There's still no word on a price or exact release date, but Motorola has just confirmed that the WiFi-only version
of its Xoom
Honeycomb tablet will be available in Canada sometime in April -- or "early April," according to the Financial Post
. The 3G version will then follow at some point "mid-year," although details on it are unfortunately even lighter still, with no indication of carrier support just yet. Head on past the break for the full press release.
As pointed out by commenter Roberto V, the device is now already available for pre-order at both Best Buy
and Future Shop
. It runs the same $599.99 it does in the US, and is expected to ship on April 8th. Interestingly, Telus has also confirmed
that it will be carrying the WiFi-only Xoom, but it's made no mention of the 3G version.
Motorola Mobility to Bring MOTOROLA XOOM™ Wi-Fi to Canada
Industry-leading tablet will be available in Canada beginning April 2011
March 21, 2011
TORONTO – March 21, 2011 – Motorola Mobility Canada today announced the MOTOROLA XOOM™ Wi-Fi will be available in Canada this April. MOTOROLA XOOM was called "the most potentially disruptive technology" by CNET at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, and delivers a new type of mobile computing experience on a 10.1" HD display – higher resolution and more screen size in a smaller package than the leading competitor – with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).
MOTOROLA XOOM showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience – including widgets, true multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization – on a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, enabling video content that's richer and clearer than ever before. With a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, MOTOROLA XOOM delivers exceptionally fast web-browsing performance. The latest Google™ Mobile services include Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D interaction, and access over 150,000 apps from Android Market™. MOTOROLA XOOM also features full support for features such as tabbed browsing, bookmark syncing and Adobe® Flash® Player1 to deliver a rich and powerful web browsing experience.
"MOTOROLA XOOM brings PC-like power to a tablet, providing consumers with an easy-to-use, lightning fast experience designed with fun and productivity in mind, and we're thrilled to bring it to Canadians," said Jeff Miller, corporate vice president, Motorola Mobility.
With 1280x800 resolution to support HD video and with HDMI out; a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera for HD video capture and 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats; and a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting, MOTOROLA XOOM is leading the tablet revolution. MOTOROLA XOOM supports up to 10 hours of video playback and charges in nearly half the time of competitive tablets on the market.
Motorola Smart Accessories
MOTOROLA XOOM features an ecosystem of intelligent accessories to enhance the tablet experience:
A Standard Dock for watching video content or listening to music through external speakers as the device charges
A Speaker HD Dock for sending HD content directly to a TV or clearly listening to music through two built-in speakers – eliminating the need to attach external speakers
A custom keyboard with Bluetooth® wireless technology and special AndroidTM shortcut keys
Visit Motorola.ca to learn more, including where MOTOROLA XOOM with Wi-Fi will be available to purchase. Motorola XOOM 3G will also be available in Canada mid-year.
About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people's lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.