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Motorola CEO Confirms $799 Pricing of XOOM, $600 for WiFi-only Version

If the half dozen reports we’ve had that the Motorola XOOM would come in at $799 weren’t enough, then maybe word from Moto’s CEO Sanjay Jha will stick.  Jha confirmed to Reuters that they plan to sell the device unsubsidized for $799 at Verizon and that a wifi-only version is also in the works and will retail for $600.  Well, then.  No mention of availability on the wifi-only version or if it would even come to the U.S., but with him placing a dollar value you on it, we have to assume it’ll be soon, right?

Everyone happy?

Via:  Reuters

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  • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

    I can live with that. I’ll get the 3G. And i have been talking to a Moto rep. Don’t be surprised if it ends up launching with LTE activated.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      that would be interesting

  • http://www.facebook.com/Max4DSC Darren Surratt

    Good maybe now after the Nvidia’s Quads news, the XOOM’s price will drop quick??? Lets HOPE SO

  • dannyjedi

    Still too much $ imho.
    I would rather buy a laptop.
    Plus, I would wait for the new processors coming out later this year.. that would be a buy. :)

  • At0msplat

    As much as I want to be there opening day and get my XOOM I will wait and see how the price wars go. There are a couple of tablets coming out that pretty much have the same specs and do the same thing. I hate @pple and all there overcontrolling ways but if they come oout with that !pad2 and it’s a cheaper pricer with tthe same specs, I might have to suck it up and get one. Nvidia just announced that they have quad core cpu’s coming out and will be in tablets in August! All these generation tablets will be obsolete when those cpu’s show up in tablets. Might as well wait another 6 months and justify spending $800 for a guchi media player with internet access. It’s going to be hard to wait though

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      I know but people are already complaining about this what do you think those tablets are going to cost a lot more when there is a quad core in it

      • At0msplat

        I think we are going to have to see how things pan out with this generation of tablets to see how the pricing goes with the next(quad core). If sales aren’t great because of pricing or people waiting, than it might bring prices down.

        • At0msplat

          oh and people are on here talkin like they are going to come out with this wifi version now, I dont see that happening! Look at the Galaxy Tab, we still havent seen a release for that and the Tab has been out for awhile now. I wouldnt doubt they hold off on the wifi version to get sales for the full version.

  • Anonymous

    Now THIS is more reasonable. For a $100 upgrade from the basic iPad, you get a much more souped-up device on the Android platform. Although I still don’t agree with the $200 price hike on extra 4G hardware. But honestly, that version is irrelevant to most of you now. Just get the $600 WiFi version; and tether your phone to it to avoid the ridiculous carrier data tether plan.

  • http://twitter.com/aaronhurt Aaron Hurt

    Considering I spent $500 on a 16gb ipad wifi version, I don’t see that $600 is an issue.

  • Rlarson_Mn

    The IPad 2 will be out in a month with a price of $500 with front and real camera, increased memory, less weight, a mini sd card slot and a new OS. I really wanted to get a Xoom to company to my IPad. All of the things that have been said make the Xoom a great bargain at $800 will resolve. The unit is just over priced. Really feel bad about this but guess I will have to do a comparison of my IPad to my new IPad 2.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      there is no sd card slot in the ipad2 from what they are saying…. One other thing is that specs havent been released so I wouldn’t say the Ipad 2 is a win yet

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      there is no sd card slot in the ipad2 from what they are saying…. One other thing is that specs havent been released so I wouldn’t say the Ipad 2 is a win yet

  • Anonymous

    I WANT A DATE! DAMN IT!

  • Marshan Wilson

    At this point, I don’t think a tablet will replace a laptop…but the grey area is closing ever so closely. With Bluetooth keyboards and such, the laptop will, at some point, be obsolete.
    As far as the price of the Xoom at 800 + tax+activation is a too much. Especially considering the only difference between all the tablets is the HW. All Tabs will Honeycomb…what will be the deciding factor on a tablet…the HW? Thoughts

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500860219 Tino Wallace

      Exactly, it’s not like the Xoom will be the only Honeycomb tablet out there. The Samsung tablet looks alot like the xoom with similar HW specs. I could possibly go with that one for the right price. LG also has something coming out but I believe only has a 7 inch screen. Moto will have lots of competition, not like the iPad and iPad2 are it’s only competitors.

