Sanjay Jha confirms Motorola XOOM pricing at $799; Wi-Fi only model to be priced at $600
The Motorola XOOM has been picking up quite a buzz ever since CES in Las Vegas where it was named "Best in Show". With a dual-core Tegra 2 processor under the hood, and Android 3.0 running the show, the tablet is about as high-end as you can get although it will launch as a 3G device upgradeable to Verizon's LTE network. The 10.1 inch display features resolution of 1280 x 800 and the XOOM features a 5MP camera with dual LED flash on back and a 2MP front facing camera.
Just the other day, we reported that Best Buy was planning on taking pre-orders for the tablet on Thursday, priced at $1,199. That price, of course, turned out to be a placeholder and the entire page was taken down by the big box retailer. Unfortunately, it also looks like the Thursday start of pre-orders was also incorrect. But With Verizon having started to turn its attention from the Apple iPhone to the HTC Thunderbolt, we would expect the launch of the Motorola XOOM to not be that far away.
1. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I thing both prices are good, they have the latest of the latest and look like a great option
2. downphoenix (Posts: 2603; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
The wifi price is just right, I may actually make this my 1st tablet unless the Optimus Pad is similarly priced and has a wifi only version, but why a 200$ difference for 3G version? A 3G radio doesnt even remotely cost that much, there is almost a 900% markup on the price of the radio. And expect to hand over another 100$+ for the 4G upgrade module.
3. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)
oh ya $600!!!
thats awesome. i was going to use mobhotspot to do it rather than over 3g. so that will be awesome to save the $200
4. Sniggly (Posts: 7229; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
The 200 dollar price difference is probably related to the upgradable status to 4G. That's my guess. Still, for a product only a few months newer than the iPad which kicks its ass, I would say that's a good deal.
5. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
Am I the only person that thinks these fucking Tablets are over priced? I mean, I get the iPad. Everything Apple sales costs a lot of money. But when I can grab a netbook, notebook, and desktop for cheaper than a limited tablet, that's fucking ridiculous. I seriously feel like this is pure profit these guys are grabbing...and people are dumb enough to shell it out...
Tabs should be around the $400-$600 range. When they are drifting upward of $700, it's truly outrageous...truly, truly, truly outrageous ($5 to anyone who guesses where that quote is from...)
6. ItsMichaelNotMike (Posts: 8; Member since: 21 Nov 2010)
You're not the only person. But I think your price is too high. For what they are tablets should only be about $350 to $400 MAX.
The concept is ridiculous, take a netbook, limit that, get rid of the keyboard, etc. then hike the price double to triple what a more powerful netbook costs.
Actually though I think the market for these will fall flat. For one, the only people buying them are those with a disposable income. There's only so many of those customers to go around.
I know for sure that 90% of the consumers out there are not buying $600 to $800 tablets. They are already tapped out with a superphone, netbook and desktop. A limited functionality tablet simply does not fit into the budget.
7. Gems...Gems are truely outr (unregistered)
I agree the tablets are much overpriced. Two october's ago I bought a netbook that plays full 1080p videos through hdmi for $400. Why are tablets costing so much more than that? Is it that expensive to make a smartphone bigger without phone properties? Essentially that is all these tablets are will the arrival of new smartphones. The iPad is a bigger iPhone4, and the xoom is a bigger Atrix. Now there is a bit more to it than that, but not enough to justify the prices they are sold for.
Then again we should consider that buying a tablet is like buying a phone off contract. In that regard the price actually seems reasonable.
8. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
10. Goldeneye (Posts: 362; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)
Nope you're not the only one, its just stupid to spend that kind of dough for a computer wannabe, I don't care what version of android or OS has, still is not a real computer! for that money I'd get a very decent laptop and again a real computer
9. PhoneLuver (Posts: 474; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)
The reason that they're so expensive is mainly due to the amount of development currently being made to create them, materials being used etc..
The prices should drop/stabilize to somewhere around the $400 to $600 mark.
My main concern and I sat this over and over is that these tablets are NOT independent devices! A netbook is a completely independent device that has USB etc.
We need tablets where synchronization is optional, but the device can function sufficiently well without it! Additionally, support for Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc support should be a default feature.
11. FightForTheLost (Posts: 20; Member since: 25 May 2010)
This thing has a USB port I thought...lol. Also, most of us have WiFi at home/work/school or have a phone/other device that can drop a hotspot. So I don't see a whole lot of sense coming out of your "tablets are not independent" comment. I mean, I get that it's not a netbook. But they've certainly improved over what they used to be. And Google has some cloud tech that will allow for cloud printing/syncing of data, so I think it's pretty independent in that regard.
Not hating, I just don't fully understand it I guess. I'm looking to get the Xoom for college because I could type reports on it (with BT keyboard) and use it in other ways, too.