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Motorola to sell Wi-Fi-only Xoom tablet for $599

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A buyer tests out Motorola's Xoom tablet at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) By Julie Jacobson A buyer tests out Motorola's Xoom tablet at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) By Julie Jacobson
Members of the media check out the Motorola Xoom tablet PC during a press preview for the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) By Isaac Brekken Members of the media check out the Motorola Xoom tablet PC during a press preview for the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) By Isaac Brekken

NEW YORK (AP) -- Motorola Mobility says it will start selling a Wi-Fi-only version of its Xoom tablet computer for $599 on March 27.

The Xoom is a prominent competitor to Apple Inc.'s iPad. A version with cellular broadband access went on sale through Verizon Wireless last month for $800, or $600 with a two-year contract.

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The Wi-Fi-only iPad 2 model with 32 gigabytes of flash memory, the same amount as the Xoom, also costs $599. Manufacturers trying to take on the iPad have otherwise had a hard time matching the iPad's price.

The iPad 2 and Xoom both have fast dual-core processors and two cameras. But the Motorola Mobility Inc.'s tablet runs Google Inc.'s Android software, while the iPad runs a version of the iPhone's software.

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