The Motorola Xoom WiFi, an Android-based tablet computer expected to compete with the Apple iPad, is now available for purchase online from Best Buy and Future Shop, and will be available in-stores across the country beginning Friday April 8th.

Introduced at CES 2011 in January, the Xoom is the first tablet computer to run Android 3.0 codenamed Honeycomb, the tablet version of Android.

The Xoom WiFi sells for $600 and comes equipped with 32GB of memory.

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. Support for HDMI enables viewing of videos and movies on larger screens, such as HD televisions.

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

Along with the tablet, consumers will also be able to purchase a variety of add-on devices including: a $50 dock for watching video or listening to music through external speakers as the device charge; a $130 Speaker dock which lets you listen to music two built-in speakers or for sending video content to a TV; or a $70 Bluetooth keyboard with special Android shortcut keys.

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