Motorola’s new tablets, the Droid Xyboard 10.1 and the Xyboard 8.2 have just reached the loving hands of the lucky Slashgear folks, who photographed them for our pleasure, as shown below. These Verizon slates are follow-ups to the less successful Motorola Xoom, that sold about 100k units, according to official estimations. Now we have new Xooms rebranded as Xyboards, both in 10.1 inch and 8.2 inch versions.
The new slates correct everything that’s wrong with the Xoom and bring the innovative Droid phone series design to the large scale. We get devices with matte finish, dual core processor, Honeycomb as the OS and reasonable cameras. The downside is that Moto didn’t pay attention to everyone’s criticism on the placement of the power button on the Xoom and chose to make it even smaller in the next generation of slates. On the upside, we have a new IPS display with a1280 x 800 pixel resolution on both models and viewing angles, brightness and resilience are simply great.
The 10.1 inch Motorola Xyboard tablet is very comfortable to hold and keeps the regular standard size of other 10 inch models. Meanwhile, the 8.2 inch one is a bit smaller and it weighs an impressive 390 grams, so less than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 for example. It also measure 8.99 mm in thickness, that’s more than the same Galaxy Tab unit. Motorola rushed to bring these products out to the market even before Android Ice Cream Sandwich was available, so the people who will buy them will have to wait for updates. Hopefully since Moto belongs to Google they won’t have to wait too long.