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Motorola's 7-inch Motopad may be lead tablet for Android 3.0

updated 09:35 am EST, Mon November 15, 2010

Google said choosing 7in Motopad for flagship

Google may have hand-picked a seven-inch Motorola tablet as its flagship based on a terse leak from Russia. Mobile-Review, often known as a home for accurate pre-release leaks, claimed that a seven-inch device known as the Motopad would be a "first device" to show Android 3.0, or Honeycomb. Motorola was chosen as the first to show Android 2.0 through the Droid last year.

Motorola has gone on record as hoping for an early 2011 tablet, but most rumors so far have centered around the 10-inch Stingray being the officially sanctioned Google model. A smaller design may reflect cost pressures or a desire to have a more portable version along the lines of the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The Stingray is believed to use a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 250 (Tegra 2) and could likely play 1080p. Previous rumors had also given it 3G with an upgrade to 4G. It's unknown how many of these would transfer over to a smaller model, but Verizon is expected to repeat its performance with the Droid and may be the exclusive American provider.

The claim if proven true would pit the Motopad against the iPad in the US. Samsung has been the first to bring a mainstream Android tablet to the country, but Motorola has so far been the most popular Android device maker in the US and is frequently credited with having given Google a much-needed boost to popularity from last year. Any performance edge for the tablet may be lost with a second-generation iPad possibly due at the same time.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. onehere

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nook Color is already here for $249

    Nook Color is better for reading than iPad and better for everything else than Kindle. Nook Color is better for $249. Nook Color screen is supposed to be better (less reflective) for reading than iPad thanks to new LG screen with anti-reflection coating. It allows to watch videos, listen to the music, view Office documents and PDF's. The Nook Color will not run apps straight out of the Android Market, but that does not mean it cannot run them. In fact, they have done a lot of tests on apps from standard Android smartphones and they pretty much run on Nook Color, which has Android 2.1 under the hood. (The Nook native interface and apps are just standard Android application layers.) Barnes & Noble special Nook SDK runs on top of the standard Android one and gives developers access to exclusive extensions and APIs for the Nook and its interface. So porting Android apps is not difficult. B&N says it is more like optimising them for Nook than porting them. If you prefer e-Ink screen, the original Nook is still available from BN.
    Nook Color specs:
    - $249 with free shipping
    - 7 inch Color LG Touchscreen 16 million colors with anti-glare coating 1024 x 600 delivering 169 pixels per inch.
    - 8GB built in memory expandable to 32 GB with microSD card.
    - Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), USB port
    - OS: Android 2.1
    - Processor: TI 800 Mhz ARM Cortex A8-based, 45nm OMAP3621

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Waiting until 2011? Sorry, that's too long. They need to get one out now, or they're out of the race.

    Of course, if they got one now, they'd be out of the race because it would have a phone OS on it that wasn't geared towards tablets and could only drag it down. And they'd be told they should have waited until the OS was ready for their device.

    But it doesn't matter. They all lose!

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