Motorola Xoom Release Date False Start

Posted on Apr 6 2011 - 9:18pm by Richard Sharp

Simply electronics, a web based technology store has put the Motorola Xoom tablet for sale on their website despite the fact Motorola has yet to confirm the official UK release date. Initially the firm showed seven of the Android tabs as available with free 48 hour delivery for £489.95, at the time of writing these stocks had predictably all disappeared.

Motorola is set for full scale roll out in the UK on the 7th April almost three months after they initially showed off the tablet at CES in January. The tab will sport a 10.1 inch screen and will be one of the first to run Android Honeycomb, AKA 3.0.

The 10.1-inch dual-core processor touting tablet which was officially unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier in the year was set to be released in the UK during the first week of April but an official date or confirmation of launch has yet to be given by manufacturer Motorola.

The listing on Simply Electronics is still live although they now list it as out of stock with no pre-orders offered. Some are saying that this was an early launch; we’d say it’s a premature or false start that probably shouldn’t have happened. Other retailers are still accepting pre-orders; PC World has recently dropped their price to £479.99 in an attempt to attract consumers away from competitors.

Do you have any interest in the Moto Xoom and has it the spec to sway people away from the iPad 2?


Source: T3

5 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Dean April 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    I went into a pc world store this morning. A sales girl told me they had received an email about the xoom. She then showed me the email. It said they have had a delay with the delivery and it will not be available in store until week 50( which she said is next week). The email also said that this would also be extenuated by instore promo stands which would need to be built before it could go on sale. The sales assistant told me that I would be better off pre ordering.

  2. Wunnell April 9, 2011 at 12:22 am - Reply

    I went in to PCWorld in Peterborough today and was told another 2 weeks…

  3. Basa April 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Its good that I skipped going, otherwise I would have spoiled my weekend. This is frustrating and bullshit…..

  4. Kevin Dismore April 10, 2011 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Very disapointed with this whole affair. My wife was in the uk and while she was there i ordered my tablet but now it is not even getting delivered on time for her to bring it back to Bahrain with her. now she has won and it looks like another ipad 2 will be leaving the shelf. Please i only have 8 days to get this tablet please hurry up Motorola and deliver to the masses.

  5. Darrell April 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    I got the following email:

    (I hope they mean its being delivered on Monday)

    Dear Customer

    We are delighted to tell you that we will begin delivery of all pre-orders of the Motorola Xoom on Monday of next week. After a short delay for final testing, Motorola and Google are now absolutely certain that the Xoom WiFi is the best tablet money can buy. This means that next week you will be one of the first people in the UK to lay your hands on one of the most eagerly awaited advances in technology for years.

    But that’s not the only good news. Due to a last minute price reduction, the Xoom is now priced at £479.99, a £20 saving on the pre-order price. We want to make sure you enjoy ALL the benefits of the world's first Android 3.0 tablet, including the great price, so we will be refunding the difference of £20 automatically back onto your card.

    This refund will be processed by our teams here and you do not need to do anything to get your refund. Please note that the £20 refund will only be applied to the customers who pre-ordered the Motorola Xoom at £499.99.

    Thanks again for your purchase.

    Kind regards,

    Dixons Retail

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