Dixons slashing the slate to £379.99 ($617). That's despite sales of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet not even having started yet. Your money gets you 32GB of storage, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and twin cameras. According to Dixons the XOOM WiFi will begin shipping sometime this week. The 3G version of the XOOM, currently a Carphone Warehouse exclusive, remains at £599.99. More on the XOOM in our full review.
taking pre-orders for the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab P1010, with the 7-inch slate expected to begin shipping on March 31. Priced at £299 ($477), the P1010 is £100 less than the unlocked, SIM-free 3G version that has been on sale for several months now. Last we heard, the US launch of the WiFi-only Galaxy Tab would take place on April 4, though currently the slate is nowhere to be found on Amazon US. However, the dates certainly align, suggesting Samsung's cheaper version is finally ready to make its debut. Although Samsung reached the market quickly with the original Galaxy Tab, it faced significant criticism over pricing. US carriers had demanded that the voice-call capabilities be disabled, and sold the slate with a data contract (generally lasting two-years).
Dell Streak 7 may only just have passed its wireless certification, but Amazon is already listing the Tegra 2 tablet for pre-order. Priced at $379.99, the Dell Streak 7 WiFi lacks any sort of release date information, but has the same basic specs as the original Streak 7. That means a 7-inch display running at disappointing WVGA resolution, 16GB of internal storage, WiFi and Bluetooth. Unlike the WiFi-only iPad 2, you also get true GPS. There's a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, and Android 2.2 Froyo with Flash Player 10.1 support. Obviously you don't get HSPA+ support for T-Mobile USA, but the lower sticker price undercuts the larger iPad 2 by over $100 and pushes brand-name Android tablet ownership into more affordable waters. Check out the full Dell Streak 7 review for more details. [via Androidos.in]
XOOM will apparently launch on March 27, according to a Staples flyer, offering a 3G-free and cheaper version of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet. Spotted by Droid Life, the flyer tips a $599.98 price tag for the XOOM WiFi, more expensive than we saw it listed at Sam's Club earlier in the month. It's the same price as Verizon is asking for the 3G-enabled XOOM on contract, which will tie you into a two-year data plan agreement. The XOOM 3G is available contract-free, but that's priced at $799.99 - a full $200 more than the WiFi-only version. Without 3G you lose the flexibility of anywhere connectivity - plus the promise of a 4G upgrade later in 2011 - but for primarily home users of the tablet we imagine that's an acceptable compromise. Interestingly, the image of the XOOM used in the Staples flyer appears to be of the silver-backed version, thought to be a European exclusive. It's possible Staples merely used the wrong graphic in their promo, however. Update: According to developer Al Sutton's sources at DSG in the UK, the XOOM WiFi is expected in UK stores on April 9 2011.
clinched the exclusive on the Motorola XOOM 3G, but it seems PC World has snatched up the WiFi-only version of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb slate. The retailer is advertising pre-orders for the XOOM WiFi, priced at £449.99 ($734). However, it doesn't seem that you can actually pre-order the slate yet, and there's no sign of a release date. Carphone Warehouse has previously suggested the UK XOOM 3G will arrive in April 2011, but that's not to say the WiFi-only version will drop at exactly the same time. [via Coolsmartphone]
Samsung's SMT-i9100 Android tablet for Japanese carrier KDDI, but the 7-inch slate is almost here. According to KDDI, as of March 11, 2011, buyers will be able to pick up the Galaxy Tab-esque Froyo slate. The specs are unchanged, so you still get a 2-megapixel camera on the back, a 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen, WiFi b/g/n, 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM. There's a bundled docking station in the box, and a full charge is expected to last around 6hrs. No internal 3G, though, with KDDI suggesting you use a mobile hotspot instead. Frankly, with new Honeycomb slates arriving imminently, this no longer seems that great a device (and it was hardly ground-breaking four months ago); pricing will be the deciding factor, but KDDI isn't saying exactly what that will be until closer to launch day. [via Impress]
Motorola's XOOM tablet has been spotted crossing the FCC, ahead of what's believed to be availability in early Q2 2011. No details or photos of the slate were included, thanks to the usual confidentiality agreement, but the tablet is expected to only differ in what connectivity options it includes. According to the report, the XOOM will have WiFi a/b/g/n with 2.4GHz and 5GHz support, along with Bluetooth. We're also hoping it has a significantly lower price than the $800 tipped for the 3G-enabled XOOM, which is expected to make its first appearance on Verizon come February 24. [via NetbookNews]
Cowon's D3 PMP went up for pre-order, and now it's already shipping. Earlier than expected, the 3.7-inch AMOLED media player is on sale in both the UK and the US, with its JetEffect 3.0 tuning courtesy of Cowon's own CEO, Namkyu "Golden Ears" Park. Advanced MP3 Players are listing all three versions: 8GB for £219, 16GB for £239 or 32GB for £279; US shoppers can pick up the 32GB version through Amazon for $369.99 [via SlashGear]