Motorola Xoom pricing now official - $599 with 2 year contract, $799 without

The wait is over - the pricing for Motorola's new Xoom Android tablet has been announced and it's pretty much as-expected.

Buyers looking to snap up a Xoom have two choices; take out a two-year contract and get the hardware for $599, or bite the bullet and swallow a $799 outlay right off the bat. Whichever way you decide to slice it the new Android tablet-of-choice will be available from Thursday.

The two-year contract will set you back $20 per month which gets you 1GB of mobile data which as AndroidCentral points out, won't last too long once the tablet starts using Verizon's LTE network some time in the second quarter of 2011.

Unfortunately for those not wanting to use their machines outside a WiFi network there are still no details on a WiFi-only model, which is a shame considering that's the entry-level model we'd expect the majority of new Android customers would be shooting for.

Interest in the Xoom is high thanks to it being the first device to market with Google's new Honeycomb version of the Android operating system. The first tablet version of Android, Honeycomb offers a new user interface specifically designed for larger screens. Coupled with a 1GHz dual-core processor, the Xoom is expected to be the tablet to beat in early 2011.

Check out the full press-release from Verizon below.

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., Feb. 22, 2011 BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the Feb. 24, 2011 availability of the innovative new Motorola XOOM™ tablet, which won the coveted CNET Best of Show award at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show for being "the most potentially disruptive technology." The first device to run Google's new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, the Motorola XOOM will be available for purchase from Verizon Wireless for $599.99 with a new two-year customer agreement or $799.99 without a contract. Wireless 3G data service for the Motorola XOOM will begin at $20 monthly access for 1GB. The Motorola XOOM will be upgradeable to 4G LTE service at no additional charge in the second quarter of 2011.

A powerhouse in both software and hardware, the Motorola XOOM is built around a 1GHz dual-core processor and 10.1-inch widescreen HD display. The sleek, stylish design features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats, as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures video in 720p HD.

The Motorola XOOM showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience that improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization, as well as featuring the latest Google™ Mobile services. The Motorola XOOM also features full support for tabbed browsing and support for the Adobe® Flash® Player, available soon as a free download, to enjoy all the video and other rich content available on the Web. For additional information about upgrading their XOOM to 4G LTE, customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/Xoom4GLTEUpgrade starting Thursday, Feb. 24.

 

 

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I don't get american pricing...
599$ is a "good price" but 799$ is something you have to swallow?
599$ + 24 months of 20$ = 1079$.

And then you are not tied to one operator, and you can choose the subscription that fits you best...

Could someone please explain why it's MORE expensive to pay up front? At first glance it doesn't make economic sense.

Is it because you aren't "locked" to Verizon if you buy it up front?

So the $600 wi-fi only answered the inital "no wi-fi only" objections.

http://phandroid.com/2011/02/1...m-versions-confirmed-video/

Bam!

Now for the locked bootloader objections...

http://phandroid.com/2011/02/2...kablerelockable-bootloader/

Bam!

Now for the "no Flash objections"...

http://phandroid.com/2011/02/2...10-2-coming-in-a-few-weeks/

Bam!

Now for the "no Micro SD/4G LTE objections"...

http://www.androidcentral.com/...-software-patch-microsd-use

Bam!

I'm happy with everyhting about this tablet, but that's just me. Others love to compare it to a netbook, and that just doesn't fly with me. I think the Xoom is going to be a huge hit. We'll see : )

"Coupled with a 1GHz dual-core processor, the Xoom is expected to be the tablet to beat in early 2011."

Expected? By whom?

they can't success with these level of pricing and no matter what food you put into it just don't worth while it's only making price of apple product much more compelling to own it .

And those App ain't even ready yet as only few of it that's modify by google..although many people thought that the iPad is just a giant iPod touch but the potential for that device is huge and if people who really discover deep enough with all the apps will gradually realize how powerful the iPad can deliver! Android Tablet is picking up fast...but with this pricing and availability of app just don't justify the overall of purchasing it..will consider if it's 555 Off Contract USD!!

Priceless90 said,
they can't success with these level of pricing and no matter what food you put into it just don't worth while it's only making price of apple product much more compelling to own it .

And those App ain't even ready yet as only few of it that's modify by google..although many people thought that the iPad is just a giant iPod touch but the potential for that device is huge and if people who really discover deep enough with all the apps will gradually realize how powerful the iPad can deliver! Android Tablet is picking up fast...but with this pricing and availability of app just don't justify the overall of purchasing it..will consider if it's 555 Off Contract USD!!

