Motorola Xoom will launch without Flash

Darren Allan

February 21, 2011

We have previously described the Motorola Xoom tablet as a flashy piece of hardware, but it turns out that the tablet won’t actually be all that flashy upon launch.

Because in iPad-esque fashion, when the Xoom appears on shelves in the States later this week, it won’t carry Flash support, PC World reports.

Of course, it will eventually. PC World notes that a Verizon advert for the Motorola slate states that Flash support is expected to be delivered at some stage in the spring.

Which could mean a delay until May. The Honeycomb tablet is supposed to be out over here in April, according to Carphone Warehouse, who put the Xoom on pre-register today. So it might not launch with Flash over here, potentially.

As this is one of the big selling points versus the iPad, sales could be off to a shakier start than expected, particularly when the not inconsiderable price has been factored in ($800 for the 3G version).

Admittedly, the Xoom’s spec is still an impressive one. We’re talking a 10 inch 1280 x 800 slate, which comes with a 1GHz dual-core processor, twin cameras (5 megapixel and a 2 megapixel front-facer), an accelerometer, gyroscope and HDMI out.






 

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