New Droid Xyboard tablets coming before end of 2011

Motorola is expanding its tablet products to include two new devices under a new brand name, the Droid Xyboard. News.com reports that a 10 inch and an eight inch version of the Droid Xyboard will be released before the end of 2011. The 10 inch verson is designed for business users and will come with a stylus while the eight inch version is being made as a multi-media device.

Both devices will apparently be sold overseas as the Xoom 2, the successor to Motorola's original Xoom tablet. The new Droid Xyboard tablets have a thinner design than the Xoom. Both the 10 and eight inch versions share similar hardware specs, including Google's Android 3.2 operating system. Both also have a 1.2 GHz dual core processor along with 1 GB of RAM, a five megapixel rear view camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.

The fact that these new tablets are dropping the Xoom name for their US versions in favor of the popular Droid branding likely means that Motorola sees the Xoom name as a hindrance in the marketplace. Indeed, Motorola admitted in October that the company only shipped 100,000 units of the original Xoom in the third quarter of 2011. Pricing for the new Droid Xyboard tablets have yet to be announced.

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Morden said,
time for some REAL tablets for 2012... with real OS on them
What's your definition of a 'real OS'? Hope you're not referring to the utter failure that is Windows Mobile (up to and including Win Phone7 and soon to be Win/Phone/8). A device that does the job well is all that matters, and that is why Apple & Google are dominating.

These devices are pretty neat but the price tag must be appropriate if they want it to sell well.

@SharpGreen the release date for the galaxy nexus is listed as December 11th by best buy. hope that helps! now onto the article, I'm not sure how I feel about an 8inch tablet... I might like it. 5 inch is pointless and 7 is weird to hold but 8 might just do the trick. but the design looks like the same old stuff. Sony's new tablets are awesome to hold!

Lorddresefer said,
@SharpGreen the release date for the galaxy nexus is listed as December 11th by best buy. hope that helps! now onto the article, I'm not sure how I feel about an 8inch tablet... I might like it. 5 inch is pointless and 7 is weird to hold but 8 might just do the trick. but the design looks like the same old stuff. Sony's new tablets are awesome to hold!

Nono I meant an official date. Not more rumors like that one.

Lorddresefer said,
@SharpGreen the release date for the galaxy nexus is listed as December 11th by best buy. hope that helps! now onto the article, I'm not sure how I feel about an 8inch tablet... I might like it. 5 inch is pointless and 7 is weird to hold but 8 might just do the trick. but the design looks like the same old stuff. Sony's new tablets are awesome to hold!

Nono I meant an official date. Not more rumors like that one.

SharpGreen said,
Of course they can announce a date for this crap but not for the Nexus. Figures.

WTF does the Nexus have to do with Motorola?