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Motorola Announces XOOM Wi-Fi, Confirmed for March 27th at $599

Motorola confirmed date and price today of the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi, a product we’ve been ruthlessly tracking for a couple of weeks now.  This 3G-less model will hit stores on March 27th (a date we had last week) and at a price of $599 (a price we had a few times) through a variety of retail channels.  Staples, Best Buy and Sam’s Club are just a few of the big box stores that will be selling this wifi-only model with prices expected to drop into the $539 range at some of them.

This is a huge step for Moto, but one that was needed in order to compete against its rivals.  It’s about time some of these manufacturers ditched the carrier-only approach and started spreading products around.  Who’s buying one?

Full press release after the break.  

Motorola Mobility Brings MOTOROLA XOOM™ Wi-Fi to United States

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – March 16, 2011 – Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the upcoming availability of MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi edition from leading retailers across the United States starting March 27. Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club (select locations), Staples and Walmart will be offering the 10.1-inch widescreen HD tablet with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) through both online and retail store channels. The MSRP for MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi with 32 GB of memory will be $599.

“MOTOROLA XOOM is a truly innovative tablet – its design, coupled with being the first tablet to have Android 3.0, results in a user experience that is one-of-a-kind,” said Dan Papalia, vice president of retail sales for Motorola Mobility. “We are now continuing to expand the choices available to consumers with the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi to be available soon from numerous leading retailers in the United States.”

In addition, the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi will be available to commercial IT channels and regional retailers through a distribution agreement with Synnex Corporation, and regional carriers through Brightpoint, Inc.

MOTOROLA XOOM showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience – including widgets, true multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization – on a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, enabling video content that’s richer and clearer than ever before. With a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, MOTOROLA XOOM delivers exceptionally fast web-browsing performance. The latest Google Mobile services include Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction and access to more than 3 million Google eBooks and apps from Android Market. MOTOROLA XOOM also supports a Beta of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2 downloadable from Android Market, enabling the delivery of rich Flash based web content including videos, casual games and rich Internet applications.

As the first device running Android 3.0, MOTOROLA XOOM benefits from our aggressive work with developers across the ecosystem through MOTODEV, Motorola’s developer support program to enable world-class tablet and smartphone experiences. These devices will be able to access more than 150,000 applications within the Android Market as well as the rapidly increasing number of applications optimized directly for the Android 3.0 OS. In addition, thousands of Flash-based web applications and sites will become available for the MOTOROLA XOOM.

As a part of the company’s commitment and leadership — along with Google’s — to the Android ecosystem, Motorola announced a series of global developer events in 11 cities across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. These MOTODEV events give developers access to tools, support and Motorola’s team of Android experts. The first of these events was hosted in San Francisco on March 1 and had more than 665 developers in attendance.

MOTODEV also recently announced a new testing and certification program for Honeycomb applications, encouraging developers to submit their applications to get early feedback and support on MOTOROLA XOOM performance. This is a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to supporting the ecosystem in delivering high quality experiences to the consumer.

More information about MOTODEV tools, resources and events can be found at http://developer.motorola.com.

About Motorola Mobility

Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visitmotorola.com/mobility.

  • http://twitter.com/jacqrealtor Jacqmaster LLC

    Will this WiFi version be SD enabled? Can’t tell from the spec sheet. Hope some retailer can kick the price down below $500 :-)

  • Anonymous

    I have a question is there an app to save ur angry birds/seasons data? Cuz I want to change roms but don’t want to lose all my hard work lol

  • Larry

    So I have had the Xoom 3G since release.. having paid 799+8.1% tax or around 865. Amazon has the device for 599. So i finally pulled the trigger on the amazon credit card.. boom 559 with the immediate $40 off (yeah i could do 0% but why finance somewhere when i’m just paying this thing off immediately). So without my own gift certs i’m saving over $300 on this thing from buying at brick and mortar. Enjoy 0 sales tax while you can i guess :)

    BTW.. why the heck does the 3G/4G antenna cost $200?

  • RW-1

    I have to say no.

    Still a luxury item for that price.

    Would I want one? sure, just to play with and have it.

    But I have a full featured laptop, and in this economy …

  • http://twitter.com/BaldyPal BaldyPal

    Sorry if i missed this, does the Wifi only come with the SD Card slot enabled already? I know the 3G version will not have SD Card enabled until you send it in to get that particular port turned on when they install 4G.

