iPad 2 Rival Alert : Motorola XOOM 2 3G Appears Online

Online retailer Handtec has put the 3G version of the newly released Motorola XOOM 2 tablet on its website; users won't be able to preorder it just yet, although they can register for more details.

Motorola hasn't said yet whether a 3G version would be coming, though in a statement to The Inquirer the company said "there is no announcement for 3G models". Yet the 10.1-inch model on display at launch did have a SIM card slot, a telltale sign that there will be 3G connectivity.

The wifi device comes with a dual core TI OMAP SoC clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a five megapixel camera, a two megapixel front facing one, GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G, Android 3.2 Honeycomb (upgradable to ICS) and a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel display.

Curiously, Google Shopping lists the tablet for £350, around £30 more than the selling price of the Motorola XOOM which has a slower CPU but also twice the amount of onboard memory, and it should also be upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich.

The XOOM 2 was unveiled last Thursday alongside the smaller Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition.

The price of the existing Motorola XOOM tablet though has not fallen significantly since the launch last week which leaves us to believe that either Motorola doesn't want to push the new tablets yet, or is waiting on its partners to clear existing XOOM stocks in their own time.