We’ve been following news and speculation about the Motorola Xoom tablet since the beginning and have continued to keep our readers up-to-date with more recent developments such as the release of the 3G version back in February. Recently we also told of rumors about a release date of March 27 for the WiFi-only version and that news is now official and confirmed by Motorola.
The earlier news of a release date that we had for the WiFi-only Xoom came from a leaked Staples ad, which also showed a price of $599.98 and we noted this price is far less prohibitive than that of the 3G version (some people who have already paid an activation fee for their Xoom will be entitled to a refund of it from Verizon).
According to Vlad Savov over on Engadget, the Motorola press release confirmed pricing of the WiFi-only Xoom as $599.99 so good on you Staples! Other retailers selling the WiFi-only Xoom are Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club and Walmart. The Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet has received a positive response and has a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 5-megapixel camera and 10.1-inch display with resolution of 1280 x 800. You can find out more about it at the Motorola Xoom product page here.
The Xoom’s major competitor will be the Apple iPad 2 which was only released last week but at present demand cannot meet supply for the iPad 2 so more people may be tempted towards the Xoom. Are you intending to buy a Xoom WiFi-only version and if so what has led you to the Xoom rather than the iPad 2? Let us know with your comments.