updated 09:05 am EDT, Wed July 13, 2011
Motorola may have Retina Display tablet with ICS
A new rumor has maintained that Motorola will take a more iPad-like approach for its next tablet. The company would drop the widescreen ratio of the Xoom in favor of a 4:3 ratio. Prototypes supposedly out in the field seen by Fudzilla's source would even have the 2048x1536 Retina Display-like resolution that Apple has been preparing for.
The slate is expected to be "significantly thinner" than the relatively thick Xoom and would run Ice Cream Sandwich, which some see as Android 4.0. Google's new OS is built mostly to bring Android 3 features to every device but will also have its own features, such as intelligent face tracking.
It was implied by the tip that the tablet would most likely be ready by 2012, although a chance existed the unnamed design would be ready before the end of 2011. Motorola may be waiting on NVIDIA's Kal-El (Tegra 3) to get the quad-core processor and faster graphics needed to drive the higher resolution.
The rumor is unconfirmed but comes on the heels of a muted Xoom launch. Motorola has been held up as a cornerstone of Android tablets but has been criticized for a number of key design flaws, including a widescreen ratio that makes it awkward to hold in portrait mode as well as a thicker and heavier design built more to compete with the original iPad than the iPad 2. A 4:3 ratio would draw inevitable direct iPad comparisons but also have a more natural layout and improve certain tasks, such as magazine reading and games.