We have had tablet PCs of various dimensions so far, though the ones with 7 and 10 inch sized display seem to be the most sought after. That didn’t stop both LG and Samsung from coming up with 8.9 inch sized tablets, though Motorola is all set to add a new twist to the mix. A recent leak has brought forth a tablet named Xoom 2 Media Edition, which is 8.2 inches. Engadget is claiming the tablet might be named Fleming.
Also, while everything is in rumor stages, features that can be associated with the Fleming/Xoom 2 Media Edition include a colorful HD IPS display that is suitably hardened with the use of Gorilla glass with anti glare elements built into it, while the rest of the chassis is to be made of splash-proof aluminum and magnesium shell. Also, the tablet is touted to weigh just 0.95 pounds, which should serve well for its intended role of an e-reader as well along with having enough features to satisfy tablet lovers, too.
As for the latter point, the Xoom 2 Media Edition will carry a built-in subwoofer that will belt out richer sound right out of the tablet device itself. The tablet will also come pre-loaded with some home automation apps, while the operating system will be Android 3.2.
Also, what’s remarkable is the fact that Motorola is keen to tap the dual markets of e-readers as well as the tablet PCs with the upcoming tablet. This in turn is quite the same strategy that has already been adopted, and successfully to a large extent with the Nook Color by B&N. Kobo and Amazon have either launched or are in the process of launching devices that can be both an e-reader as well as a tablet. It’s worth mentioning here that Sharp is also toeing a similar line of launching tablets that are centered around e-book reading.
However, whatever might be the strategy for Motorola to become as household a name in the tablet segment, as is the case with their smartphones, is to recognize that the price is of crucial importance. Price it right and there will always be enough buyers for a quality product.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email