By Chuong Nguyen | August 4, 2010 5:51 AM
Rumors are going strong that Motorola and Verizon Wireless are prepping for the launch of an upcoming tablet that will feature a 10-inch display, making it a close competitor to Apple’s and AT&T’s partnered iPad offering. In many ways, Motorola’s rumored consumer-based Android tablet will feature some enhancements over Apple’s first generation mobile tablet that’s based on the company’s mobile iOS platform.
Notably, Android will give Motorola more flexibility. As the Motorola tablet is slated to launch with Gingerbread, which is Android 3.0. The minimum that the tablet will ship with would be Android 2.2, which will support Adobe Flash 10.1, giving the tablet a desktop-class browsing experience and making it compatible with more websites than the standard, Flash-less Webkit Safari on the iPad.
To support Flash and the multimedia capabilities of the tablet, Motorola is speculated to be using the NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU, possibly dual camera (a front camera for webcam and video calls is anticipated), and many expect the device to launch at a sub-$400 price tag–the base iPad model retails for $500 sans 3G as a WiFi-only iteration.
Whether the tablet will get Verizon Wireless’s Droid branding is uncertain at this time, but it looks like with the Adobe partnership, larger screen sizes, Flash compatibility, and long battery life may give tablets an extra push beyond what Apple is already doing.