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Motorola Xoom tablet hits Verizon and Best Buy today

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(Read caption) Motorola Xoom tablet goes on sale today. At left, a Motorola employee shows off the Xoom at the 2011 CES.

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Motorola Xoom tablet finally goes on sale Thursday, after a month of speculation on its price and release date. First revealed at last month's CES convention in Las Vegas, the Xoom will cost between $600 and $800, depending on whether you opt for a 2-year contract with Verizon.

Motorola, of course, faces a market already dominated by Apple, which recently revealed that it sold 7.33 million iPad units during the holiday season alone. Meanwhile, Apple will almost certainly unveil an iPad 2 next week. A rejiggered iPad could reinvigorate interest in the Apple device, and probably steal a good deal of thunder from upstarts such as the Motorola Xoom tablet. And from the Samsung Galaxy Tab. And from the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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Which is not to say the Xoom is small potatoes. It's not. The Xoom will be one of the first to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Google's next-generation OS designed specifically for tablets. The Motorola slate will also ship with two cameras – one front-facing and one rear-facing – a 10.1-inch display, and a range of hardware goodies for the gamers among us, including a gyroscope, a magnetometer, and an accelerometer. Flash support will be available, but not a launch.

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