Motorola Mobility has announced that a Wi-Fi only version of Motorola’s Xoom Honeycomb tablet will be available in April, perhaps starting in Latin America; while Xoom 3G will be released in May.
Motorola Xoom’s 3G version is to be assembled in Argentina while the Wi-Fi version will be assembled in Brazil, according to Maurizio Angelone, a Motorola executive in Latin America, who discussed these plans with news website Infobae. Androidcommunity.com earlier reported that the 3G Android Xoom would be upgraded to use 4G LTE networks sometime in mid-2011. Related: Motorola Xoom launch at CES 2011
This is the first we hear of a Wi-Fi enabled Motorola Xoom. While people earlier complained of the Xoom being “tied to” Verizon’s data plans, androidcommunity.com recently saw that the tablets were available for pre-order on Handtec appeared to be without an attached data plan. Perhaps then, Verizon’s data plan is optional in some way.
On the other hand, Verizon has plans of offering a $30 per month Internet package that will allow unlimited data use. Besides, with Verizon it will be possible to subscribe to the company’s FiOS pay TV service, so people might choose a Verizon data plan, if possible, even in addition to Wi-Fi connectivity.
Motorola Xoom tablet was named the best new gadget by tech blog Cnet at the recently held Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011. It also scored the highest in the contest among “iPad’s competitors.”
It is unclear how much Motorola’s Xoom costs, but we do know that it uses 3G (later version), Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR for connectivity. The device has a 10-inch touchscreen display capable of a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It has 512MB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and microUSB and HDMI ports.
Motorola says the Xoom’s battery lasts for 10 hours of video playback. The Android Honeycomb tablet supports 1080p HD playback and Adobe Flash 10.1. It uses an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and has two cameras with the one at the back of the device being capable of capturing 720p HD video. Motorola Xoom has a gyroscope and accelerometer, which together maintain the orientation of the screen and keep it steady. Xoom has Google Maps 5 with 3D maps in full color and offline directions; and Android Honeycomb can access millions of Google e-books.
Motorola split into two firms about a week ago. While Motorola Mobility is to serve individual customers, Motorola solutions will develop communications systems for institutions and companies. We earlier reported that the chief executive officer of Motorola, Sanjay Jha, told Financial Times that 200 million tablet devices will be sold by 2014 and that Motorola Mobility will have tablets between 7 and 11 inches display size. Perhaps then, with a variety of Xoom tablets, Motorola is aiming to fill a fair share of the 200 million-device demand it foresees.