    • http://twitter.com/BaldyPal BaldyPal

      The AMAZON pre-order screen says no…
      From technical specs on amazon.com: “memory expansion via optional microSD cards (with future software upgrade)”
      I have to wonder what this means. Did they do a cut and paste from the tech specs on the 3G/4G version? Or would we really have to send in our WIFI only XOOM for an upgrade too?

  • Ryan C

    im thinking maybe for my birthday one mother later. April 26th

  • Ryan C

    im thinking maybe for my birthday one mother later. April 26th

  • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

    They waited too long. I own an iPad 2 now. Maybe next time Moto, I’d love to tap your Droid X 2.

  • http://matt.thechestbump.com Matt

    I couldn’t have asked for a better date. Lines up perfectly for an upcoming trip.

  • LionStone

    Reeally love the way the Xoom is lookin…but still gonna wait for G-Slate to come out and the Playbook, maybe consider HTC too. By then, if I do decide on the Xoom, it will hopefully have all the goodies installed and I could just go down the street and get one with 4g already enabled. Or maybe the wifi is the one to get since I’ll have the T-Bolt to tether with? When I had mobile broadband in my netbook, I did like having the device with it’s own radio independently, but didn’t necessary like the 39.99 for 250 mb!! Yea, that was a couple years ago, the data now is much better/reasonable.

  • Mrichards86

    This may be a stupid question, but the Wifi version still receives updates to Honeycomb correct?

    • Anonymous

      Yes indeed! I have a 3G Xoom, but I bought it off contract (with the coupon for $600 yay) so I’m essentially Wifi-only at the moment, and I received the recent system update.

      • Mrichards86

        Excellent!

  • Masroor60

    I seems like a good device but if they are really want to fight with ipad they have to do two things
    price range 450-500$ max
    add more apps for this device

  • Anonymous

    Xoom = Zune = DOA

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_22DTJNMBK7MBGO36GLLWXRMR7M Riz

    Not sure I get why a 2 yr contracted, 3g/4g unt would add $200 to the price. Explain the huge price difference of a product line that if it wants to be iPad should b priced at or below the cheaper model since that is the model most people buy considering all these tablets are way over priced in the first place (IMO)

    • Anonymous

      Actually, a 2-year contracted Xoom is the same price as a Wifi-only Xoom, $599. The off-contract 3G/4G version is $799.

    • http://twitter.com/pcriz Perry Meg

      Add 200 bucks to what price? The 3g 32gb iPad 2 is $729. I don’t believe it gets any cheaper with a contract as far as I know..

      Also the iPad may be a nicer form factor but Xoom just does more..

  • http://twitter.com/pcriz Perry Meg

    I have a confession to make, I purchased an ipad 2 32gb wifi… I used it for a few days and must admit visually it was amazing. Very little hiccups, every task happened with a smooth transition..

    I also realized with this little device is that it will never have enough features to replace my laptop enough to warrant buying one.. I cannot download music from the internet and expect it to play in the native player.

    I cannot access the file system to adjust aspects of the OS, if I can’t download it from the App store I can’t have it..

    Not to mention my TB+ of movies (fileshare ftw) that 10 percent of which are compatible with Apple devices…

    Anyways I returned my iPad 2 last night, but in my moment of weakness though I decided to FURBAR a jailbreak effort on purpose.. So I have removed an iPad from circulation, money in my hand and awaiting my XOOM…

  • Anonymous

    Getting a Thunderbolt tomorrow and a 3DS on the 27th. That’s probably enough spending for one month.

  • guest

    Marketing department at Moto is pretty stupid… Why not to learn from “the other company’s” success? They have released second version and proved to be right again. Moto is too slow and too late… I was the one who wanted to by wifi version right the way… After waiting for month I have my doubts, mostly because I don’t believe right now, that Moto will be able to get strong marked share… And if not, there will be very little support and upgrades… Some companies are just too ignorant.

  • Wireless Fool

    Looks like Costco MSRP is $589.99, no info on final sales price though. VZW has also extended the activation fee waiver on both the contracted and non contract Xooms until 4/16. Now if only the Xoom worked as an umbrella to keep me dry during this recent monsoon here in Portland!

  • Scribbles

    Now will sams club still have it for $539?

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to get one that day.

  • Shopbuy11

    $539 maybe, but no way at $599. Moto still doesn’t get the message. Too bad this has not yet turned into the Mac vs PC competition. Not sure who is the evil empire this time…

    • Draconos

      You do realize the iPad is similarly priced at 599 and this offers slightly more in function and usability.

