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Motorola Looking To Launch 10-inch iPad 2 Rival?

Motorola is rumoured to be looking at a 10-inch successor to the XOOM, one with a much higher screen resolution, which would be a direct competitor to the successor to the iPad 2.

Why Motorola would try to get a followup to the XOOM so quickly remains a mystery. However, Android Community's Shane McGlaun (opens in new tab) reckons that the new tablet will be powered by Android 4.0, otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich, and may be one of the first tablets to feature the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC.

Surprisingly, the tablet is rumoured to come with a 2048x1536 pixel screen which is more than three times the minimum screen resolution required by Honeycomb.

Interestingly, that new XOOM tablet is said to come with a 4:3 screen format which differs from the 16:10 form factor embraced by the rest of the Android tablet community. Will Honeycomb ever adopt a 4:3 screen ratio given that most Android handsets and tablets stick to 16:9?

The tablet is expected to use the same chassis as the current Motorola XOOM tablet and be launched either towards the end of 2011 or at the beginning of 2012, just in time for CES 2012 and MWC 2012.

Whether it will complement or replace the XOOM completely remains to be seen. Another determining factor will be how expensive that tablet will be.

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.