On a cold day back in December the Wall Street Journal shook up the Android world with a big rumor from insider sources that Google and Motorola had partnered up to release some next-gen devices. Those being rumored as the X-Phone and the X-Tablet. Fast forward to yesterday, and Motorola has officially announced the Moto X smartphone. So what's next? The Moto X Tablet of course!
As the original report and rumor went. Google was internally working on a new pair of devices with their newly acquired hardware partner Motorola, and the internal name was the X-Phone and the X-Tablet. Now after months and months of speculation, leaks, and waiting we finally have the first device and now I'm wondering when we'll see the second one.
The rumor talked about a phone with “evolutionary” features, great battery life, and new designs like a ceramic back. Well, that was for the most part true, only the ceramic has been replaced with customizable colors and wood frames for the Moto X. That same leakster stated that the X-Phone was finished and in the final testing phase, and that work had already started on the X-Tablet. This was way back in December of last year and we're just seeing the Moto X. So when will we see the X Tablet? That is anyone's guess.
So after all the excitement yesterday about the Moto X, or disappointment by some, I instantly started thinking about the next logical step for Motorola. Will they wait to see how successful the Moto X is before moving forward on a tablet, or is it already well under way and only a matter of time? If they already were working on it back in December, it's highly plausible that by now it is in the final testing stages, and could be announced in the next few months.
The folks from Motorola haven't had the best track record with Android tablets. The XOOM was, well, the first Honeycomb slate and was unpolished to say the least. The Motorola XYBOARD tablets were odd to look at, but ran quite well. Add in the fact that Google's been pushing extremely hard in the tablet market with the Nexus 7, and the new Nexus 7, it only makes sense for them to take the same approach with Motorola on a tablet.
If we had to guess, a Moto X Tablet is coming extremely soon. And to add fuel to the fire it'll likely come in with stunning specs and custom features. Then again rely heavily on Google Now touchless controls, take a similar approach as the Moto X, and probably attempt to rival the Nexus 7 on price.