[UPDATE March 24 2011] The Xoom is now available for pre-order at Best Buy and Future shop and is set to ship on April 8th, get all the info here: Motorola Xoom Canada
[UPDATE] We have just received a direct word from Bell that the Motorola Atrix will be officially unveiled in Canada on March 17th. Great news for Canadians! You will be able to get your hands on it for the very modest sum of 169.95 on a three year contract, or $599.99 unlocked. If you like Press Releases and want to sign up for a pretty cool contest, check out the link provided at the end of the article.
Motorola Atrix Specs:
Key features and specifications:
We have received word from a tipster that Canadians can anticipate to receive the Motorola Xoom sometime around March. Tablets are a very new phenomenon for Canadians, so it could potentially be released after the Motorola Atrix.
The Motorola Atrix, which is also a huge deal, will be released on March 17th, 2011, according to our tipster.
The new Motorola Xoom Android tablet features a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen display with a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor. Thankfully, It also has a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a 5-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 32GB of storage space, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 720p HD video recording capabilities, 1080p Full HD video playback support and runs on Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS.
Once again, the Motorola Atrix 4G release date is potentially set for March 17th in Canada. Being that this is such a premium phone, and that it represents a huge leap forward in mobile technology, it will most likely carry a premium price tag.
Adding to the rumor regarding the Motorola Xoom’s release in Canada, is the fact that both Bell and Rogers have already gotten their feet wet in the tablet market with Samsung Galaxy Tab. Canadians will be all too aware of the general slow adoption of the Canadian Telecoms (Telus, Rogers, Fido, and Bell, back in the day) to first offer support for the Iphone, and then shortly after, the Motorola Milestone (Motorola Droid in the USA). This time around, they surely have learned their lesson. They have no doubt learned that it makes more sense to capitalize on the hype and marketing goodness created by their counterparts to the South, and to release sought after devices within the same general time frame. Otherwise, they afford losing valuable customers and keen early adopters that just order directly online, or drive down to the ‘states to get their device of choice.
It would also seem that Motorola Mobility is vying to become the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world:
Motorola also announced major carrier agreements with AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and Orange UK and Bell in Canada. All believe Motorola’s potentially game-changing technologies will appeal to consumers.
“We’re innovating across the board — not just in smartphones — as we revolutionize mobile computing with experiences that push the limits of what you thought was possible with your mobile device,” said Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha.
Judging from the caliber of devices that have been released at CES 2011 and previewed to select members of the tech press since, it’s likely that Motorola will be the one to beat in 2011. With devices like the Motorola Atrix, the Motorola DROID Bionic, and the Motorola Xoom set to be released in the coming weeks, the excitement couldn’t be greater.
We also believe with Digitimes reporting that the Xoom is likely to sell 800,000 to one million Xooms within two months, it is likely that Canada will receive it sometime in March. We believe it will be available through Bell, and Futureshop or BestBuy.
So, really, which one do you want more? Motorola Xoom or Motorola Atrix 4G? Owning both at the same time would just be too much!
We will keep you posted! We are always on the hunt for good tips, and we know you want these hot devices as bad as we do!
Official Press Release:
The all-new, all-powerful superphone features the revolutionary Motorola webtop application
TORONTO – March 4, 2011 – Motorola Mobility Canada and Bell today announced the award-winning Motorola ATRIXTM will be available in Canada, exclusively from Bell Mobility on Canada’s Best Network starting March 17.
Motorola ATRIX delivers an industry-leading combination of features including a dual-core processor for incredible speed, the world’s first high-resolution qHD display for rich graphics, Adobe® Flash® Player for an optimal web browsing experience and Motorola’s webtop application for a PC-like experience from any screen.
Breakthrough accessories for which Motorola ATRIX is the engine include the super-thin MOTOROLA Lapdock™ and the Motorola HD Multimedia Dock that uses the phone’s HDMI video output capabilities and processing power to enable a revolutionary browsing, application and media experience.
“Canadians will have access to the all-powerful superphone and innovative accessories with the Motorola ATRIX,” said Jeff Miller, corporate vice president, Motorola Mobility. “Through our partnership with Bell, Canadians will get top-of-the-line mobile services and content on the Motorola ATRIX.”
“The Motorola ATRIX is a high-performance super-smartphone that takes full advantage of Bell’s world-leading 4G broadband mobile network,” said Adel Bazerghi, senior vice president of products at Bell Mobility. “Operating exclusively on Canada’s Best Network, the Motorola ATRIX is powerful enough to meet the mobile computing and multimedia demands of both Bell business and consumer clients.”
Complete Accessory Ecosystem
The Motorola Lapdock has an incredibly thin design with an 11.6-inch (29.4 cm) screen, full keyboard, stereo speakers, 36Wh three-cell battery that delivers up to eight hours of battery life and weighs just 2.4 pounds. Users simply dock the Motorola ATRIX into the back of the Lapdock to experience true mobility at work, home and playing on-the-go in a form factor that’s lighter and smaller than most laptops on the market.
The Motorola HD Multimedia Dock has three USB ports and an HDMI port, enabling connections to a keyboard, monitor, mouse, speakers or HDMI monitor for working on traditional PC tasks, and connects to an HDMI-enabled television and home theatre audio system for enjoying video, music, games and more.
Bell Mobile TV delivers anytime, anywhere access to compelling live and on-demand video programming on the Motorola ATRIX’s remarkable 4-inch qHD display. Alongside a wide variety of content from CTV, Treehouse, Weather Network and much more, Bell Mobile TV also offers exciting sports action such as live NHL regular season games, Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final games on TSN, RDS and CBC.
