While Americans wait patiently for the first Honeycomb tablet to hit store shelves, it looks like Europeans might have to wait a bit longer. Motorola announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that its Xoom Android tablet will come to Europe in Q2, well after the February 24th American launch date nearly confirmed by a Best Buy flyer leak.
Motorola also announced it will be shipping a Wi-Fi-only version of the Xoom, in addition to the 3G model. Previously, on the 3G/4G model had been confirmed. So far, the Wi-Fi Xoom is only official for Europe, and Motorola did not say if or when it will ship to America.
Motorola is still silent on pricing, while the same Best Buy leak suggested an $800 price tag. Other rumors suggested the Xoom could be pre-ordered on February 17th, and a Xoom product page briefly popped up on BestBuy.com listing the Xoom price at $1,200. However, the price may have simply been a placeholder as the Best Buy page was quickly pulled following its discovery.
Finally, the Xoom on display at Mobile World Congress is a silver variant of the all-black device shown at CES. Again, there is no official word on its availability.
The Motorola Xoom unveiled at CES will be the first tablet running Android 3.0, codenamed Honeycomb, and it will feature a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor running at 1 GHz. The Xoom will have a 10.1-inch display (1280 x 800) and 32 GB of onboard memory coupled with 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, along with SD card support. It will have a five-megapixel rear camera and a two-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. The Xoom will feature a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and light sensor. For connectivity, it will support Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR +HID, 802.11 Wi-Fi b/g/n, as well as both 3G and 4G LTE following a physical update. At launch it will be available on the Verizon network.