Wi-Fi Xoom On The Way AT $599

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Libertyville, Ill. - The Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi Edition tablet will be available March 27 at a suggested $599 at retailers across the nation,

Motorola Mobility Holdings

announced.

The retailers consist of Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, select Sam's Club locations, Staples and Walmart.

The device will also be available to commercial IT channels and regional retailers through a distribution agreement with Synnex and to regional carriers through Brightpoint.

The $599 suggested retail of the 32GB Wi-Fi-only Android 3.0 tablet matches the price of the 32GB version of the Wi-Fi-only iPad 2 but offers a bigger screen at 10.1 inches vs. 9.7 inches.

The price of the Wi-Fi-only Xoom also matches Verizon's subsidized price of a

3G/Wi-Fi Xoom

version sold with two-year cellular-data contract. The unsubsidized price of the 3G/Wi-Fi Xoom without contract is $799. An upgrade to 4G will be available in the second quarter.

Prices of the Wi-Fi-only versions of the iPad 2 are $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, and $699 for the 64GB model.

The iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G for AT&T and foreign GSM/HSPA networks is available at $629, $729 and $829, respectively. The Verizon iPad versions available only in the U.S. are also $629, $729 and $829.

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