      • Anonymous

        The XOOM is also much heavier and thicker, and the specs are only slightly superior. I will agree the XOOM has a much much much better OS, but unfortunately, I feel like we’re going to have to wait a little longer for companies to start undercutting Apple.

        “I feel like we’re going to have wait a little longer for companies to start undercutting Apple.” That is a sentence that should never have had any reason to happen. Dell, Asus, Acer, Motorola, HTC, Samsung, Sony, etc. etc…. You all should be ashamed.

      • Anonymous

        What more in function does it offer, exactly? I will concede to the usability argument, but I don’t know what the iPad can do that the Xoom cannot.

        • Draconos

          I was saying the xoom adds more functionality.

          • Anonymous

            Oh I see! I apologize for the blatant misreading.

    • fish1552

      Let’s keep comparing a 16GB iPad to the 32 GB Xoom and complain about pricing being so much higher…

  • Mth2134

    So that’s great that I got my ipad2 and the xoom wifi only got a 3 week handicap. I don’t care since I have the 3g one but I do wonder what that average non Droid lifer thinks. Maybe they thought xoom was too much at 700 and since the wifi only version wasn’t announced they went and bought ipad2 not knowing that xoom wifi was coming? Great marketing moto.

  • http://twitter.com/john_ecko js

    how much weight does this thing lose w/o the 3g? hopefully 10lbs

  • http://twitter.com/john_ecko js

    how much weight does this thing lose w/o the 3g? hopefully 10lbs

    • Temp456

      Yeah I’ve heard a lot of folks are unhappy with the 1.6 lbs (is that right?) of the 4g/4g one. Will have to look to see how that matches up to the i*ad 2.

      • Temp456

        er 3g/4g ofc :)

    • Temp456

      Yeah I’ve heard a lot of folks are unhappy with the 1.6 lbs (is that right?) of the 4g/4g one. Will have to look to see how that matches up to the i*ad 2.

  • Anonymous

    Too late

  • Anonymous

    Too late

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if everyone will price match Costco’s and Sam’s Club price.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if Best Buy will price match Costco or Sam’s Club…..

    • Temp456

      No they won’t. Tried. They only do that for non-membership stores else everyone who is not a member could try to get the match. At least that is what they told me when I tried. Really I think it depends on the Best Buy you go to though. Some are a bit more “liberal” with the policy.

    • Temp456

      No they won’t. Tried. They only do that for non-membership stores else everyone who is not a member could try to get the match. At least that is what they told me when I tried. Really I think it depends on the Best Buy you go to though. Some are a bit more “liberal” with the policy.

    • fish1552

      It was posted somewhere that they would…as long as you bring in the price in printed ad or store flyer.

  • BloodiedWraith

    I could go through the hassle of returning mine to VZW now, but with the $70 restocking fee and then waiting it’ll only save me about $120 with gas an taxes and all that. Screw it, I’ll just keep mine.

  • Anonymous

    stupid question: where is the app drawer? I had literally 60 secs to play with one in Best Buy the other day and couldn’t didn’t see one. I saw home, menu, and back buttons. I scrolled through the homescreens. Didn’t see anything that looked like an app drawer.

    • Dshudson

      Top right

      • Anonymous

        thanks, will have to give it another go :) any good apps/free games that you recommend to demo in store?

    • Anonymous

      Top right corner of the home screen – press “Apps”.

    • Anonymous

      Top right hand corner of the home screen says Apps. Press that.

    • Anonymous

      Lol it says “Apps”

  • Eric

    To little to late.

  • Eric

    To little to late.

    • Anonymous

      How so? Should be too for both of those too.

      • Eric

        Analyst said based off of sales already the Xoom will only sell 300k in the 1st quarter, while the crappy Ipad 2 has been said to have sold close to a million over the weekend.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t think anyone really expected it to outsell the giant itouch thoug, its just starting. Comparitive to saying sayingwas too little too late because it didn’t outsell the iphone. I do think they could have doubled the sales by dropping $100 from both the 3g/lte and wifi models though.

          • Eric

            they should have also made the wifi version available from day one.

          • Anonymous

            I agree with you but I’m thinking VZ had a contract with them that didn’t allow that for 1 month after release.

    • Temp456

      or maybe “Too little Too late” ;)

  • Anonymous

    So let me get this strait, an update to honeycomb will fix the sd card issue? So no hardware fix will be needed like for the 4g radio?

  • Anonymous

    So let me get this strait, an update to honeycomb will fix the sd card issue? So no hardware fix will be needed like for the 4g radio?

