Motorola Mobility and Verizon Wireless today introduced two new additions to the Droid family, the Droid XYBOARD tablets. The two new Droid tablets present new options for consumers looking to stay connected, productive and entertained. The new Droid XYBOARD tablets both boast the blazing speeds of Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network and the power of dualcore 1.2 GHz processors, 1 GB of RAM and MotoCast for remote access to non DRM-protected music, pictures, videos and documents stored on work or home computers' hard drives. Both are equipped with scratch-resistant displays that use Corning Gorilla Glass to stay brilliant and a coating of water-repellent nanoparticles makes them resistant to accidental spills and splashes.
Lighter than a paperback book and thinner than an AAA battery, the Droid XYBOARD tablets are launched with Android 3.2/Honeycomb (but will be upgraded to Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich later - according to Motorola), brilliant high-definition displays with wide viewing angles, magnesium-reinforced bodies with aluminum housing and super portable form-factors. Both tablets offer robust Business Ready features, including enterprise-grade security and apps such as Quickoffice HD for document editing and creation, Citrix GoToMeeting for productivity and collaboration and Google Talk for video conferencing.
The Droid XYBOARD 10.1 is optimized for productivity with stylus support for easy note taking and markup using a precision tip stylus, included in the box. The XYBOARD 8.2 is perfect for portable entertainment with 2.1 adaptive virtual surround sound and a high-definition display for enjoying Netflix movies in up to HD quality, concert-like music and serious gaming. Powered by the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, Droid XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2 customers can soar through the Web at blazing speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps within 4G LTE Mobile Broadband coverage areas.
Additional both Droid XYBOARD tablets features 10.1" and 8.2" high-definition In-Plane Switching (IPS) displays for Droid XYBOARD 10.1 and Droid XYBOARD 8.2 respectively, mobile hotspot capability to share the 4G LTE connection with up to eight WiFi-enabled devices, 5 megapixel rear-facing HD cameras with digital zoom, autofocus and LED flash, optimized for capturing the moment, 1.3 megapixel HD front-facing cameras perfect for video chatting with friends and family. The Dijit app allows Droid XYBOARD tablets to double as a universal remote control with an electronic programming guide for TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, digital video records (DVR), and most other consumer electronics.
The tablet family supports Google Mobile Services including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Search, Google Maps and access to millions of books from Google Books and a wide array of separately available accessories including a HD station for connecting to speakers and a larger screen, a HD dock to send content via HDMI out to HDTVs and home theater speaker systems and a stylish portfolio with Bluetooth-enabled keyboard and mouse.
Both Droid XYBOARD tablets will be available in Verizon Wireless this month. The Droid XYBOARD 10.1 will be available in three models with 16 GB for US$ 529.99, 32 GB for US$ 629.99 and 64 GB for US$ 729.99 all with a new two-year customer agreement. The Droid XYBOARD 8.2 will be available in two models with 16 GB for US$ 429.99 and 32 GB for US$ 529.99 both with a new two-year customer agreement.
The GSM/UMTS rest of the world version is called Motorola Xoom 2 which is said to be available from anytime early next year.
Cheers ~ Arne