We’d say it’s about time that Motorola tried to make another tablet and that’s exactly what it’s doing with the Droid Xyboards. While the name is pretty awful, the tablets are actually pretty decent devices that should at very least beat out the sales of the ultimately failed Motorola Xoom.
The Droid Xyboard will come in 10 and 8 inch versions and both have design elements found on some of Motorola’s new Android smartphones. The specs sheet on both tablets are pretty easy on the eyes and you can expect both to run on 1.2GHz dual-core processors, Android Honeycomb (likely upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich), 1 GB of RAM, 5 megapixel rear cameras, 1.3 megapixel front-facing cameras, and Corning Gorilla Glass covering the displays. Both tablets are also said to be thinner than a AAA battery.
The larger Droid Xyboard is aimed at business users and will come with a stylus for note taking and other things. No, that likely won’t sway many people to grab the larger tablet – no matter how you spin it, stylus pens really aren’t needed any longer. Just look at the HTC Flyer. Moving on.
The smaller Xyboard will be focused on media consumption and will include its own subwoofer to compliment its 2.1 virtual surround sound system. That alone may sell some people on the small Xyboard but all the subwoofers in the world likely won’t sway those who are looking to grab an iPad 2 this holiday season.
With virtually no release date or pricing for either of the tablets, we can only hope they won’t fall into the same ridiculous pricing model that we saw with the Xoom earlier this year. Motorola should have learned its lesson and it may have with its latest LTE tablets. Now Verizon just needs to release them before Christmas.
The Xyboards, once you get over the name, certainly have some potential for selling well if priced right and if released soon. All we do know is that the tablets are apparently coming out sometime this month.
Would you be willing to give Motorola another shot with the Xyboard?