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Motorola Xoom to contend with iPad using Wi-Fi only model

updated 01:50 am EST, Sun January 9, 2011

Motorola Xoom to go Wi-Fi only as well

Motorola's Xoom tablet will more directly contend with Wi-Fi only but high-end tablets like the iPad with an equivalent model, Latin America manager Maurizio Angelone confirmed on Saturday. The Android 3.0 range leader would ship to at least Argentina in April, a month earlier than the 3G version reaches the same country. The schedule outlined to Infobae didn't say whether it would be available in the US.

Verizon's leading 3G model is already known to be shipping in February and has hinted that North American releases for Wi-Fi models could come sooner.

The strategy could be critical to the Xoom's adoption, especially in countries where cellular-equipped tablets are too expensive to own or among those who have no plans to use the feature. Samsung's Galaxy Tab has, until this year, been sold exclusively through carrier deals in the US and may have faced low adoption. Multiple carriers have instituted price cuts to boost sales, though usually only under certain conditions. [via Engadget]



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