Motorola Xoom packs Nvidia, Atmel, STMicro solutions
The Motorola Xoom, now available in the U.S. through Verizon Wireless, features a 10.1inch wide-screen HD display and is the first available device to run version 3.0 of Google Inc.'s Android, codenamed Honeycomb. Xoom retails for Rs.27,473.84 ($599) with a two-year Verizon service agreement, and Rs.36,647.07 ($799) without a service contract. Pricing for the Verizon 3G data service begins at Rs.917.32 ($20) per month. Xoom tablets can be upgraded to Verizon's 4G LTE service at no extra charge beginning in the second quarter, though this requires a physical change to the tablet's hardware.
According to IHS, the Xoom closely approximates Apple Inc.'s iPad in size and weight. But while the iPad lacks a camera, the Xoom includes both a 2megapixel front-facing camera and a 5megapixel auto focus primary camera, IHS noted.
IHS added that Xoom is available only in one configuration, with 32GB of NAND storage.
As has been previously reported, the Xoom features a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, the processor chosen by Google for the Android 3.0 reference platform. The Xoom also features 1GB of SDRAM for code storage, four times as much as the iPad, according to IHS.
IHS said using the dual-core, ARM-based Tegra 2 enables the Xoom to run processes and software much faster than iPad. IHS said its teardown team discovered the same chip last year in an Android-based Toshiba AC100 smartbook. Tegra 2 is known to have nabbed several other design wins, including LG Electronics Co.'s Optimus Pad, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd's Galaxy Tab 10.1, and tablets from Acer and ASUS.