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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Motorola Xoom pegged for February 17 retail release

Motorola's recently unveiled Xoom tablet computer, which could become a serious market rival for Apple's hot-selling iPad, looks set for an imminent retail launch via the shelves of Best Buy.



That's according to the eagle-eyed industry watchers over at Engadget, who cite a leaked Best Buy document in their claim that the Xoom has been packaged and priced for a February 17 go-date.


The Xoom, which made quite an impact during the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, is powered by NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 chipset and will arrive as one of the first tablets carrying Google's optimized Android operating system (v3.0/Honeycomb).


Other features aboard the Xoom include, a 10.1-inch touch-screen display (1280x800), front and rear-facing cameras, 3G connectivity (with 4G support to follow), 32GBs of data storage, 1GB of DDR2, and Flash 10.1.


Current reports swirling around the Xoom suggest a retail price of between $700 USD and $800 USD, which places it well within the iPad's pricing bracket-a 3G-equipped 32GB version of Apple's tablet costs $730 USD.



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