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Motorola XOOM Keyboard Folio Case Coming Soon, Transformer Who? (Updated)

If you already own a Motorola XOOM and have become a little jealous over the Asus Transformer and its nifty keyboard/laptop dock, then we may have a solution for you.  Moto and Verizon plan to release the “Keyboard Folio” which is like a leather laptop case with built-in keyboard (assuming it’s just the Bluetooth keyboard) so that you can also take advantage of an all-in-one and on-the-go experience.  While it may not look exactly like a laptop as the Transformer does, it still gives you an option and should help ease any post-tramatic-XOOM-disorder.  No telling what the price may be.

Update:  We’ve added a close up shot of the new keyboard folio above, but it’s looking all that pretty.  Is that contrast stitching I see?  Eww.  Click that image for the big dog version.

Cheers Legion!

  • Roppor02

    Have a single leather portfolio case with blue tooth key board and love it.  Optional to use touch screen if desired.

  • Ivanyosi

    Could you answer
    me, where and when it is posible to buy this keyboard?

  • Ivanyosi

    Could you answer
    me, where and when it is posible to buy this keyboard?

  • storm34x

    I purchased a Xoom 3G, a galaxy tab 10.1, and a asus transformer today. Im actuall happy with all of them. The xoom is still the best in my opinion though

  • Jonthan Carnesciali

    u still get sucky battery life

  • Anonymous

    It’s no Transformer, but I’ll take it… 

  • DJ

    OMG Okay everyone has an opinion! Guess what? Nobody cares. If everyone made every purchase based solely on price and practicality then we’d all be driving minivans. Stop poluting the Internet with your sh**ty opinions and let an article be an article.

  • Useless

    Uh, buy a notebook.

  • http://www.chuckinabox.com Phigment

    I’ve seen people use this type of thing with their iPad and now this – I guess I don’t understand what the difference is between this type set up and buying just a regular laptop?

  • Jer85008

    OK, now they just need a price drop. Xoom should be no more than $499 at this point for the wi-fi version.

  • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

    Also, I’m guessing since this is moto we are talking about, they put that fake leather garbage to jack up the price. Probably $200. SO….$800 for Xoom and $200 for keyboard = $1000! Please check my math and make sure that is what everybody else is getting. For that amount of cash you could get the TF, with dock, and use the remaining cash to take your new tab on a cruise!

  • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

    If Moto was smart they would make a keyboard dock that universally works with their pad and all phones. Too bad they’re not as smart as me!

  • Anonymous

    I love how everyone keeps putting the XOOM down. It was first plain and simple. Battery life on the Acer and Asus (w/o dock) suck in comparison to the XOOM, and neither offer the portability by connecting to Verizon’s network. I understand that tethering is an option for some of you kids who don’t actually talk on your phones, but I’m not going to kill the battery on my phone by tethering. I’m also not going to walk into a client’s house and say, “hey, do you happen to know the password to your wi-fi network off the top of your head?”

    Bottom line, buy the Asus if you can’t afford the XOOM, or if you don’t need to pull docs from the cloud while sitting in a random parking lot or client’s house; or if don’t need location-based services while on the go. My XOOM will still sell for more on eBay when I decide to buy the quad-core beast that comes out down the road.

  • Anonymous

    I love how everyone keeps putting the XOOM down. It was first plain and simple. Battery life on the Acer and Asus (w/o dock) suck in comparison to the XOOM, and neither offer the portability by connecting to Verizon’s network. I understand that tethering is an option for some of you kids who don’t actually talk on your phones, but I’m not going to kill the battery on my phone by tethering. I’m also not going to walk into a client’s house and say, “hey, do you happen to know the password to your wi-fi network off the top of your head?”

    Bottom line, buy the Asus if you can’t afford the XOOM, or if you don’t need to pull docs from the cloud while sitting in a random parking lot or client’s house; or if don’t need location-based services while on the go. My XOOM will still sell for more on eBay when I decide to buy the quad-core beast that comes out down the road.

    • Anonymous

      No one’s really saying the XOOM isn’t good or anything, just far too overpriced. This is undeniable fact, and some of us prefer to wait til the competition come around with a 3G/4G tablet that has thing called “fair pricing.” I understand those two year cell phone contracts have probably skewed your sense of value here, but really, if Moto can’t even undercut -Apple- of all companies with something that’s heavier, bulkier and has only marginally better specs otherwise, they’ve really really really messed up. It should be fairly obvious.

