Earlier today some information surfaced regarding an Android tablet from Motorola. Our sources at Verizon and Motorola weren’t able to confirm or deny anything, but here’s what we found!
“Stingray” – The rumored name of the Motorola Tablet coming to Verizon. What seems to be certain is this will be a 10” tablet. My search has lead me down many roads. I’ve read every tweet that I’ve seen, travelled to every page. Here is what I have found.
RUMORED SPECS: 1 to 1.3 GHz CPU, Video Conferencing via front-facing camera, rear-facing camera
RUMORED FEATURES: Flash video, FIOS TV interoperability, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, and Android 3.0 (Gingerbread)
UNKNOWNS: Ram, Rom, Storage Size, Ports, Connectivity options, Battery Size, Release Date, Price
PERSONAL SPECULATION: Long Term Evolution – LTE, the “other” 4G network should be available to at least 75% of the country by April 2012. Test markets will be available in the end of this year. 30 cities are supposed to receive the initial roll out. I would not be surprised to see this tablet ship with 4G connectivity.
PCWorld suggested that this might be a great product to bridge the Google TV gap. This would be an amazing move that would put this device in a place Apple could not compete.
To sum all of this up, this could be a slam dunk if all the rumors come to be. Even if a portion of this happens I think there is a great deal of opportunity to really blow past the iPad. Motorola and Verizon may not sell anywhere near the numbers of the iPad the choices that are offered will again rule supreme just as they have with the smart phone wars.
I think the manufacturers who are taking up the fight against the iPad were brilliant to take their time releasing their response. Since the iPad launch the rumors have been fast and furious regarding Android. By listening to the market and addressing the shortcomings of the iPad the upcoming Tablet Wars look to be in favor of Android.
Image source: Android and Me
Roadmap source: BGR
Fios source: PCWorld