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Motorola Xoom heading to Europe with Deutsche Telekom

By Nick Wood , Total Telecom, in Barcelona
Thursday 17 February 11

Handset maker's Android tablet will be available in U.K. from Carphone Warehouse, high-street gadget retailers in Q2.

Motorola Mobility on Thursday announced that Deutsche Telekom will sell its Android-powered Xoom tablet in selected European markets from the second quarter of 2011. Deutsche Telekom has yet to detail exactly when and where it will introduce the device. However, Motorola revealed during Mobile World Congress that in the U…

Motorola Mobility on Thursday announced that Deutsche Telekom will sell its Android-powered Xoom tablet in selected European markets from the second quarter of 2011.

Deutsche Telekom has yet to detail exactly when and where it will introduce the device. However, Motorola revealed during Mobile World Congress that in the U.K. the Xoom will be available from Carphone Warehouse and a number of electronics retailers including Best Buy, Currys, Dixons, and PC World, also from Q2.

Moto's tablet was unveiled during CES in January, and is the first to be powered by Android 3.0, known more commonly as Honeycomb – Google's first operating system designed specifically for tablets.

However, Motorola is one of several players betting on Android to reinvigorate its handset portfolio, and many of its rivals including HTC, Samsung, Huawei and LG also have designs on the tablet market, which raises questions over how these companies can stand out from their rivals.

"Being first is always good," said Paul Nicholson, director of product marketing at Motorola Mobility, in reference to the Xoom being the first Honeycomb-powered tablet.

"We took a strategic decision not to launch a tablet until Honeycomb was ready," he told Total Telecom ahead of the announcement.

He insisted that Motorola Mobility is still able to differentiate significantly from its rival Android players.

"The Android decision was only taken 18 months ago," he said, highlighting that it allows Motorola to offer devices in various form factors with a raft of different hardware specifications, and at a broad range of price points.

"It's still meeting all our requirements at the moment – it's a very flexible operating system."

The Xoom is very much a high-end device, said Nicholson, and features a dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch high-definition screen, and front and rear-facing cameras. It was also awarded 'Best of Show' during January's CES.

"A lot of people were waiting for the definitive tablet that has all the bells and whistles," said Nicholson.

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