Motorola XOOM's European launch continue to trickle out, with German pricing and availability confirmed. T-Mobile Germany (Deutsche Telekom) will be offering the 3G version of the XOOM from the end of April 2011, priced at a whopping €699.95 ($968). The carrier will have the XOOM 3G exclusive for three months, before other carriers get a chance to offer the Honeycomb slate (and hopefully drive prices down somewhat). Press Release:
Motorola Xoom™ with UMTS available for three months exclusively from Telekom Feb 28, 2011 First tablet PC with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Supports HPSA with up to 14.4 Mbit/s download capacity Fast dual-core processor, two 5 and 2 megapixel cameras From the end of April 2011 Telekom will be offering customers the first tablet PC with Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system: the Motorola Xoom. Android 3.0 is the first version of Android developed by Google specifically for mobile devices with large displays. Some of its key features are the home screen with 3D elements, large widgets with extended interaction options and newly designed notification icons. The Motorola Xoom's full-touch display featuring a 25.6 cm (10.1") screen and a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels is the ideal platform for surfing on the go. "The Motorola Xoom fits perfectly with our strategy for the best mobile Internet experience," said Niek Jan van Damme, member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom AG and Chairman of the Managing Board of Telekom Deutschland GmbH. "We are pleased to offer the tablet PC with UMTS exclusively for three months to our customers in Germany." For all applications the Xoom’s 1 GHz dual-core processor provides for its multitasking capability. HSPA technology for bandwidths of up to 14.4 Mbit/s enables high-speed mobile surfing and downloading even large files in a matter of seconds within the Telekom network. You can upload videos, photos and other content at up to 5.76 Mbit/s. A 5 megapixel camera with twin LED flash is integrated into the back of the Motorola Xoom. And that is not all: the tablet is equipped with a second 2 megapixel camera on the front. The Motorola Xoom supports HD video recording and playback and multimedia content can be streamed to your television via HDMI. Other features of the device, which is 247 x 167 x 12.4 mm in size and weighs just 700 grams, are a GPS module, a micro SD slot and a micro USB interface. Telekom Deutschland plans to launch the Motorola Xoom at the end of April 2011 at a price of EUR 699.95. The version featuring UMTS mobile telecommunications technology for mobile data transmission will be available exclusively through Deutsche Telekom for 90 days.
we talked about Sony's plans to bring the Sony Walkman brand back to phones to create a media class smartphone. Back then, we were talking about a small 2.6" TFT display with a paltry 5.1 MP camera and 600 Mhz processor. There was also talk of a tablet which has of yet to appear. It may be better late than never, but we've now got word that Sony-Ericsson is gearing up marketing in preparation for a 2011 WalkMan mobile launch. And here's the poster to prove it ....
XOOM tablet has suffered the screwless indignities of the teardown, with iFixit taking the 10.1-inch Honeycomb slate apart for the unblinking gaze of the camera. The freshly rooted tablet is unsurprisingly straightforward to open - considering that's something Motorola will be doing a lot of, while replacing the 3G modem with a 4G version later in the year - and reveals what iFixit describes as a blank "mini-PCI interconnect board" which seems to be a placeholder for the 4G modem. Interestingly, the XOOM uses the same Qualcomm MDM6600 3G radio as Verizon's iPhone 4, which as you may remember is potentially world-phone capable (the radio, that is, not the iPhone 4). That could imply that the HSPA+ capable chipset won't be changed out for the GSM versions of the XOOM, merely have its GSM capabilities unlocked through software/firmware. In the end, iFixit have glowing things to say about the XOOM's repairability, though they do warn that there are a lot of screws to get past in order to access all of the different components. For more on the performance of the XOOM, rather than the hardware inside, check out the Android Community XOOM and Honeycomb Review.
Cyberport retailer. The listing they've got up details the 7-inch slate's 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen that includes active stylus (for all your drawings!) as well as Android 2.4 Gingerbread with customized Sense overlay, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and a complete lack of 3G/HSPA connection. On the other hand, this version that includes no contract at all, leaving you free and clear forever, will run you only €499 ($686).
rather odd show in New York, one featuring a short magic show by David Blaine followed by a reveal of a human-sized phone that only turned out to be a mockup of a tinier phone. That in itself I found to be an outrage, as I was very excited about dual 4-foot screens. Then came the big reveal: Kyocera, a name not oft spoken aloud when it comes to notable Android phones. The phone Sprint and Kyocera shook hands for one full minute to release was called the Echo, Kyocera Echo, or Sprint Echo, however you want to title it. This phone is one that can be a single screen phone or fold out to a laptop or single giant screen mode. It's 3G, it's running Android 2.2 Froyo, it's got a single 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and it's less than a week away from MWC 2011. Why would Sprint and Kyocera release such a wild card?
HTC Thunderbolt with Verizon, the wireless carrier is rumored to planning to continue their 4G LTE data service at existing 3G data rates. Originally tested last December, the $30 price point will, however, probably involved a restrictive data cap to keep heavy users from bogging down the network. Originally, in limited markets, 4G was to carry an additional $10 a month price point. But since Verizon is rolling it's LTE network in over 200 cities nationwide, perhaps there's not longer a need to charge the additional fees.