Meanwhile, Motorola launches world’s first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet XOOM in Malaysia

Amidst the excitement over the release of the iPad 2 in Malaysia, Maxis has announced the availability of the eagerly anticipated Motorola XOOM tablet, the world’s first device to run on Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb, from 6th May 2011 onwards, albeit only the Wi-Fi version for now.

The XOOM features a 1GHz dual-core processor, 32 GB of memory and 1GB of RAM, front-facing and rear-facing cameras, true multi-tasking functionality, and the latest Google Mobile services on a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display.

At an exclusive launch at the Ciao Ristorante in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, T. Kugan, Vice-President of Product, Device and Innovation at Maxis said, “Maxis customers will be the first to enjoy the coveted Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi in Malaysia. User experience will definitely be enhanced by the fact that Maxis today has the widest and fastest 3G broadband footprint in Malaysia, enabling them to enjoy the features of the smart device on seamless high-speed mobile data networks.”

Robert van Tilburg, senior regional sales director for Motorola Mobility in South Asia had this to add: “Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi re-defines what the tablet experience should be. Designed from the ground up with the user in mind, it provides more ways to have fun, connect with friends and stay productive while on the go. Whether surfing the Web, watching the latest hit movie as it was intended or video-chatting with friends, Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi will delight customers with its ease of use, speed and vivid graphics, as well as its Motorola Smart Accessories.”

Since the one to be made available in the Malaysian market will be the Wi-Fi only version, Maxis is offering a bundle of the XOOM together with the Motorola Defy for a combo price of RM2499. The Motorola Defy being an Android smartphone has a portable hotspot feature which will allow it to share its connection with the XOOM. However, according to Maxis, this limited period offer will be valid only from May 6 until May 22, and customers will need to sign up for a 3GB x 24 month contract on the Motorola DEFY.

Excerpt from Maxis’ official press release on the XOOM’s features:

Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi features – a new mobile experience

Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi delivers exceptionally fast performance with its 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The tablet showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience – including widgets, true multi-tasking, tabbed browsing, notifications and customization – on a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display with 1280X800 resolution enabling video content that’s richer and clearer than ever before. Support for HDMI enables viewing of videos and movies on larger screens, such as HD televisions. A 5 MP rear-facing camera captures HD video, and a 2 MP front-facing camera enables clear video chats using Google Talk™.

The latest Google Mobile services include Google Maps 5.0™ and access to Android Market™. Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi also supports a beta version of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2 downloadable from Android Market, enabling the delivery of rich Flash-based web content including videos, games and rich Internet applications. The tablet also features a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting. It supports up to 10 hours of video playback, and charges in half the time of competitive tablets on the market.  Motorola XOOM has an SD card slot but this will not be supported at launch – a software upgrade will follow after launch to enable this feature.

Motorola Smart Accessories

  • A Speaker HD Dock for sending HD content directly to a TV or clearly listening to music through two built-in speakers without attaching external speakers
  • A protective gel case designed to be a snug fit and to give you peace of mind when you are on the go
  • A premium folio case which protects your Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi when you are on the go. It also allows you to position it at two different angles

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