Leaked Xoom 2 will be called the Motorola Droid Xyboard

first_imgHave you been sitting on the edge of your seat, waiting to hear more about the Xoom 2? No?? Well, we have some news on the subject nonetheless: the sequel to the Titanic of tablets will be called the Droid Xyboard, and apparently that image above is a leaked promo shot of the slate.Going by this shot of the tablet’s backside, it appears to be oriented more for portrait mode (the Xoom was a landscape-first tablet). It looks to have a similar beefy build to the Xoom, with some sort of plastic surrounding what looks like an aluminum plate.Motorola looks to be taking a cue from Samsung in releasing multiple display sizes for the upcoming device. This one will come in two variants, a smaller 8.2 incher (Droid Xyboard 8.2), and a larger 10.1 inch model (Droid Xyboard 10.1).Rebranding the tablet from its Xoom roots is probably a wise move. The original Motorola slate was a disaster, having been rushed to launch without working LTE or an SD card slot (these were only recently activated — via a mail-in upgrade). The buggy launch of Honeycomb and minuscule selection of Android tablet apps combined with an $800 off-contract launch price to guarantee that it would get eaten alive by the iPad 2.With that said, I’m not sure if the Droid Xyboard is a wise new direction to take. The Droid part helps, but Android devices are already marketed too much for nerds, so the Xyboard part  — which sounds more like a Decepticon than an iPad rival — doesn’t exactly ring of marketing genius.Of course with the Droid branding, that means that the tablet will be coming to Verizon. It has also been leaked (and is evident in the image above) that both models of the slate will come equipped with LTE. This time, you won’t need to mail the device six months later to get the 4G data speeds.There is no word yet on a release date, but early 2012 sounds like a reasonable estimate for the two new Motorola tablets.via Pocketnowlast_img

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