There were rumors previously about pricing for the Motorola Xoom tablet. Best Buy had made an ad that said the price would be $800. However, Best Buy started accepting pre-orders in stores for the Xoom for a whopping $1,199.
Now the pricing for the Xoom has been confirmed. The Motorola Xoom will cost $800 unsubsidized, meaning no contract, ad $600 for the Wifi only tablet.
Many people are sure to wince at these prices, but when compared to the iPad, the Xoom is a much better deal. A 32GB Wifi-only iPad costs $599. The Wifi only Xoom has the same memory space, but includes a dual-core processor, front and back-facing cameras, Flash support, and more. The 32GB Wifi and 3G iPad sells for $729, but its specs are far inferior to the Xoom’s.
These Xoom prices do not require a contract, but users are required to sign up for one month of Verizon data before activating the device. There is still no confirmed release date for the Motorola Xoom yet.
The glory of the Xoom might not last very long though, as Apple is expected to launch their iPad 2 in March.
I asked my local contact in Apple about what effect he thinks the release of the Motorola Xoom will have on Apple.
“The Xoom will definitely impact Apple’s iPad sales,” said my contact who as usual, seeks anonymity. “However, expect Apple to counter with a new product.”
More hints of a second-generation iPad? What product is likely to be released that can fight the barrage of new Android tablets? The only logical product that fits this bill is a new iPad.
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