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Motorola Xyboard Wi-Fi only tablets up for preorder in the US, shipping January 18th

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Motorola has placed Wi-Fi only versions of its Xyboard 8.2 and Xyboard 10.1 tablets up for preorder on its site. Previously only available in the UK, the tablets are said to be shipping on January 18th.

Xyboards on a board
Xyboards on a board

If Verizon's LTE-enabled Xyboard tablets are still too expensive for you even after the $50 price-drop, it looks as though Motorola is going to be shipping the Wi-Fi only versions on January 19th. The tablets have just appeared for preorder on Motorola's online store, sans the "Droid" branding. The Xyboard 8.2 16GB model is listed at $399.99, with 32GB going for $499.99. If the larger Xyboard 10.1 model is more your style, that's listed at $499.99 for the 16GB model and $599.99 for the 32GB version. They all come in at around $200 less than what Verizon is charging off-contract for the LTE versions.

Of course, the listed specs on all models are the same as Verizon's version (minus LTE) and also identical to what's been available in Europe since November: Android 3.2 (upgradable to Android 4.0), a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1280 x 800 IPS-enhanced display, and all the rest. Presumably Motorola intends to show off the tablets next week at CES, and if they do we'll be there to let you know how they stack up.