Motorola confirms April release date for WiFi-only Xoom tablet

Monday, January 10, 2011

Motorola Mobility (NYSE: MMI) will release WiFi and 3G versions of the Xoom tablet in April and May, respectively, in Latin America, online news source Infobae quoted the general manager for Motorola in Latin America, Maurizio Angelone, as saying.

Production of the WiFi-only Xoom will begin in Brazil, and the product will enter Latin American markets in April, he reportedly said at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011. Additionally, the 3G-capable Xoom will be produced in Tierra del Fuego province in Argentina and will be released in May.

The executive would not provide pricing estimates for the Xoom and other Motorola products hitting the Latin American market this year, only saying the prices would vary between operators in the market and that Xoom prices will be competitive with similar products.

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Angelone did not provide investment figures in Tierra del Fuego, but said Motorola will continue its model of producing where it sells. The Atrix 4G smartphone will also be produced in Tierra del Fuego and is not expected to reach the Latin American market until late April.

Motorola will have a special focus in the upcoming year on the Brazilian, Mexican and Argentine markets, Angelone said, adding that Latin America is the region experiencing the highest growth in the smartphone segment.