Earlier this month, there were rumors that the new Motorola Droid Android tablet computer – codenamed StingRay – could be launching as early as October of this year. The speculations came about following leaked screenshots from a Verizon inventory system that contained references to the new Droid tablet. However, it now looks like that rumor was false. In a recent chat, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has indicated that a Droid tablet may not make it at least until next year till the company was done perfecting all the features. Jha said,
“I will only develop a tablet if it is sufficiently compelling. Hopefully, that is early next year.”
What Jha could be referring to is the fact that the current version of Android OS does not seem to be customized for tablets. Google director of mobile products, Hugo Barra had exclaimed this recently and it is possible that Motorola is waiting for Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread to release before making the new Droid Tablet available in the hands of the public.
Now that the rumor mills have successfully taken us through to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, it is now time for the next tablet rumors to begin. Motorola Droid tablet, that has often been known with the codename Stingray or by the model number MZ600 is once again making news. This time, random photos of Verizon back-end systems stocking up inventory information about this new device are doing the rounds.
Of course, this does not exactly reveal anything that we do not know already. Nevertheless, given that back-end systems are getting ready for the tablet, speculations about the Motorola Droid tablet to launch next month are getting stronger. As you may have already heard, the new Motorola Droid Tablet is rumored to come with a 10-inch display, a NVIDIA Tegra-2 chip and MIGHT run on Google’s upcoming Gingerbread Android 3.0 operating system.
There have been an occasional murmur or two about the new Motorola Droid Tablet, as it was called, earlier. Now from what we know, this device could be called the Motorola Stingray. To be fair, this could as well be the codename inside the company and Motorola could come up with an entirely different name when it launches. But from documents that have been recently leaked, Motorola Stingray appears to be the name of the device modeled MOTOMZ600; which is the original model number for Motorola’s Android tablet.
There are a few rumors regarding the device’s tech specs as well. First of all, Motorola Stingray is expected to sport a 10-inches display and could come equipped with NVIDIA Tegra 2 and enabled with Verizon FIOS. Now regarding the version of Android OS that will make it to this device, there seems to be no consensus. Android 3.0 could make its way to the new Motorola Stingray though that is not confirmed as yet. The device might also include a front and rear facing camera.
We do know that Motorola (NYSE:MOT) is working on tablet computers that may see a end-of-the-year launch. Now according to a note to investors, Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar has speculated that the Motorola Droid tablet PC could be launching at the start of the holiday shopping season – in November.
Now technical specifications of this new device are hard to come by. But it is being learned that the device shall come with a 10-inches display and that the tablet will run on Android 3.0 Gingerbread – not Froyo as speculated. With the latest Android versions supporting Flash on their systems, this could mean a significant advantage to these devices.
Now, there is nothing else that is known. But going by the “Droid” name, we may confirm that the device shall come locked to Verizon – which also seems to confirm that this tablet will work on 3G and not just on Wi-Fi.
Now I can’t wait to hear more about this new tablet.