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Motorola to Produce Custom Tablets Through Same Process as Moto X?

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According to Motorola’s CEO Dennis Woodside, the Google-owned company is not just attempting to dominate the custom-designed smartphone game, but it also wants to do tablets. In a recent discussion with Engadget, Woodside confirmed that tablets are something the company is currently working on, but has nothing to announce at this time. It was not confirmed that the tablets would be built through MotoMaker, like the Moto X, but given Motorola’s feeling on customization being the company’s future, it could be likely. 

In addition to the little tidbit on tablets, it was also hinted that even a Moto-made phablet could be seen later down the road. When asked about larger devices, Woodside said that the devices could take, “some of the design cues, as well as technologies, from the Moto X.”

Would a custom-made Motorola tablet interest you? Here’s hoping for something different than the XYBOARD.

Via: Engadget

  • merceds

    what is the moto x

  • Austin_tacious

    I would definitely have one on my list of potential buys.

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  • Goldenpins

    honestly yes. If they build a solid tablet with Android 4.3 or higher I have faith in them . Android 4.3 has revitalized my G Nexus. This shows me Google is in the right direction and smoothness is a top priority. Since the Moto skin is pretty much stock. I can live with that IF they build a solid tablet that even after one or two updates remains usable.

  • Humberto

    what about they bring out the custom moto x’s to all carriers first and THEN worry about tablets.

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  • King Lo

    The only thing that is wrong with the Xyboard is that is was over priced and unfortunate enough to have honeycomb at launch.

    I have yet to see anything outside of a nexus that is better looking and it is a tank. I have one sitting beside my laptop right now. I gladly hand it to my 16 month old daughter when she wants it and don’t worry about her smashing it or trying to eat it.

    Have you even used the Xyboard since it’s ICS update Tim? Have you even used one at all?

  • The. Great. Cornholio!

    Don’t think GooMoto can get away with a customized tablet priced along the same lines as the Moto X is priced; not when the Nexus 7 pricing is so welcoming.
    Apple’s iPads sell because they’re good and they’re Apple (they could probably give you a HTC Thunderbolt called the iPhone XL and it would be “revolutionary” and “evolutionary”), the N7 sells because of the high specs/Nexus experience/low price. Not really sure if the Galaxy tablets are selling because they’re about 101 versions and counting. Kindle Fires sell because of Amazon ecosystem/specs/price.
    Seems like a Moto X Tablet would have to give you a customizable “nexus-like” tablet priced slightly above a N7 and absolutely lower than an iPad Mini or N7 with LTE.

    And STILL build it in the USA…

    • King Lo

      That will not stop Moto from overpricing it. NOTHING will stop Moto from overpricing.

      • The. Great. Cornholio!

        And that would be a shame because phones and tablets aren’t the same. People aren’t locked into two year contracts with tablets. If they think it’s overpriced they’ll simply skip over it and a Moto X tablet experience has the potential to be that non-Nexus hotness.

  • Sporttster

    Not interested if no sd slot, just like their phones……forget it….

    • Big_EZ

      If they put in 128 gb of internal storage I’d be ok, but I still would prefer a microSD slot.

  • If they price these somewhere around the Nexus 7 (assuming equal size), I will be all in for this.

    • EC8CH

      Hard to beat the Nexus 7 pricing. Has been by far the best bang for your buck tablet since the first one came out and still is.

    • kashtrey

      I’d say between a $50 – $100 difference would probably be acceptable. It would still be a great deal and would end up going head to head with the mini (if + $100) for the 16 gb and save you $60 for the 32 gb. For a 10 incher, I’d say $100 – $150 more and they would sell well and under price about all 10″s out there.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Hopefully it’s not over priced and has good specs.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Wood backed tablet? Check.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      It would be an extra $100 instead of $50.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        You made it sound so unattractive. Part of me is willing to do it.

  • Walter Partlo

    I want a wooden tablet.

  • chris420o

    How about letting me get a verizon moto maker first before you start talking about anything else…and if you could drop down that absurd off contract price a bit…thad be greaaattt

  • T4rd

    It’s Moto news day!

  • leono

    why not a phablet motorola? but they must be based on the price to have a chance against the galaxy note 3

  • meijin3

    Totally intrigued by the idea. I would like to see more raw power and more storage so I have the option to run some custom ROMs on there. Of course, a nice screen is a necessity.

  • KyleWay

    They’re going to have a really tough time pulling me away from my Nexus 7. A Moto Tablet will have to have the specs, performance, battery life and, most importantly, the right price to get me to make the switch.

    • kashtrey

      Imagine the type of batter moto could fit into a device the size of a 7″ tablet with how ridiculous a batter they fit in the Maxx.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Once they have the process in place, assuming it was implemented with at least some modicum of forward thinking involved, should allow a single workstation to assemble any of their devices in any subset of configurations at the flip of a switch. Swapping which configurations a given station can produce should only take a few minutes.

    If nothing else, their innovation in process agility is nothing short of astounding, and possibly one of the largest shifts in the production process since the original assembly line. Whether that ends up saving them is another matter entirely, but it might just if their competitors can’t keep up.

  • Eric

    It all depends on the design and specs for me to be interested. Colors alone won’t sway me to a moto tablet.

  • NexusPhan69

    What was this about? Tablets or something? I was too busy watching Apple’s stock lose $30,000,000,000.00 over the last 24 hours to fully read this article.

    • onDroid

      This happened after the last iphone announcement too. The phone is underwhelming and disappointed investors panic. Then the phone is released and sales are amazing and the stock shoots back up. It just shows how stupid consumers are. They see how crappy the new phone is but they still buy it because it’s an iphone.

      • NexusPhan69

        APPL stock most certainly did not shoot back up. They are still down about 300 points from their high. Lost around 35%. Lost hundreds of billions of dollars. Sales have been down 3 consecutive quarters – something that has never happened before to Apple. They needed a game changer and gave us the same thing. It’ll be a while yet but I wouldn’t invest in them. They’re looking like they’re in a bit of a rough patch and they just blew their chance to recover.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Yeah, let’s charge the same for a phone that’s from last year as the new model we just released.

      • michael arazan

        Releasing a cheaper device though takes away from an iPhone being a status symbol, now it just looks tacky to all the elitist cliques that have iphones. Apple stock would of probably went up if they offered the same thing but charged $800 and raised prices and then started limiting the supplies so not everyone could get one Apple clearly doesn’t know their gullible customers well

    • prestone1

      apple’s gonna be the next RIM.

  • Milind Shah

    Customisation could so easily be done on all of the Samsung phones. They need to take more advantage of the removable backs out there! They can so easily release other textured/coloured backs so that it becomes customisable. I don’t know why Samsung hasn’t done this yet. This could so easily become a hit. I mean, it is one of the things that people crave for in the Moto X, which could be done with any Samsung phone to a certain extent!

    • NexusPhan69

      There are a ton of third party options that make high quality backs. Look how horribly Apple screwed up it’s latest iphone accessory (the iphone C cases). Just imagine how bad Samsung could do.
      Maybe Samsung should just do a partnership and endorse a line of back-plates from a specific manufacturer.

  • iceman23

    Reaction to your title: I Hope Not.

    • EC8CH

      why not?

  • Shane Redman

    It’s only right….

    Smart move, moto