Motorola’s Xoom priced at $799 and Wi-Fi only at $600

 

A very large wave of Android based tablets are on the way folks look out! Unquestionably the Motorola Xoom is the leader of these tablets at this point, but a big looming question surrounding the Xoom is its price. The Honeycomb powered device was first introduced to the world at CES in Las Vegas early this year. Since then this Honeycomb filled Xoom has surely been sought after a few weeks of agonizing anticipation it seems the pricing has finally been made official, like right from the CEO official.

Motorola Mobility’s CEO Sanjay Jha has recently lifted the veil on the Xoom’s pricing and well, I can dig it. At MWC today Jha stated that a cellular connected Xoom via Verizon will come in at an unsubsidized price of $799 while a Wi-Fi only version will be priced at or “around” $600 bucks. Which seems odd to me as the price does not end in 99. The cellular version of the Xoom will have the ability to connect to Verizon’s 3G and LTE networks however they do not require a service contract, meaning no monthly bill. Pretty great price point in my opinion and I’m assuming Motorola’s as well. In regard to its largest competitor Jha also went on the record stating “Competing with Apple you have to deliver premium products,” an obvious strategic point of view. It is notable however the iPad and Xoom are very much rivals but the Xoom is upgradable to Verizon’s LTE 4G network. What makes this Xoom tablet so special you ask? Well let’s take a look. The Xoom from Motorola will use a 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, it has a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800, it rocks 1GB or RAM and its memory is expandable up to 32GB. The Xoom has a 2 mega pixel front facing camera as well as a 5 mega pixel rear facing camera and is capable of recording video in 720p and can also view video playback in 1080p. Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb will be the operating system of choice with the Xoom and no Motoblur (crowds cheer). Other details include an HDMI and USB 2.0 port, a barometer, accelerometer and a gyroscope. Compare that to the iPad and the in the tech/geek world the Xoom wins every day, this is of course before the advent of the iPad 2.

Priced right, set up beautifully with vanilla Android 3.0…I personally see no reason to not pick up a Xoom tablet. Tell us what you think of the pricing of the highly anticipated Xoom tablet from Motorola.

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