If you’re an XDA member with a new Motorola XOOM, what do you do with your tablet, which is already sporting a 1GHz dual-core processor? Why, you overclock the processor by 50% to 1.5GHz. That is exactly what coolbho3000 did and to show the resulting increase in benchmark testing results, he took the time to video the testing process.
If you’re interested in taking the risk of turning your new $800 (Ok, $600 on contract) tablet into liquid just to overclock your device, click on the source link to find out how coolbho3000 accomplished the feat on his Motorola XOOM and how you can follow in his footsteps. Actually, as noted on the video, the XOOM apparently did not require much of an increase in voltage to get overclocked by 50% By the way, just so you don’t think that overclocking the XOOM is merely a way to increase benchmark test scores, coolbho3000 says that he noticed real world improvement in the speed of his tablet.
If you do go ahead and turn up the heat on your Motorola XOOM’s CPU, let us know how things went for you by dropping some comments right into that box below.
Leaked internal information reveals that upgrading the Motorola XOOM from 3G to LTE is not a simple matter of walking into your local Verizon store and waiting for the upgrade. Instead, owners of the Honeycomb flavored tablet will have to send the device to a Motorola factory approximately 90 days after today’s launch of the Motorola XOOM. The process of updating the tablet will take 6 business days.
Other information in the leaked material shows that shipping and handling will be entirely free and the upgrade will be available for a 6 month period from the time that LTE becomes available on the tablet. Verizon reps are being told to sell the 4G experience for the Motorola XOOM by telling customers that 4G will increase the speed of the device by 10 times while songs will be downloaded in seconds and movies in minutes.
Motorola XOOM, the poster child of Google’s tablet operating system – Android 3.0 Honeycomb – and the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset, will have a bootloader that can be locked and unlocked at will.
What this means is that Moto is giving carte blanche to modders and hackers to explore the 10″ tablet and create their own iterations of the default ROM image on the tablet. The community over at XDA-Devs is surely pleased by that news, because it means countless hours of modding and hacking to bring out the best in the device. This almost eases the pain that Adobe Flash won’t be shipping with the Motorola XOOM out of the box.
In other news, or, more appropriately, same-old-same-old, the Motorola ATRIX 4G dual-core phone is coming with a locked down bootloader, so modders will have a tough time cracking custom ROMs for the phone. What was the point of that again? Well, at least the phone is already rooted.
The 3rd party retailers have done their share of hand-wringing and clawed back up to full $80 from the already decent $199.99 AT&T is selling the most powerful phone to hit a US carrier for.
The dual-core Motorola ATRIX 4G can be had for just $129.99 at Walmart Wireless, if they can lock you into a two-year contract before Thursday, and $149.99 at Amazon Wireless. Of course, you have to purchase at least a $59.99 talk plan plus a $15 minimum data plan, or, if you want to use the dock, you have to shell out $45 a month for the Data Pro 4GB and tethering plan.
The 4G capable device will set you back $499.99 if you want the laptop dock, which is the price of the dock sold separately as well, so obviously AT&T and Motorola are trying to make it really hard to purchase just the dock.
The Motorola ATRIX 4G just got its root treatment yesterday, so you will be armed with all prerequisites of a great Android experience – high-resolution screen, powerful dual-core chipset, low price and… a laptop dock, if you are so inclined. Stay tuned for our review of the ATRIX 4G very soon.
Earlier today, we reported that in fine print, Verizon’s web site showed that Adobe Flash 10.2 would not be on the Motorola XOOM until Spring of 2011. With the tablet expected to launch on February 24th, that is quite a few weeks without Flash for a device that is supposed to have high-end specs like dual-core processors and Android 3.0. Flash is one of the things that high-end Android tablet users have to differentiate themselves from the Apple iPad.
The good news is that apparently, Motrorola XOOM owners won’t have to wait terribly long for their upgrade. On the Adobe Flash blog it says, “Adobe will offer Flash Player 10.2 preinstalled on some tablets and as an OTA download on others within a few weeks of Android 3 (Honeycomb) devices becoming available, the first of which is expected to be the Motorola Xoom.” So the players involved are all working on it and while it might feel naked to be walking around with a tablet like the XOOM without having Flash, it is looking more and more like a very temporary situation that will be resolved quickly.
Motorola has brought back the science fiction tinged adventure that it used with the original Motorola DROID. This time, the manufacturer is promoting its Honeycomb flavored tablet, the Motorola XOOM. This ad showed up on You Tube this afternoon.
On Verizon’s web site for the device, it says in big letters “Grab it and it Grabs you”. Want to know what happens when you grab the XOOM? Find out by clicking on the play button below.
Still waiting for a precise launch date for the HTC Thunderbolt? Verizon’s first 4G handset is about to get released and another new ad has been spotted for the device. Similar to the scene in Back to the Future when Doc Brown grabs the two cables and plus them in just in time for the thunderbolt to hit the clock tower and generate enough power to send the DeLorean back to the correct time, the ad for the HTC Thunderbolt suggests that this is the first handset powerful enough to work on Verizon’s 4G network.
If you’ve been waiting for Verizon’s HTC Thunderbolt to be released, it looks like things may be getting a bit closer, as the Best Buy site now has an on-line simulator for the phone. It still doesn’t give a release date, which has been rumored from last week through February 28th, but keep in mind you can pre-order it with a $50 deposit at their store locations.
The simulator shows some information about the phone, such as 360 degree overview of where the power button, earpiece and camera are located (like you couldn’t figure that out yourself?), as well as how to use the software, streaming video, and camera. Under the ‘discover more’ section it will guide you on how to download and install apps though the Android Market, connect to a Wi-Fi network, use Google Maps for driving directions, setup and pair with a Bluetooth device, add and remove desktop widgets, and how to setup the Wi-Fi Hotspot. All of this is pretty basic stuff, as nothing too advanced is shown, but at the end it does list all of the phone’s specifications.
It’s still not a release date, which is what everyone is waiting for at this point, but there are also listings on the Best Buy site for the Thunderbolt’s screen protector and purple soft-shell case.
After a couple of false starts, it looks like Best Buy has put the Motorola XOOM on it’s site to stay. The Honeycomb powered tablet is being offered with 3G for now but is upgradeable to 4G. The price of $799.99 is listed on the page, but any pre-orders must be done at a Best Buy store.
What you can order online are the accessories for the tablet which includes a dock for the XOOM that costs $49.99. The dock offers a separate speaker for enhanced audio, and features an adapter plate and an AC wall power supply. Other extras include a $39.99 portfolio case and a Bluetooth wireless keyboard. This full-sized QWERTY, priced at $69.99 is powered by two AA batteries and will work on most of Motorola’s Android offerings.
The last accessory offered by Best Buy and available to be ordered online is the HD Speaker Dock for $129.99. With Noise-Canceling technology, sound is improved. The dock also allows your XOOM to make hands-free video chats with the Speakerphone mode.
Of course, there is no sense in ordering the accessories online now unless you go into one of the big box stores and pre-order the Motorola XOOM in person. Anyone planning on spending their Sunday at Best Buy?
We know that the Motorola XOOM cannot be too far away from its launch on Verizon. And the reason we know that is because Big Red’s stores are now receiving displays for the Honeycomb flavored tablet.
As we reported, the price of the Motorola XOOM has been confirmed by CEO Sanjay Jha at $799.99 for the 3G (upgradeable to 4G) model and $600.00 for the Wi-Fi only unit. With the displays now arriving at your local Verizon store, the long awaited launch of the tablet that was named “Best In Show” at CES should be just around the corner