Motorola Exec Ends Speculation, Announces Xoom Pricing - HotHardware
Motorola Exec Ends Speculation, Announces Xoom Pricing

Motorola Exec Ends Speculation, Announces Xoom Pricing

There's no shortage of hype surrounding Motorola's upcoming Xoom tablet, which will debut as the world's first slate sporting Google's spiffy Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform. Unfortunately, the Xoom has also been accompanied by tons of pricing rumors. Will it cost $700 or $800 as some leaked slides have suggested, or (hold your breath) a whopping $1,200, as was displayed on a Best Buy product page that was quickly removed from cyberspace?

According to Motorola chief executive Sanjha Jha, this potentially game changing tablet will carry an unsubsidized price tag of $799 sold through Verizon Wireless. If you want the Wi-Fi only version, you can save yourself a couple of C-notes, as that one will run around $600.


In addition to clearing up the Xoom's pricing rumors, Jha also reiterated his company's commitment to Android.

"I am as focused on Android as I ever have been," Jha said. "As a result of Nokia adopting Microsoft it's possible that some of the other players will concentrate on Android. I hope there will be at least three or four. I love Android, but I hope there won't be just one."

As for Microsoft, Jha says he doesn't envision Motorola going that route, and while he conceded that could change in the future, he was adament that "it's not something we're entertaining now."
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Sweet... thats reasonable!

Also, i think HTC and samsung, perhaps LG are just smokin it now, offering a mixed bag of android and win7 devices... i doubt motorola will be the only company left with Android devices. There are tons more on the horizon from asian companies as well.

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Not a terrible price... but still pretty steep.

Getting off topic a bit... but is it just me or does it seem like WP7 is going no where?

Nothing worth while is coming out on the market and I haven't heard anything in the way of possible updates to WP7....

I have this uncomfortable feeling that Microsoft is gonna come out and say "Gotcha!" and pull WP7 off the market just like the Kin....

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noo, i think they're doing pretty good... 2 million phones last quarter... and we're midway into this quarter as well... and i can tell you, i'm noticing more and more win7 devices, especially around my campus... i see the hype for android dying. Keep in mind, up here in Toronto... the winter does crazy things to people!

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i think 600 is a good price for it. I mean the maxiPad is 499 with 16gb, and the xoom comes with 32gb of memory plus a dual core processor. I think it will do decently; i mean dont see anything coming close to doing what the ipad did as the only tablet on the market.

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Yeah the iPad basically had a monopoly market for a while. If you think about it this is a much more capable than iPad1, and from what it sounds like iPad2 as well, however; iPad3 is rumored to be coming ultra fast in the fall of this year. I can bet you it will be a multi network slate with capabilities for all broadcast types, or at least Wifi, Gma, CDMA, and LTE with no locked provider. I also bet it will be dual or quad processors with upgraded screen and graphics capabilities. Whereas the iPad 2 will just be a general refresh really with some upgrades like an A5, and the 3 will have the A9 or above type of CPU, and probably that super rez screen you were hearing was gonna be on the 2 device, and now we are pretty sure will not be there.

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That price is redonkulous. I like the device, but can't see it selling well at that price-point.

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