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Motorola Mobility and Verizon Wireless have announced the addition of two new tablets on the Verizon 4G LTE network. The Droid Xyboard (stylized DROID XYBOARD) tablets will be available in 10.1-inch and 8.2-inch displays later this month.
Both tablets are powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and include a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass to protect the IPS display. There’s also a front-facing 1.3 MP camera and a 5 MP rear shooter as well as an infrared port that works in conjunction with the Dijit app. Dijit allows the tablet to double as a universal remote control complete with programming guide for TVs, Blu-ray players, DVRs and other consumer electronics.
As is the case with their non-LTE counterparts, the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition, the Xyboard tablets will initially ship with Android 3.2 Honeycomb but will be upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich when it becomes available.
The Droid Xyboard 10.1 will be available in three different storage capacities: 16 GB for $529.99, 32 GB for $629.99 and 64 GB for $729.99 all with a new two-year service agreement. The 8.2-inch model will be available in 16 GB for $429.99 and 32 GB for $529.99 with the same two-year contract. Customers who purchase a Droid Xyboard will need to subscribe to a mobile broadband data plan starting at $30 monthly for 2 GB of data.
Additionally, customers will receive $100 off a Droid Xyboard tablet and $50 off select accessories for a limited time when purchasing a Droid Razr, including the newly announced white model, with a new two-year service agreement.
The Motorola Xoom is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC. It also sports a 1280x800 display resolution, 32GB of onboard storage (expandable via SD), 1GB of DDR2 RAM, and given the increasing popularity of video calling, Motorola has included a 2-megapixel camera on the front while the rear is outfitted with a 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash. I/O includes a micro USB 2.0 port, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, as well as Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. Battery life is said to peak at about 10 hours of video playback. It supports both 3G and 4G.
The iPad 2 improves on the original in many ways, including a significantly faster dual-core CPU, improved graphics and a thinner footprint. The iPad 2 also manages to shave off 0.2 pounds for a total weight of 1.33 pounds on the Wi-Fi only model. Apple has included two cameras on the iPad 2 – a VGA-quality front facing lens for FaceTime and a rear-facing camera capable of recording 720p video.
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