Verizon Motorola Xyboard

Verizon this morning officially announced it will carry the Motorola Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition as the XYBOARD 10.1 and XYBOARD 8.2, respectively. Both tablets will launch with Android 3.2 Honeycomb but will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The XYBOARD tablets also both feature 1.2 GHz processors, 1GB of RAM and have Gorilla Glass on their displays. They each have 1 5MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3MP shooter up front.

No actual release date was announced, just "this month." As for pricing: The XYBOARD 10.1 will be available in a 16GB version for $529.99, a 32GB version for $629.99, and a 64GB version for $729.99. The XYBOARD 8.2 will cost $429.99 for the 16GB version and $529.99 for the 32GB version. Also,  you'll have to sign a two-year contract with a (minimum) $30-a-month data plan. However, Verizon will take off $100 and throw in $50 worth of accessories if you also buy a new Droid RAZR on contract. 

Full presser's after the break.

Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility Introduce Next-Generation DROID XYBOARD Tablets on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network

New Tablets Elevate Customers into an Unprecedented Realm of Communication, Entertainment and Productivity; Verizon Wireless Also Offering New DROID RAZR™ by Motorola in White, Just in Time for the Holidays

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., Dec. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) and Verizon Wireless today introduced two new additions to the DROID family to deliver new and unparalleled experiences on America's fastest, most reliable 4G network, the DROID XYBOARD tablets.  The two new DROID tablets present new options for consumers looking to stay connected, productive and entertained.  Additionally, Verizon Wireless will debut the trendsetting DROID RAZR™ by Motorola in a flashy new white color, a unique gift for the winter holidays.  All three products will be upgraded to Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The new DROID XYBOARD tablets both boast the blazing speeds of Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network and the power of dual-core 1.2 GHz processors, 1 GB of RAM and MotoCast™ for remote access to non DRM-protected music, pictures, videos and documents stored on work or home computers' hard drives.  Both are equipped with scratch-resistant displays that use Corning® Gorilla® Glass to stay brilliant and a coating of water-repellent nanoparticles makes them resistant to accidental spills and splashes. 

Lighter than a paperback book and thinner than an AAA battery, the DROID XYBOARD tablets feature Android™ 3.2 Honeycomb, brilliant high-definition displays with wide viewing angles, magnesium-reinforced bodies with aluminum housing and super portable form-factors.  Both tablets offer robust Business Ready features, including enterprise-grade security and apps such as Quickoffice HD® for document editing and creation, Citrix® GoToMeeting™ for productivity and collaboration and Google Talk™for video conferencing.

The DROID XYBOARD 10.1 is optimized for productivity with stylus support for easy notetaking and markup using a precision tip stylus, included in the box. The XYBOARD 8.2 is perfect for portable entertainment with 2.1 adaptive virtual surround sound and a high-definition display for enjoying Netflix™movies in up to HD quality, concert-like music and serious gaming.  Powered by the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2 customers can soar through the Web at blazing speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps within 4G LTE Mobile Broadband coverage areas.

Additional features for DROID XYBOARD tablets:

  • 10.1-inch and 8.2-inch high-definition In-Plane Switching (IPS) display for DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and DROID XYBOARD 8.2 respectively
  • Mobile Hotspot Capability – share 4G LTE connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing HD cameras with digital zoom, autofocus and LED flash,  optimized for capturing the moment
  • 1.3-megapixel HD front-facing cameras perfect for video chatting with friends and family
  • Dijit™ app allows DROID XYBOARD tablets to double as a universal remote control with an electronic programming guide for TVs, Blu-ray Disc™ players, digital video records (DVR), and most other consumer electronics
  • Support for Google™ Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk, Google Search™, Google Maps™ and access to millions of books from Google Books™
  • Supports a wide array of separately purchased accessories including an HD station for connecting to speakers and a larger screen, an HD dock to send content via HDMI out to HDTVs and home theater speaker systems and a stylish portfolio with Bluetooth®-enabled keyboard and mouse
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity (802.11 a/b/g/n)

Pricing:

  • Both DROID XYBOARD tablets will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com this month.
  • The DROID XYBOARD 10.1 will be available in three models: 16 GB for $529.99, 32 GB for $629.99and 64 GB for $729.99 all with a new two-year customer agreement.
  • The DROID XYBOARD 8.2 will be available in two models: 16 GB for $429.99 and 32 GB for$529.99 both with a new two-year customer agreement.
  • Customers that purchase a DROID XYBOARD tablet will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband data plan starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
  • DROID RAZR in white will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com this month for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers that purchase a DROID RAZR will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30monthly access for 2 GB of data.

Special promotion:

  • Customers will receive $100 off a DROID XYBOARD tablet and $50 off select Motorola accessories for a limited time when a customer purchases a DROID RAZR by Motorola with a new two-year customer agreement.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

 

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Verizon officially announces pair of XYBOARD tablets

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So they can announce these devices that won't sell just like the Xoom and NOT announce the Galaxy Nexus that WILL sell.

clearly verizon isn't about customer satisfation...

Yup, they are smoking crack with those prices. It's like they don't even WANT to compete.

You can get a Transformer Prime for less, and have more power, more battery life, and more features. *shrug* The big goons.

Well, in their minds, they don't *need* to compete. They're the largest carrier. They don't need us. We need them. (Again, in *their* minds)

It's that arrogance/attitude/disdain for their customers that made me leave them in the first place.

In all honesty... Verizon knows we need them - and it's not just in "their minds". Why? Simple. Largest and fastest network in the United States with tripple 4G coverage of any other carrier to date.

they didn't learn anything from the xoom. most people want wifi-only tablets. i'll never understand why anyone would want to purchase a tablet from verizon. if you need a constant data connection, wouldn't you just get a hotspot so you could connect anything to it?? even so, those prices are ridiculous. almost as ridiculous as the name.

Agreed, although it's pretty telling that they felt the Xoom had such a bad reputation that they thought Xyboard sounded better.

Motorola and Verizon just decided that the iPad 2 should be the best-selling tablet on the carrier right now. Insane that they not only didn't learn their lesson but made it worse.

So tell me if this is correct. If I go for the cheapest combo of tablet plus phone (because that gets me the $100 off), then I'm in for 629.99 in equipment cost, not counting the fees for services. If I want top of the line, it's 929.99. WTF?!

or a transformer prime for 330 dollars less and use that extra money to pay for a hotspot for a half year

Fail, again. Next Xmas these will be $99 with a 2 year agreement.

I find it funny that all these companies want to compeat with the iPad, but with the iPad, I am not locked into a 2 year agreement. I pay month to month. Why can't these companies just charge month to month? Who is goign to lock themselves into a 2 year deal when these things are changing every 4 months?

JG

I agree, I didn't see a wifi option mentioned. For me to even consider a Xoom that's what it would take, that and a substantial price-drop. I'm not signing "another" two-year contract to buy one of these, not interested.

Maybe Google is just cutting all the dead weight products that were developed pre-buyout. Maybe they had warehouses full of these things when the deal was finally approved? And now they're just gonna throw 'em out on the market and see what happens?