 2-megapixel camera on the front, a 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash on the back, a micro USB 2.0 port, HDMI out, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, as well as Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. The 10.1-inch tablet has a 1280x800 display resolution. Battery life is said to peak at about 10 hours of video playback.

The device will launch in Q1 2011 with 3G functionality, later upgradeable to LTE 4G, and will launch with a LTE 4G model in Q2. Pricing has yet to be announced.





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princeton princeton said:

The device will launch in Q1 2011 with 3G functionality, later upgradeable to LTE 4G

I don't get this. Will it ship with LTE functionality awaiting verizons new NOT 4G network?

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Princeton said:

The device will launch in Q1 2011 with 3G functionality, later upgradeable to LTE 4G

I don't get this. Will it ship with LTE functionality awaiting verizons new NOT 4G network?

Yes... wait, what?

princeton princeton said:

Lawfer said:

Princeton said:

The device will launch in Q1 2011 with 3G functionality, later upgradeable to LTE 4G

I don't get this. Will it ship with LTE functionality awaiting verizons new NOT 4G network?

Yes... wait, what?

Like, if they're supposedly releasing an LTE model in Q2 but the Q1 is upgradable. Aren't they essentially the same product? Just the Q1 model wont connect to the non existent network until...well..until it exists.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Princeton said:

Lawfer said:

Princeton said:

The device will launch in Q1 2011 with 3G functionality, later upgradeable to LTE 4G

I don't get this. Will it ship with LTE functionality awaiting verizons new NOT 4G network?

Yes... wait, what?

Like, if they're supposedly releasing an LTE model in Q2 but the Q1 is upgradable. Aren't they essentially the same product? Just the Q1 model wont connect to the non existent network until...well..until it exists.

Oh, I see what you're saying... Hmm, I think there's some sort of fallacy here. Here's the quote:

"The device will launch in Q1 2011 with 3G functionality, later upgradeable to LTE 4G, and will launch with a LTE 4G model in Q2."

So, if the Q1 device is "upgradeable" to what the Q2 device is designed to be, what is the purpose of waiting for the Q2 device? Or more importantly, why release the upgradeable and the already-upgraded device in two different time periods, if they are--like you said--essentially the same? (That is, assuming that no special hardware is required from the Q1 the device to achieve LTE speeds.)

Or did the author meant upgradeable, as in, upgrade eligibility to the Q2 device, which is in fact essentially different? (That is, if the device is indeed required to have a special hardware that presumably won't come in the Q1 device, but will in the Q2 device, which Verizon will make easy to upgrade to.)

I don't know much about the requirements of 4G LTE. So to find an answer to this, we must ask this question: To achieve LTE speeds, is the device required to have an special hardware/software (such as a chipset or firmware), or are these devices already future-proof, and only need an special hardware from the network (such as a modem)?

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