Motorola 10-inch Android tablet rumoured
Like the iPad that has the same processor and RAM as the iPhone 4, the Motorola tablet is expected to be similarly spec'd to the Droid
Another Android tablet is rumoured to be entering the arena later this year, this time from Motorola. The tablet is expected to feature Android 3.0, codenamed “Gingerbread”, a 1GHz ARM-based processor, 512Mb of RAM and a massive 10-inch display.
The rumour comes from Ashok Kumar, who claims to have spoken to someone close to the project. The fact that launch of the tablet is expected near to the new Android OS release seems to support the claim.
Like the iPad that has the same processor and RAM as the new iPhone 4, the Motorola tablet is expected to be similarly spec’d to the company’s recent handset success, the Droid X, which also runs on a 1GHz processor and has 512Mb of RAM (a fact which isn’t disclosed by Motorola). The Motorola tablet will have a bigger screen, but with a similar resolution of 1280×760 compared to the iPad’s 1024×768.
The resolution of the rumoured tablet seems ideally suited to Android 3.0 which runs at 1280×760 on screens larger than 4-inches, and meets the minimum requirements for running the OS.
Matching the iPhone in hardware terms (if not in its user experience) the Droid X has proved popular to users looking for an alternative to Apple’s device. It seems like a similar situation could arise with the rumoured tablet, supported by the all important improved OS. The UI on Android 3.0 is expected to be completely revamped with a similar feel to the photo gallery on the Nexus One, and will see the Android OS split into two categories 2.1/2.2 for lower-end devices and 3.0 for high-end tablets such as the Motorola one.
If proved to be a genuine product the new tablet, which may be released possibly be as early as October, will face stiff competition from Dell, Samsung and Acer, not to mention Apple’s iPad.