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Inside Motorola's Xoom: Plenty of horsepower

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 3:10pm
JESSICA MINTZ - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press

Analysts say Motorola's Xoom tablet computer is powerful enough to challenge Apple Inc.'s iPad.

Motorola Mobility Inc.'s gadget went on sale Thursday. It's seen as the iPad's first real competition — it has a bigger screen, cameras for video chatting and recording high-definition video, and it runs a new version of Google Inc.'s Android software.

IHS iSuppli peeked inside the Xoom and found that Motorola picked a lower-end screen than the iPad's, but parts that control its touch-sensitivity are on par with Apple's product.

And, the processor that controls how fast software runs is twice as speedy as Apple's own chip.

Xoom, which costs $600 with a two-year contract, can be upgraded for a faster Verizon Wireless network later. ISuppli found that people will need new hardware installed for that to work.

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