* Media tablet has 7-inch screen, runs Google's Android
* Pricing to be fixed but could be around $300
* Deployment depends on Verizon Wireless LTE network
LAS VEGAS, Jan 7 Motorola Inc MOT.N
demonstrated a prototype media tablet that could be ready
commercially by the fourth quarter, though the timing partly
depends on an advanced mobile network being built by Verizon
A slew of tech companies are showing off new slate or
tablet PCs at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this
week, seeking to steal the limelight from a widely expected
tablet from Apple Inc (AAPL.O) in late January.
Motorola's prototype has a 7-inch screen, runs on Google
Inc's (GOOG.O) Android operating system, and has room for 32
gigabytes of external memory.
"I can anticipate it being a $300 device but we have to go
through the pricing process," said Don Schoch, Motorola's
director of program management.
The company showed how a user could show movie trailers on
the tablet, and said it could also download and store video to
Timing would depend on the successful deployment of
Verizon Wireless' LTE high-speed wireless network, which is
expected to be available in 25 to 30 markets this year. Verizon
Wireless is a unit of Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) and
Vodafone Group Plc (VOD.L).
Dell Inc DELL.O also said on Thursday it could bring a
small slate computer to market this year. [ID:nN07200596]
(Reporting by Sinead Carew, editing by Tiffany Wu and Derek