    • Anonymous

      Correct.

      • Anonymous

        Well I hope that update rolls out soon. Any more info on this?

        • Anonymous

          Well hold on, you will indeed need a hardware upgrade to get the 4G radio in there. But getting the SD card to work is going to be a software update.

        • Anonymous

          No info, sorry. I just know the hardware is there for the mSD card, it just isn’t supported in the software yet.

  • http://twitter.com/godsfilth Johnathon Preston

    id be first in line but i have to work (damn 3DS release) and i also want to know for sure that it has fastboot oem unlock because thats a deal breaker i already went through 4 verizon xooms all either had dead pixels or dust under the screens so i guess ill need to find a store that has a better return policy than verizon too just in case

  • http://twitter.com/godsfilth Johnathon Preston

    id be first in line but i have to work (damn 3DS release) and i also want to know for sure that it has fastboot oem unlock because thats a deal breaker i already went through 4 verizon xooms all either had dead pixels or dust under the screens so i guess ill need to find a store that has a better return policy than verizon too just in case

    • Anonymous

      Costco, assuming they will have it. Really good(for the customer) return policies.

  • Jason

    Ill be getting one

  • Jason

    Ill be getting one

  • Dugrhill

    I will be first in line!

  • http://twitter.com/Gorgio Alex Gorgio

    i defff am day 1!!!!! cant wait!

  • http://twitter.com/BiGGiE_Q Biggie Quan

    Seeing as I only use wifi and am not getting a data plan on my Xoom maybe I should sell my 3G version for this wifi only one. Tempting now.

    • Guest

      Dood, you will lose your shirt on this if you sell a used 3G version for a wifi version.

    • Guest

      Dood, you will lose your shirt on this if you sell a used 3G version for a wifi version.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll stick with my LTE

  • Anonymous

    Im definitely getting one. Hoorah!

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

    I can’t wait for the 27th. It better not turn out to be another Thunderbolt delay :P

  • Anonymous

    Thank god. Now we have an actual horserace.

    I really, really want the Xoom. Going to go to a VZW store and play with one. My only hesitation is that I envision my primary use of a tablet being web browsing and video. The Xoom has an excellent web browser (the tabs make me drool) but without Hulu and Netflix I am hesitant on getting it. Especially since the only thing we’ve heard about them coming to Android is that they will be coming to “certain” phones and Netflix (likely Hulu) need hardware DRM only supported by new Snapdragons. The Netflix apk has been leaked and streaming doesn’t work on any phone out there. Whether that is because the service just isn’t live yet, or because it is looking for the hardware DRM is unknown, hopefully it is the first one, but if it isn’t then there goes any hope of getting Netflix without a work around. I’ve tried PlayOn, and wasn’t able to get it working for me.

    There is a Flash hack for Hulu that supposedly works OK. Kellex in your review of the Xoom could you try it and watch something on Hulu to see if it smooth enough for normal use?

    • http://subzerosoldiers.com Matt

      The hack for hulu and netflix is probably using PlayOn. I have it setup and can stream hulu, netflix, and much more to my Xoom and it works great! I wouldn’t say it’s a full HD stream by any means, but it’s perfectly watchable. It’s also really simple to setup if you have a little computer knowledge. Still pretty easy even if you don’t. The only down side is you have to pay $40 the first year to register the software then it’s $20 a year thereafter.

  • Anonymous

    We will probably get one.

    I have to think the manufacturer’s would be better off doing the WiFi versions of tablets first. Most people who love Android already have an Android phone (and I doubt they are keen to sign up under an additional contract and monthly service to get an additional device they won’t be carrying w/them all the time). How many of us would have Android tablets already if they had done this from the get-go.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Cory.Evan.Dunbar Cory Evan Dunbar

      i’d be waiting at the doors on launch day

  • Anonymous

    WooHoo.

  • Anonymous

    WooHoo.

  • http://subzerosoldiers.com Matt

    I’m happy with my VZW branded one, mainly because I have insurance on it. This is great to see Moto actually releasing this though within a close time frame from the 3G model. Samsung dropped the ball on this one with the Galaxy tab, good to see Moto isn’t making the same mistake.

  • http://subzerosoldiers.com Matt

    I’m happy with my VZW branded one, mainly because I have insurance on it. This is great to see Moto actually releasing this though within a close time frame from the 3G model. Samsung dropped the ball on this one with the Galaxy tab, good to see Moto isn’t making the same mistake.