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Motorola XOOM Pre-Order Page Goes Up at Best Buy with $1199 Price Tag (Updated)

The Motorola XOOM site has gone live at BestBuy.com/Xoom and the world has officially come to an end, or at least that’s what my inbox is telling me.  The device is showing a price of $1199 and as far as I know, it’s not a mistake, at least for now.  Our sources at BBY have been telling us this number for a week now, but we’ve avoided it as the price likely won’t be anywhere near its 24th launch date.

Update: BestBuy.com/Xoom is now a dead page.  Whoops!   

You might remember the $799 price we confirmed through next Sunday’s ad?  As far as we know, that’s the price you’ll pay if this is to be your next tablet and if not, well, we aren’t going there because $1199 is not happening.  We’re hearing that the $1199 price is sort of the non-data price, but it’s hard to tell since the new landing page also mentions the “1 month data activation required.”

In related news, the pre-order starts on Thursday just like we said it would.  Of course, we better see that old $799 price return in a hurry or I doubt any of us will be taking advantage.  Trust me though, this will not be the price you pay on the 24th.  (God, I hope not anyway.)

Cheers to everyone who sent this in!

  • chris

    Wow they really want this to fail.

  • Anonymous

    With $550 cost to BB, post early adopter price gouging, makes a $ 650 3g/4g XOOM doable for BB. And opens the door for a sub $ 500 wifi only XOOM. Hows a $ 450 wifi XOOM hit you. Kicks the hell out of iPad/iPad2.

  • Anonymous

    This article gives a lot of room for hope though. According to the info that came along with this, internal cost information put the XOOM at $ 550. to BB. After the early adopter gouging subsides, BB could easily sell this device for $ 650 and maintain their usual markup. At that price kicks the hell out of the iPad. And iPad 2 spec will likely be similar, it will still be a kiss ass price. And with these cost numbers for 3g/4g enabled XOOMs’, it opens the door for a sub $500 dollar wifi only XOOM. Hows a $ 450 wifi only XOOM hit you. Starting to get excited.

    • k6tcher

      Agree.

      However, By then there will have been several OTHER Honeycomb tablets on shelves at the sweet price of $400 – $600 already. Why wait on the Xoom? It is not that great. The Toshiba looks better IMO.

      Maybe the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will have a WiFi version out by then too. It looks awsome!

      • Anonymous

        Agree. So we all win with the competition Android creates in its own ecosystem. Just wait until Samsung, HTC and LG get here. With Honeycomb, the future of Android tablets is looking really bright.

  • Alvinm 77

    Im a techy and really wanna give this thing a shot but Ive never owned a tablet. Whats the true purpose of one??? Will it replace my 18.4″ laptop that I hate lugging around, what does it do that my Droid X, Droid Incredible, and adding to the team tomorrow the HTC Thunderbolt (Best Buy told me today to pick it up at 7 am tomorrow !!!) cant do??? Is 3.0 just a fancy Android OS…. Someone talk me into buying one or not getting one.

    • k6tcher

      OK, here is some advice on tablets:

      Person who buys tablet at $1200 = idiot with $$$ (Needs to somehow win a Darwin Award).

      Person who buys tablet at $800 = a giant douche with an ego to match (or an iDouche).

      Person who buys a tablet at a more reasonable price = the embodiment of Android OS..

  • Troighe

    I would not pay $800 dollars for a tablet why the hell would someone pay 1200 and sum for a tablet. What a waste.iPad and Xoom both overated.

  • Anonymous

    $1200?!?! Are BestBuy/Moto out of their freaking minds??? My computer didn’t even cost that much (and its custom built with a i7 950 and 6gb of DDR3)!

    I see maybe 1% of the total population that wanted it originally actually buying it.

  • Chris

    $1200? But april fools day is in 2 months. If i wanted to read a joke i’d open the newspaper and look at the comics section.

  • k6tcher

    Hey!!

    I got it… I got it….

    This is eBay’s price!

    ;^)

  • k6tcher

    Hey!!

    I got it… I got it….

    This is eBay’s price!

    ;^)

  • Anonymous

    i am getting one for sure. thing is my company will reimburse…very expensive for a mere web and email device. oh yea, forgot, watching movies….

