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Motorola XOOM Available at Best Buy on February 17?

When our sources informed us of Motorola XOOM pricing yesterday afternoon, we were left without an actual launch date, but assumed it was still on track for mid-February.  And today, a screenshot out of some sort of Best Buy internal system popped up showing a target date of February 17, which is about as good of a time as anyone could predict.  The 17th is a Thursday, and I think we all know how Verizon feels about Thursdays.  We had been hearing Valentine’s Day, so maybe we’ll get a pre-sale on that day?

As always, we’ll be digging for further confirmation.

Via:  Engadget

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  • AzJazz1

    If the price is over $500, who cares? Motorola has signed their own death-warrant.

    Geee … I thought that having the free Android OS was actually supposed to make the units cheaper, not more expensive. Sheesh.

    • Alex Sirman

      yea who cares, good hardware shouldn’t cost money!

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  • Anthony

    It comes out on my birthday! WOO!

  • Anonymous

    Unless the iPad 2 blows me away this will be a day-one purchase!

  • Vtxtank

    I have an *pad, the reason is there was no Android tablet of comparison available at the time. When I walk in to best Buy, I will BUY the XOOM, and go home and either give the *pad to my son or sell it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C5PNLJB6EIFI5OY7I7CJQYI72I Colin

    would verizon release the xoom and the thunderbolt at the same time? every time we hear something about the xoom ie. signage and stock info; the tb and xoom are always together. can we expect a feb 17th release for both?

  • Anonymous

    Other than throw in some really cool widgets and provide some new ui functionality what does the Xoom really do? I know its faster and quote “Designed for Honeycomb”.

    I think it is here to hoodwink us and xoom the wallets out of our back pocket.

  • Anonymous

    Other than throw in some really cool widgets and provide some new ui functionality what does the Xoom really do? I know its faster and quote “Designed for Honeycomb”.

    I think it is here to hoodwink us and xoom the wallets out of our back pocket.

  • atlas

    You guys are crazy, why would verizon subsidized a wifi only tablet?????? How do they make money on that????????????

    The wifi only verson isnt going to be less and it isnt coming out til much later (looking like april). the parts to make it 3g/4g are under $50, so no way they would sell it for $150-300 less like some of you are suggesting.

    Yes this may be overpriced, but it has its market and if you compare it to the 1st gen ipad when they 1st came out its practically the same price point.

    Verizon doesnt do contracts on there tablets at least not with the ipad and the Galaxy, so why would it be different for this???

    This is not a laptop, last i checked you dont have the convience of apps on a laptop (i could be wrong about this, havent looked in to this as I dont have the need).

    All this $799 price tells me is to wait to see what it can do and see what xda and other developers can make of this machine before I go out and buy it. I still plan on buying one, just might wait a month or 2 to make sure the hype is real.

    • http://syntakk.blogspot.com syntakk

      The thing is I don’t think it does have a strong market. It’s just too expensive. Sure there are some people who will buy it, but I don’t believe it will be nearly as many as they are hoping for.

      • atlas

        I never said they have a strong market, just said they have a market. If they were able to price it at $500 i bet they would sell nearly double since they will get the people who are looking to buy a netbook.

        But at $800, they are only targeting the tech savoy customers who must have the latest and best technology.

        I’d be curious to know if Moto thinks their tablet is superior to the ipad 2? I think they may, but we’ll just have to wait and see. I am using a rooted Droid 1 and find that it’s far better than the iphone 3 and not too far behind the iphone4, given that my D1 lacks some features that are no the standard for smartphones.

      • atlas

        I never said they have a strong market, just said they have a market. If they were able to price it at $500 i bet they would sell nearly double since they will get the people who are looking to buy a netbook.

        But at $800, they are only targeting the tech savoy customers who must have the latest and best technology.

        I’d be curious to know if Moto thinks their tablet is superior to the ipad 2? I think they may, but we’ll just have to wait and see. I am using a rooted Droid 1 and find that it’s far better than the iphone 3 and not too far behind the iphone4, given that my D1 lacks some features that are no the standard for smartphones.

    • Edensdesign

      The only mention that I am aware of for the Wifi Only version’s release date was by a South American Rep, and that rep indicated that the Wifi Only version of the XOOM would be released approximately one month prior to the 3G Version. (Referenced March for the Wifi April for the 3G if I remember correctly). Clearly those time frames do not match the N. America Launch Schedule.

