The Xoom will be available in stores in the first quarter of 2011 in 3G form. All of the 3G Xooms “are capable” of being upgraded to 4G later this year. The Tablet offers Dual-Core processing, Google’s Honeycomb Platform, and 1080p HD video content support.
Compared to the iPad, its 10.1-inch, 1280×800 display plays video and other rich web content seamlessly with Adobe Flash, and features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats over Wi-Fi or 3G/4G LTE, as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures video in 720p HD.
It also features a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting for new types of applications, Google Maps 5.0 (with 3D interaction), and delivers access to over 3 million Google eBooks and thousands of apps from Android Market.
The big four US wireless carriers all introduced tablets and new smartphones. They include:
- AT&T Mobility: Motorola ATRIX 4G (Android 2.2, 1GHz dual-core processor), HTC Inspire 4G (1GHz Android 2.2 smartphone with a 4.3-inch super LCD), Samsung Infuse 4 (Android 2.2 on a 1.2 GHz Hummingbird processor), HTC FreeStyle (Brew MP-powered quick messaging device). AT&T said it will launch two LTE-capable tablets in the summer of 2011 but gave no specifics on those devices. and is slated for launch in the first quarter of 2011.
- Verizon Wireless: Motorola’s Xoom tablet and Cisco’s Cius Tablet, as well as smartphones including the HTC Thunderbolt, LG Revolution, Motorola Droid Bionic and Samsung 4G LTE.
- Sprint-Nextel: HTC Evo Shift (WiMAX phone with sliding qwerty keyboard, Android 2.2), BlackBerry Playbook (BlackBerry tablet OS, 1 GHz, Adobe Mobile AIR support).
- T-Mobile USA: T-Mobile G-Slate (HSPA+-capable running Android 3.0, Honeycomb), Dell Streak 7 (7-inch tablet, HSPA+, Android 2.2, NVIDIA’s Tegra 2).