      • Anonymous

        Last time I checked, the XOOM was priced completely in line with competitive tablets. The pricing is identical to the “comparable” iPad, and you can throw in a 32GB Class 10 for less than the extra $100 for the 64GB iPad. The Playbook is a 7″ tablet with no native e-mail or calendar app, and is only $100 less than the XOOM. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi only will also be the same price as the comparable, but you lose a microSD slot, and get propietary ports. You could always pick up the HTC Flyer for $499, but it’s a single-core, 7″, Gingerbread tablet! Should I go on?

  • Anonymous

    Or just get a small laptop for 1/2 the price of a Xoom + keyboard

  • Anonymous
  • http://www.youtube.com/lanech Lane Chaplin

    “No telling what the price may be.”

    Since it’s Motorola, you can be pretty sure that the price will be about 1/3 greater than whatever it should be.

  • MK17

    On the subject of the actual product, it looks like it will need something behind it to support it. Will it have a battery, full USB ports? Obviously I’m comparing it to the transformer but they really set the bar. Then setting it at the same price as the transformer will still almost completely price the Xoom out of the market.

    Unfortunately, I’m the minority of all minorities in the tablet world as my favorite feature about the Xoom is that the standard dock has an audio out, which lends itself to MUCH better audio quality. I would be able to use this in my vehicle, at home, easily move it to other peoples place and have the best possible sound quality out of the Xoom with minimal effort.

    It doesn’t look like the Transformer will have the same, BUT the netbook style dock is the other high priority on my list. I’m tired of lugging around my laptop and this would be perfect for my homework and such.

    Guess that means I’ll be waiting around to see if the Transformer answers my dock prayers or the xoom answers my netbook style prayers completely. Probably shouldn’t hold my breath.

  • Bob

    too bad you can’t use the Xoom keyboard on a plane

    • Jak_341

      I didn’t even think of that. Good point.

    • tehshift

      how so? Did they develop bluetooth blocking frequencies on planes?

      • Bob

        you aren’t ‘allowed’ to use BT on a plane…

  • Anonymous

    price is $250 for display unit
    $350 for functional keyboard
    thank you come again

  • Jak_341

    I. Must. Have.

  • DroidHAM

    Price will be $99.99 I believe. Alot but not considering its a BT keyboard and a case

  • User

    A bluetooth keyboard is nowhere near the experience you get with the transformer’s laptop dock.

    • DroidHAM

      Why? Do you f*ck your dock?

      • Aubreyvt

        That’s freakin great!!!!!

      • Wachatalknboutwillis

        Wow, didn’t realize they allow 6th graders to comment on this forum, good for you little guy.

      • http://www.facebook.com/BlakeO Blake Power Surge Ourso

        gestures, shortcuts, usb, battery….yes, i F*ck my dock….don’t be angry because you’re an early adopter and thought you were cool by overpaying.

        • DroidHAM

          I got my Xoom 2 weeks ago for FREE and love it. Sorry kiddo

          • http://www.facebook.com/BlakeO Blake Power Surge Ourso

            so you don’t f*ck your dock but you f*ck your sugar daddy. Understood, kiddo.

          • AnimateDroid

            yea. he consistently defends the position of owning a xoom over a transformers better flexibility and efficiency.. at the same time continuously bragging he got it for free. clearly he’ll never feel buyers remorse for this product since it wasnt at his expense.

            hell, if im getting things for free, ill even take the ipad, itll give me a better alternative perspective.

      • http://www.facebook.com/BlakeO Blake Power Surge Ourso

        gestures, shortcuts, usb, battery….yes, i F*ck my dock….don’t be angry because you’re an early adopter and thought you were cool by overpaying.

  • EC8CH

    Does the Xoom Keyboard Folio come with an additional core?

  • EC8CH

    Does the Xoom Keyboard Folio come with an additional core?

  • Anonymous

    nifty. :P

  • Anonymous

    nifty. :P

  • Eric

    This isn’t gonna ease sh*t. It doesn’t extend the battery life, doesn’t have 2 USB ports and doesn’t doesn’t have a S/D card slot which expands space. And seeing how the Xoom is way over priced this probably will be to. So pissed I bought one. But then again nobody and I mean nobody was talking about the Transformer when CES was going on. It was all about the Xoom I blame every site that didn’t cover the Transformer back in Jan.

  • Anonymous

    This shouldn’t be terribly surprising to anyone. Motorola has the laptop dock for the Atrix and was planning on deploying it on more phones later this year, why not make essentially a laptop dock for the device even better suited for it, especially as competitors also roll out theirs.

