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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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Not beating Apple on price
By Tony Swash on 2/16/2011 2:56:26 PM , Rating: 1
Apple have one of the best run supply side and production operations on the planet, they planned for the iPad for a long time. The iPad 2 first builds were already being tested at Apple as the iPad version 1 was being launched and the long term supply pipeline was put into place well in advance. As a result Apple priced the iPad very aggressively and still makes a handsome profit per unit. It will be very difficult to beat Apple on price and make a profit. Factor in Apple's integrated eco-system (common OS across devices, established and global easy payments system, retail outlets, the largest Apps library, the largest Media library etc) which add a lot of value to their products along with a cutting edge price and the other tablet makers will struggle to compete. Many will exit the market by 2012.




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