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Motorola's Xoom gets a lower price of entry

The 3G version of the Motorola Xoom is already in stores, but a cheaper, Wi-Fi-only version will soon be on the way. Motorola announced today that the Xoom Wi-Fi will officially be available on March 27 at a number of U.S. retailers including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples, and Walmart. 

Whereas the Xoom 3G (soon to be 4G) starts at a lofty $799 without contract ($599 with contract), the Xoom Wi-Fi will start at $599 with no strings attached. That price tag gets you a 10.1" tablet running Android 3.0, a 1280x800 screen resolution, dual-core processor and 32GB of storage space. That pricing also puts it in direct competition with Apple's 32GB iPad 2 (Wi-Fi-only model).

There is no word on whether Motorola will introduce an even cheaper 16GB Xoom at a later date to go head-to-head with Apple's 16GB iPad 2.

“MOTOROLA XOOM is a truly innovative tablet – its design, coupled with being the first tablet to have Android 3.0, results in a user experience that is one-of-a-kind,” said Dan Papalia, vice president of retail sales for Motorola Mobility. “We are now continuing to expand the choices available to consumers with the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi to be available soon from numerous leading retailers in the United States.”

Hopefully this cheaper variant of the Xoom will help to spur sales. Analysts are already reporting that Xoom sales are "underwhelming" compared to the overachieving iPad 2.



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RE: Sorry
By theapparition on 3/16/2011 12:20:17 PM , Rating: 2
One of the reasons I bought a Nook Color back in December. But even after rooting and playing around with different ROMS, it left me wanting more.

I was going to wait for the Wifi Xoom, but took the pluge and bought the subsidized one with data plan. I have to say, been pretty impressed with it so far.


RE: Sorry
By therealnickdanger on 3/17/2011 11:17:14 AM , Rating: 2
The Xoom is nice for sure. I'd be tempted if it wasn't so damned expensive though.

So I have to say that there's a huge desparity here. We were promised that Android tablets would be cheap, right? I know that I can go out an buy any one of the hundreds of "aPad" models and other Chinese SKUs, but why must we wait for inexpensive name-brand SKUs?

If Apple, the king of overpriced annual landfill fodder, can charge $499 for something as great as the iPad 2, then why the hell are we not seeing comparable Android tablets for less? Is it really that hard to compete or is Apple losing money on them? LOL (Even I have to laugh at that one.)


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