Motorola's first foray into the tablet market, the Xoom, is now available to pre-order for a reasonably modest outlay of £449 for the Wi-Fi only version.
Xoom, which is the first slate to market to run Google’s latest, tablet-oriented iteration of Android, Honeycomb, is currently available to pre-order from computer retailer PCWorld for a tenner more than the cheapest iPad equivalent. Though it packs twice the memory and a raft of features to more than make up for punters to part with ol’ Charles.
Chief among these is a generously sized 10.1-inch multi-touch screen with an eye-popping resolution of 1280 x 800. And it's also home to a five-megapixel snapper at the rear capable of shooting clips in HD, plus a front-facing webcam for video calling.
But it’s under the hood where the Xoom growls the loudest, boasting a powerful Tegra 2 dual core processor for brisk multitasking and video playback at full HD in 1080p. Of course, as is the norm with most Android kit since the release of Froyo, the Xoom will also be fully compatible with Flash Player 10.1, which could yet be the Xoom’s biggest USP against the imminent launch of the iPad 2.
No word yet on when the 3G version of the Xoom will be available or even on which networks, but you’ll be the first to know as soon as we do. So watch this space.