New spill-proof Motorola Xyboard tablets now available in 10.1-inch or 8.2-inch versions
The Wi-Fi-only Motorola Xyboard tablets started shipping in the US in January. Yet if you already bought one you’ll probably be angry to know that starting today the Xyboards are available with a spill-proof coating – at the exact same prices as before.
We don’t know if Moto has gotten in touch with Liquipel or not, but what is clear is that the manufacturer won’t make your existing Xyboard tablet spill-proof. If you already have one, just try to keep liquids at a distance.
Motorola’s Xyboard tablets are known as the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition outside the US, and were first launched on Verizon stateside as the Droid Xyboard 10.1 and Droid Xyboard 8.2. The Wi-Fi-only versions sold directly by Motorola lose the Droid branding, and the 4G connectivity, but otherwise are the same devices.
The 10.1-inch spill-proof Xyboard can be yours starting at $499.99 for the 16 GB version and $599.99 for 32 GB of storage. The 8.2-inch spill-proof Xyboard is $100 cheaper across the board, so $399.99 for 16 GB and $499.99 for 32 GB.
Moto even throws in a free portfolio case and HD dock, which apparently is an $89.98 value. The free accessories are a limited-time offer though, so if you want them, you should order you tablet pretty soon.
[UPDATE] According to Android Central, the Xyboards have always been spill-proof. Motorola has just not been that good at publicizing this info so far, and now that it’s sent a promo email emphasizing that quality, it was taken out of context.