WiFi-only Xoom rumored to release on April 3rd for $539

The hotly anticipated Xoom hasn’t been out very long, has been receiving good reviews, and according to Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha, has been “off to a good start.” However many people have been holding out on purchasing the new Android Honeycomb tablet due to the high cost and the required data plan, instead waiting for a WiFi only version. According to a rumor at Droid Life, the wait may be soon be over: The WiFi Xoom is expected to be listed in Staples’ April 3 advertisement, with employee training on the device slated for March 23.

The site also reported late last week that Sam’s Club is rumored to be selling the WiFi Xoom for $539, including pictures of an end-cap full of the sleek tablets. It’s reasonable to assume that Staples would be selling the device for roughly the same price, although a price of $599 has been thrown around for awhile as well.

Over in the UK the WiFi Xoom will be available at PC World for £499.99. The site lists the release date as “1st week of April,” which cooresponds to the Staples’ rumor.

Is this rumored price more in line with what you were expecting the tablet to cost? Or are you still holding out for a lower price point?

Image Credit: Droid Life

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Apps are not the issue. All the Basic/Big Name Apps that exist for Apple are pretty much on the Android. It will take time to port them over to a tablet. What Android needs to focus on is gaming. Apple has that dominated on smartphones.

UndergroundWire said,
Apps are not the issue. All the Basic/Big Name Apps that exist for Apple are pretty much on the Android.

It might be different on Xoom but Samsung Galaxy and iPad right next to each other....
The Weather Channel - Apple App has a lot more eye candy on it
TuneIn Radio - Apple app has maps that you can zoom in and out of and a "cover flow" look to it
.
.
Most (not all) Apple Apps have a polished look to it compared to Android counterparts

BUT... on a browser related note - going to Home Depot dot com and doing a "search" renders its results in a FLASH format which iPad cannot render with Safari.
**Unless you use SkyFire or Puffin browsers

This by no means is an ipad killer. iPad starts at $499 for wifi only + the iPad is backed by way more apps.

P.S. not a apple fanboy but just stating the facts

Expecting an OS update on a Motorola Android product is futile. Even if an update is produced, the incompetency of the Motorola developers makes it unusable.

fuzi0719 said,
Expecting an OS update on a Motorola Android product is futile. Even if an update is produced, the incompetency of the Motorola developers makes it unusable.

I've only dealt with HTC products, but I think they've handled the Droid and Droid X pretty well. At least two updates for the original Droid. It's also important to note that the Xoom sports vanilla Android which makes the update process faster and seamless.

Is this what is wating to XOOM buyers when Android 4.0 & 5.0 will be out ?

Motorola won't update Charm or Flipout beyond Android 2.1

http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/t.../04/will_remain_610x309.png

Motorola has decided to pull back on plans to update its Charm (T-Mobile) and Flipout (AT&T) handsets with Android 2.2 Froyo.
Of course, that means that the smartphones, which were released with Android 2.1 back in the fall, will remain on Eclair indefinitely. The handsets join a growing list of Motorola phones being left behind on older versions of Android. Most recently, the company decided that the Cliq XT would stay on Android 1.5 and never see features such as Google Maps Navigation or live wallpapers.
Looking at the list of devices represented on Motorola's support page (see above chart), it's apparent that the company doesn't intend to spend much time or development on older devices. Let's hope that new handsets such as the Atrix 4G or Droid X get more than one update.

alexalex said,
Is this what is wating to XOOM buyers when Android 4.0 & 5.0 will be out ?

Motorola won't update Charm or Flipout beyond Android 2.1

http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/t.../04/will_remain_610x309.png

Motorola has decided to pull back on plans to update its Charm (T-Mobile) and Flipout (AT&T) handsets with Android 2.2 Froyo.
Of course, that means that the smartphones, which were released with Android 2.1 back in the fall, will remain on Eclair indefinitely. The handsets join a growing list of Motorola phones being left behind on older versions of Android. Most recently, the company decided that the Cliq XT would stay on Android 1.5 and never see features such as Google Maps Navigation or live wallpapers.
Looking at the list of devices represented on Motorola's support page (see above chart), it's apparent that the company doesn't intend to spend much time or development on older devices. Let's hope that new handsets such as the Atrix 4G or Droid X get more than one update.

