Motorola launches Xoom, Atrix in SA

2011-08-19 11:05
Cape Town - Motorola SA launched the Motorola Xoom tablet and Atrix smartphone in South Africa on Wednesday.

The Xoom has been touted as an effective challenger to the dominance, in the tablet space, of Apple's iPad and was released internationally in May 2011.

With a 25cm screen, the Xoom falls into the larger tablet category and it runs the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system which was specifically designed by Google for tablet devices.

Google recently bought Motorola Mobility Holdings for $12.5bn to help protect its fast-growing Android mobile operating system.

The Xoom is the first tablet to run the Honeycomb OS and features a 1GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM.

Flash

Unlike the iPad, it sports a memory card slot and also supports Flash for rich web content.

Both touch screen devices have front and rear cameras and Motorola claims that the battery life is better than competing Android powered devices.

They also support 3.5mm earphone jacks and mini-USB connections that have become the industry standard.

Some analysts have suggested that Google's move to buy Motorola Mobility may make Asian manufactures like Samsung and HTC nervous because they depend on the free Android OS for their mobile devices.

But Google said that it partners with many device manufacturers.

"We don't have any preferential treatment to all our OEMs, handset manufacturers," Brett St Clair Google SA head of mobile told News24.

"Android is an open operating system that anybody can use, put on any device. Any of our competitors can install their software or applications on there and we want it to be open," he added.

According to Motorola, the Atrix is designed to be a "digital hub to create, edit and interact with documents, media and content" and the smartphone also features the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS.

Both devices will be available on contract, but the manufacturer has said the recommended retail price of R5 799 for the Atrix, and R6 599 for the Xoom.


- Follow Duncan on Twitter
 
- News24
Read more on:    motorola  |  mobile
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may be bothering you. A flooded mind and impulsive reactions are not a good combination as you are not thinking clearly....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.