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Motorola may be working on a new tablet

The speculated slate is expected to have a "productivity mode."

The last time Motorola released a tablet, it looked like this.


Rumor has it Motorola is tinkering with a new tablet.

It's expected to be a premium 9- or 10-inch Android tablet with a "productivity mode" that allows apps to be pinned to the navigation bar for easy multitasking. Other specs and details like pricing and availability are unknown.

The information comes from an anonymous source, though Android Police is "highly confident in the quality" of the information.

CNET last reviewed a Motorola tablet in 2011. The Motorola Xoom won the Best of Show award at CES and, at the time, was tough competition against the Apple iPad.

Based on the speculation, this new model could be a productivity-geared device more comparable to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. If so, a keyboard or stylus accessory (or both) would be needed to truly compete with the Surface Pro 4 or iPad.

Motorola would also have to nail the price to truly entice shoppers, since Android productivity apps are now available on many Chromebooks, making them an increasingly attractive alternative for those interested in an affordable and portable work machine.

Motorola didn't return requests for comment.