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.