Motorola’s first foray into the tablet market, the Honeycomb flavoured Xoom, will be hitting store shelves in Blighty this summer, the US smartphone maker has confirmed.
Unveiled at the Mobile World Congress currently taking place in sunny Barcelona, the Xoom will be first tablet to market to feature the tablet-optimised Honeycomb iteration of Google’s Android operating system and is expected to launch in summer, around the same time as the iPad 2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and the HP TouchPad.
Honoured with the “Best of Show” acclaim at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Xoom packs a gamut of features to whet even the most reserved Fandroid’s appetite. The most notable of which include a none-too-shabby 1GHz dual-core processor for brisk multitasking, a 10.1-inch panel with a 1080p resolution along with an HDMI out for HD video streaming from the rear-mounted five-megapixel rear-mounted camera, which shoots clips in 720p. Other extras include a two-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling, a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting.
On the software side, other than running the latest and greatest that Android has to offer, the Xoom comes preinstalled with Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction and support for Adobe Flash Player. According to Moto, the Xoom will offer10 hours of video playback on a single, full charge, which supposedly takes half the time of other tablets on the market.
Although pricing details of the Xoom were not revealed, it is expected to carry a price tag in the region of £500 after it was reportedly seen being promoted for $800 stateside, where it’s launching later this month.
Like the iPad, the Xoom will come in both 3G and Wi-Fi only models. There's no word yet on which networks will offer the slate with contract options. But we’ll be sure to let you know when we find out.