March 16, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
The Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi only edition has finally been confirmed as coming to the United States this month. Confirming leaked advertisements and internal sales memos, Motorola announced today that the Xoom Wi-Fi Honeycomb tablet goes on sale $599 beginning March 27.
The XOOM, the first Android tablet to run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), goes on sale in two weeks. Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Staples, and Walmart have all been named as launch partners for the Xoom. Not all locations will sell the tablet, but these stores will be the place to look.
The wi-fi only Motorola XOOM features all of the major specs of the Android tablet available in the Verizon Motorola Xoom. There’s a 1 GHz dual-core processor (NVIDIA Tegra 2), 10.1 inch screen, 1 GB RAM, Android 3.0, and 32 GB of internal storage. While these are impressive specs for any tablet, the truly distinguishing feature is the presence of Adobe Flash 10.2. The XOOM will be the one of the few major tablets to support full Flash capability, which allows the device to see most of the video and interactive content that powers the web.
However, how much will that matter when faced against The Giant? Apple is said to have sold anywhere from 500,000 to 1 million units of the iPad2 since the device went on sale Friday afternoon. While neither Verizon nor Motorola have released any figures on sales of the Xoom, those numbers probably don’t stack up to the iPad2. The introduction of a Wi-Fi version will help improve Motorola XOOM sales figures and be a welcome change for people who don’t want to take on the burden of another mobile data contract. Then we’ll really get to see which tablet is winning.