  • Eric

    This isn’t gonna ease sh*t. It doesn’t extend the battery life, doesn’t have 2 USB ports and doesn’t doesn’t have a S/D card slot which expands space. And seeing how the Xoom is way over priced this probably will be to. So pissed I bought one. But then again nobody and I mean nobody was talking about the Transformer when CES was going on. It was all about the Xoom I blame every site that didn’t cover the Transformer back in Jan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/migoyvelez Migoy Velez

    Might be a case of too little, too late. I already bought the keyboard a long time ago. Got a case even earlier. To spend more money on having them both together (and not even in dock form) would be nothing less than a total waste of money. Moto should have given this more thought a lot sooner. Oh well, perhaps someone can get some use out of it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/migoyvelez Migoy Velez

    Might be a case of too little, too late. I already bought the keyboard a long time ago. Got a case even earlier. To spend more money on having them both together (and not even in dock form) would be nothing less than a total waste of money. Moto should have given this more thought a lot sooner. Oh well, perhaps someone can get some use out of it.

  • DroidHAM

    Everyone saying “Transformer is cheaper blah blah” , thats not the point of the article. This article is talking about people who already OWN THE XOOM, so the price factor isn’t really important here.

    We get it, the Transformer is cheaper. Still keeping my Xoom.

  • DroidHAM

    Everyone saying “Transformer is cheaper blah blah” , thats not the point of the article. This article is talking about people who already OWN THE XOOM, so the price factor isn’t really important here.

    We get it, the Transformer is cheaper. Still keeping my Xoom.

    • Anonymous

      Glad someone got the point. Thank you sir.

      • Eric

        What point? The fact that we got raped by Moto? and to try and make up for it we gotta spend more money and still not get what the Transformer has at the same price point. Good point!

        • Anonymous

          Asus gave price ranges for the Tansformer, so don’t kick yourself for buying. I bought the XOOM on launch day, and don’t regret it one bit.

          • Scott Strool

            Me too. I am happy with it now and it will only get better.

    • Eric

      You and Kellex still don’t see the point. I spent $650(thanks to here) for my Xoom. For the same exact price I could have the Transformer and gotten a whole lot more. You me and every other schmuck who bought a Xoom got ripped off. I dunno about you but i like to get more for my money. So price IS a factor. Thats why I threw my Xoom on Craigslist and Ebay as soon as I heard about this and guess what nobody wants it. But its not b/c of price is it? Since thats not a factor.

      • DroidHAM

        I bought the Xoom knowing the TF was comig out. the $$ wasn’t a factor, I got it for free. Knowing that, I chose the Xoom because the dev community is further ahead, I didnt want to wait, and coming from a g-Tab, the Xoom screen is great. I dont want to buy a DOCK, if I did I would buy a netbook. I’m happy with everything I can do with my Xoom, and I think its of higher quality build than the TF. Yes, the TF is cheaper, but the $$ wasn’t an issue for me, and im playing with my Xoom while everyone else is scouring the web to find a transformer.

        Ya, its a nice tablet, but I didnt feel like waiting 1 month+ to get it, the advantages for ME werent that important to justify it.

        And the point of this article isnt saying a Xoom + this case = Transformer. Its saying that people who have a Xoom and like their Xoom, or are stuck with it like you, can now get a case and a keyboard. Thats it.

        • Eric

          You points are very vaild. I Just feel cheated cuz I knew nothing of the TF if i did i would have waited. I guess I am just a savy shopper. :)

          • DroidHAM

            And everyone who gets the Transformer will feel “Cheater” when a newer, faster, cheaper Tab is announced in 2 months. Thats technology.

          • Eric

            No No your missing the point now. I’m not talking about faster/newer I am talking about value.

          • DroidHAM

            Yes, and like I said in my previous post:

            And everyone who gets the Transformer will feel “Cheater” when a newer, faster, CHEAPER Tab is announced in 2 months. Thats technology.

          • Eric

            and I said “Value”. Which also takes inconsideration what features the product has. I don’t think any other tablet will be doing exactly what the TF does nor do i think they will get any cheaper than that. But Hey i could be wrong.

          • Miako Tamatsue

            Eric, I think you’re the one missing the point. Price isn’t always the factor. Some people prefer quality over price. Asus used to be a very good motherboard builders for those who build their own computers. I used them myself. Then, they got into selling computers themselves particularly laptops and netbooks. Then, they tried to undercutting everyone with the lower price with their cheap quality Eee branded netbooks. Now, it’s their turn with tablets.

          • DroidHAM

            Yes, and like I said in my previous post:

            And everyone who gets the Transformer will feel “Cheater” when a newer, faster, CHEAPER Tab is announced in 2 months. Thats technology.

