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Motorola unveils two new Android tablets for U.S.

by Kristen Nicole

Motorola brings two new Android tablets to the market, the Droid Xyboard 8.2 and 10.1, each on Verizon’s LTE network. The manufacturer’s been particularly quiet on the US front, having already launched the Xoom 2 in the UK and Ireland, giving stateside consumers very little in the way of tablets since the Android 3.0 Honeycomb Xoom back in February. It’s very clear that Android’s become a global brand, with a $100 tablet (running ICS) emerging in China, with plans to make its way to the US soon. But don’t count out smartphones just yet. Japan’s one of the most active countries when it comes to Android devices, and Fujitsu’s released a new smartphone called the Arrows ES IS12F. It’s waterproof and has a 4-inch AMOLED display.

Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2 and 10.1

Motorola’s latest tablets are the Droid Xyboard 8.2 and Droid Xyboard 10.1, both running Android 3.2 with upgrades for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich next year. They also boast dual-core 1.2GHz processors and 1GB of RAM. The displays (the smaller at 8.2 inches and the other at 10.1 inches) are just bigger than the standard sizes coming from competitors, and use Gorilla Glass with water-repellent coating to resist scratches and spills. The Xyboards probably look familiar to many of you, as they’re physically the same as the Xoom 2 line launched across the just a few weeks ago. They’ll also come with preloaded apps for business users, including Quickoffice HD and Citrix GoToMeeting, with enterprise-grade security to keep your IT department happy. Look for the Xyboards in Verizon stores now, priced respective to their hardrive sizes.

MIPS Technologies (Ainol Electronics)

The Kindle Fire has been basking in the limelight of being an affordable and accessible Android tablet. Amazon may be facing some competition with a $100 MIPS-based Android tablet, currently available in China. A joint effort by the US-based MIPS and the China-based mobile chip provider Ingenic Semiconductor, the new tablet is already ahead of the Kindle Fire in one key way: it comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s among the first ICS tablets to hit the market, just don’t expect it in the States for another few months. The tablet comes with a 7-inch multi-touch screen, MIPS’ JZ4770 1GHz processor, and has front and rear-facing cameras with 1080p video capture. There’s support for Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, HDMI 1.3 and microSD ports.

Fujitsu-Toshiba Arrow ES IS12F

Another overseas launch comes from Fujitsu and Toshiba, releasing another Android-powered smartphone onto the market. The Arrow ES comes with a 4-inch NEW AMOLED display with 480x800 resolution, running a Qualcomm snapdragon CPU at 1.4GHz. It comes with 512MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM and a 5-megapixel camera. The Arrow ES body is waterproof, and the phone comes with support for Bluetooth 2.1+, DLNA support and a microSDHC slot. Some additional perks include e-wallet NFC integration and a digital TV tuner. No further details have been given regarding the price or the exact launch date, and there’s no telling if it will be available in the States. With Android’s growing popularity and a saturated device market in Japan, we could very well see some more U.S. releases from the likes of Toshiba.