We were expecting to see the WiFi-only Xyboard make an appearance at CES this week anyway, but apparently Motorola wanted to get out ahead of the madness as they have already popped up for pre-order on the Motorola’s store.

Now for our European readers this is old hat as Motorola has offered them over there as the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition for a couple months now.

Just like their European counterparts the Xyboards are both going to be running Android 3.2 at launch with the 4.0 upgrade a promise for the future.

Pricing remains par for the course with the 10.1-inch models coming in at $499 and $599 and the 8.2-inch models at $399 and $499 depending on whether you want 16 or 32GB.

Both models offer an IPS display at 1280×800, 5MP rear camera with LED flash, 1.3 MP front-facing camera and a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor.

Motorola faces much the same difficulties as they did with the original Xoom in that the Verizon versions seems too expensive at the moment and the 10.1-inch model is simply outclassed by the Transformer Prime at $499. The 8.2-inch model has a more compelling story to tell with it’s unique size and at $399 it competes favorably with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, but there’s every indication that a wealth of more budget friendly 7-inch tablets are incoming and that could really cut the legs out from under the current smaller screened offerings.


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