Best Buy to begin Motorola XOOM pre-orders this Thursday at a price of $1,199?

Best Buy to begin Motorola XOOM pre-orders this Thursday at a price of $1,199?
Best Buy's online site sure got a lot of people up shaken up this morning when it showed a price of $1,199 for the Motorola XOOM. That price is about $400 more than what has been expected. First, let;s get to the main point of the story-Best Buy is expected to start taking pre-orders for the Honeycomb flavored device starting this Thursday. As far as the price is concerned, the $1,199 is most likely a placeholder, used by the big box retailer to keep its actual price looking a little more realistic.

Best Buy did confirm that one month of data will be necessary if you are planning on buying the XOOM through the retailer. And for those who might have forgotten, the Motorola XOOM certainly has some high-end specs such as the dual-core processor and the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 under the hood. The XOOM will launch as a 3G device, but will be upgradable to Verizon's 4G LTE network. The device offers both front and rear facing cameras with HD video capture.

The $1,199 price point does seem out of place as at no time since the tablet was first discussed in the media was there talk of such a price for the Motorola XOOM. The placeholder theory seems much more likely. And it really isn't such a bad tactical move by Best Buy because if they do introduce the device at a lower price-say $799-it will make that price seem like a great bargain when compared to $1,199.

source: BestBuy via Engadget

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1. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010


2. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Motorola can keep it at that price. I can get a Thunderbolt, a iphone and a ipad for that price. Motorola...the original Droid saved you....dont get over zealous Yet! You havent launched anything that spectacular since the original Droid... The X was ok...but nothing overwhelming

4. SmokeCrackMuch? unregistered

Um. Where do you learn math? Thunderbolt ~ $560 iPad ~ $500-700 iPhone ~ $500-600 That's without actually looking at any prices, just guessing off the top of my head. I didn't realize $500+500+500 =

5. SmokeCrackMuch? unregistered

Comment got cut off, was supposed to say " = less than $1200".

8. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

On contract Iphone 200 thunderbolt 250 iPad 600

3. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Launch at that price and Apple stock will triple.....

14. TechGuy1979 unregistered

I agree. I been Holding out wait for a Droid Pad. But for that price I will start using apple

6. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

From your screen name...yeah you are definately smokin...i knew some fool would do the here it is.. being that i have 5 lines in which 3 of them have a upgrade..i pay the promtional price..249 for thunderbolt..199 for iphone which leave me approx 750 to buy any tablet i want.. so you do the math and stop smokin...where did you get your retail numbers anyway...they are wrong. A thunderbolt will be 750 at bb off contract... so that stupid comment alone by you made me reply to your not correct statement

7. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Wtf yo. I was almost positive that id pick this up when it released, but for 1200! It disturbs me that people think paying that much for a tablet is acceptable. 5 things I could do with 1200. 1.get a complete new wardrobe 2.purchase a cheap car (with plenty of gas money) 3.wait and buy any of the dual core phones coming out and pay my bill for months. brand new alien ware computer or 1080p 3d tv 5.or just make it last for weeks. Motorola please don't do this to us. 700 had me thinking about it but 1200 lost me.

9. VJ unregistered

Samsung Galaxy Tab II just became so much more attractive !!!

10. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

WOW $1200 are they crazy...who would be stupid enough to pre-order now..when 2 or less then 3 week from today the Xoom will lanuch for $800..make no sense to spend an extra $400 for nothing

11. droid4all

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

$1199, Motorola can forget it. I was honestly gonna buy, but not for $1200. I can get a nice powerful Laptop for that kind of money. Sorry Moto but you just screwed up on this in regards to price.

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I wonder if the $1,200 includes a year of unlimited data at no additional charge? If it is $1,200 plus data charges, Samsung is going to do quite nicely with their 10 inch tablet. Even RIM might benefit from the price. I sure hope Moto hasn't let success get to their heads, 'cause they aren't going to sell many Xooms if the price is $1,200 plus data fees.

13. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

this will be dead in the water if it launches at that price. You would have to be a real tard to buy this for 1200$ when you can buy a great laptop that would blow this thing away. Of course, people buy Ipads so I may be mistaken.

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