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Motorola Planning New Android Tablet Called Corvair

Shortly after the release of the XOOM 2 and the XOOM 2 Media Edition, Motorola is planning a new tablet called the Corvair which will be an even smaller tablet that is also a TV Controller.

The Verge (opens in new tab) reports that the device will be a dedicated controller which will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and even posted a picture of the Corvair's product box.

Apart fom its 6-inch capacitive touchscreen display, the device comes with a 4000mAh battery, Wi-Fi, IR Control as well as RF4CE, which, The Verge says, is a Zigbee-based RF control protocol, which could be handy for home automation tasks.

It looks from the box picture as though the tablet will also come with dedicated buttons on the side and a 16:10 screen ratio. While its hardware partner Intel seems to have all but given up on its TV hopes, Google appears to be still hoping for Google TV to be a winner, even if it is via a proxy like a tablet such as Corvair.

And how much would a universal remote control cost? Well consider the Logitech Harmony 1100 which carries a suggested retail price of £379, almost as expensive as the iPad 2 and doesn't even include a big screen.

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.