The tablet PC, though smaller in size, has PC-like functionalities.
The Xoom, which was launched in the US in February 2011, was the first tablet to run the new version of Google Inc.'s Android software designed specifically for tablets, rather than earlier versions that were meant to work on much smaller smartphones.
Based on an Android platform, the Xoom has a 10.1-inch HD display, 1-GHz dual-core processor, a five-megapixel (MP) rear-facing camera and a 2-MP front-facing camera.
The device is available in two variants - Wi-Fi (Rs 32,990) and 3G (Rs 39,990).
"Motorola XOOM is redefining the tablet experience by preempting the future mobile experience today... Motorola Xoom will delight customers with its ease of use, speed and vivid graphics," Motorola Mobility Mobile Devices Business Country Head for Sales and Operations (India and South West Asia) Rajan Chawla said at the launch.
"On paper, Motorola's Xoom should be running laps around the iPad," an analyst Wayne Lam had said during an initial assessment of the tablet at its US launch.
In practice, however, he said it also depends on how well Google's software takes advantage of the powerful hardware.
He felt that Motorola appeared to have skimped a bit on the quality of the display, at least compared with what Apple was willing to spend.
Lam said that the Xoom has a more limited range of colors than the iPad.
The iPad will also do a better job of showing people what's on the screen even if they're not looking at the device head-on, whereas on the Xoom, the image will appear to fade out when the tablet is held at an angle.
At the time of its India launch, here is sizing up some of Xoom's competitors in India too, like the Acer's Iconia, Apple iPad, Samsung's Galaxy Tab, Blackberry Playbook, the HTC Flyer, and ranking the best of them.
Text: Agencies and Business Standard