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Verizon may market Xoom 2 tablets as "Xyboard"

The new Xoom tablets may be joining the Droid family

The Xoom 2 family was officially unveiled a couple of weeks ago with 8.2-inch and 10.1-inch models. Now, new rumors are suggesting a possible name change for when the tablets are finally available under cellular carriers.

According to, the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition may be sold under the name Droid Xyboard 10.1 and Droid Xyboard 8.2 instead, respectively. In fact, Verizon even trademarked the name “Xyboard” last month, the source says.

The “Xyboard” moniker doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but appending the Droid name seems like a reasonable move. High-end android smartphones from Motorola have almost always had the Droid prefix, including the Droid Bionic, Droid 2, Droid X and Droid X2 to name a few. By calling the Xoom 2 tablets Droid Xyboards, customers may be more likely to relate the devices to the more successful Droid smartphone lineup rather than the relatively poorly received original Xoom tablet.

The Xoom 2 models will include 1.2GHz dual-core CPUs, 1GB RAM, Gorilla Glass-protected displays, run Android 3.2 and is expected to perform at least 20 percent faster in graphics performance compared to the original Xoom.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-11-15 (Update: 2012-05-26)