Motorola Xoom and Atrix to launch in August

The launch of the Motorola Xoom, the first Android tablet to run the “Honeycomb” version of Google’s Android operating system (OS), has been “imminent” in South Africa since March 2011 when it was slated for an April launch.

This was quickly revised to a May launch date, which was later pushed back further to June.

Though Motorola’s iPad competitor was the first to run the new Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” version of Google’s mobile OS, manufacturers such Samsung, Asus and Acer beat them to the South African market with their Android tablet PCs.

June came and went without a word of the Xoom and with the last known planned launch date past it was unclear when Motorola’s Android tablet would become available in SA, if at all.

Then, at the beginning of July, Vodacom revealed that in they would finally be launching the Motorola Xoom in August 2011, along with Motorola’s newest Android smartphone, the Atrix.

Motorola Xoom and Atrix Vodacom launch August 2011 on Vodacom
Motorola Xoom and Atrix Vodacom launch August 2011 on Vodacom

Asked about the packages and pricing of he devices, Vodacom’s executive head of corporate communications, Nomsa Thusi, said that pricing information for the Motorola Xoom and Atrix could not be confirmed.

Virgin Mobile previously told MyBroadband that they were “not ranging” the Motorola Xoom, and by the time of publication Cell C had not provided an update on when they plan on bringing the device to market. They did previously indicate that they plan to have it available on a sub-R500 per month contract, however.

MTN was more forthcoming with their plans, with Teddy Maduna, MTN SA senior manager of device portfolio management, revealing that they will have the Xoom and Atrix available from August 2011.

Both devices will be available on MTN 100 contracts with the Motorola Atrix going for R239 per month and and the Motorola Xoom for R289, Maduna said.

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Motorola Xoom and Atrix to launch in August