Francis Tan is the Asia editor of TNW, who is based in the Philippines. He is particularly interested in Asian Internet startups, social me Francis Tan is the Asia editor of TNW, who is based in the Philippines. He is particularly interested in Asian Internet startups, social media and e-commerce. Get in touch with him via Twitter @francistan or Email [email protected].
Motorola Mobility Inc will launch its Xoom tablet computer in China before the end of June, according to a report from China Daily.
Motorola Xoom will come with a starting price of 4,999 yuan ($763.61) in China. There will be two versions available for the Chinese market: a Wi-Fi only model and a 3G-enabled model that will be available on China Unicom Ltd’s WCDMA network.
Motorola’s latest tablet has beastly specs — it runs on Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system and sports a 10.1” HD widescreen display, two cameras (rear-facing 5MP, front-facing 2MP), 1 GHZ dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and unlike the iPad, it supports Adobe Flash.
Frank Meng, senior vice-president of Motorola Mobility Inc., said in a news briefing:
“We’re bringing Xoom to China only three months after it made the debut in January at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. It is because Motorola has strong faith in the Chinese market and is dedicated to its future growth.”
Before Xoom hits the Chinese market, Motorola will add some functions with Chinese characteristics, the official added. The release will be Motorola’s entry in the already fierce competition of China’s tablet market, and will be pitted against the iPad2 and Lenovo’s recently released tablet, the LePad.
China is the second-largest market for Motorola, second to the United States. Sales of tablet computers in China is expected to exceed 2.5 million units this year, an increase of more than 300 percent from the previous year, according to the IT market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC).
If you want to learn more about Motorola’s latest tablet, we have an intensive coverage here on TNW. You could also check out Brad McCarty’s article, “24 hours with the Xoom — A valiant effort, 6 months late” for an in-depth review.
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