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Motorola Preparing 7-inch Rival To Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

Motorola appears to have a 7-inch tablet in the pipeline, one which has been caught on camera courtesy of Thisismynext and Chris Ziegler.

Looking at the photos displayed here (opens in new tab), the device is thinner and more HTC-esque in its design with a white outer bezel, a clear departure from the very industrial and "raw" aspect of the Motorola XOOM.

Ziegler reckons that there's a microUSB and a microHDMI port, plus the screen is likely to have a 16:9 screen ratio; the picture also contained a phone which appears to have a rather large screen and seems to be positioned on a docking station.

It is not known whether the tablet will come with the same hardware as the Motorola XOOM but with a different chassis; the HTC Flyer and the Jetstream and the HTC Touchpad (7-inch and 10-inch) had similar hardware expect for the screen size.

It's likely though that Motorola will choose to bring in some fresh blood; expect Honeycomb 3.2, the same screen resolution (1280x800 pixels), the same version of Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC (clocked at 1GHz), less onboard storage (32GB is overkill) and the same amount of RAM.

Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha had promised a 'fun' and 'portable' tablet was on its way earlier in the year.

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.