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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 cmdrdredd on 2/17/2011 7:44:02 PM , Rating: 2
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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.


From my reading the Android marketplace won't be available on the Xoom. Instead you have Motorola's version with only approved and tested apps on it. Meaning that the thousands of apps on your phone probably don't even work on the new OS and new device. Apple has this in the bag really. They have many thousands of apps that work right now, and every iphone app also works on the ipad.


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