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5 Things To Know About The Motorola XOOM

Now that Carphone Warehouse has confirmed that it will be selling the Motorola XOOM, the first Android 3.0 tablet on the market, as early as April 2011, let's look at some of the striking features of the device.

The XOOM is only available in the UK from Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy, a selling strategy that was probably driven by Google in order to get reference Android devices in as many hands as possible, as quickly as possible.

It comes with a large HD ready 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen which can display 1280x800 pixels, that's enough to display one megapixel pictures and is 30 per cent more than the Apple iPad.

The XOOM is powered by a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 system on chip clocked at 1GHz. The SoC is based on the ARM Cortex A9 technology and is the same that powers the Motorola Atrix, which is essentially the smartphone version of the tablet.

Motorola says that the tablet can play 10 hours worth of HD ready video on one full charge - enough for most long haul flights - and takes less than half the time to charge compared to the competition.

The tablet is the first one that has been announced with Google's Android 3.0 (AKA Honeycomb), one which has been designed for large screen tablets but won't support Flash at launch apparently.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.