Motorola’s newest tablet, the oddly named Xyboard, has gone on sale in the US. The tablet is now available on Motorola’s website and will be delivered to you within two days with free shipping.
Motorola is offering you two models, in 8.2-inch and 10.1-inch display sizes and each of them will be available in 16GB and 32GB variants respectively. The prices for the 8.2-inch models are $399.99 and $499.99 and the 10.1-inch models will cost you $100 more at $499.99 and $599.99 for the same storage capacities. Currently, only the Wi-Fi version is on sale.
The recently announced Motorola Xyboard, which is also known as the Xoom 2 in the UK, comes with an updated design compared to the Motorola Xoom and features the beveled edges commonly seen on recent Motorola smartphones. The displays have been upgraded from the ordinary LCD units on the Xoom to IPS panels on the Xyboard. The rest of the hardware is mostly similar although Motorola has downgraded the front camera on the Xyboard to 1.3 megapixel compared to the 2 megapixel camera on the Xoom. The Xyboard also loses the microSD card slot. The Xyboard runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb although Motorola is promising Ice Cream Sandwich for it soon. The original Xoom has already received its ICS update.
The Motorola Xyboard, then, has little to entice the buyers of the original Xoom, not to mention those who are thinking of going for another tablet.