Jan 07 AT 12:18 PM Sean Riley 19 Comments

Motorola Xyboard WiFi-only option coming to US in January, pre-order now

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We were expecting to see the WiFi-only Xyboard make an appearance at CES this week anyway, but apparently Motorola wanted to get out ahead of the madness; they’ve already popped up for pre-order on the Motorola’s store.

For our European readers this is old hat. Motorola has offered them over there as the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition for a couple months now.

Just like their European counterparts the Xyboards are both going to be running Android 3.2 at launch with the 4.0 upgrade a promise for the future.

Pricing remains par for the course with the 10.1-inch models coming in at $499 and $599 and the 8.2-inch models at $399 and $499, depending on whether you want 16 or 32GB.

Both models offer an IPS display at 1280×800, 5MP rear camera with LED flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera and a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor.

Motorola faces much the same difficulties as they did with the original Xoom in that the Verizon versions seems too expensive at the moment and the 10.1-inch model is simply outclassed by the Transformer Prime at $499. The 8.2-inch model has a more compelling story to tell with it’s unique size, and at $399 it competes favorably with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.┬áBut there’s every indication that a wealth of more budget-friendly 7-inch tablets are incoming that could really cut the legs out from under the current smaller screened offerings.

I’m sure we’ll be able to get some hands-on time with them this week. If you have any questions just give a shout in comments, but there shouldn’t be too many surprises here.

Via: Droid Life

Source: Motorola

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • damambt

    somewhat resembles the Moto Razr. I think this is a “win” for motorola.

    • nosense

      Slash 100$ on all prices…and then Moto would have a chance in the ultracompetitive Tablet market.

      Sincerely I don’t like Moto’s design wave…but less this overpricing issue.

      • TaoRenCe

        I’ll cosign that. The price and the quality of the Xyboard versus the TF Prime already put it at a disadvantage out the gate.

        • cheri

          Well I have the TF Prime…the GPS sucks…it’s pretty bad to have to tether in order to use the GPS away from home. The wi-fi on the unit isn’t very strong either. Yet..Motorola can come out with an anonomous agps….which means it stands alone with no need for any backup. I’m sorry but after spending the money on the TF Prime and having those issues..ICS and a new model in March doesn’t fix it for me. I paid over 540.00 for 32gb TF Prime and the only good thing is its quad……

  • sylar

    Hmm still think that it is a horrible name for the product.

  • Meister_Li

    Just remember that, unlike the Xoom, which was a Developer-Device this will most likely be once again locked down like Fort Knox in good old Motorola-Fashion.

  • spazby

    Not interested…

  • ZRod

    No thanks. Got my Transformer Prime which gave me much more for the same price

    • BiGMERF

      I with you on that one buddy !

  • salem

    No thanks Motorola, way to fail again with the price and the design. As soon as the quadcore prime becomes readily available I’ll be picking it up for $100 cheaper then your duel core 32gb model.

  • aranea

    The main problem for me here is that “the 4.0 upgrade a promise for the future” I heard the same thing from Motorola and bought an Atrix. Then it took 7+ months to get the update. So if you’re thinking about buying them don’t think that you’ll be using ICS soon.

  • stenzor

    I don’t think I’ll ever be pre-ordering (or ordering for that matter) one of these

  • Chris Lewis

    Dont get me wrong I like Moto for the most part but I honestly dont see this product competing in todays market. Its outdated in every way to tablets like the Transformer prime not to mention all the quad core tabs about to hit the market in the coming months.

  • lokidokie

    Why would anyone buy this over the Prime???

    • cheri

      Someone that wants a standalone GPS on their Tablet.

  • droilfade

    What it is, is “mistake” (16 GB) and “big-mistake” (32 GB)

  • nosense

    No brainer products and prices…

  • slimx30

    let me see. 499 for a dual core 16GB moto xy or 499 for a quad core 32GB prime? sorry but im taking the prime. I guess some companies never learn from past mistakes.you would think moto would have learned from the xoom flop.

  • Numbskull

    Why would anyone knowing that the Transformer Prime has a problem with GPS reception, still buy it?

    I am impatiently awaiting for Jan 19 to pickup my Xyboard Wi-fi 10.1.