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Motorola video teases Android Honeycomb tablet

December 20, 2010 | 12:06 pm

Motorola teased technology watchers Monday with a video about the history of tablets -- up to but not including its upcoming Android Honeycomb device.

The company plans to reveal the tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. But first, Motorola revisits the past by walking viewers through an imaginary museum where the curators apparently have a healthy reserve of snark.

The first display shows a slab inscribed with Egyptian hieroglyphics. "Good graphics, but weight makes for poor portability," the video declares.

Next up: The 10 Commandments. "Excellent durability, but zero flexibility (can’t edit)" is the verdict.

The Rosetta Stone follows -- "Multi-lingual support, but low-resolution screen" -- trailed by a Maya  stone -- "Successful Latin American distribution, but rumored 2012 self-destruct feature."

Then Motorola really gets to work. The iPad is deemed to be "like a giant iPhone, but ... it’s like a giant iPhone." The Samsung Galaxy Tab has "Android OS, but ... Android OS for a phone."

And finally, the star of the show is pictured under a cloth as a bee begins to buzz.

So far, the details on Honeycomb are sketchy, but it’ll probably be a step up from other sweet-sounding Android operating systems such as Cupcake (version 1.5), Froyo (2.2) and Gingerbread (2.3). RELATED:

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-- Tiffany Hsu

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