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Motorola's CEO spills the beans on Xoom pricing

Reuters today confirmed what we already know about the Motorola Xoom (3G/CDMA) -- it will be priced at $799 unsubsidized through Verizon. There will also be a Wi-Fi-only model available for $599. 

"Competing with Apple you have to deliver premium products," said Sanjay Jha, Chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility.

The $799 price tag for the Xoom 3G will get you 32GB of storage space, a 10" display, and a dual-core processor. Despite it devilishly good looks and sleek Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" operating system, the data plans for the tablet may be a little bit harder to swallow. Data packages are reported to start at $20/month for a mere 1GB and top out at $80/month for 10GB. 

Motorola's Xoom will officially launch next Thursday. 

Jha also chimed in on the whole Nokia/Microsoft saga, stating, "I am as focused on Android as I ever have been. As a result of Nokia adopting Microsoft it's possible that some of the other players concentrate on Android," Jha continued. 

These comments come just a day after another Motorola exec expressed no interest in adopting Windows Phone 7 for its smartphones. "I don't envision us using Microsoft. I would never say never but it's not something we're entertaining now," said Verizon Corporate VP Christy Wyatt.



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it priced competitively
By superPC on 2/16/2011 12:25:45 PM , Rating: 3
it uses most of the same component as in viewsonic g tablet. and that is priced at 450$. so xoom is not that bad (considering it will have better screen and better build). it's also competitive with apple and upgradeable to 4G (firmware upgrade i presume).

but still this is not for me. i'm eagerly awaits samsung sliding pc 7 http://www.dailytech.com/Samsung+Shows+Off+TabletN... ...




RE: it priced competitively
By micksh on 2/16/11, Rating: 0
RE: it priced competitively
By quiksilvr on 2/16/2011 1:17:05 PM , Rating: 2
I have to agree. Why is it $200 more just to get 3G connectivity? It isn't even LTE! It should be $499 for the 32GB and $599 for the 32GB with 3G.


RE: it priced competitively
By mcnabney on 2/16/2011 2:39:47 PM , Rating: 3
Who on earth would want a netbook that 'tries' to run Windows 7 Premium on a 1.6ghz Atom?


By StraightCashHomey on 2/16/2011 2:59:32 PM , Rating: 2
I wish they'd have a Win 7 Professional or Enterprise offering for domain support.


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