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Motorola Xoom Could Be Here In Four Weeks

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Motorola Xoom Could Be Here In Four Weeks

Getting your tablet to market in 2011 before anyone else is vital, and particularly in relation to the soon-to-be-crowded space of Android devices. Therefore it is with interest that we see news that the Motorola Xoom will arrive as soon as 17 February.

The 10.1in Xoom was announced at CES a few weeks ago and certainly impressed us in the small time we got to have a look at it. The 17 February launch date relates to the US market with leaked Best Buy documents explicitly stating this early arrival date. There has also been indication of pricing with both $700 and $800 quoted for a 32GB, 3G-enabled model and the real price likely to be somewhere in between. Considering the 3G version of the original iPad cost $729 with 32GB of storage this pricing seems about right.

The Xoom packs in Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor backed by 1GB RAM for super speedy performance, while accelerometers and gyros ensure its ready for all the usual tilt based games. Its 16:10 aspect ratio LCD display sports a high resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels while a 5-megapixel camera sits on the back. It also supports 1080p video playback and Adobe flash, both features which could tempt iPad owners to switch allegiance before the release of the iPad 2 later this year.

While Motorola indicated a Q1 release for the Xoom at CES, most analysts expected the launch to take place no earlier than March since it was believed that Android 3.0 or Honeycomb would not be ready to ship before then. While lucky Americans could get their hands on the Xoom as early as 17 February, there is still no indication of a release date here in the UK or anywhere else.

The Xoom is just one of a number of tablets which were unveiled at CES which will be looking to challenge the dominance of Apple’s iPad, including the BlackBerry PlayBook and an unnamed Honeycomb Toshiba tablet. Motorola seem to believe that being the first to the table with a Honeycomb tablet is vital to secure position in the market place and they could be right. We will be following this story and bring any further release details to you as soon as we hear about them.

Source: Engadget

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January 24, 2011, 5:17 pm

<p>Judging by the &amp;quot;premium&amp;quot; price chat coming from Motorola over the past week or so I reckon I'll easily be priced out of this. Shame really.</p>


January 24, 2011, 5:45 pm

<p>Get rid of those awful T-mobile ads, I may have to stop visiting TR for a week or so, they annoy me so.<br><br><br><br><br><br>The Xoom looks lovely, but to me a tablet is a nice to have secondary device. Pricing it this high makes me think I'd rather have a decent lightweight notebook instead cos then you have a decent machine to work on and not just something to consume media on and by the sounds of things will save a few hundred &amp;pound;$s. Sure it's not quite as convenient to carry about, but these days there's some good 11&amp;quot; notebooks that aren't all that heavy at &amp;pound;500 or so. I'll wait 6 months or so for 2nd tier manufacturers to bring out Honeycomb tablets at the &amp;pound;200-350 mark (ie. netbook pricing) before I'd get one myself.</p>

David Gilbert

January 24, 2011, 5:50 pm

<p>It is very interesting that Motorola seems to be squarely aiming the Xoom at the premium market and rumours of a &amp;pound;700 price tag would certainly alienate a lot of people. It seems to be pinning its hopes on being the first to market with Honeycomb in order for it to be a success. While it does look like a decent machine and has everything going for it, &amp;pound;700 for unproven technology could prove too much for most people. I don't know if there is a sufficiently large group of people waiting for the first Honeycomb device to make this a success. I think like HK a lot of people will wait for a few months for the most affordable devices to come out.</p>


January 24, 2011, 7:42 pm

<p>I'm happy that Motorola are aiming for the top end of the market with this and the Atrix, which I'm looking to get to replace my Nexus One.<br><br><br><br><br><br>Too many Android devices are mid-range, so it's good to see a company that is releasing products that are superior to their Apple equivalents, rather than just me-too clones (a la Samsung).<br><br><br><br><br><br>After all, the market is soon to be flooded with cheap Android tablets..</p>


January 24, 2011, 8:19 pm

<p>@HK &amp;quot;The Xoom looks lovely, but to me a tablet is a nice to have secondary device. Pricing it this high makes me think I'd rather have a decent lightweight notebook instead cos then you have a decent machine to work on and not just something to consume media on and by the sounds of things will save a few hundred &amp;pound;$s.&amp;quot;<br><br><br><br><br><br>But isn't that always the case? Tablets are (slightly) more portable and offer a simpler OS but they lack power and features. Also the form factor is an issue if you want something to use in bed or while watching TV as a Laptop sits there, comfortability. A tablet has to be HELD, that's a another step backwards. So even as a media consumption device they fail compared to a thin and light.<br><br><br>What's the plus of a tablet again? simpler? I don't find windows a struggle so that isn't exactly a selling point, to me.</p>


January 24, 2011, 10:50 pm

<p>@Runadumb: I dunno either, but there's enough people out there that have decided they want a secondary light device to consume media on to make Apple and others decide it's the future.<br><br><br><br><br><br>For me I've decided my phone is enough for the main &amp;quot;tablet tasks&amp;quot; - watching the odd TV episode, checking emails and browsing the web. If I want a light carry about machine to do more I'll get a 11&amp;quot; notebook with Win7 on it. But most people, especially older less tech savvy prefer something simple.</p>

Michael 8

January 29, 2011, 4:20 pm

<p>Will most likely be getting both the Xoom and the Atrix this year as I've decided to get rid of my laptop and the missue dropped my phone. I guess the question I have is, can the Atrix be used to provide tethering for the Xoom? If so then I have the flexibility of either getting a 3G/Wireless model or a rumoured wireless only.</p>

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