Motorola ATRIX will also come pre-loaded with an impressive suite of mobile services including the Bell Remote PVR, GPS Navigator, Kobo eReader as well as easy access to Bell’s Self Serve feature.
Motorola ATRIX will be available exclusively to Bell Mobility clients on Canada’s Best Network with the fastest 4G speeds and largest 4G coverage starting March 17 for $169.95 on a three year term with a minimum $50 voice/data plan or for $599.95 with no term. For more information, go to Motorola.ca, or to pre-register please visit Bell.ca/ATRIX
To celebrate the upcoming launch, Canadians are invited to go to Bell.ca/ATRIX and register to win one of five Motorola ATRIX prize packs valued at approximately $1,200, including the Motorola ATRIX smartphone, Lapdock™ and HD Multimedia Dock.
About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.
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” Tablets are a very new phenomenon for Canadians” are you kidding? Yes your are right, we just got into smart phones 4 months ago…..
omfg! we have smartphones?! since when??
Just launch the darn thing in Canada already and forget Rogers & Bell. After all it is more a case of you have what they want than it is the otherway around. Push it out door the as a thetherable (over blue tooth) wifi device for $500.00 and I’ll buy TWO! BUT! If you insist on pushing it through Rogers and Bell where I have to pay >$1000 per unit without a contract then I will buy exactly zero units and stick to my Acer Aspire One.
The day it was launched in Canada I bought one. The $599.00 kept the second one on the shelf but my wife may have one in her future for her birthday.
Xoom is as advertised, It is responsive, smooth, perfect in size (not too small not too big) and the battery lasts a really long time. in fact there are only two things I can think of that would be considered improvements.
1. When connecting to a Linux machine it connects as an MTP device not a mass storage device. OK but why not support both?
2. Blue tooth tethering appears to be missing.. in fact ALL tethering appears to be missing. Did the big M leave this out deliberately? The only people I see who can benefit from this kind of omission are the mobile providers. i.e. you want a Xoom on your 3G then you buy a Xoom 3G… no tethering.
I give Xoom and Motorola 9 out of ten, and when the software update finally allows the SD card to work I’ll make it 10.
Portfolio case. 10/10
I also bought the hard-case portfolio, and the standard dock. The portfolio is a very good design that lets the Xoom stand up as if on an easel. Wonderful for meetings, and the shell protects the screen from scraped and the bezel from bumps and scratches.
Standard Dock. 7/10
The standard dock allows the Xoom to sit on your desk and lends a kind of Star Trek Captains Ready-room aura to the place (sans fish-tank). It has a piece that slides into the USB port but no USB connection to the PC. As you might surmise by this the Xoom does not use power from a USB port to recharge its battery, and this is both good and bad. It is good because it recharges using 12 volts so it does its job rather quickly, and it is bad because it means yet another wall-wart power-supply to consume increasingly rare electrical outlets. I find the lack of a USB connection to the PC via the dock quite strange because it is one of the things I as a business person want to do, i.e. move files between my PC and XOOM. When the Xoom is in the docking cradle charging is the perfect time to do such operations.
Note to MFG’s
I’ve held off buying and using any mobile devices, including so called “smart phones” until someone other than Apple came up with a decent tool that included phone, internet, and applications with a screen I could read from.
Even people I know that have Apple devices hate ITunes, Droid devices like this are long overdue, I’ts kind of like me getting my Secret Decoder Ring for real!
I echo Steves comments above. Just give me the device, I’ll deal with the connectivitiy via WiFI, and to heck with the phone companies. I’ll by 2 as well if the price is decent, and if it is too much.. I too have a $300 Acer laptop that I’ll get a few more years life out of and I’;ll wait for another year or 2
Been hanging in with a horrible little experience with a minimal intermediate mobile iPod and iTunes stranglehold… just waiting for an alternative that brings back a little freedom to ACTUALLY OWNING a piece of technology without the umbilical tethering that Apple demands.
When I buy a product I do not appreciate having to input my credit card information before I can even turn the device on and when I buy a piece of music I do not appreciate having to carry around a dedicated device to play it on and when a battery goes dead I do not appreciate having to retire the device or trade it in for another one at a service depot with shipping charges no less!
A SIM free phone strategy is a smart thing to do for service provider companies such as AT&T. I think this will be the trend starting today. On the downside, consumers will suffer as they will be having no alternative if they opt to another network. Truly one of a kind, where else can you find a smartphone that can be transformed into laptop or desktop in an instant.
I really like the Xoom. I am a senior who wants something nice, fast and portable. I do not need phone connectivity, just WiFi. I love your Xoom but you just price it way out of my reach. Looks like either a dual core netbook or the entry level iPad2 at 499.00 is the only choice left for me and the potential billions of customers out there.
Bell & Telus didn’t have the network for the iphone, I am sure they would have loved to adopt it but they needed to upgrade the entire network!
What do you mean by Bell and Telus wishing they could get the iPhone, and the need to upgrade their network? They already have. Bell and Telus both adopted HSDPA, as well they have the iPhone. Did I misunderstand your comment?
You’re kidding, right?
Bell and Telus BOTH have the iPhone and have for some time. The reason they didn’t was the same reason that Verizon took so long in the USA – exclusivity contracts from Apple. And in reality, for the more advanced wireless networks, it’s actually a limitation of the iPhone, not the limitations of the networks, that limit the phone from using the latest and greatest technology. Read up on the technology the iPhone uses for phone signal before you start blaming wireless carriers for Apple’s failings.
Don’t blame the providers, blame Apple.
Would love to own the Xoom tablet but not at the high price they are asking will stay with my smartphone for now..
Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi – now available for pre-order in Canada – http://doxweb.ca/xoom – March 21, 2011.