At CTIA, OtterBox was showing off their work-in-progress case for the Motorola Xoom tablet. As usual, it’ll have the three layers of protection (silicon skin, hard plastic frame,
and splash-resistant screen protector no additional screen like on the handset Defend Series, unfortunately), and the extra outer hard case can act as a stand just like OtterBox’s other tablet products, but the one really interesting addition to the Xoom case are two flaps, with one built into the other. If you just need access to the plugs at the bottom, you can open the smaller one, but if you need to dock the Xoom (for HDMI or whatever else), you can open up a larger flap so everything can click into place.
The Motorola Xoom is currently the flagship Android Honeycomb tablet, packing a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display, a 5 megapixel camera on the back, 32 GB of internal storage plus microSD memory card slot, and the usual fare like Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G, Bluetooth, and an accelerometer.
I could see cases being even more important for tablets than phones, what with being heavier, more unwieldly, and thus more prone to droppage. OtterBox tends to have a pretty good reputation for their cases, but there are a lot of underestimated alternatives out there. Trident had some pretty cool looking rugged cases at CTIA, for example.
OtterBox didn’t mention pricing or a release date, but we can expect the cost to be in line with their other Defender Series tablet cases ($70 – $90).