  • Jroth5714

    If you go to the pics on engadget.com of comparison of the tablets and on the Galaxy vs Xoom page shows Xoom having 8mp camera with silver back kind of interesting

    • Jroth5714

      NVM overlooked it

  • Mrerick01

    You guys remember the nook 3g stop sales on it because it did not sale that great same thing if xoom why do you need a 3g when your android phone is a hot spot duh

    • Dshudson

      is that english?

    • http://twitter.com/djdlite512 djdlite512

      Thank you…great point

  • Android69

    This sounds much better, but… Kal-El is coming

  • Trying2decide

    Question for the wifi only people, do you plan on running off of wireless tethering on your phone? I have a rooted phone with wireless tethering and I’m questioning whether it’s capable of reliably running a tablet. What is everyone else’s plan?

    • Dshudson

      I love using the tethering on my DX and fully intend on running it on the ZOOM, you would be crazy or rich to want a data plan on both.. Anybody know if the tethering will be free for thunderbolt? Because I am defiantly getting that on the 24th as well!

    • Tesseract 3

      Well at home, work and school I have free wifi and the rest of the time I am in my car and don’t have any reason to use a computer, so wifi only is perfect for me. Basically all the places where I spend enough time that I might actually want to use a tablet, I have free wifi already.

    • Dshudson

      I should also mention that I connect to work (wifi) VIA the train but the service is awful so I use thether instead.. I also use gotomypc in places (road sometimes) so I need internet access.. The world will be a better place for me if gotomypc would make an app for Android.. Screw the i*hone users..

      • Anonymous

        PhoneMyPc great app for using your phone to connect/ run your pc on the go. I am assuming thats what gotomypc.

    • Lakerzz

      My mother tethers her home computer using her rooted hero, and it works just fine. (And that’s with the “spotty” coverage that she has.)

      *I forgot to mention that she lives in bum ****** Egypt, and there’s no cable lines.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=54904597 Patron Saint Merritt

    you all know that the article from reuters says ‘AROUND’ $600 for wifi only. its not definitely going to be $600…

  • viewthis66

    $600 sounds good to me! i’ll take it :) my ipad will go to the gf.

  • http://twitter.com/JasonSCarter Jason Carter

    $600 sounds ok for a WiFi only version, when and if it comes. But that makes me wonder does it really cost $200 for a CDMA attenna for the 3G version? Doubt it. Still could be priced lower.

  • sa

    $600, I’ll do that. (Wasn’t doing $800+) Come on Moto, release the wifi-only soon, please…

  • Anthony G

    500 and I will buy it.

  • Destin4death

    Epic fail again Moto. $600 for a Wifi only version is still over priced just like the ripoff of $750 for the 3g/lte version of the XOOM. Specially seeing as who in there right mind thinks Tablets are ever going to replace a computer not going to happen folks, at least not anytime soon.

    • Shnyda

      You must work for Microsoft, cause the rest of the world already knows the Lap Top is done….

      • Anonymous

        If you can’t play Starcraft 2 on it, it’s not a computer. Sorry, XOOM.

        • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

          nerd

        • tdk128

          My Ubuntu laptop cries at your definition of computer.

  • Johnny

    Once these quad core tablets come out I’m definitely scooping up a wifi xoom cause its gonna be hella cheaaap

  • Dpu328

    So I wonder if Verizon will apply this to phone bill and if they’ll break it up into a couple of payments?

  • Paul

    $800 and it still can’t stream Netflix. I’ll wait for the next tablet.

    • Drjable

      wow that sucks. how come this tablet can’t stream netflix? Does ipad have this ability?

      • Paul

        The only chip currently being used in android devices which has been approved for decoding the Netflix DRM is the newer snapdragon series. The Xoom does not have a snapdragon cpu and therefore cannot stream netflix. It MIGHT in the future… someday. But nothing has been announced or hinted that that will ever be the case.