  • Anonymous

    i am getting one for sure. thing is my company will reimburse…very expensive for a mere web and email device. oh yea, forgot, watching movies….

  • Anonymous

    Ok, i was on the fence on this when i seen the $799 price tag. Add in all accessories ($60 buy back program, $40 for the portfolio case, $30-40 for the invisible shield). Then 7% tax you have to add to all this I should be walking out close to $1000. I am happy to see this price on BBY’s site. Makes me rethink droping all this money. Maybe I will make my work pay for it.

  • Anonymous

    Ok, i was on the fence on this when i seen the $799 price tag. Add in all accessories ($60 buy back program, $40 for the portfolio case, $30-40 for the invisible shield). Then 7% tax you have to add to all this I should be walking out close to $1000. I am happy to see this price on BBY’s site. Makes me rethink droping all this money. Maybe I will make my work pay for it.

  • NYCLawyer

    Maybe that’s the price for the one that didn’t work at CES?

  • Anonymous

    oh motorola.

  • http://twitter.com/EdwardCrosby EdwardCrosby

    Absolutely ridiculous

  • http://twitter.com/ncoulombe Nathan Coulombe

    $1200?? How in the world to they plan to compete with the iPad with a price like that?

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t even pay that, and I’m pretty sure you all know how much I want the Xoom.

    If I go in on Thursday to preorder and they say that’s the price, my response will be, “you are seriously fu#*in high”, in my Will Ferrell voice.

    • Scott Strool

      I am with you there. I am going on Thursday to order it for $799, (I wanted it to be $699). If its more I might just laugh until I start to cry and walk out!!!!

      Then I will go to the VZW store and do the same thing.

      In fact, I think we should all go the BB on Thursday and not order it.

  • Tabe

    That would even be ridiculous for a no data price! Hell, $799 a crazy WITH data price IMHO…

  • WormDoes

    Just lost ALL interest in this product

  • Anonymous

    Thats just a place holder, read android central. Its just a place holder. Its still 800.

  • http://twitter.com/JennGrover Jenn Grover

    Is it possible they throw out the different price rumors to see how much they think they can sell these for?

  • http://www.facebook.com/superskerple Stephen Parker

    Jesus. That’s a little extreme, wouldn’t you say?

    • Jesus

      Yes, Jesus agrees.

  • http://twitter.com/JennGrover Jenn Grover

    I can buy a pretty loaded laptop for that….they can’t really be serious.

  • Freakoffashion01

    I know many readers hate the comments that are SOOOO negative, but this is ridiculous! I had my hopes set on this….. get and then ROOT it….. but not anymore….. even if they do drop it down to 800.00 (which i thought was too high when it leaked)….. only price now that I will consider, is 500.00 or less…..

    They lost my respect with this whole psychological trauma

    • Parrotheadmjb

      Who? Bestbuy or Motorola? For all we know this is Bestbuy playing games or being ignorant, Verizon hasn’t said anything nor has Moto… all ya’ll have done is go off rumors until this, not to mention Bestbuy just plain sucks to begin with. My position hasn’t changed a bit, if its $799 I’ll buy it from an online retailer to avoid tax and Bestbuy, if its $1199 I’ll laugh.

      • Freakoffashion01

        Sorry I meant Bestbuy….. I know they always set their own prices….. I’m glad VZW and Moto have said anything yet, because they are almost always more level headed…..

        Especially with all the hype, and commercials and the like

        • Parrotheadmjb

          They don’t have to say anything until they want to. I think people around here are confusing their desires with what Motorola’s desires. They aren’t the same. Motorola & Verizon will say something when they’re damn well ready to and not a moment sooner. Unless the iPad2 comes out before an official price is announced, they aren’t losing any Xoom business. Verizon & Motorola don’t sit around colluding on ways to piss people off. If the iPad2 showed up in Bestbuy’s system a week before Apple announced it, do you honestly think Steve Jobs or Tim Cook would really give a damn about the pricing being listed higher than it actually is? Nope. Neither does Motorola. You don’t like. You assume they should care you don’t like it. You don’t hold a claim on Motorola, they don’t “owe” it you to make an announcement if you don’t like it. Too bad, thats how it works.

