Want a tablet computer, but dont need it to run on a wireless carriers network? Motorola is rolling out the Wi-Fi-only edition of the Xoom tablet in the U.S. in less than two weeks.
You can pick up the Wi-Fi-only version at a number of retailers including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sams Club (select locations), Staples and Wal-mart on March 27. It also will be available to commercial IT channels and regional retailers through a distribution agreement with Synnex Corp., and regional carriers through Brightpoint Inc.
The Xoom, widely considered to be the best challenge to the Apple iPad up to this point, is the first tablet to run on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). It has a 10.1-inch screen. Itll cost you $599 for the 32GB device.
Motorolas tablet was first introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, where it was one of the most buzzworthy devices on display. The 3G version (4G LTE-upgradeable) went on sale on Feb. 24 as a Verizon Wireless exclusive in the U.S. It’s been widely speculated that the Xoom might be one of the dozen Android devices that AT&T has promised in 2011, but nothing’s been confirmed.
Moto has said Europe will get the Xoom sometime in Q2.