        • http://www.facebook.com/BlakeO Blake Power Surge Ourso

          eh, not much of a developing community on any honeycomb stuff really. If you’d realize that the source wasn’t released then you’d realize that most people are just modding the official release and putting out weak roms…nothing impressive. It’s like the Droid X roms…just cheap edits.

          • DroidHAM

            1 click root + all the new custom kernels coming out is nice enough for now, plus all the custom themes etc. Once HC comes out it will be nuts. It seems like there is a new custom kernel daily with better benchmarks, new features etc

          • http://www.facebook.com/BlakeO Blake Power Surge Ourso

            themes aren’t big, kernels are ok but i’m not worried about it since its a 1ghz^2 CPU…i’ve already heard that nothing ‘loads’ its all pretty much instant anyways. It’s already pure google….there are no new updates so no reason to worry about that. Not sure what kind of development you want here….

          • DroidHAM

            im pretty sure I just told you, to which you replied “arent big, are ok, im not worried about”

            I didnt say they were important to you, I said they are important to me.

          • DroidHAM

            1 click root + all the new custom kernels coming out is nice enough for now, plus all the custom themes etc. Once HC comes out it will be nuts. It seems like there is a new custom kernel daily with better benchmarks, new features etc

      • FortitudineVincimus

        thanks, FINALLY a Xoom owner pulls their head out of the sand and admits that got taken for a ride on that purchase. Nearly all of the coming tablets have more, for less money. Glad an owner actually said it.

        • Eric

          no problem dude. Trust me i am kicking my own ass about it. Btw want to buy a XOOM? LOL!

          • MK17

            Are you selling it for the price of a Transformer? lol

          • Eric

            LOL! Acually I am if you are considering the price of the dock as well.

        • Miako Tamatsue

          I just got a Xoom even though the Transformer has been out for a week. From my experience with owning Asus products, their products aren’t that high of a quality. So far, I am loving the Xoom. From my reading all the reviews, I finally decided the Xoom. Initially, I was thinking of the HTC Flyer. I even preordered it. But I decided against it because it comes with only 16 gb, only single core, and from what I’m hearing, Best Buy may sell it without the stylus pen.

        • Ig0tlz2burn

          I got my Xoom for 400 no contract brand new and it feels a lot better than the TF plus its runs pics now

      • Anonymous

        Holy shit, you mean getting ripped off is NOT what owning a device like this on a cell network is all about?!! Dammit. I thought we were supposed to be ripped off and the one who gets ripped off the most wins. Ohhhhh, the humanity. Anybody who doesn’t understand that they’re all ripoffs is clearly either not paying for these things themselves or thinks money grows on trees. I’ve said many times, this is never going to be about customer service, it’s always going to be about how much shit they can get those of us addicted to tech to purchase. My Xoom, which I love, has to this day collected more dust than my pet rocks thanks to the lack of decent apps (decent to me). The accessories are afterthoughts, the service is an afterthought and the cost benefit ratio is a joke. Can’t wait for the next one, I love this game!

        • Tim

          and I am the exact oposite. I use my Xoom more than my laptop now….

          • Anonymous

            Yea, that’s where I really feel dumb, my poor MBP’s are sitting there looking at me and just shaking their little magsafe cords.

        • Miako Tamatsue

          Little Pecker, if you Xoom is sitting their collecting dust, it speaks more about you than the Xoom. You had plenty of time to return it (30 days and 14 days in some states) after testing it out. Why not return it sooner? Or do better research before you buy it. I’ve had the Xoom for a week now and I’m using it everyday.

          • Anonymous

            Assuming i give a shit about your opinion, let me respond by saying I like the Xoom. I want it and don’t regret buying it. I never said I did regret it. I did plenty of research and I take exception that you find it relevant to the post to press a personal comment about someone you know nothing of. The device is not the issue, the software support for persons conducting or trying to conduct business with it is. Also, the issue is based on my personal experience and opinion with the device and software support. This may not be the opinion of others but I don’t criticize them for it on an open forum. That is all.

      • Anonymous

        Holy shit, you mean getting ripped off is NOT what owning a device like this on a cell network is all about?!! Dammit. I thought we were supposed to be ripped off and the one who gets ripped off the most wins. Ohhhhh, the humanity. Anybody who doesn’t understand that they’re all ripoffs is clearly either not paying for these things themselves or thinks money grows on trees. I’ve said many times, this is never going to be about customer service, it’s always going to be about how much shit they can get those of us addicted to tech to purchase. My Xoom, which I love, has to this day collected more dust than my pet rocks thanks to the lack of decent apps (decent to me). The accessories are afterthoughts, the service is an afterthought and the cost benefit ratio is a joke. Can’t wait for the next one, I love this game!

