Yesterday, Motorola announced its XOOM tablet running the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system and featuring a 10.1 inch display and its ATTRIX dual-core smartphone.
The XOOM tablet is the first device to run on Android 3.0, Honeycomb, Motorola XOOM features a dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, front-facing and rear-facing cameras, true multi-tasking functionality and the latest Google Mobile Services on a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display.
“Motorola XOOM redefines the tablet device category. We want to enhance people’s abilities to have fun and connect with family and friends while staying productive on the go,” says Megan Nicholas, mobile devices lead for Motorola Mobility South Africa.
“Motorola is a forward-thinking organisation with a heritage of innovation. Motorola XOOM is another device designed specifically for individuals that demand excellence when it comes to creating or consuming content. The Honeycomb user experience improves on Android favourites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customisation.”
Motorola XOOM Features
Motorola XOOM delivers exceptionally fast performance with its 1GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. The tablet showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience – including an interactive, customizable homescreen with moveable widgets, notifications and tabbed browsing – on a 10.1-inch 1280×800 widescreen HD display, enabling video content that’s richer and clearer than ever before. Support for HDMI enables viewing of videos and movies on larger screens, such as HD televisions. A 5MP rear-facing camera captures HD video, and a 2MP front-facing camera enables clear video chats using Google Talk.
The latest Google Mobile Services include Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction and access to over 200,000 apps from Android Market. Motorola XOOM also supports a beta of Adobe Flash Player 10.2 downloadable from Android Market, enabling the delivery of rich Flash-based Web content including videos, casual games and rich Internet applications.
Motorola XOOM also features a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting. The tablet supports up to 10 hours of video playback and charges in half the time of some competitive tablets on the market.
Motorola Smart Accessories*
To enhance your experience, Motorola also offers the following accessories for Motorola XOOM:
· A Standard Dock for watching video content or listening to music through external speakers as the device charges
· A Speaker HD Dock for sending HD content directly to a TV via HDMI or clearly listening to music through two built-in speakers – eliminating the need to attach external speakers
· A custom keyboard with Bluetooth wireless technology and special Android shortcut keys
Pricing and Availability
Motorola XOOM will be available with Cell C, Vodacom, MTN and 8ta in August 2011. The recommended retail price for the Motorola XOOM is R6599, although it will also be available on contract.
Motorola ATRIX smartphone
Also announced by Motorola yesterday is it ATTRIX smartphone, the only dual core processor smartphone that allows you to carry the power of mobile computing inside your pocket. Combined with Motorola’s revolutionary webtop application, Motorola ATRIX transforms when placed in the companion Lapdock or HD Multimedia Dock, running a full Mozilla Firefox 3.6 browser and supporting Adobe Flash Player to open up all the rich graphics, animations and video on the web. Motorola ATRIX will be available from Vodacom, and MTN.
“Motorola ATRIX is designed to essentially become a user’s primary digital hub to create, edit and interact with documents, media and content,” says Megan Nicholas, mobile devices lead for Motorola Mobility, South Africa.
“This is done through the Motorola webtop application and incredible new accessory docks, such as the Lapdock, that provide users with a larger screen, keyboard and trackpad enabling them to have an enhanced and more interactive computer-like experience with their devices,” continued Nicholas.
Companion Docks Unleash the Power of Webtop
While in the webtop application, users can run their Android applications in a larger window, browse their favorite websites with a full Firefox desktop browser, send instant messages, check email, access files and make phone calls ‒ all at the same time. Plus, the Entertainment Center feature lets users show photos, play music and watch videos from HD TVs in their living rooms. Calls even continue uninterrupted if Motorola ATRIX is removed from a dock.
While using the webtop application, business users with an existing Citrix account will benefit from the integrated Citrix Receiver application that provides secure, high performance access to virtual desktops as well as Windows, web and office applications hosted on Citrix XenDesktop. In addition to the full suite of office productivity applications and email applications, users can also access a great number of web applications such as Salesforce.com, Google Docs™, and any HTML application or service from the full desktop browser.
The two industry-leading accessories docks include:
· An incredibly thin design weighing just 2.4 pounds, the Lapdock provides an 11.6-inch screen, full keyboard, stereo speakers, and a 36Wh three-cell battery that delivers up to eight hours of running time. Users simply dock their Motorola ATRIX into the back of the Lapdock to experience true mobility at work, home or on the go in a form factor that’s lighter and smaller than most of today’s laptops. The Motorola Lapdock will be available as a separate purchase.
· With three USB ports and an HDMI port, the Motorola HD Multimedia Dock can be used for desktop tasks by attaching an HDMI-compatible monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers. Or the dock can be connected to an HDMI-compatible television and home theater audio system to enjoy video, music, games and more. The HD Multimedia Dock will also be available in box with the Motorola ATRIX .
Motorola ATRIX Key Features and Specifications
· Motorola ATRIX runs Android 2.2 with access to more than 200,000 apps and games in Android Market™
· A dual-core processor capable of opening web pages twice as fast as most other smartphones, rendering games faster and displaying HD video on big-screen TVs
· A full 1 GB of RAM for twice the RAM of most smartphones to deliver effortless multi-tasking, such as watching a movie while receiving and responding to email
· The world’s first qHD display for a smartphone, offering high resolution and 24-bit color, making it easier to read indoors and outdoors
· Front- and rear-facing cameras and the ability to record in HD
· Convenient biometric fingerprint reader for easily unlocking your phone while providing extra security
· Up to 48GB of storage (16GB internal and optional 32GB MicroSD card) – enough to store thousands of songs, photos and movies
· 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi 802.11n support, enabling as much as 50 percent faster download and upload speeds in WiFi mode compared to most other smartphones
· Under 11 mm thin with an extra large 1930 mAh battery for extended standby and talk time
· Two microphones for noise-reduction technology so your calls will be heard loud and clear in even the noisiest environments
· Supports HD video capture and replay for most multimedia standards
Motorola ATRIX will be available with Vodacom, Cell C, 8ta and MTN in August 2011. The recommended retail price is R5799, and it will also be available on contract.
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