  • Joe

    Best Bites be smok’n krak

  • Vnvjeep

    I think apple fanbois are behind all these price fluctuation shenanigans! ;P

  • Anonymous

    I hope its just the rumored place holding, or vz and moto are smoking crack

  • http://twitter.com/zaiger zaiger

    They are just trying to make it look like a deal when they drop the price, but honestly even the $800 price tag is too high. Drop it to $500 and I will place my order right now.

    • NYCLawyer

      If they drop it to $500, even Steve JObs will buy one. This kicks the crap out of the iPad on Spces. Motorola is trying to make this everything to everybody. The problem is that Motorola, once they sell the tablet, stops making money on it.

      Apple can afford to sell the iPad at a loss, because people have to use iTunes and the App Store to fill it up. If each customer buys 50 apps and 50 songs and 50 movies over the course of their iPad lifetime, and each app , song and movie makes $1,00 for Apple, then Apple just made the cost of the iPad and $150. Sell $1,000,000 iPads, and that’s $150 Million.

      It really is so much abou the market place.

      • Parrotheadmjb

        Apple makes about 50% profit margin on all their hardware…

        • Parrotheadmjb

          and thats at Day 1, Every day week of production likely drives the input prices even lower and raises their profits even more, especially if they were to sell an iPad Gen 1 right now, its been out for a year..

      • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

        I guess you don’t know that Apple has the highest profit margin on all of their consumer devices. They don’t sell any product for a loss. They could afford to you are correct but they don’t.

        • NYCLawyer

          I am aware of that (look what they charged for the core2duos). But they don’t have to. Their business plan is solid. Maybe this way, they can afford to pay the people who manufacture their stuff more money, instead of causing them to kill themselves.

        • Budcar38

          Does anyone else smell a fanboy? Come out of the closet bud.

    • http://twitter.com/Primus0001 James

      If they drop the price to 500 I’ll buy it only if the wifi is unlocked

    • http://twitter.com/Primus0001 James

      If they drop the price to 500 I’ll buy it only if the wifi is unlocked

  • DannyJedi

    People talk Sh9t about *pple all day long, but you know when, when they put out products, we know they are going to be expensive. But on that note, you know if you buy an Imac, or a macbook, it will last for around 5 years.. give or take.
    and you are getting a quality product.
    This is still a tablet.
    It will not replace a laptop.
    It will not replace a desktop.
    You can do the same things on it as you can on your phone.
    The price is cray-cray.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nfujiwara Neil Fujiwara

    Why would a consumer get this when they could get two ipads instead?

    • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

      they won’t. this is shaping up to be one of the biggest flops in recent memory. sure other products have flopped worse but when you add in all the pre-hype, the anticipation and the superbowl commercial. fail city here we come!

  • dan

    I seriously do not understand why Verizon or Motorola come out and explain all of this, from high price to needing a data plan. All the ad and comments are really hurting what could/should be the launch of a great device. But there is nothing but negative feedback across the entire web.

  • k6tcher

    Right nnow would be a good time for Dell, Toshiba, Acer, and others to announce their tablet pricing for Google’s 3.0 OS.

    Even if Moto goes back to $800 (and they will), how can you defend THAT price too?

  • Anon

    I was trying to tell everyone this. When I ran the sku at BB the other day it said $1200. I’m betting that it will be $799 on the actual day of release or when the ad comes out. Maybe BB doesn’t actually know the price Motorola will charge for the device just yet and had to put some price on it that is astronomical because they don’t know what it will be and do not want to guess low.

    • k6tcher

      Ummm… that’s why their add says $799? Because they don’t know how much Motorola wants to charge for it? Just sayin’.

      • http://twitter.com/JennGrover Jenn Grover

        I think you might be right.

  • http://twitter.com/zaiger zaiger

    HOLY SH*T

  • Mr. Joe

    LOL @ DVD/CD drive not included. I wonder how many people would have asked if it had one if they didn’t mention that.

    • http://twitter.com/zaiger zaiger

      Physical media is dead. The only reason they still even make CD’s/DVD’s anymore is so the recording and film industries don’t cry.

      • Gregory

        That may be true about cds but most people still buy dvds. Most people out there feel uncomfortable hooking up a computer to their tv

        • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

          Physical media isn’t dead yet but it will be very very soon. DVD sales are way down which is why they have the whole 28 day waiting period for rentals now. Blu Ray was the last “new” technology for physical media and compared to Netlix/iTunes it is a flop. You are correct most don’t want to hook computers to tv but they will hook AppleTV, Xbox360, PS3, Netflix capable boxes, OnDemand boxes.