        Also, yes, the iPad can definitely stream netflix. It was the first tablet/phone/portable device to be able to do so.

    • Tux

      Blame Netflix and their draconian DRM requirements (I mean really? A special DRM’d CPU required to stream movies?). Personally, it just means I don’t ever plan to use their service in the future, and makes it painfully obvious why they don’t support Linux.

      • Paul

        Agreed. Although, I don’t know how much blame should go to Netflix and how much should go to the movie studios themselves. I’d guess its probably the latter.

        • tdk128

          Very true. I wonder why though, the industry is so scared of piracy. It’s been happening for quite awhile, but it hasn’t stopped them from making millions, maybe even billions of dollars each year. Shouldn’t the smaller, less grossing studios/industries be much more concerned about theft than they are? To be clear, I am adamantly against piracy; but it seems that if I had millions of dollars, I would think ‘Profit gains from larger audience’ > Minimizing audience because of possible losses from pirates who always seem to find a way anyway’.

  • http://twitter.com/diegosocart12 James Ditmer

    Great news! I’m definitely getting a wifi Xoom.

  • Anonymous

    just one question on the 3g version…. will the upgrade to 4g cost anything but time to put it in? if not then 8 hundo doesnt seem so bad for the first 4g tablet.

  • http://twitter.com/djdlite512 djdlite512

    I’m so laughing at this as I play with Honeycomb…on my nook color…ROOTED! And paid a fraction of what they are asking too!

    • @DMV11982

      a fraction of the performance also

      • Carlito Pr787

        Lol TRUE!!

      • tdk128

        Not to mention features.

      • tdk128

        Not to mention features.

      • Anonymous

        All depends on how much performance you need. The Nook Color may be enough. The same way that someone can be happy with a Netbook while someone else absolutely needs a mobile Core i7

      • http://twitter.com/djdlite512 djdlite512

        Have you ever been on one? It works very fast and snappy for me.

      • Anonymous

        actually i have one also and it is amazing for the price and it runs super smooth on honeycomb 04. as fast as my dx with liberty 1.5 but i miss apex. does anyone know when the apex after 1.3.1 is gonna come out?

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      nook color comon man dont even bring that Sh*t in here

      • http://twitter.com/djdlite512 djdlite512

        Obviously you have not tried it out. Hey if y’all want to give Motorola all your money, go for it. Me and my nook will roll on and I’ll save a ton.

  • EC8CH

    I’ll wait for the XOOM2 with BLUR and a locked bootloader

    /s

  • http://twitter.com/MarkyD311 MarkyD

    I’m sure this price will be forced down within a few months when Apple releases the iPad 2 and drops the price of the OG iPad to $399. We all know that $600 is a bargain in comparison, however, the general public is going to see $500 iPad base price and not even consider a $600 Xoom.

    • palomosan

      Yeah but the people buying the Xoom are Android followers not Fanboys.

      • Grimis15

        You are a fan boy just of a different product. The fanboy references= fanboy!

    • Jawshua

      Yeah hoping that’s true I’d like to wait until the price drops.

  • EC8CH

    If their going to sell a Wifi-only version, then why go through all the BS of locking the wifi of their 3G tablets?

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    Unsubsidized? So how much will it be with a Verizon contract? I may actually do that because even I have rooted tethering, having an always-on data connection will be nice. The point of the XOOM for me is to not have to use my phone on my commute. If I’m using it to tether, then the battery is being destroyed.

    • Vitodintino

      You make a really valid point, that i’ve been thinking a LOT about lately. I was planning on tethering my droid x to it for data with the wifi version but the more i think about it, the less plausible it seems. With verizon doing this data throttling now, it may not work out like we hoped anyway. Plus, once 4g service is available in my area, if the prices are reasonable, I may just pay for it and actually use it. Plus, as good as PDA net is, meh, it’s still slow.

      • Anonymous

        The data throttling is only for the those extremely heavy users, aka people that are abusing the system

  • EC8CH

    $600 Wifi-Only FTW!

