Motorola and Verizon have seen huge success with their line of DROID smartphones and after a long few weeks of teasing all of us nerds they recently announced the first ever DROID tablets – the XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2, which will be hitting Verizon stores this month.
In Europe the XYBOARDs will be known as XOOM 2, following after Motorola’s first Android tablet offering. Both of the new tablets will rock a 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM in the shell and each is equipped with a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter and an IR blaster to control your TV, stereo or other home theater devices (a feature we loved on the recent Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus).
Both XYBOARDs will come with the MOTOCAST streaming media software, QuickOffice HD, Citrix GoToMeeting and of course a slew of Google apps. The larger 10.1 model will also come packaged with a stylus for those of you who feel the need to hand-write things instead of using the on-screen keyboard.
Now for the bad news… To our surprise the new XYBOARD tablets are going to launch with some pretty steep pricing. The 8.2 will set you back $429.99 for a 16GB model or $529.99 for the 32GB — not terrible, but still a little pricey. The 10.1 takes it even further starting at $529.99 for 16GBs, $629.99 for 32GB and $729.99 for the family-sized 64 GB version, but it’s about to get worse. Every model requires users to sign a new two-year contract for data service ($30/month on Verizon) as there are no WiFi-only models to speak of. Needless to say, impulse shoppers better think this one over before they buy.
On a lighter note Motorola also revealed a new, white DROID RAZR smartphone and says that all three of these new devices will be getting Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) when the time comes. Hopefully that roll-out won’t take too long.