Andy Rubin was so kind to show us a Motorola device running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) some weeks ago. Only a few days later Motorola teased us with a video and said they would present a new tablet at the CES2011 in Las Vegas. Counting 1 + 1 together, it was clear what would come. There where some speculations what Android 3.0 Honeycomb really would be. But Google revealed in a video shortly before Motorola’s press event: Android 3.0 Honeycomb is made for tablets!

And here comes the first tablet to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb: The Motorola Xoom!

 

And here are the specifications of the Motorola Xoom tablet:

Specs Motorola Xoom
Processor Nvidia Tegra 2 / 1Ghz / Dual Core
RAM 1GB DDR 2
Screen 10.1 widescreen display (10:16) / 1280 x 800
Storage 32GB onboard / SD Card support (after software update)
A/V In Front (2MP) and rear facing camera (5MP) / 720p video recording
A/V out headphones /
Network Wifi 2,4Ghz & 5Ghz 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID, 3G (upgradable to 4G LTE)
Connectors micro USB / 3.5mm audio
Sensors gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting
Battery lasts for 10hrs video playback
Extras Android 3.0 Honeycomb / Standard Dock / Speaker Dock / Case / Flash Player 10.1 / SIM Card Slot
Size / Weight 249.1 x 167.8 x 12.9mm / 730g
Price Range 800$
Manufacturer Motorola

 

Yeayyyy!!!

The Motorola Xoom is not only the first Android tablet running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, it is also the first without hardware buttons, it is just a screen….

It looks like it will be distributed through Verizon in the first place (see their Xoom website here). It will be launched in Q1 and 4G will be available in Q2, according to engadget.com.

There is an official video of the Droid Xoom tablet from Motorola, posted by androidpolice.com. Unfortunately there is more talking than showing:

Another promo video can be found on youtube. Well done, Motorola (and Google)! But you gonna have to give us the proof, that the device is really worth so much buzz!

UPDATE JANUARY 6, 2011: The first real-life videos of the Motorola Xoom can be found now, but I can’t see someone using the UI, it seems that these are videos running on the Xoom (see the part when it comes to the browser). Uhh.. this reminds me of the WeTab press conference desaster…. C’mon Motorola, you don’t want to follow them, dont’ you?

This one was filmed by liliputing.com:

At 3:38, Brad Linder asks why there are only demo videos and the Motorola guy responds “The actual software isn’t finished yet…”. When I compare the videos running on the demo devices with the Android 3.0 Honeycomb UI videos T-mobile released, I have the impression that the devices at the Motorola booth are running a real Android 3.0 Honeycomb system. Look at the software buttons at the left bottom corner. And look at the App icon, when they select a video to run, it shows the icon ofthe “Gallery”, where videos usually can be watched in Android. Still, it is a pity that they didn’t show arunning device, even if it is not complete and still a bit buggy…. would be more honest to me..

Another video from netbooknews.com

More videos from CES2011:

And one more:

UPDATE 2, JANUARY 6, 2011: Also Engadget.com has the impression, that the demo devices are running a real Honeycomb, see their article (including a hands on vid showing the original home screen and some true photos)