Here’s a nice surprise: in a refreshing bit of post-launch self improvement, Motorola has announced that its XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2 Android tablets are being upgraded with a spill-proof coating. The change will only affect the WiFi models (at least as far as we know) which will have the same price as they do now: $399.99 for the 8.2-inch 16GB tablet and a hundred bucks more for the 10.1. If you buy them directly form Motorola’s store you’ll also get a free case and HD dock. As far as we know, neither the spill-proof coating or the freebie accessories are being offered for the DROID XYBOARDs, Verizon’s 4G LTE version.

Just for a refresher course, both the XYBOARD 8.2 and its larger 10.1 brother use a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage on the base model with an optional MicroSD card, and 720p LCD screens. The screens themselves use Gorilla Glass like most of Moto’s high-end offerings – combined with a spill-proof coating, that makes them not-quite-rugged, in the same way that the DROID RAZR is. Cameras are 5 megapixels on the rear and 1.3 megapixels on the front, and both tablets get an infrared port for home theater control, though only the XYBOARD 10.1 comes with a capacitive stylus. Motorola’s customized Honeycomb runs on both tablet,s but the company has promised an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade in (sigh) the third quarter of 2012.

Motorola didn’t say exactly what process it used to coat the tablets, only that it’s a “water repellent nano-coating”. That probably means you’re OK for light rain or a spilled glass, but taking a XYBOARD into the pool would not be a good idea. There’s no word on how the new models would be differentiated from their identically-priced predecessors at retail locations, so if you want the new feature (and some free goodies) you might want to order directly from Motorola’s website.

UPDATE: Apparently the XOOM 2 and XYBOARD models have always been spill-proof, Motorola’s just putting a little extra effort into marketing the feature at the moment. You still get the free case and dock form their website, a value-add that isn’t found elsewhere.

[via Androinica]

  • anonymous

    they can hear and see what your visually thinking
    this is the complete truth

    The reason a lot of Asians have completely expressionless faces, segregate from everybody else-only associate with Asians and don’t associate with non Asians that much, and are very unfriendly in general is to avoid accidentally revealing that they can read minds. If all over a billion Asians where to show facial expressions all the time just as much as non Asians, integrate and associate with non Asians much more, and be much more friendly and talkative, then a lot of them might accidentally reveal that they can read minds by accidentally showing a facial expression or dirty look when someone thinks, or visually pictures something in their mind they don’t like, find astonishing, or funny etc because those people might see that and and really wonder what that was that just happened there and see the connection, and they might accidentally say something similar to what the person was just thinking. If they all associated with non Asians a lot more then there would be a lot more people around for them to accidentally show facial expressions when those people think things they don’t like etc, so they segregate and only associate with Asians so there won’t be anyone around for them to see that and have any accidents happen in the first place.

    Think about it, it’s not normal how a lot of them act, it’s not normal human behavior! and the entire way they act is all to hid their mind reading abilities, it makes perfect sense to do all of that to hide that they can read minds, because all of that is the perfect way to do it!
    Every single Asian alive is hiding their mind reading abilities, they don’t want ANYBODY to know that they can read minds, they will always deny that they can read minds, they will lie about having mind reading abilities forever!!!
    Because they value hiding their mind reading abilities more then their own lives!
    That’s why nobody knows about it!

    Try thinking, best yet visually picturing in your mind something absolutely crazy as you possibly can when you are around Asians, and try looking for Asians who give people particular looks, especially dirty looks for what appears to be for completely no reason, that is them giving people looks when they hear and visually see someone thinking something they don’t like, find astonishing, or funny etc.
    It still happens spite a large percentage of Asians having completely expressionless faces all the time, it would just happen a lot more if none of them had completely expressionless faces all the time, it’s still not uncommon!

    I know this sounds crazy, impossible and completely unbelievable, BUT IT ISN’T CRAZY WHEN ITS TRUE

    You have to spread the message!!!!!!
    The world has to know about this!!!!!!