Honeycomb Tablet Coming to CES 2011
Motorola has just posted a video teasing the imminent unveiling of their first Android tablet. They go through the history of tablets, starting with chunks of rock featuring Egyptian heiroglyphics ("Good graphics, but weight makes for difficult portability") and the Ten Commandments ("Excellent durability, but zero flexibility (can't edit)"). We move on to the GRiDPad, which came out in 1989 and inspired the first Palm Pilot.
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Then we get to the iPad. Motorola's dig? "It's like a giant iPhone, but...it's like a giant iPhone." The Galaxy Tab isn't spared either. "Android OS, but Android OS...for a phone." You can argue about whether or not the iPad jab was fair, but Moto definitely has the Tab's number.
Then we get to a big pedestal, topped by a device wrapped in black. A bee flies towards it. This is Motorola's un-named Android tablet. We've seen it leak wearing Verizon colors and we know that it will pack Android Honeycomb.
Also Anticipated is a 10" display, Tegra 2 processor, 32 GB of storage and microSD support. We'll see front-and-rear cameras and (very possibly) LTE access. We can also expect a WiFi-only version to launch. Not everyone is going to want a Verizon contract.
Motorola needs to draw a TON of buzz at CES 2011. They're likely to be going up against an iPad 2 announcement. Whatever nameless tablet they have to show in January needs to be impressive enough to stand up next to an iPad in the cold, sober light of day. It needs to be a legitimate competitor in every area. Speed, cost, physical design and longevity. Moto can't afford to launch a sexy, fast tablet with crappy battery life or a $1000 price tag. That tablet wouldn't last long against the iPad, let alone the iPad 2.
Apple has had a year to refine their product. They've proven themselves to customers and single-handedly launched the mass consumer tablet market. The iPad 2 will seal up the camera gap and offer up an even thinner, lighter option for consumers.
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Going head-on with Apple is a harrowing feat, but Motorola's done it before. The original Droid was the first Android smartphone- really, the first smartphone- to measure up favourably against the iPhone of its day. Moto is setting out to do the same thing with their Honeycomb tablet. CES will be their proving ground.