Question: How long did it take the Android Market to compete with the App Market?

Answer: About a year.

I have zero concerns about developers buying into Honeycomb.


Jmaxku said,

Question: How long did it take the Android Market to compete with the App Market?

Answer: About a year.

I have zero concerns about developers buying into Honeycomb.


the game will forever be the same..the fact is Android is copying iOS in the market by modifying those app specify for Tablet..i don't blame them for making this decision but will rather happy to see google can show us something different..now might as well call it Giant Android. PLus...don't get me wrong for bashing android..i'm very disappoint that Google always follow Apple when it come to battle mobile OS..despite their So Call "OPEN" . Other than that i'm satisfy with Google.

Priceless90 said,

the game will forever be the same..the fact is Android is copying iOS in the market by modifying those app specify for Tablet..i don't blame them for making this decision but will rather happy to see google can show us something different..now might as well call it Giant Android. PLus...don't get me wrong for bashing android..i'm very disappoint that Google always follow Apple when it come to battle mobile OS..despite their So Call "OPEN" . Other than that i'm satisfy with Google.

http://phandroid.com/2011/02/0...aling-for-screen-size-easy/

Developers will have a much easier time writing code for Honeycomb than they did with the previous versions of Android. Calling this a "Giant Android" is just foolish. Honeycomb is tablet specific. Just check out the Neowin article from last night that details Honeycomb being ported to the Nexus One. It doesn't feel natural on a phone. As far as Android copying Apple, I don't think that's fair either. There are plenty of Android features that came before iOS: mobile hot-spot, multi-tasking, NFC support, video chat (Evo-Qik-no native support). It goes both ways. iOS had pinch-to-zoom first, as well as many other features that Android adopted. It's also important to note that Android was created before iOS--Google just hadn't bought them out yet.

leo221 said,
fail for the price > ipad's $499. they need to make a cheaper version

The Xoom has much better specs than the iPad how is that fail? And only for a $100 more...

NeoRaZor said,

The Xoom has much better specs than the iPad how is that fail? And only for a $100 more...

Because the iPad is a year old device so if it didn't beat it on specs it would be a laughing stock. Expect the iPad 2 to have the same/better specs than this but keep the same price

DomZ said,

Because the iPad is a year old device so if it didn't beat it on specs it would be a laughing stock. Expect the iPad 2 to have the same/better specs than this but keep the same price

What is the word on iPad 2 pricing?

NeoRaZor said,

What is the word on iPad 2 pricing?

Also how is the competing with the iPad? I don't see how you could compare the iPad maybe the iPad2 however that device is still months away from market. Xoom looks to be a far better device spec wise, time will tell once it hits the market...

NeoRaZor said,
The Xoom has much better specs than the iPad how is that fail? And only for a $100 more...

It doesn't cost "only $100 more" because you're stuck with a 2-year contract in the process, which is going to be a huge turn off. Something people fail to realize is that Apple's most popular iPad model is the 16 GB Wi-Fi only one. They don't care about blazing fast specs for a tablet, they just want a nice tablet to browse the internet, look through their emails, watch a series from time to time and maybe type some stuff.

I don't think the Xoom will catch on because it's pretty expensive for what people need it to do and perhaps even over-specced for most. Especially not if the iPad 2 will spot similar specs (except for having a Wi-Fi only option and choice in amount of storage) while maintaining its current price point.

NeoRaZor said,

The Xoom has much better specs than the iPad how is that fail? And only for a $100 more...

so what xoom's better specs? for 99.99% of non-geek markets, 499 ipad wins. yes we geeks would like better cpu, more ram, usb ports, freedom of appleless...etc, but the truth is we are minorities. we aren't deciding factor of what product will succeed or fail. I don't own any tablet devices yet. I own nexus one and glacier. I would love device manufactures to make clean hardcore specs with no OS and unlocked boot loaders so I can load my fav rom. but a device maker doing that will fail.

iamawesomewicked said,

Most likely the same as the iPads pricing.

yeah, most likely. dual core cpu + camera + thiner lighter for same price as 1st gen ipads. suppose that's all true, who would spend 800 for xoom or any android tabs for that price? android was lucky for the reason iphone was locked to at&t. it's very hard for android tablets to repeat what they did in phones.

with that said. make xoom 499 and rootable, I'll buy one.

