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Wifi-Only XYBOARD Now Available in Both 10.1″ and 8.2″ From Motorola

Well if you are wanting a XYBOARD, the sequel to Motorola‘s first tablet the Xoom, but didn’t want to give your hard earned dollar monthly to Verizon to own one, today is your lucky day. Motorola is releasing the wifi version of the Xoom 2… er… XYBOARD and it’s available on their web site as you read this. You can purchase either the 10.1-inch or 8.2″-inch tablet in either 16GB or 32GB versions. The 8.2-inch 16GB model will run you $399 and the 10.1-inch starts at $499. So if you’re wanting the “RAZR” of tablets (form factor) with the freedom of no carriers, head on over to the links below to check them out and while they don’t have ICS just yet, they will be getting it down the road. Also if you haven’t heard much on these tablets you can check out both the initial hands-on review and a full review of the XYBOARD 8.2. Enjoy!

10.1-Inch XYBOARD – Link
8.2-Inch XYBOARD – Link

[via Motorola]

Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 Unboxing and Initial Review

It’s been a little over a month since Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Players for the United States. The Galaxy Players have been available overseas for some time, but as of about 2 weeks ago you can purchase either model in the states. The Galaxy Player 5.0 features a 5-inch (800 x 480) Super Clear LCD display and the Galaxy Player 4.0 features a 4-inch (800 x 480) Super Clear LCD display. These are WiFi only devices similar to the iPod Touch, but you still have the full Android Market and all the capabilities of a typical Android phone minus mobile data connectivity.

Both come with a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 3.2MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 8GB built in memory (expandable to another 32GB via microSD), and Gingerbread 2.3.5. You will find a bigger battery in the 5.0, which is at 2,500mAh, as opposed to 1,200mAh for the 4.0. You can purchase the 5.0 for $269 or the 4.0 for $229 through all major retailers. So far it looks like a really nice device for those that just want something simple to use in the house for media and playing games. I will give a full review soon, but for now, check out the initial hands on after the break.

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Motorola to Release Wifi-Only Xoom in Europe Next Quarter

Motorola has made it known that the Xoom will be hitting Europe Q2 this year. Both 3G and wifi-only versions will landing in the upcoming months, but there’s no word yet what carriers will support the 3G version. And while we’ve seen indications of a wifi-only version, this is the first confirmation from Motorola that a wifi-only version will exist at all without carrier entanglements. Hopefully such an offering shows up stateside, as well. Full press release after the break.
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WiFi Only Motorola Xoom Passes Through FCC, Dubai Shows Off A Silver GSM Model

Here’s some more Motorola Xoom action for ya.  We’ve just got word that the latest and greatest to pass through the hands of the FCC is a WiFi only Motorola Xoom.  For those of you who have been pretty hesitant on dropping $800 bucks on the device, this has definitely got to have you wiping the sweat off of your brow.  No word yet on how much the device will run you, but we’ll keep digging deeper folks.  As a segway for the Xoom, we’ll also note that the guys over at Engadget got their hands on a video of a Xoom in Dubai, and get this, it’s a silver GSM model.  It’s not confirmed whether the US shores will see this device or not, but a man can hope cant he?  We’re speculating that since there are no 3G radios in the device, there should be a significant drop in that undaunted nightmare of an MSRP.  What do you think is a fair price for a WiFi only Motorola Xoom, and more importantly, would you get one?  Hit the source link to check out the video by our friends over at Engadget.

[via engadget]