Motorola Mobility announced this morning that the Motorola Xoom will be coming to Europe with 3G and WiFi-only options and will be available at the beginning of Q2. 

The European Xoom will sport the same specs without Verizon branding of course; we haven't heard specific details of a WiFi-only Xoom yet for the US.

No word on price, which will likely be figured out after it's initial release in the US. Full press release after the break.

BARCELONA - Mobile World Congress 2011 – Feb. 14, 2011 - Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) today announced Motorola XOOM™ 3G/WiFi®-enabled version as well as a WiFi-only version will be available in Europe beginning in Q2 2011. Motorola XOOM runs on Google’s Android™ 3.0 Honeycomb – the only Android operating system designed specifically for tablets – and was named “Best of Show” by CNET at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The tablet will be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress this week at the Motorola booth in Hall 8, Booth No. 8A51.

“Motorola XOOM re-defines what the tablet experience should be. Designed from the ground up with the consumer in mind, it provides more ways to have fun, connect with friends and stay productive while on the go,” said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president of Portfolio and Device Product Management, Motorola Mobility. “Whether surfing the Web, watching the latest hit movie, or video-chatting with friends, Motorola XOOM will delight consumers with its ease of use, speed and vivid graphics, as well as its Motorola Smart Accessories.”

In today’s fast-paced mobile device market, Motorola XOOM isn’t the next generation tablet; it’s the one after that. Thanks to its dual cameras, true multi-tasking functionality, latest Google Mobile innovations, 1GHz dual-core processor and 10.1-inch (25.65 cm) widescreen HD display, the Motorola XOOM provides users with diverse content-consumption capabilities.

Motorola XOOM Features

Motorola XOOM delivers a new type of mobile computing experience, including: a widescreen HD display with 1280x800 resolution to support HD video and with HDMI out; a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera for 720p video capture and 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats; and a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting.

A dual-core processor with each core running at 1GHz offers an optimal experience for Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The Honeycomb user experience improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization, and also features the latest Google Mobile innovations such as Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction. Video and other rich web content plays seamlessly with Adobe® Flash® Player.

Motorola XOOM supports up to 10 hours of video playback, and charges in half the time of competitive tablets on the market.

Motorola Smart Accessories

A Standard Dock for watching video content or listening to music through external speakers as the device charges
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
A custom keyboard with Bluetooth® wireless technology and special Android shortcut keys

Please visit the Motorola MWC 2011 press kit for additional information www.motorola.com/mediacenter/mwc2011
About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people's lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.


Reader comments

Motorola Xoom coming to Europe beginning of Q2, brings 3G and WiFi-only options


Q2.... No thanks, I'll buy myself an AMD Fusion laptop instead. Not a fan of tablets to begin with, especially with the prices motorola is asking. At least with a laptop I have the ability to create content easily.

You honestly believe that removing the 3G radio will make it cost less than an unsubsidised Android phone?

Some of you guys need to readjust your expectations.

Yes. It is not unreasonable to think that they could and should price the WiFi Xoom at around $500. The cost of the Xoom for Best Buy with 3G is under $550. Take out the 3G antenna and the Verizon markup to allow BB to sell and you can start to see the prospect of a $500-600 wifo only Xoom.

Please, please if someone can take a look about the 32 GB storage breakdown.

How big is it for "apps"? And how big is it for "storage"?

Sadly it seems like Motorola doesn't want to really put the screws to Apple. I'm not convinced that Verizon doesn't have a hand in this. It is probably something like: we saved you with the original Droid so you owe us: give us an exclusive or else. Either way the pricing, storage limit (one size only), etc. seems to put this at a competitive disadvantage.

Honestly I'm pretty bummed about this. I'm an Android fan and I have my ducats saved up for a tablet but the more news that is released the more I feel like I'm going to get the best value for my money by getting the iPad 2 when it is released.