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Rumor: WiFi-only Motorola XOOM Headed to Staples April 3? (Updated)

For the most part, we try to avoid rumors that don’t come packed with photo proof, but since we get asked about the wifi-only version of the Motorola XOOM on an hourly basis, we wanted to share the latest info to hit our inbox.  After news came out that the wifi-version would be hitting European stores in the first week of April, our friends over at Sam’s Club let us know that we could also see it stateside and in their stores for the more-than-acceptable price of $539.  We speculated that it could arrive alongside Europe’s, and that may actually be the case if the tip we received over the weekend comes true.

According to our friends at Staples, the wifi-version of the XOOM should be making an appearance in their April 3rd ad for the first time.  No price was revealed at this time, but we do know that their employees are being informed of the release through online training guides.  I know it’s not much to go on, but I also know how interested you all are in this less expensive, non-3G edition of the first Honeycomb tablet.

Update:  We just received a second verbal confirmation, plus a screenshot showing that training for the device begins on March 23.

Stay close to this post as we dig for additional info…

Cheers M!

  • Knightcrusader

    I hope they are more knowledgeable about the Xoom than they were about the GTablet… of course, this is Staples we are talking about….

  • Knightcrusader

    I hope they are more knowledgeable about the Xoom than they were about the GTablet… of course, this is Staples we are talking about….

  • Jeff

    Should I really wait for a QuadCore Tablet? Who all here think it will be here before August? Asus is stating they are releasing a quadcore this year, but when Christmas? I can wait 3 or 4 months, but I don’t know about 6.
    Thoughts?

    • ManDroid

      I bought the Xoom for 850… I liked it, but that was almost a Grand for a machine that hardly did anything my D2 Global couldn’t do… I saw the Asus Eee Slate and I found it to be amazingly fast, with a full blown Windows 7 OS. The machine is so smooth, and photoshop with the digitizer is heavenly. All of that for just $175 more than the relatively useless Xoom.

      I’m getting an Ipad 2 on Fri. to use as my casual tablet, as the Asus Eee will be strictly for work since its battery life is only 3.5 hours…but, I just couldn’t justify 850 for a Xoom… Ipad 2 does a lot more, runs smoother, and its a lot cheaper. I can’t wait for the 2nd gen of the Asus Eee Slate. Thats gonna be incerdible.

  • RaptorOO7

    Based on the ifixit tear down of the xoom and comparison against an ipad cost for cost Moto has plenty of room to move their 3G/4G tablet down in price but they aren’t. I just ordered an ipad 64GB 3G from our corp rewards program and already have it sold (1st gen) so I will take that cash and put it towards a different tablet.

    Problem is I would very much prefer to get a Wi-Fi XOOM but I have a lot of iPad apps from the one I sold last year. Tough decision, but luckily I can wait a few weeks and see if the Wi-Fi XOOM does come out.

  • Jake

    Android tablet manufacturers need to think long-term. Price these first generation tablets very low…lower thant the iPad. They may not make as much profit from them as they would like, but consumer loyalty among a percentage of the buyers will translate into virtually guaranteed sales of future generations of Android tablets (assuming they didn’t produce absolute junk the first time).

    The difference between the manufactures selling Android devices and Apple is that Apple makes additional money through iTunes/iBooks sales, which can offset lower profit margins of the devices themselves. This is the same thinking that led to lower prices for Amazon’s Kindles and Barnes & Noble’s Nooks. Motorola, HTC, etc rely on sales of the devices themselves for all their profit. Google has the most to gain from widespread adoption of Android since it generates continuous revenue through Android Market sales and mobile ads. For this reason Google should consider subsidizing the price of tablets or offering a rebate program.

  • Dnvrmark

    trying to tether to my DX. for some reason, getting PARSE error any ideas

  • Dnvrmark

    just got a xoom at BESTBUY. couldn’t wait.

  • Bucho2k

    Because consumers shop at Staples. You can bet they won’t run out of stock.

    • Anonymous

      I got my DX at staples. They were the only ones who had it in stock. They didn’t last long there once people found out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bhaxprime Ben Hackney

    Xoom bleh. Asus Transformer for sho!

    • ManDroid

      I just returned my Xoom and I’m getting the Asus Eee Slate. It does everything I need it to do (Photoshop on it should be sweet!) and I’m getting an Ipad 2 on Fri. for my casual tablet needs. It is cheaper, more stable, and the apps allow it to do more than a Xoom now.

      I hope Moto and Google get it right next year with the Xoom 2…

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

        You are not the first person I’ve heard is returning the Xoon.It got decent reviews but overall people don’t seem blown away like they thought they would be.

        • Anonymous

          Like anyone is blown away by the iPad2…and if they are, they fell for that sad show that Jobs put on.

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

            The iPad 2 isn’t out yet so how could they be blown away by a product they have never touched?

          • DroidzFX

            No cares how many they sell except the share holders. Are you one?

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

            That is a simplistic way to view sales. The more sales and more people using any platform equals more money for developers of said platform. The more developers making real money equals higher quality apps which equals a better experience for the end user. So to answer your question no i don’t own stock but that has nothing to do with my desire for sales of the platform i use.

          • DroidzFX

            That may be true but then prices get hiked up for apps. We would also have less free apps. Im actually happy with the state of android. There are still plenty of free quality apps arriving everyday. You worry about sales ill worry bout other things.

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

            i love free apps just like the next guy but i don’t mind paying for apps that are high quality and useful. money is one of the reason iOS has superior apps. Android apps are way to easy to pirate. All you need is the .apk and any 12yo can adb pull and post it on your favorite forum.

  • HoneycombFTW

    If it’s hits Staples then I expect it to be at Office Depot and probably Office Max as well. . . then we will start seeing some serious sales, coupons, and competition among retailers on price.

  • Anonymous

    Nice. I think this will definitely help sales and get the word out about Android tablets. I still think they should have released them simultaneously though.

    • HoneycombFTW

      I’ll bet anything that Verizon wanted at least one month exclusivity before the WiFi version was to be released and since Moto has such strong ties to carriers I’m sure they gave in.

  • Skilcher

    I suppose there wouldn’t be any chance in adding an after market 3G or 4G card inside it? Or this that not even possible? Just curious…

    • Temp123

      There’s a usb port I guess, so maybe?

    • Anonymous

      I know what you’re saying and I was wondering the same a few days ago. If the socket is still there internally and they just ship it without the radio.

      • Skilcher

        That would be nice, but I doubt they’s have that available. If not, I’ll just simply TETHER. :-}

  • http://www.twitter.com/slinky317 slinky317

    For those of you Staples employees getting online training on the Xoom… PRINT SCREEN!

  • DroidzFX

    Staples YAY first