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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: Lets compare features...
By madoka on 2/16/2011 3:16:21 PM , Rating: 4
You're absolutely right. The Xoom is totally feature and price competitive with the old gen ipad and will be for all of two weeks before the next gen ipad is released.

You don't gain market share against not just the market leader, but a near monopoly (Apple has about 75% of the tablet market) by pricing your product the same. The Xoom has FAIL written all over it and heads should roll for a blunder of this magnitude.


RE: Lets compare features...
By Netscorer on 2/16/2011 5:24:30 PM , Rating: 5
There is absolutely no reason for Motorola to fall over itself trying to underprice iPad. Tablet market is far from being saturated and at this time both vendors (plus bunch more) would find their customers without problem. Judging both tablets on the equal terms you would find that Honeycomb is a better OS then iOS, Jobs would rot in his grave before allowing USB or any non-proprietary connector, and for me, personally, not having to deal with iTunes is worth at least $100.


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