updated 09:35 am EST, Mon November 15, 2010
Google said choosing 7in Motopad for flagship
Google may have hand-picked a seven-inch Motorola tablet as its flagship based on a terse leak from Russia. Mobile-Review, often known as a home for accurate pre-release leaks, claimed that a seven-inch device known as the Motopad would be a "first device" to show Android 3.0, or Honeycomb. Motorola was chosen as the first to show Android 2.0 through the Droid last year.
Motorola has gone on record as hoping for an early 2011 tablet, but most rumors so far have centered around the 10-inch Stingray being the officially sanctioned Google model. A smaller design may reflect cost pressures or a desire to have a more portable version along the lines of the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
The Stingray is believed to use a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 250 (Tegra 2) and could likely play 1080p. Previous rumors had also given it 3G with an upgrade to 4G. It's unknown how many of these would transfer over to a smaller model, but Verizon is expected to repeat its performance with the Droid and may be the exclusive American provider.
The claim if proven true would pit the Motopad against the iPad in the US. Samsung has been the first to bring a mainstream Android tablet to the country, but Motorola has so far been the most popular Android device maker in the US and is frequently credited with having given Google a much-needed boost to popularity from last year. Any performance edge for the tablet may be lost with a second-generation iPad possibly due at the same time.