A buyer tests out Motorola's Xoom tablet at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) By Julie Jacobson
SEATTLE (AP) -- Analysts say Motorola's Xoom tablet computer is powerful enough to challenge Apple Inc.'s iPad.
Motorola Mobility Inc.'s gadget went on sale Thursday. It's seen as the iPad's first real competition -- it has a bigger screen, cameras for video chatting and recording high-definition video, and it runs a new version of Google Inc.'s Android software.
IHS iSuppli peeked inside the Xoom and found that Motorola picked a lower-end screen than the iPad's, but parts that control its touch-sensitivity are on par with Apple's product.
And, the processor that controls how fast software runs is twice as speedy as Apple's own chip.
Xoom, which costs $600 with a two-year contract, can be upgraded for a faster Verizon Wireless network later. ISuppli found that people will need new hardware installed for that to work.
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