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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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RE: it priced competitively
By micksh on 2/16/2011 12:53:37 PM , Rating: 0
It is not priced competitively.
Wait until iPad 2 comes out and iSupply component breakdown published. iPad 2 will have cameras, dual core CPU, will cost comparable money to build and will be cheaper for user.

The problem is that Android tablet manufacturers are trying to get higher profit margin than Apple.
It will never work as it didn't work with Samsung Galaxy Tab. It was cheaper to build than iPad 16GB Wi-Fi but was priced higher. Look at their marked share.


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.


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