      Verizon would not subsidize a wifi only tablet. VERIZON likely will not have a whole lot to do with the Wifi Version as that device will not use Verizon’s Network. (Unless the Wifi Version can be upgraded to use 3G or 4G data, just like the 3G version will be upgradeable to 4G [ as in the port that allows for the data network compatibility to be upgraded is present on all versions ]

      The price of a Wifi only device when there are wireless data enabled versions available as well, is almost always launched at significantly lower price. Now I am not saying we should expect it to be hundreds and hundreds less, but 649 would be reasonable in my eyes.

      Companies generally do not base prices solely on manufacturing costs, no one in their right minds would launch a wifi device and 3g device at a simliar price, that leaves no incentive to buy one over the other, That aside, the wifi only version would not offer subsidizing at all as the only reason any company subsidizes an item is if they offer a pricey service used by the device with which they make up the money ten fold through the contact offered.

      • atlas

        Yeah I know that they wouldnt launch them at the same price, but to me Verizon stands to make more money off the 3g/4g Xoom if they sell it at a lower price than the wifi only.

        Apple has their products priced from lowest to highest based on wifi or 3g along with hd capacity. The reason Apple can price their wifi cheaper then the 3g is b/c they dont care about selling out to the phone companys. On none of the ipads do you see an AT&T or a verizon logo.

        You serioulsy think Moto will be able to sell a wifi only version for less than Verizon can sell a 3g/4g verison? Why would Verizon agree to terms like that?

    • LinuxLover

      They will price it competitively with Apple iPad. The iPad is priced $629, $729, and $829 for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB with 3G and $499, $599, and $699 respectively. The number one law of economics is that pricing is a matter of supply and demand, and the second one is that a good or service will sell for whatever the market will bear, NO MATTER WHAT THE COST WAS TO MAKE IT. So, for Verizon/Motorola to price this device, that doesn’t have the app store that iPad enjoys, yet has better hardware spects, and the fact that there is a new iPad on the way very, very soon, more than the iPad itself, would be suicide in the marketplace.

      • LinuxLover

        The second numbers, $499, $599, and $699 are for wi-fi only versions, and those prices are directly from the Apple Store.

  • Trdracer21

    i will glady pay 600 for the tablet… with contract 400

  • Anonymous

    hey its a bit off topic but i was taking a look at the bionic on motorolas website and one of the thumbnails did not load. you wont believe the name that showed up in place of it. it was etna. code name? maybe im johnny come lately with this news but i didn’t snag a pic of it if its something you’d like to confirm.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah Etna is the codename for the BIONIC. :)

    • Anonymous

      Yeah Etna is the codename for the BIONIC. :)

  • Dshudson

    WiFi version.. and my Droid X with wireless tether, this is a match made in heaven.. All all over this! Name your price bi*ches!

  • mark

    cool on my birthday. Want one pretty bad maybe ill gift myself one.

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    I am going to grab this shiznit

  • http://dualsub.wordpress.com Randy A

    With Blur possibly coming in an update and a locked bootloader on the Xoom I am going to wait and see what the WebOS tablets look like. If they can attract some developers that just might be the one for me. I don’t like the current state of Android.

  • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

    $800 on contract and I will just go buy a MacBook Air 11. I think that this is unsubisidized pricing, but Verizon didn’t sub the Galaxy Tab, so they may call this premium and let i*ad 2 and whatever HTC has walk all over them. I would shell $550 on Two Year, but $800 plus my purchase of the $250 Thunderbolt is not going to happen. Phone takes priority. Come on Verizon, make the right choice, because you like to make a lot of stupid ones.

  • 0mie

    $499.99 on 2 yr contract ;)

  • Jwalk

    Agreed on sub-$500 for wi fi

  • Devz

    If it’s sub-$500 for the WiFi only version, sold. If it’s over $500, then forget about it.

    • Michael

      Even $500 is too much. You don’t even get an IPS display you only get some low-grade LCD.

  • http://twitter.com/Brisal73 Brian Salazar

    $500 and you got me

  • Anonymous

    If the price is $800, I don’t care when it hits the market.

    • Anonymous

      At that price Best Buy wont have to dedicate much space for stock. And the stack of two or three that they will have will get very dusty.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously. Whats with Verizon and Thursdays?