No biggie if that happens. Those that know better will get the latest custom ROM.

UndergroundWire said,

No biggie if that happens. Those that know better will get the latest custom ROM.

Look up the original Droid's updates. The Droid X received Froyo at a reasonable date as well. The Charm, Flipout and Cliq are all lower end phones. That doesn't mean Moto shouldn't support them, but it does mean that the consumers who care about updates should invest more money in a higher end phone.

Jmaxku said,

Look up the original Droid's updates. The Droid X received Froyo at a reasonable date as well. The Charm, Flipout and Cliq are all lower end phones. That doesn't mean Moto shouldn't support them, but it does mean that the consumers who care about updates should invest more money in a higher end phone.

Not only that, Look at the following phones:
- G1 (first Google phone ever)
- Motorola Droid (first 2.0 Google phone)
- Motorola Xoom (first Honeycomb tablet)

The first two I mentioned are upgradeable to Froyou because they were first of there kind. Do you really think I'm worried about the Motorola Xoom.

P.S. Also meant for alexalex. LOL

Jmaxku said,

Look up the original Droid's updates. The Droid X received Froyo at a reasonable date as well. The Charm, Flipout and Cliq are all lower end phones. That doesn't mean Moto shouldn't support them, but it does mean that the consumers who care about updates should invest more money in a higher end phone.

So it is a "Leap Of Faith" to get an Android device because the longevity is a gamble? It would suck to be stuck in a 2 year contract on a device that cannot have a current OS on it... yikes

mjedi7 said,
Still 40 bucks more expensive than iPad 2, with those i will get the HDMI cable adapter, ja ja.

Comparatively the 539 price would be cheaper for 32GB model iPad2 (599).

If the Xoom Wifi were out right now for 539 I'd snatch it up, might have to visit the darkside this weekend though =Z

mjedi7 said,
Still 40 bucks more expensive than iPad 2, with those i will get the HDMI cable adapter, ja ja.

$40 more to get a Wifi only model that has (and Apple can't say they have that on there Wifi Only model ever for the iPad 2):
- aGPS
- Google Maps (With Navigation)
- Adobe Flash (coming soon)
- SD Card expandable (coming soon)

Jmaxku said,
"the required data plan"

Check your sources Christopher. This simply isn't true.


While it may technically not require a data plan, who's going to spend $800 for the device and not actually get the data plan?

Fezmid said,

While it may technically not require a data plan, who's going to spend $800 for the device and not actually get the data plan?

Early adopters that have other methods to access the internet ie. Tethering, WiFi

Fezmid said,

While it may technically not require a data plan, who's going to spend $800 for the device and not actually get the data plan?

I agree. You're an idiot if you buy the 3G one without the 3G service.

UndergroundWire said,

I agree. You're an idiot if you buy the 3G one without the 3G service.

Ok buddy, lets think outside of the box. Some people will buy the 3g/4g enabled just to get the product a.s.a.p. For me, I was intrested in activating the 3g/4g for a month or two while I visit my lake house which has no internet connection or wi-fi. Now I have heard of a $35 dollar activation fee--I don't know the specifics--that is charged everytime you activate the 3g/4g data, but it beats a two-year contract.

Jmaxku said,

Ok buddy, lets think outside of the box. Some people will buy the 3g/4g enabled just to get the product a.s.a.p. For me, I was intrested in activating the 3g/4g for a month or two while I visit my lake house which has no internet connection or wi-fi. Now I have heard of a $35 dollar activation fee--I don't know the specifics--that is charged everytime you activate the 3g/4g data, but it beats a two-year contract.

Buddy, I didn't say you have to have a two year contract now did I. I'm talking about the morons that paid full version for this device and canceled the data plan (which is not required anymore) right away. Now that's just stupid. Have some patience and wait for the WiFi model. They announced its existance at Mobile World Congress so saying you weren't sure is no excuse.