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MotoPad specs leak with 720p-capable screen, 4G mention

The “MotoPad” will be one of the first tablets to be powered by the Android 3.0 OS

We have been hearing of Motorola’s Android-based tablet for quite some time now and we have also previously reported that their indeed is a Motorola tablet in the making which will run the Android 2.3 version (Gingerbread). Although now, as things are getting clearer and facts coming out in the open, we know that the Motorola tablet will be called the “MotoPad” and will instead run Android 3.0 (popularly known as Honeycomb) as against version 2.3 of the OS, contrary to popular belief.

What’s making news now is that we have reports that the specs of the MotoPad have made it into the wild through a leak, along with some images of the tablet. The leaks tell us that the Motorola newbie will have a high-resolution 1280x800 screen and a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 powering it. Talking of its support for wireless carriers, reports suggest that 3G versions for both UMTS (HSPA) and CDMA (EVDO) networks will be available in addition to ones supporting 4G using LTE. Also emerging from the leaks are features like a five-megapixel rear and front two-megapixel cameras, a gyroscope for more advanced motion sensing and 32GB of built-in storage. It is also believed that the MotoPad will be sold in seven and ten-inch versions when it is out, although there is no confirmation as to in which order they will be out. A lightweight design has also been confirmed by sources, something which might work well in favor of the product in competing against the current trendsetter, the Apple iPad.

There still is time for the MotoPad to fall in the hands of consumers; however you can wait till January 5 when the tablet is expected to be demonstrated by Motorola in its CES event, or check out the video here of Google’s Andy Rubin demonstrating some features of the Motopad and the early version of Honeycomb – especially the cool GMap, Gmail and Gtalk apps. Rumor mills also suggest Verizon to be in want of a 4G version to help publicize its recent entry into the 4G arena.

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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2010-12-11 (Update: 2012-05-26)