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Motorola Xoom will be on sale in four UK retailers by the summer

3G and Wi-Fi models of Moto's Android tablet will be on sale in the UK by summer, but no pricing has yet been announced for the Honeycomb-powered device.

The Motorola Xoom tablet will be on sale in the UK by the summer, as several retailers confirm they'll be stocking the Android-powered device. The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy will sell the 3G/Wi-Fi version, while PC World and Currys will carry the Wi-Fi-only model.

The Xoom is slated for release in the second quarter of the year, but no UK pricing has been announced. UK site Handtec put it on pre-order for £720 last month, but we're sincerely hoping the actual price will be well below that. The retailer news follows Moto's announcement earlier this week that the device would be crossing the Atlantic.

"Demand for tablets has already been greater than expected and the next 12 months will see them being adopted by more and more people as new products are unveiled," says Carphone and Best Buy chief commercial officer Graham Stapleton. "The Motorola Xoom sets the bar incredibly high."

The Xoom has been relatively low-profile at Mobile World Congress compared to the likes of the HTC Flyer and LG Optimus Pad, mainly because those devices were unveiled here, whereas Moto's tablet made its debut at CES in January.

Even so, the Xoom is still drawing its fair share of praise. It has a 10.1-inch screen, a dual-core processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera, and runs the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. Google was impressed enough with the Xoom to use it to showcase the new software at a press event last month.

Motorola says it's been working with games developers, entertainment firms and business productivity suppliers to ensure there are plenty of apps optimised to run on the Xoom when it makes its debut, too.