Motorola Xoom to hit UK and Ireland stores by summer

18 Feb 2011

Motorola’s iPad killer, the Xoom tablet, will hit Carphone Warehouse, PC World and Currys stores this summer and the device is expected to retail for around stg£720 (€856), according to reports.

The device, which launches in North America next week, will not be available in Europe until early summer.

The Xoom, which won ‘Best in Show’ at CES last month, is the first tablet computer to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb and is powered by a dual core processor, each one running at 1GHz. It has a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display and is upgradable to 4G LTE. The device supports 1,080p HD video and HDMI output to display content on larger HD screens, and plays video and other rich web content seamlessly with Adobe Flash Player.

Xoom will set the bar ‘incredibly high’

It is understood that the Carphone Warehouse will stock the 3G/Wi-Fi version of the Xoom.

PC World and Currys, however, will carry the Wi-Fi-only version.

According to ZDNet, Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy chief commercial officer Graham Stapleton said demand for tablet devices has been greater than expected. The Motorola Xoom, he added, will set the bar “incredibly high.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years