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The Motorola Xoom, Motorola’s 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet in action

As well as getting up close and personal with the Motorola Atrix, we were also allowed some hands-on time with the Android 3.0-based Motorola Xoom.

The Motorola Xoom is easily the nicest-looking Android tablet we’ve seen to date. The 10.1-inch touchscreen supports 1080p HD video playback, supports up to ten touch inputs at once and is super responsive. In a departure from Android tradition, there are no external controls for Back, Menu, Home and Search. Everything is done on the touchscreen.

As with the Atrix, there’ll be a dock available to buy for the Motorola Xoom. This acts as a stand for when you want to watch movies on the Xoom. It’s capable of 1080p HD playback and plays videos in 16:9 widescreen aspect. So no ugly letterboxing around videos. No word on the price of the dock as of yet.

Motorola were just as keen to show off the finer points of Android 3.0/Honeycomb as they were the Motorola Xoom itself. Here’s Google Maps 5.0 in all its 3D-rotating glory.

Here’s the new-look YouTube app – note how videos are displayed in a nice new carousel style layout.

The carousel layout extends to the eBooks app as well. The menu animations are very slick and visually pleasing – Google wasn’t lying when it said it was going to make Android look prettier.

The 5-megapixel main camera of the Motorola Xoom, with the LED flash and on/off switch to the right. There’s a 2-megpixel camera on the front of the Xoom as well for video calls.

The SIM card and SD card slots of the Motorola Xoom. Motorola said that there won’t be support for SD cards immediately, but you’ve got 32GB of internal memory to get stuck into in the meantime.

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