Motorola Xoom's Hefty (and Unconfirmed) Price Tag

By Cindy Waxer February 07, 2011

A leaked (and unconfirmed) advertisement reveals that Motorola might ask consumers to shell out a whopping $800 for its upcoming Android Honeycomb-powered tablet. Technology blog Engadget reports that a Best Buy ad for the Motorola Xoom features a $799.99 price tag, along with the warning that the Xoom’s WiFi abilities will be deactivated unless the purchaser signs up for a one-month Verizon Wireless data plan. The ad also outlines data plans for the Xoom, starting at 1GB for $20 a month up to 10GB for $80 a month.

Previously, reportedMotorola introduced the Xoom by giving a quick peek to attendees at January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Xoom is a 10.1-inch tablet that features dual-core processing, an Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system from Google, and offers 1080p HD video content, the company said in a press release on its website. that

Among its features, the Xoom has:

  • A 2-megapixel camera facing the front to show video chats over WiFi or 3G/4G LTE;
  • A 5-megapixel camera facing the rear to show video in 720p HD.

In a review from the Washington Post, it was noted that the Xoom has a bigger screen and higher resolution that the Apple iPad. Xoom is the first tablet using Honeycomb.

Marni Walden, Verizon Wireless’ chief marketing officer, said that the Xoom, “gives consumers complete access and control of their favorite personal content and work files whether through our nationwide 3G network, or through our lightning-fast 4G LTE network as it rolls out around the country,” according to a company statement.

The Xoom starts as a 3G/WiFi-enabled device during the first quarter of 2011 with an upgrade to 4G LTE during the second quarter of this year. In the second quarter, the Xoom will start to be a 4G LTE/Wi-Fi-enabled device, the company said.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

TechZone360 Contributing Editor

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