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Google Shows Off Sweet Tablet Prototype

Dec 08, 2010, 17:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Martin)

"When asked about pricing, Google engineer Andy Rubin quipped that the actual cost of the Motorola prototype tablet he demoed at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference was around $10,000. Consumers will probably get it for considerably less when it hits store shelves, but with the new Android Honeycomb operating system under its hood, it will likely compete with high-end tablets like the iPad and Galaxy.

"In a figurative googolplex of names and programs, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Motorola (NYSE: MOT) unveiled a tablet computer Monday night at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference that runs on Google's Android 3.0 operating system, aka "Honeycomb." Only the tablet remains without a name.

"Conference gawkers claim the Google/Motorola Honeycomb tablet has about the same footprint as an Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad, though Android head Andy Rubin -- who offered the prototype peek -- provided few details."

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