      • Mr.Joe

        Ignorance really is bliss.

  • Caveman419

    Was actually going to buy one at the $799 price (though is was a little overpriced), but now I can defiantly live without one. Thanks Best Buy & Verizon for saving me the cash.

    • Anonymous

      /sigh

      /agree

  • Budcar38

    Its consumer psychology people. 800 will not seem as severe after seeing 1200, consciously and more importantly SUBCONSCIOUSLY. Additionally, look how much online press they’ve gotten over this in just the past 6 hours. They know what they are doing. Trust me, I am a consumer psychology business consultant.

    • Anonymous

      So am I

      • Vnvjeep

        These are not the droids you’re looking for… ;)

        • http://twitter.com/dl_evans dustin evans

          i never get tired of that joke

    • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

      Exactly. It just sucks that’s what they’re doing, though. Instead of lowering the actual price, they leak a fake price that is absurdly high.

    • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

      Yes you are right. This is all an elaborate ploy to convince the very small minority of people who read android websites to buy a product. You do realize that the general public has no idea that the product exists or about the back and forth pricing.

      • Budcar38

        With the thousands of posts this story has generated most will hear about this crazy new tablet and how its 1200. Must be great at 1200 bucks. Then, OMG its 800! Leave it to the professionals bud.

        • k6tcher

          #1) The average “Joe” thinks a tablet is Acetaminophen (or Oxycontin) or granite.

          #2) The techie-Joe knows what a tablet is… but also thinks the $800 is crazy.
          :P

          • http://twitter.com/zaiger zaiger

            Mmmmm, tablets.

    • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

      Yes you are right. This is all an elaborate ploy to convince the very small minority of people who read android websites to buy a product. You do realize that the general public has no idea that the product exists or about the back and forth pricing.

    • http://twitter.com/JennGrover Jenn Grover

      Yeah, or throw it out like a balloon to test reaction.

    • Tabe

      Yeah… ima go ahead and not trust you and say I did….

    • Anonymous

      The better keep dropping it then because $800 is stillk freaking ridiculous.

      • Anonymous

        they should keep it at 600 bucks at least…

    • Viper76269

      hopefully, thats what they’re doing with the thunderbolt too??

    • Goodnote Steve

      Budcar 28, it wouldn’t at all surprise me if you’re right — get that crazy $1199 figure out there, and when the thing actually comes out at $799, the average person unconsciously cannot but help view $799 as a “bargain” — there are many tests by psychologists and economists that have explored this irrational component of consumer behavior

    • Anonymous

      Trust YOU lol, Man, you can do all of the psycho analysis that you want to. Most people that can afford a Xoom, whether it’s 800 ot 1200 dollars can see the simple common sense of not overly spending money for hype.

      Don’t get me wrong I love the Xoom, and I see your point but, in the big picture, if this product is making a run at the tablet market that is saturarted by Appple I would’ve thought the marketing and pricing would be of a more “Competitiive” nature than a “Craem of the Crop” high scale prodct that most people will not buy. thus losing a BIG share of the market to Apple.

      And, don’t forget Apple appeals to the 20 to 40 range in demograhics in pricing and affordabilty. If Moto/Verizon wants to come close to the numbers of Apple and thus unseating them, they really need to take a look at thier pricing as well. Or. maybe they want want to be the “High End” provider of tablets. Let’s see how the numbers are at launch.

      • Budcar38

        Competitive pricing will come in a month or two when the Galaxy Tab II drops with the same exact specs as the xoom. Are you starting to understand Motorola’s plan now or do I have to make it even more simple for you?

        • Anonymous

          Oh, some plan Wow you mean a $400 drop in price as soon as the Galaxy Tab 2
          is out, That’s some plan and not to smart, why, alienate and lose customers
          buy jacking up the prices to a already great product. But of course your
          know more about consumer psych. more than the next guy. Obviously you
          didn’t learn to much and neither does Moto or Verizon if they keep jacking
          the prices up

          And oh, by the way you forgot to mention Apple not worrying about the Galaxy
          Tab 11 or anything else since they have a large market share. It’s the Xoom
          that has to prove it’s worth!!! So was that simple enough for you to
          understand or do I need to get an interpraetor :)

          • Budcar38

            Spellchecker, that’s all I can say.