  • Zach

    Transformer is still cheaper and has a better screen, XOOM who?

  • Zach

    Transformer is still cheaper and has a better screen, XOOM who?

    • KniteLyf

      I agree! I’ve noticed significant lack of coverage of this android 3.0 device. U getting Motorola or Verizon kickbacks Kellex?

    • palomosan

      Sorry Kellex but the Transformer sold out on the first day of being out.

    • palomosan

      Sorry Kellex but the Transformer sold out on the first day of being out.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    for me, it is all about this

    http://www.thetoshibatablet.com/

  • FortitudineVincimus

    for me, it is all about this

    http://www.thetoshibatablet.com/

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    I would return my XOOM to Costco immediately if the Transformer was coming out on Verizon with 3G/4G…but do we see that happening? I hope so…I have until May 24th to return my XOOM.

    • http://www.facebook.com/BlakeO Blake Power Surge Ourso

      Tether

      • Anonymous

        Some people actually use their phones for talking, so killing your battery by tethering doesn’t help.

        • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

          Wired tether charges the battery

  • Anonymous

    Everyone keeps saying the Transformer beats the Xoom on price. True.

    Xoom beats the Transformer all day long on Dev community. TRUE.

    • tanknspank

      The Transformer was just released. TRUE.

      Give it time, it will develop one of its own.

    • tanknspank

      The Transformer was just released. TRUE.

      Give it time, it will develop one of its own.

    • http://twitter.com/NemaCystX NemaCystX

      And even finding one in stock, the Transformer is nowhere to be bought thanks to eBay scalpers…
      if it weren’t for that IPS screen on the Transformer, I would have gotten a XOOM last week, I can live without a keyboard since the future is becoming touch screen everything.

    • http://twitter.com/NemaCystX NemaCystX

      And even finding one in stock, the Transformer is nowhere to be bought thanks to eBay scalpers…
      if it weren’t for that IPS screen on the Transformer, I would have gotten a XOOM last week, I can live without a keyboard since the future is becoming touch screen everything.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    this is going to be common for all tablets. Even the not yet release Toshiba mentions the keyboard ability.

  • tanknspank

    Too bad the Asus Transformer’s dock also charges the device too. Price is another point.

    • DroidHAM

      Battery hasnt ever been an issue with my Xoom, not really worried about charging

      • http://www.facebook.com/BlakeO Blake Power Surge Ourso

        You will when you’re running a blutooth keyboard all day long ;o

        • DroidHAM

          If I am running my BT keyboard all day long, and I have, usually at some point in the day I can charge.

        • DroidHAM

          If I am running my BT keyboard all day long, and I have, usually at some point in the day I can charge.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s hope the price of it is less than 150 dollars. As for me? I’m most likely getting a Transformer sometime next month. :)

    • Anonymous

      I dont think the xoom needs to be as cheap as a transformer (it does have double the internal memory) but it shouldn’t be $200 more, especially when the Transformer is apparently getting great reviews, and in some cases (anandtech specifically) they’ve said that it performs better than the xoom, so Asus didn’t give up a lot of quality.

      IF the Transformer is 400, the Xoom should be 500, with a 16GB model also at 400. The 3g/4g model is fine (though they NEED a 16gb version of it)

      • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

        I neeeed a 3g/4G version of the Transformer.

        • Anonymous

          It would be nice, but I doubt ASUS will do it. It would mean giving too much control over to carriers, something they don’t need to do.

          Now, if there was a viable market for unlocked devices in the US, you might see it. Otherwise, if you need mobile connectivity, you’ll need to get a Xoom, or one of the new samsung devices.

      • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

        I neeeed a 3g/4G version of the Transformer.

  • http://www.mydigitalwhiteboard.wordpress.com anim

    Still can’t beat Transformer, sorry Moto you gotta step up your game in pricing!

  • tbaybe

    wonder how much this will set u back in cost…

  • Anonymous

    The Transformer still beats it, especially in price.

  • Pilotbluemike

    just what it needed to compete with the Asus!

  • Mr.Joe

    OH how neat!

    Too bad ASUS’s Transformer with keyboard dock is cheaper then just the xoom.

    • Anonymous

      And that the keyboard dock has an extended battery, 2 full size USB ports, a multitouch trackpad, and an SD card reader to boot. Oh, and the ASUS has a much nicer screen. Motofail.