March 8, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
The 8.2-inch and 10.1-inch Motorola Xyboard tablets were unveiled in late 2011 and started shipping this January, but, even though they weren’t labeled as very poor products, they kind of got ignored by the vast majority of technology enthusiasts.
The guys at Motorola are all about reinventing themselves, so in an attempt to draw some attention to the Xyboard tablets, they have just released improved versions of the gadgets with protection against spills. In addition to that, the new slates have been made available at the same prices as the original Xyboards, so there’s no reason to ignore them anymore, as far as I’m concerned.
It’s still unclear how much water can the new tablets’ screens take and how high a level of protection they offer, but then again I don’t think you are planning to take these with you in the pool or scuba diving, are you?
The displays, for those of you who don’t remember, also have Corning Gorilla Glass, so I guess I wouldn’t exaggerate if I would call the new Xyboard tablets unbreakable and untouchable.
If you are still not convinced that the Xyboard is the device for you, the guys at Motorola are also throwing in a free portfolio case and HD dock for all slates purchased from their official website. Apparently, these two would cost 90 bucks if you would buy them separately, so that’s another important deal sweetener right there. On the other hand, if you want to take advantage of this offer, you should hurry up, because the deal will only run for a limited time.
Also, we know for a while that the Xyboards are in store for an Ice Cream Sandwich update sometime this year, which is another thing that makes these very cool tablets right now.
As I already mentioned, the new and improved Xyboards are available for the same old prices and start at 399.99 dollars (the 8.1-inch Wi-Fi only model with 16 GB of on-board memory). The 10.1-inch version can be purchased for $499.99, with 16 GB of internal storage space, or for 599.99 bucks, with 32 GB on board.
I don’t want to run through all of Xyboard’s tech specs and features right now, but if you are interested in what the tablet brings to the table, you can either check out our review here or just click on one of Motorola’s links above.
Update: According to a Motorola official statement, the Xyboard tablets were spill-proof from the get go, which means that no updated version has been released today, as we initially thought. Sorry about that, but you still have plenty of reasons to purchase a Xyboard these days, as the ICS update is around the corner and you can also get a free portfolio case and HD dock.