16
Mar
xoom wifi official

It's another day, and we have yet another bit of news about the Wi-Fi-only Motorola XOOM. Only, this time, the news is nothing less than concrete and final, as Moto themselves announced that the carrier-free version of the the 10.1" beauty will be hitting store shelves on March 27 for $599.

The manufacturer lists the retailers who are lined up to carry the slate later this month, including:

  • Amazon.com
  • Best Buy
  • Costco
  • RadioShack
  • Sam's Club (select locations)
  • Staples
  • Walmart

While they tell us it will have a $599 price tag, we would recommend keeping an eye on Costco and Sam's Club (if you have a membership already), as they generally sell their goods at lower prices than other retailers. I saw the Verizon XOOM marked at a mere $10 less than everywhere else at Costco last weekend, so we can't promise it will be a huge difference (if any), but also remember that training store pictures leaked of it ringing up at $539 at Sam's Club.

Of course the window of slightly over a month in between releases of the 3G and Wi-Fi versions of the XOOM will likely be welcomed by many. While Wi-Fi models available at launch would be nice, this is a vast improvement over the Galaxy Tab, which has been available since late last year and still doesn't have a carrier-free model (by the time it does, will anyone care?). You can bet that the release of the iPad 2 weighed heavily on the minds of execs in the process of keeping this time lapse shorter than it could have been.

Will you be picking one up? Let us know in the comments. You can see the full press release below:

Innovative new tablet experience to be available from more than seven leading retailers nationwide

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MMI), today announced the upcoming availability of MOTOROLA XOOM™ Wi-Fi edition from leading retailers across the United States starting March 27. Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club (select locations), Staples and Walmart will be offering the 10.1-inch widescreen HD tablet with Android™ 3.0 (Honeycomb) through both online and retail store channels. The MSRP for MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi with 32 GB of memory will be $599.

"MOTOROLA XOOM is a truly innovative tablet - its design, coupled with being the first tablet to have Android 3.0, results in a user experience that is one-of-a-kind," said Dan Papalia, vice president of retail sales for Motorola Mobility. "We are now continuing to expand the choices available to consumers with the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi to be available soon from numerous leading retailers in the United States."

In addition, the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi will be available to commercial IT channels and regional retailers through a distribution agreement with Synnex Corporation, and regional carriers through Brightpoint, Inc.

MOTOROLA XOOM showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience – including widgets, true multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization – on a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, enabling video content that's richer and clearer than ever before. With a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, MOTOROLA XOOM delivers exceptionally fast web-browsing performance.  The latest Google Mobile services include Google Maps 5.0™ with 3D interaction and access to more than 3 million Google eBooks and apps from Android Market™.  MOTOROLA XOOM also supports a Beta of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2 downloadable from Android Market, enabling the delivery of rich Flash based web content including videos, casual games and rich Internet applications. 

As the first device running Android 3.0, MOTOROLA XOOM benefits from our aggressive work with developers across the ecosystem through MOTODEV, Motorola's developer support program to enable world-class tablet and smartphone experiences. These devices will be able to access more than 150,000 applications within the Android Market as well as the rapidly increasing number of applications optimized directly for the Android 3.0 OS. In addition, thousands of Flash-based web applications and sites will become available for the MOTOROLA XOOM.

As a part of the company's commitment and leadership -- along with Google's -- to the Android ecosystem, Motorola announced a series of global developer events in 11 cities across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. These MOTODEV events give developers access to tools, support and Motorola's team of Android experts. The first of these events was hosted in San Francisco on March 1 and had more than 665 developers in attendance.

MOTODEV also recently announced a new testing and certification program for Honeycomb applications, encouraging developers to submit their applications to get early feedback and support on MOTOROLA XOOM performance. This is a part of the company's ongoing commitment to supporting the ecosystem in delivering high quality experiences to the consumer.

More information about MOTODEV tools, resources and events can be found at http://developer.motorola.com.

Source: PR Newswire

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  • Yose Llourinho

    Random.

    A tad too expensive, reading the reviews. I don't know if to buy an ipad2 or to wait till the android tablets get really cheap and really awesome on q4.

    This xmas will be the One Of The Tablet, grandmas and teches of the world rejoice, for the keyless revolution has come.

    Since I got my desire I use my main computer a 70% less. And sold my laptop. If the honeycomb tablets get better/cheap, I'll sell my desktop too. keyboards are for flowers.

  • iamsra

    Hmmm interesting. I'll make a neat comparison between the Samsung 10.1 Honeycomb and Xoom.
    Xoom looks to be expensive. Surely one can wait a while when prices drop by nearly a hundred $.

  • Franky

    I still find it incredibly stupid to overprice the Xoom like this. $600 for WiFi only? And the 3G-Version is $800?

    You do know, that contract-free 3G-USB-sticks are sold for something like 20 bucks over here (with contracts they usually come without any charge at all!!!). So what the heck are the other $180 for? They score a comfortable 900% increase in price for just building in the damn thing! To me this indicates that a few more parts of the Xoom might be comparably overpriced, thus we end up at these ridiculous numbers.

    Probably I’m repeating myself, but with this kind of greed motorola&co will wipe android-tablets right off the market instead of challenging apple, how they ought to!

    • godsfilth

      ipad 2 32gb wifi only is also 599 and dosnt have gps android or a large group of hackers eagerly awaiting a source code drop to get even more performance out of the machine so really 599 is competitively priced. i will say that 800 for the soon to be 4g was a bit much though

      • James

        Not to the average consumer - they don't care about hoards of hackers. The GPS sure, but that's not something most consider when purchasing a tablet.

  • Ray

    They forgot to mention one location brandsmart USA.

  • pax

    Toooooooooo expensive.