Good news for eager Canadians looking to get their hands on the new Honeycomb Xoom Android Tablet, the release is near. Popular Canadian retailers Best Buy Canada and Future Shop are now offering you the option for pre-ordering the Wi-Fi only XOOM through their online stores and they will ship the tablet to you on April 8th. The news gets better, the listed price is $599, the same retail cost that folks down south in the states are paying for the Xoom. It’s nice to see a manufacturer competitively price their product in Canada, most manufacturers add the “Canadian Premium” to their products despite the on par $ US/CDN Dollar.

Telus has also announced they will be carrying the Xoom WI-FI Tablet, they didn’t announce any plans of carrying the 3G Xoom version, but it’s a safe bet we can expect the 3G version to arrive sometime later in the year.

David Fuller, Chief Marketing Officer at TELUS stated:

“We are thrilled to bring the first Android 3.0 powered tablet to Canadians. Almost by the month, Canadians are doing more through multiple ‘screens’ which tablets and smartphones provide. They’re a dashboard for our busy lives and on-the-go entertainment needs. TELUS is committed to delivering not only multiple screens, but the very best screens for the job. The MOTOROLA XOOM boasts best-in-class features and a rich mobile experience in one breathtaking package. This was worth waiting for.”

The other big carriers, Rogers and Bell have yet to announce any news about carrying the Xoom, once the 3G version rolls out in Canada there’s a good chance they will be carrying it.

Xoom Canada Release Date

Motorola Xoom Specs:

  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
  • 10.1-inch HD (1280×800 resolution) widescreen display w/ capacitive multi-touch
  • Nvidia Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB of DDR2 RAM
  • 32GB of internal flash memory
  • SD card slot, micro USB
  • Up To 10 hours of video playback
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera w/ LED flash, 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 720p HD video capture with rear-facing camera