Motorola has announced that it will begin selling the Motorola Xoom WiFi, an Android-based tablet computer expected to compete with the Apple iPad, in Canada in April.

The company also announced the 3G version of the tablet would be available in Canada mid-year.

Introduced at CES 2011 in January, the Xoom is the first tablet computer to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The device is expected to launch in the United States this Saturday.

In the United States the Xoom WiFi will come equipped with 32GB of memory and will sell for $599 USD. Best Buy Canada`s Futureshop chain will be selling the device for $599 Canadian with an expected release date of April 8th (update: now revised to April 15th).

In addition to running the tablet version of Android and the latest incarnations of Google Mobile services, the Xoom features: a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution; 1GHz dual-core processor; one GB of RAM; a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera for HD video capture and 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats; a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and support for Adobe Flash.

Motorola says the battery can support ten hours of video between charges.

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