Motorola shows media tablet with Nvidia chip

Signage for Motorola is displayed outside their office building in Tempe, Arizona October 29, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Motorola Inc MOT.N demonstrated a prototype media tablet that could be ready commercially by the fourth quarter, though whether it goes to market partly depends on an advanced mobile network being built by Verizon Wireless.

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.

The 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. It carries a chip from Nvidia Corp NVDA.O and a modem from Motorola.

“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.

Schoch showed how the tablet could stream movie trailers wirelessly, and said the device could also download and store video to watch later. He was demonstrating the product as part of a Verizon Wireless event showcasing the potential capabilities of a high-speed mobile network.

Motorola Co-CEO Sanjay Jha told Reuters on Wednesday that the company was considering making a tablet computer.

But whether this particular prototype ever becomes a commercial product depends on a variety of factors, including 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, Derek Caney and Richard Chang