Edited by leo221, Feb 22 2011, 6:06pm : edit

leo221 said,

yeah, most likely. dual core cpu + camera + thiner lighter for same price as 1st gen ipads. suppose that's all true, who would spend 800 for xoom or any android tabs for that price? android was lucky for the reason iphone was locked to at&t. it's very hard for android tablets to repeat what they did in phones.

with that said. make xoom 499 and rootable, I'll buy one.

and no contract of course.

This thing obviously pwns the iPad in every way possible so I don't see the issue with paying more for it. Once you adjust to the Android OS and its feature set (not to mention everything Honeycomb has added), other than not having a hardware keyboard, it becomes MUCH more powerful and valuable than a netbook. I for one do NOT enjoy staring at an ugly netbook UI, as they all still remind me of my HP Jornada lol

Ridgeburner said,
This thing obviously pwns the iPad in every way possible so I don't see the issue with paying more for it. Once you adjust to the Android OS and its feature set (not to mention everything Honeycomb has added), other than not having a hardware keyboard, it becomes MUCH more powerful and valuable than a netbook. I for one do NOT enjoy staring at an ugly netbook UI, as they all still remind me of my HP Jornada lol

Finally! A sensible response. That has been my argument all along. How is it ok to draw a one on one comparison between a netbook and an iOS/Android tablet? Are they not three completely different operating systems? Are iOS and Android not multi-touch based OSs? I find netbooks to be boring. My mobile computing needs are primarily for entertainment purposes--save e-mail. If I want to run a program... say Photoshop... I will not run it on a netbook while sun bathing outside on a picnic. I will run it from my PC/laptop in my office/home. Mobile computers are outselling PCs, and eventually all your computing needs will be kept in your pocket ready to interact with dumby computer shells.

NerdUno said,
No 4G + No microSD support + No Flash = No Thanks!

4G and Flash will be coming out shortly for no extra cost.

NerdUno said,
No 4G + No microSD support + No Flash = No Thanks!

4G and Flash will be coming out shortly for no extra cost.

NerdUno said,
No 4G + No microSD support + No Flash = No Thanks!

It has Flash pre-installed. It's just not optimized for the Xoom's resolution. Adobe already stated that Flash 10.2 (optimized for the Xoom) will come out in a few weeks. A software update that enables the MicroSD will be available in the future. Until then isn't 32 g of internal memory more than enough?

NerdUno said,
No 4G + No microSD support + No Flash = No Thanks!

putting the definition or 3G/4G debate aside, I question if 4G is much more useful than 3G. at decent 3mb down 1mb up speed, you pretty much max out what tablets as of now can do. what else can you do at 20mb down 5mb up?

If prices remain roughly the same with the iPad 2 it seems like Apple doesn't have much to worry about.

Totally not worth it! For that price I could get a decent netbook even a cheap laptop with an i5 or i3 or an AMD Fusion APU with way more functionality than this junk. I really don't get the manufacturers falling over themselves to release tablet crap. Honeycomb from what I have seen suffers from the same lag that most android devices do. I'd rather stick with Windows 7 thank you and guess what? I can print!

redavenger said,
Totally not worth it! For that price I could get a decent netbook even a cheap laptop with an i5 or i3 or an AMD Fusion APU with way more functionality than this junk. I really don't get the manufacturers falling over themselves to release tablet crap. Honeycomb from what I have seen suffers from the same lag that most android devices do. I'd rather stick with Windows 7 thank you and guess what? I can print!

Hey wow..I can print from a tablet too. It's called Google Cloud Print.
Also name one thing that you would do on a netbook, that is impossible to do on a tablet?

SharpGreen said,

Hey wow..I can print from a tablet too. It's called Google Cloud Print.
Also name one thing that you would do on a netbook, that is impossible to do on a tablet?

Type on my hardware keyboard!

Zing! any more brain busters?

Whats that going to cost another 2-300 bucks? TOTALLY NOT WORTH IT! Again a Windows based netbook is still a lot better value, has tons more software available and is not locked down near as much as Google's 'open' OS. Seriously what is the point of these? I really don't see this doing well against iPad or the already excellent Windows netbooks.

SharpGreen said,

Hey wow..I can print from a tablet too. It's called Google Cloud Print.
Also name one thing that you would do on a netbook, that is impossible to do on a tablet?

Play wow

The Black Mamba said,
too danm expensive. I might as well buy the New Vaio C laptops with windows 7 Proa and 7 hours battery life.

+1 I totally agree

The Black Mamba said,
too danm expensive. I might as well buy the New Vaio C laptops with windows 7 Proa and 7 hours battery life.

+3 I would hate myself but... I'd get an iPad for that price.