Motorola To Sell Wi-Fi Only XOOM For $600

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Motorola Mobility has confirmed that the Wi-Fi only version of the XOOM tablet would be available in the US from the 27th of March and will cost $599, two weeks after the launch of the iPad 2.

The device will allow Motorola to compete more effectively against Apple armada of 3G and Wi-FI only devices that will be available in more than 20 territories by the end of the month.

The unlocked 3G version will cost $799, which is just as expensive as the equivalent iPad 2 model and doesn't even feature Flash 10.2 compatibility, something that will only be available on the 18th of march.

The launch of the XOOM non-3G at that time is well timed as it coincides with an acute mismatch between demand and supply on Apple's side which could turn into an opportunity for Motorola Mobility.

The XOOM has attracted positive reviews for being one of the first proper competitor to the iPad 2. It has two cameras, Google Honeycomb, a 1GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra system on chip as well as 1GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage.

Motorola Mobility has yet to nail down a date and a price for the 3G and non 3G model of the XOOM. We know however that there will be an LTE version of the handset launched towards the end of the year.