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Hello. Thank you for the question.
The Microsoft Surface RT tablet will be what you are looking for, as only a Windows tablet will be capable of the features you are describing.
Do you know the release date and the approximate cost as well as where I might purchase it. And, should I wait a few months so the bugs are worked out?
Are you aware of the options and expected release dates for the Surface RT tablet?
There is a version expected by the end of October, and another early 2013.
yes, means I should wait until 2013 version to avoid the basic bugs. What is the expected cost?
The one expected this month should be around $350, but the one coming in 2013 is going to be faster and more powerful. The price of that should be expected at around $425 - $500 but the specifics have not been released yet.
Yes, if you can, wait until 2013 to avoid basic bugs but more importantly a much faster version with better (Intel) hardware
Any idea of when the 2013 model will be released?
Early 2013 typically means first quarter, so could be any time between January and March. Come Christmas time, more details on that should be available.
Thank you. Christmas is really around the corner.
You're very welcome. Yes, there will be tons of ads for Windows 8 and the Surface RT tablets very soon.
By the way, will the mini USB/ethernet converter allow me to hook my xoom up to the internet by direct wiring?
With the details of functionality not yet available, I would expect Xoom tethering to be available via the adapter although possibly not until the 2013 version
Thank you. I appears that my current xoom will be good for many things but hooking up to the internet (wired) is not one of them.
Yes, for sure the xoom will be very useful even without the ability to tether to ethernet.
Thank you and goodbye