Motorola launches XOOM tablet and ATRIX dual-core smartphone

Jonathan Morris
January 6, 2011

Motorola has used the CES to launch its first tablet, XOOM, powered by Android 3.0, plus the ATRIX that comes with a number of clever innovations.


The first Motorola tablet will also showcase Android 3.0, with a vastly improved user interface on the OS designed for tablets. With a 10.1-inch 1280,800 pixel display, plus a dual-core processor (1GHz per core) to ensure top speed performance, the XOOM is also the smallest 10-inch tablet available today.

Unlike the first generation iPad, the XOOM includes a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with HD video capture, and can edit videos and photos on the device.

The XOOM also has an HDMI output and is kitted out with a number of sensors, including a gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting. It will ship with Google Maps 5 and offer access to over three million Google eBooks.

Although the XOOM will launch as a 3G/Wi-Fi device, it will be upgradeable to 4G LTE in Q2 for customers on Verizon in the USA – although this is unlikely to be offered in the UK where no 4G network currently exists.


The ATRIX, which will be coming to Orange in the UK, has a 1GHz dual-core processor – meaning 2GHz of power when pushed to its limits, 1GB of RAM (more than double what comes on most smartphones), a 24-bit (16.8 million) colour qHD-resolution (960×540 pixels) display, front and rear camera (with HD recording) and up to 48GB of storage with 16GB integrated and a microSDHC card slot, ideal for a 32GB memory card.

To keep all this going, the phone houses a giant 1,930mAh battery – yet still measures only 11mm in thickness.

The phone also has an integrated fingerprint reader, plus a range of accessories including:

  • Laptop Dock; a separate device that has a 11.6-inch screen, 36Wh three-cell battery (with up to eight hours battery life), full keyboard, stereo speakers and a weight of 1.1Kg. The ATRIX simply connects to the back to allow access to data and content on the device.
  • HD Multimedia Dock is available for connecting the ATRIX to a television, with a remote control to enjoy multimedia on the big screen. It also includes three USB ports, allowing the connection of a mouse, keyboard or speakers.

Full specs

Weight 135g
Dimensions 63.50 wide x 117.75 long x 10.95 thin
OS Android 2.2
Battery 1930.00 mAh
Connectivity 3.5mm, micro USB 2.0 HS, Corporate Sync, BOTA, Wi-Fi 2.Hz & 5GHz 802.11b/g/n Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Display 4.0” qHD (Quarter High Definition) (960 x 540); Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Messaging MS, SMS, Email (Corporate Sync, Google Mail, POP3/IMAP embedded, Push Email)
Audio AAC, AAC+, AAC+ Enhanced, AMR NB, MP3, WMA v10
Video Capture – 720p MPEG4 and H.264 at 30 fps
Playback -1080p MPEG4, H.264, WMV, Xvid/DivX at 30 fps
Streaming – VGA in MPEG4, H.264, H.263 at 30 fps
Camera 5 MP AF, Digital Zoom with LED Flash , 2nd VGA imager for video chat self image capture
Storage 16GB on board – supports up to 32GB microSD (Total 48GB)
Memory 1GB RAM
Form Factor Touch screen
Sensors Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Proximity
Antenna Internal

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