Posted by Jamie Forestell
Today Motorola has finally announced the wide availability of the Motorola Xoom tablet in Canada. The 10.1″ Android tablet is available for purchase starting at $596 at a number of retailers in Canada including Costco, Walmart, London Drugs, Bureau En Gros, Staples, Sears Canada, Amazon.ca, Best Buy, Future Shop and TELUS.
We got a few minutes of hands on time with the Motorola Xoom when it launched at Best Buy in April but we are still waiting for our review unit. On paper the Motorola Xoom matches and in some cases exceeds that of the Apple iPad. Stay tuned for our full review. And in the meantime, we hear the SD slot may work as of June with an update according to Motorola Canada.
Industry Leading Motorola XOOMTM with Wi-Fi Taking Canada by Storm
TORONTO – May 25, 2011 – Motorola Mobility Canada today announced the industry leading Motorola XOOM™ with Wi-Fi is now widely available to Canadians through channels such as Costco, Walmart, London Drugs, Bureau En Gros, Staples, Sears Canada, Amazon.ca, Best Buy, Future Shop and TELUS. Providing higher resolution and more screen size in a smaller package than the leading competitor, and the first device in Canada to run on the Android™ 3.0, Honeycomb, the Motorola XOOM with Wi-Fi features a 1GHz-dual core processor and 1 GB of RAM, front-facing and rear-facing cameras, true multi-tasking functionality and the latest GoogleTM Mobile services on a 10.1 inch widescreen HD display.
Called the “the most potentially disruptive technology” by CNET at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, the Motorola XOOM with Wi-Fi showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience – including widgets, true multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization – on a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, enabling video content that’s richer and clearer than ever before. Support for HDMI enables viewing of videos and movies on larger screens, such as HD televisions. A 5 MP rear-facing camera captures HD video and 2 MP front-facing camera enables clear video chats using Google Talk™.
The Motorola XOOM with Wi-Fi also features a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting; Motorola XOOM is leading the tablet revolution. Motorola XOOM supports up to 10 hours of video playback and charges in nearly half the time of competitive tablets on the market.
The latest Google Mobile services include Google MapsTM 5.0™ with 3D interaction, GmailTM, and access to more than 200,000 apps from Android Market™. Motorola XOOM with Wi-Fi also supports Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2 downloadable from Android Market, enabling the delivery of Flash based web content including videos, casual games and rich Internet applications.
Motorola Smart Accessories*
Motorola XOOM features an ecosystem of intelligent accessories to enhance the tablet experience:
- A Standard Dock for watching video or listening to music through external speakers as the device charges. Available now for $49.95.
- A Speaker HD Dock for sending HD content directly to a TV or clearly listening to music through two built-in speakers – eliminating the need to attach external speakers. Available now for $129.95.
- A custom keyboard with Bluetooth® wireless technology and special Android shortcut keys. Available now for $69.95.
*Accessories sold separately.
Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi is now available starting at $596 at Costco, Walmart, London Drugs, Bureau En Gros, Staples, Sears Canada, Amazon.ca, Best Buy, Future Shop and TELUS. Visit Motorola.ca to learn more.