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."