        • Anonymous

          I apologize for sending this so late http://cduceme.com/about.html Enjoy it!

    • Anonymous

      Trust YOU lol, Man, you can do all of the psycho analysis that you want to. Most people that can afford a Xoom, whether it’s 800 ot 1200 dollars can see the simple common sense of not overly spending money for hype.

      Don’t get me wrong I love the Xoom, and I see your point but, in the big picture, if this product is making a run at the tablet market that is saturarted by Appple I would’ve thought the marketing and pricing would be of a more “Competitiive” nature than a “Craem of the Crop” high scale prodct that most people will not buy. thus losing a BIG share of the market to Apple.

      And, don’t forget Apple appeals to the 20 to 40 range in demograhics in pricing and affordabilty. If Moto/Verizon wants to come close to the numbers of Apple and thus unseating them, they really need to take a look at thier pricing as well. Or. maybe they want want to be the “High End” provider of tablets. Let’s see how the numbers are at launch.

    • Jawshua

      I don’t think there is psychology in it, it’s just a business consultant.

    • http://twitter.com/Craigboy Craig Boyte

      This would make total sense… if this was the only tablet on the market.

      It makes no sense when you have the iPad, which has been on the market for a year, completely dominate said market and is far cheaper then $799.

    • Anonymous

      Except that people still won’t like the $800 price any more, this just makes them think Moto is completely out of touch with reality.

  • Mr. Joe

    Last week must have been avoid week.

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    I am going to murder someone. Motorola and Verizon need to do some damage control right now if they want to sell some XOOMs.

  • Mr. Steve

    Happy Valentine’s Day from Motorola!

    P.S. If any of you android fans out there were thinking about buying the Motorola Xoom it’s only $1,999.99. We think of this as our valentine’s day card to you from us.

  • Dafonse

    baby baby baby ooohhhh baby baby baby nnnoooo, thought that tablet would be mine, but not any more,

  • Anonymous

    LOL @ a subsidized price for one month = $400

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Cheng/1402836859 Ryan Cheng

    maybe the mixed up valentines day with april fools

  • Anonymous

    Ok they’ve lost it. Well I guess the $800 price is the subsidized price? $1200 for no data plan? I could pick up a new Macbook Pro for that money. Come on Sammy, tell me something good!

  • Prankm

    Well, it’s awfully nice of Best Buy and Motorola to do Apple’s anti-XOOM marketing for them.

    • Andrew Hewitt

      Haha yeah, now we can get 2 iPads instead of 1 motorola XOOM!

      • http://twitter.com/t3lancer2007 Daniel Simpson

        I think we’re paying double the price for double the cores.

    • Anonymous

      Does Apple need to do any anti Xoom marketing at this point? There entire next ad could be just showing the $800 price point and then the $500 price point. And if the Xoom really is $1200? That would be stupid to the point of insanity.

      I am really, really, really hoping these prices are FUD/placeholder/jokes but it is getting extremely hard to stay hopeful about the Xoom.

    • Anonymous

      Does Apple need to do any anti Xoom marketing at this point? There entire next ad could be just showing the $800 price point and then the $500 price point. And if the Xoom really is $1200? That would be stupid to the point of insanity.

      I am really, really, really hoping these prices are FUD/placeholder/jokes but it is getting extremely hard to stay hopeful about the Xoom.

  • DannyJedi

    Wow…. Just wow…
    I am going to go buy an Imac instead.
    Thanks though.

  • Dan

    Is this reverse advertising? It’s like “please don’t buy our product”

  • k6tcher

    Even if this is a “placeholder” price, it is like Verizon, Motorola, and Best Buy shooting themselves in the foot after the overwhelming bad press the $800 – $900 price has already received.

    Not even an idiot can defend this price.

    • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

      This may be their plan to make us want the $800 price point back! The bast*rds will say “No, it’s only $800, now” and expect us to be relieved.

  • Ben

    Woah, that price tag seems a little high… for me anyway.

    I don’t really know how many people would buy into it when it’s that high. Hopefully it’s the original $799 price tag, I think anything over $1,000 would make any consumer weary. $799 is more in the tablet range, I’d say.