Motorola’s first Android powered tablet will be hitting store shelves at a number of high street retailers in the UK in the second quarter, it has been confirmed.
Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy will carry the 3G/Wi-Fi version exclusively, while PC World, Currys, Dixons and Pixmania will offer the Wi-Fi only model.
Andrew Morley, vice president of marketing for Motorola Mobility, said: "We're excited to be bringing a device as powerful as Motorola XOOM to leading carriers and partners in the U.K.
"Today's announcement is testament to how well Motorola XOOM has been received by consumers and carriers alike."
Although an official price tag has not been attached, one online vendor, Handtec, had put the slate up for preorder for a mind boggling £720 before taking it down. In the US, it will be retailing for $799 this month, which roughly converts to 493.466 GBP. With any luck, the Wi-Fi version at the very least should be available for less than £500.
The Xoom is the first tablet to market to run on Google’s latest, tablet-optimised Honeycomb iteration of the Android operating system. It houses a capacious 10.1-inch multi-touch display with a widescreen aspect ratio and video playback in 1080p, a front facing two-megapixel webcam for video calling and a rear-mounted cam that shoots videos in 720p and HDMI output. Plus, to keep things running over smoothly, it enlists the services of a rather snappy 1GHz Tegra 2 dual core processor.
Despite launching early stateside, the Xoom will be going up against stiff competition from a spate of slates announced at the Mobile World Congress this past week from Samsung, HTC and LG, as well as current market leader, the iPad, and the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook and HP TouchPad.
Carphone Warehouse expects the Xoom to be in stock in April. Stay tuned for specific release and pricing details for the Xoom as we get them.