Honeycomb Hits Home Next Week
Motorola have confirmed to Engadget that their new Xoom tablet will be launching in the UK next week. No specific date has yet been announced, but we do know that it will be available at Dixons, Currys, PC World and the Carphone Warehouse, with more retailers expected to come on board. Initial estimates are that the WiFi-only Xoom will cost £500, while the 3G -and WiFi-enabled model will retails for £600. These are of course just estimates, and we’ll know exact pricing when Motorola reveals the tablet’s on-sale date.
The Xoom is the first Android tablet out the gate with Google’s latest Honeycomb OS (or Android 3.0, if you prefer a numerical moniker for the little, green bot). It has a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) display, 1GB RAM, 32GB of on board memory, a 5MP camera on the back with dual-LED flash for stills and shooting 1080p video, and a front-facing 2MP camera for video-conferencing (or using a mirror, for those so inclined). With an expected 10-hour battery life for watching video and surfing the web, the Xoom is shaping up to be one of the best of the new crop of Android tablets, which include the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9, the LG Optimus Pad and numerous others, with Honeycomb tablets also expected from Dell, HTC and Acer in the coming months.