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
"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.
quote: It looks attractive when compared that way. However: 1. It won't be launched next Thursday. Actually, we don't know when it will be available. 2. It will be competing with iPad 2 - whatever the specs of that one is.
quote: I personally would rather own a laptop, but lets compare features...Motorola Xoom WiFi (32GB)-Price: $599-10.1" display, 1280 x 800 @ 160dpi-Processor: nVidia Tegra 2 dual-core-OS: Android 3.0-USB port(s)-HDMI port-5MP camera, 2MP video conferencing camera-1080p playback support (scaled, of course)-Sensors: accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, barometerApple iPad WiFi (32GB)Price: $599-9.7" display, 1024 x 768 @ 132dpi-Processor - 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 single-core-OS: Apple something-No USB ports-No HDMI ports-No cameras-720p playback support-Sensors: accelerometer, compassLooks like the WiFi version blows the iPad out of the water. 3G, not so much...