Motorola Xoom Family Edition announced

The Motorola Xoom was one of the first tablets that was released in the wake of Apple's launch of the original iPad. Now Motorola has announced plans to release a new and cheaper version of the Xoom. The company is calling it the Motorola Xoom Family Edition and it will go on sale exclusively at Best Buy stores this Sunday, October 16. The price will be $379, more than $100 cheaper than the cheapest current version of the Xoom. One of the reasons for the cheaper price is that the Family Edition has just 16 GB of storage while the regular version of the Xoom has 32 GB.

The Family Edition will use Google's Android 3.1 operating system. It also comes along with a number of applications and games that are pre-installed and are worth a total of about $40. Of course you can download and install even more apps via the Android Marketplace. The new tablet has a dual core 1 Ghz processor, a 10.1 inch touch screen, a five megapixel rear camera, a 720p front facing webcam, and WiFi connectivity (sorry, there's no 3G or 4G support here). There's no word on when the Xoom Family Edition will be sold outside of Best Buy.

In related news, Engadget reports that Verizon Wireless' Motorola Xoom customers are dealing with some delays in getting their 4G upgrade to the device. As compensation, Verizon is giving those Xoom owners an extra hardware device; a Xoom docking device that's normally worth $50.

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Why do tablet and phone manufactures charge so much for such a small amount of storage? How can moving from 16GB to 32GB cost $100? People still pay for it, which is quite surprising.

mrp04 said,
Why do tablet and phone manufactures charge so much for such a small amount of storage? How can moving from 16GB to 32GB cost $100? People still pay for it, which is quite surprising.

You answered your own question. People continue to pay for it.

mrp04 said,
Why do tablet and phone manufactures charge so much for such a small amount of storage? How can moving from 16GB to 32GB cost $100? People still pay for it, which is quite surprising.

You have to also factor in economies of scale. If you only sell 1/6 as many of the larger capacity devices, yet still have the costs associated with stocking an additional SKU (manufacturing, packaging, advertising, suppliers, etc), then the difference in price has to reflect that. So although the cost of the actual memory is minimal the cost of providing it is not.

At the end of the day if the demand wasn't there they wouldn't provide it. As they are competing on price it makes sense to focus on value for the base SKU and 16GB will be plenty for most users.

mrp04 said,
Why do tablet and phone manufactures charge so much for such a small amount of storage? How can moving from 16GB to 32GB cost $100? People still pay for it, which is quite surprising.

Because flash storage is more expensive than hard disk storage.
SSDs are so much costlier than their equivalent capacity HDDs.

mrp04 said,
Why do tablet and phone manufactures charge so much for such a small amount of storage? How can moving from 16GB to 32GB cost $100? People still pay for it, which is quite surprising.

Because flash storage is more expensive than hard disk storage.
SSDs are so much costlier than their equivalent capacity HDDs.

mrp04 said,
Why do tablet and phone manufactures charge so much for such a small amount of storage? How can moving from 16GB to 32GB cost $100? People still pay for it, which is quite surprising.

Because flash storage is more expensive than hard disk storage.
SSDs are so much costlier than their equivalent capacity HDDs.

WiCkeD SaM said,

Because flash storage is more expensive than hard disk storage.
SSDs are so much costlier than their equivalent capacity HDDs.


16gig of Flash don't cost 100€/$!!

Tablets are getting to a point where it's a good idea to have one handy in the house just for web browsing, email, youtube, etc. The 350ish pricepoint is excellent!

Problem is Android. I dont wanna be stuck with it. I'd rather wait for Win 8 but the wait is torrid! And it will be long before we see the day. Still another year. Another question that will arise is... would you chose an x64 processor or the soc... price matters a lot here.

I'd prefer you leave -out front or rare camera to further reduce the price ($200-kindle fire but with actual android! ). I personally would like to purchase a powerful tablet like this without cameras.

Varoon said,
I'd prefer you leave -out front or rare camera to further reduce the price ($200-kindle fire but with actual android! ). I personally would like to purchase a powerful tablet like this without cameras.

I'd rather you leave the front camera but make it at 5 MP. How would one do video conferencing on that device?

Why are almost all tablets single user devices? Not even the Xoom Family Edition supports multiple user accounts.

Windows 8 tablets will have them, so why not Android?

Ace said,
Why are almost all tablets single user devices? Not even the Xoom Family Edition supports multiple user accounts.

Windows 8 tablets will have them, so why not Android?


Seems that unlike NT Android wasn't designed from the ground up to be a multi-user OS…

MFH said,

Seems that unlike NT Android wasn't designed from the ground up to be a multi-user OS…

Well that or the simply (just as with phones) thought hey, lets not add proper support for multiple users, that way we'll probably end up selling a few more device per household...

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