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Told you so - the price of the XOOM will indeed be significantly less than $1,200 (at least according to Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha). In fact, if you decide to take the WiFi-only route, the tablet will cost just $600 - half of the price Best Buy put up (and subsequently took down). 3G connectivity will come with a $199 premium (jacking the price up to $799), though it's worth noting that the XOOM's radio will see an LTE upgrade sometime down the road.

Of course, there's probably one question on your mind: "How does this look next to Apple's pricing?" Well the cost of the WiFi-only model actually compares favorably - a 32 GB WiFi iPad costs $599, so the two tablets will be neck-to-neck. As for the 3G pricing, things are slightly less awesome - $799 is $70 more than a 3G-capable 32 GB iPad. However, it should be easy to see why the XOOM will cost more when the tablets' feature sets are put side by side; besides, the device is bound to see a price drop once it's been on the market for some time.

So, now that we know that the XOOM's price won't be overly extravagant, would you be willing to reconsider it? Or are you still firmly rooted amongst the haters?

Source: Reuters via Engadget

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • James

    Compare it to the iPad 2 (when it's released of course). Not a terrible price, though it's a little spendy.

  • Darius_bd

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    600 for wifi only and I can tether 3G from my cellphone... doesnt sounds bad. Now I just gotta check it against the Adam when it's finally released.

    • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

      Adam from Notion Ink? It's released already. You just won't get be able to get one unless you've pre-ordered.

      • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

        Did Adam get canceled?

  • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

    I'm still a hater. :P

  • Blah on Moto

    Moto is pricing the unit as if they were already number one. Predict them to flop on their face just like the Samsung tab. When you're playing catch up in the marketing world, you need to be better and cheaper to carve out market shares.

    • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

      I think you've hit the hammer on the head.

      It doesn't really matter how awesome this tablet is because Apple has already written the rules of engagement. Android tab manufactures will have to either do as you say and build a better product at a more attractive cost for the customer or change the game entirely.

      Let's not for get that though there have been several tablets that have been announced by Apple's competition, we have no clue when the iPad 2 will drop or what its features will be. Because of this, tablets that come out before the iPad 2 debuts are irrelevant UNLESS the iPad 2 is a worthless product.

      Imagine that the iPad 2 runs a dual-core chip. (I've heard rumors that the A5 is such a chip.) Imagine if the iPad 2 has 2GB of RAM instead of the paltry 256MB that it's running right now. Further presume that the screen stays the same but the device will put out HDMI. Add to the list a camera or two. If these are the only changes that Apple makes and they stick to their current price point, how does this imagined iPad 2 stack up against the Xoom?

      Conversely, let's assume that Apple doesn't bring the iPad 2 to market before the end of Q2 or that the product doesn't get may spec or feature bumps. Now, suddenly, the Xoom is a champion in the tablet market, provided other, better tabs don't come out in the meantime and that the Xoom is still in production.

      Apple has about a four month lock on being the market leader without making a move unless someone can redefine the tablet market.

      • MicroNix

        So Apple wrote the rules of engagement on phones too? So why are $200 Android devices selling? If the device is better than what Apple has out now, pricing it the same is *not* out of line. The iPad2 is as Apple calls other unreleased devices, "Vaporware" at this point. The XOOM not only goes head to head with the current iPad, it far surpasses it's capabilities. I still don't understand why everyone has such a hard-on for Apple being this unbeatable, unequaled manufacturer. They make great stuff, but open the eyes and look around. Apple is *not* setting the bar anymore and hasn't in phones since releasing the iPhone 4...

        • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

          I think it's the momentum theory. Apple had the breakthrough device, so in order to steal its thunder, you need a device that has as much if not more accolades from the general public/punditry, not just the fan boys. This is why I said I thought they had a three month lock. Beyond that, if Apple doesn't produce or the competition doesn't flop, Apple will lose their advantage over the rest o the market.

          Though I admit to being a fanboy, I wouldn't say I have a hard-on for Apple with regards to iPad vs. Xoom. I know the Xoom is a much beefier device. The question becomes "What can you do with the Xoom hardware that you can't do with the iPad?" Ironically, the answer to the question has little to do with the hardware and much more to do with the applications that are on top of the of OS.

  • Mike

    No way i will pay that much. I can do without

  • rambler358

    Another question to ask is if the LTE upgrade be free? And what will it cost to replace the internal battery when needed? And when is the WiFi only model coming out?

  • jason

    if the wifi only is $600 and 32GB i will most likely get one.

  • Ken

    My buying decision will be heavily influenced by one little question:

    How hard will it be to root?

    • Blah on Moto

      If pass history & the tweets are any indication, they will make it as hard as possible. Just look at any of the droid (TM) phones.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

        I actually think the XOOM will have an unlocked bootloader since it's:
        1.) A Google Experience device
        2.) Google's flagship Honeycomb tablet
        Still, I could be wrong here - don't quote me on this!

  • Squid

    made by motorola? check
    still overpriced? check

    skipping by this tablet and waiting for something better? priceless.

  • Daniel Greer

    At $600 I would look. That is reasonable for what is currently available.

  • Steve

    Unlike my Droid X (which I got as soon as possible after it was released), I'm going to wait on this... I'm probably still going to get one, but I'll wait until I see if it'll have a locked bootloader like other Moto devices, and what kind of fun stuff the community can do with it. Plus for reviews, of course... As far as Wi-Fi vs. 3G...well, again I'll wait to see what kind of fun stuff is available. For the 3G I don't care since I could just tether it to my DX, but once the LTE/4G capability is available, that could be nice depending on the apps.

  • bpw

    It's probably a safe bet that most will wait for this kind of product to come down to well under $500, and it wouldn't be surprising to see some at half of that.

    • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

      I don't think you'll see the Xoom dip under $500 during its prime.