July 25, 2014

Verizon readying a pair of Droid tablets for December

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Verizon is in the final stages of prepping two 4G-ready Android tablets for December and will release them under the Droid branding, according to information obtained by CNET.  Dubbed the XOOM 2 overseas, these Droid Xyboard tablets will come in 8-inch and 10-inch options.

Although pricing, launch dates, and full details remain shrouded in mystery, we do know the general specifications for each model.  Both are powered by dual-core 1.2GHz processors and 1GB RAM, and come with 5-megapixel rear cameras and front-facing 1.3 -megapixel cameras.  Rather than embracing the rounded, smooth corners of today’s typical tablets, Motorola has opted for the angular shoulders that we’ve come to see in handsets like the Photon 4G, Atrix 2, and Droid Bionic.

Additional details for the Honeycomb tablets include Gorilla Glass protection for the display as well as support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network.  The larger model comes with a stylus and will be intended for business users while the 8-inch iteration is geared more for media consumption.

Considering the specifications are not quite on the same level as ASUS’s Transformer Prime and approaching quad-core tablets, we’re optimistic that Verizon and Motorola can get the pricing right.  The original XOOM didn’t exactly set the world on fire this year, largely because of a hefty price tag and physical form factor.