Motorola sent an email yesterday urging users to avoid the queue and join Motorola online fro their next generation tablet, the XOOM; the queue they are referring to was obviously that of the thousands of Britons lining up for Apple's iPad 2.
In what was a veiled (and possibly vain) attempt to entice buyers to switch allegiance, Motorola stated that "Fear not friends, ditch the winter coat, head out for a pint and pre-order your Motorola XOOM online" instead of "surviving overnight on mundane take-away with some frankly questionable queue buddies" or "waste the finest weather we’ve had in ages waiting in queue"; they did not mention the name of Apple's tablet though.
The main issue though is that the Motorola XOOM will not be available for the next 10 days or so. Placeholder pages on Currys and other retailers say that it will be delivered on the 9th of April and its 32GB Wi-Fi version will cost £500.
At launch, it will be the first tablet with the Honeycomb operating system and the 3G version will only be available through Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy. It is powered by a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 system on chip and has 1GB RAM, 32GB onboard memory expandable to 64GB, a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixels screen, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual LED flash and a full HD front facing one.