    Now if only it had one of those quad-core NVIDIA monsters in it :-)

  • Kevoskee

    Wow 200 dollars cheaper than the 3g one. I really want

  • Anonymous

    They’d better get the $600 contract-free model on the market soon or the ipad 2 will grab most of their potential customers.

  • @DMV11982

    Sure it is awesome that a $600 wifi only one is coming out..but I will be there day 1 to get my 3G/Wifi Xoom! And for you all moaning about no tablet optimized apps..there will be plenty in no time! Android is android..regardless what tablet is running it! Dev’s are all over this..I am pumped! Honestly I am getting mine for my deployment. It takes up a lot less room than a laptop and will be perfect for movies, etc while on the ship..ANDROID FTW

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4OTKVUHNADGVTVK457OEEPIASM Will

      Cool story bro

    • Gary

      Also, the xoom is 4G, enjoy the speed. “It’s important to note that the 3G-enabled Xooms will be upgradeable to Verizon’s snappier 4G LTE network.” http://tiny.cc/p5r96

      • palomosan

        I’m getting the WiFi version only, use my phone to tether, USB or Wireless, done deal, can’t wait.

    • Grimis15

      God Bless you soldier!

  • The350zWolf

    The wifi xoom won’t make it here (US market) soon enough, but that will be a bad move for Moto. I guess that the reason is to give enough time for 3G Verizon versions to sell, then when the sales start to drop, the wifi launch will occur. Anyone have connections in the gray market?

  • Anonymous

    If they made a laptop dock like they have for the atrix(with the touch pad or use of the mouse) i would get it and sell my ipad as well as my laptop

  • Xoomxoom

    Kellex-we still looking at tomorrow as the beginning of pre-order?

  • C Bowen

    The thing is…it’s not really unsubsidized, is it? You have to pay a subsidy of $20 for the first month’s data plus a $35 activation fee. So we’re forced to pay Verizon $55 even if we’re not going to use the 3g. I call that a form of subsidy. Actually, forcing me to pay $55 to a multi-billion dollar phone corporation will keep me from buying one. Period. I think it’s disgusting!

    • Anonymous

      Thats why there is a wifi version for 599 with none of that

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        yeah but I doubt the US will see hat wifi anytime soon

      • C Bowen

        But then Motorola shouldn’t refer to it as unsubsidized. If I buy an unsubsidized phone I have the choice to never activate it and never pay any fees. I’m not forced to pay for activation and the first month of use.

        • Anonymous

          It is unsubsidized, if it was “subsidized” then you would sign a 1 or 2yr contract and they would reduce the price of the product, for an example you pay 99.99 with a 2yr contract at vzw right now but the unsubsidized price is 529.99 with no contract, and the 799 is meant to be used with their 3g(and later on the 4g lte) network, if you don’t want that you want the 599 wifi only version

    • Anonymous

      That’s not what subsidized means.

  • Vitodintino

    And Motorola’s marketing scheme is revealed…

  • James

    Uh, he gave a U.S. price for the WiFi-only model. Of course, it’s coming out here.

    Common sense 4tw.

  • Anonymous

    Wi-fi version for $600 is not too bad. Maybe I’ll get one when it’s on sale for $500.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674902817 Zach Davis

    sweet 600 isn’t too bad. but regardless i think i’ll have to wait a bit just to make sure it’s actually worth it and there’s tablet-optimized apps

  • new xoom fan

    Sounds good for wifi. use my dx to share 3g and im set.

  • new xoom fan

    Sounds good for wifi. use my dx to share 3g and im set.

  • new xoom fan

    Sounds good for wifi. use my dx to share 3g and im set.

  • new xoom fan

    Sounds good for wifi. use my dx to share 3g and im set.

  • new xoom fan

    Sounds good for wifi. use my dx to share 3g and im set.

  • new xoom fan

    Sounds good for wifi. use my dx to share 3g and im set.

  • new xoom fan

    Sounds good for wifi. use my dx to share 3g and im set.

  • new xoom fan

    Sounds good for wifi. use my dx to share 3g and im set.

  • new xoom fan

    Sounds good for wifi. use my dx to share 3g and im set.