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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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So much for the "Apple always costs more" argument
By Commodus on 2/16/2011 2:58:24 PM , Rating: 2
We knew this was likely, but it's pretty telling that the Xoom costs $70 more than an equivalent 3G iPad -- and the new iPad will likely be very close in features. Not to mention that there's no 16GB Xoom to get the price down.

The irony? The Xoom on 3G will require paying for at least one month of 3G (plus activation) just to use the Wi-Fi; Verizon's disabling Wi-Fi on it until you do. A 3G iPad comes unlocked and fully usable even if you never touch AT&T.

So much for Android being open and cheaper.

By Red Storm on 2/16/2011 3:20:25 PM , Rating: 3
Last I checked the Xoom was made not by Google (makers of Android), but by Motorola. The issue is with them and/or Verizon, not Google or Android.

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