Amongst the key tech introductions at CES 2011 was the Motorola Xoom tablet which won the Best In Show award.

Motorola was poised to dive into the tablet market last year but waited as Android ver 2.2 (Froyo) was not optimized for tablet computing.

The Xoom has the unique distinction of being the first Android tablet utilizing the latest version of the OS. No, not Gingerbread (Ver 2.2) but Honeycomb(Ver 3.0). The Xoom appears to run on an unadultered version of Honeycomb but there appears to indications that Motorola would add their custom UI onto Gingerbread. The latter point will be confirmed when the tablet goes on sale in the first quarter of this year.

The specification sheet is impressive and the Xoom has scored another first with being the first Tegra 2 platform device.

Table Source: Android

The Xoom is no slouch when it comes to spec and it easily beats the iPad at this point in time. Of course, the iPad 2 is on its way and it will be interesting to see how it deals with

a now highly competitive playing field.

As for Honeycomb, that’s a post for another day.