Motorola Xoom is making its debut today at Verizon Wireless stores. Many analysts hail the tablet as the first real competitor against the Apple iPad.
But the iPad 2 unveiling, expected to take place on March 2, can spoil Motorola Xoom's dream debut if analysts' predictions come true.
Considering the prediction from Barclays analyst Kirk Yang and RBC Capital analyst Mike Abramsky the Apple iPad 2 seems like a giant waiting to be released.
Yang expects the Apple iPad 2 to feature a 9.7-inch display screen and with Apple saying that the tablet will boast a resolution of 2048x1536 pixels, it packs some punch against the Motorola Xoom’s 10.1-inch screen which has a resolution of 1280×800 pixels.
Abramsky expects the iPad 2 to feature a 1.2 GHz A4 processor and rumors earlier said that Apple is planning a processor which may feature the memory and graphics embedded in a single chip, which could give iPad 2 a chance to surpass Xoom’s 1 GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.
Both analysts predict Apple iPad 2 will feature a 512MB of RAM compared to Xoom’s 1 GB. But the RAM may not heavily weigh on Apple’s next generation iPad. The first generation iPad conquered the 2010 market with more than 80 percent share even though it featured just 256 MB RAM and other tablets had more.
Yang expects the upcoming iPad 2 to have two cameras. Leaks on the Internet show a 5 and 2-megapixel camera similar to Motorola Xoom.
The iPad 2 processor is also rumored to employ the SGX543 graphics support. The current iPad uses SGX535 graphics support. This addition will bring 1080p video capability to the iPad 2, which Motorola Xoom also offers.
Also Yang and Abramsky expect the Apple iPad 2 to be lighter compared to the current model. The present iPad weighs between 680 g to 730 g compared to the Motorola Xoom which weighs 730 g.
Higher storage capacity up to 128 GB is expected and according to PC World, “When Cee-Lo Green video-phoned into Google headquarters for a demonstration of Android Honeycomb on the Motorola Xoom, the result was choppy and laggy (see in the official video). Apple's Facetime video chat program fares better on the iPhone 4. If Apple can take that experience to a larger screen, it'll have a winner in the front-facing camera department.”
With a price for the 3G/4G model of $800, or $600 with a two-year Verizon contract, Motorola may find it hard to find buyers. Lately, as Apple found Japan too expensive to manufacture its products, it has sought “more cost-effective sources” and led the company to find new manufacturers in Taiwan. Foxconn Electronics, Foxlink, Gold Circuit Electronics (GCE) and Epistar are said to be the new manufacturers for Apple products. The move may help Apple to introduce a cheaper Apple iPad 2.