Good news if you're one of the half-dozen people who really, really wants a Motorola DROID XYBOARD and doesn't know how to order electronics via the Internet. While you can pick up one of Motorola's new 10. or 8.2-inch tablets from Verizon's website now, you'll be able to get one in person on Monday, December 12th. The pricing, and the unfortunate prerequisite of a two-year contract, remain the same.
For the uninitiated, the DROID XYBOARD (AKA the XOOM 2) features a 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor, a gig of RAM and between 16 and 64GB of storage. The headaches experienced by Verizon customers waiting for a 4G LTE update to the XOOM can be safely avoided, since both XYBOARD models have it built-in. Aside from some remodeled styling, a lack of a MicroSD card slot and a few Motorola and Verizon additions to the software, the XYBOARDs are very similar to the original XOOM.
Prices start at $429.99 for the 16GB 8.2-inch version, all the way up to $729.99 for the 64GB 10.1-inch version. Both tablets run Honeycomb 3.2, and while an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich wasn't mentioned, it'll probably be scheduled for sometime next year. Those eager for new Motorola tablets without the reins of a carrier contract should wait it out - the manufacturer is likely to start selling generic XOOM 2 models in the US within the next few months.