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Motorola XOOM Family Edition Announced – Available October 16 Through Best Buy for $379

Motorola has introduced the newest addition to their XOOM lineup called the “Family Edition.” It is essentially the same 16GB, dual-core processor, XOOM WiFi that many of you already have, but it comes loaded with a $40 bundle of kid-friendly apps and security features (meaning you can lock your kids out of certain things). You can pick up this tablet for just $379 at Best Buy only for the time being on October 16 (Sunday).

We had heard over the weekend that the price reduction was possible with a change in materials from the original XOOM to this one. I’m not sure I would use the word “cheap”, but “plastic” most certainly. Still, $379 is a solid price point for the original Honeycomb tablet.

All of the kid-friendly details are below.  

Motorola Mobility and Best Buy Announce Motorola XOOM™ Family Edition – For Kids of All Ages

Special edition tablet exclusively for Best Buy customers is built to last and loaded with fun to bring the family together again

Oct. 14, 2011

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Oct. 14, 2011 – Grab the popcorn, hit the lights and cuddle up on the couch with the new Motorola XOOM™ Family Edition, the HD tablet built for your entire family. Available exclusively through Best Buy starting October 16, the Android™ 3.1-powered Motorola XOOM Family Edition will entertain everyone in the house with TV shows, thousands of movies, and fun, educational games for kids of all ages. And with the award-winning Zoodles™ application, parents can rest easy knowing their kids are safe from inappropriate content. It’s an affordable way to bring everyone together into the twenty-first century.

“Nowadays, everyone from mom, dad to the youngest child use the same tablet device. We set out to design a device that’s kid and family-friendly yet versatile enough to handle your business needs,” said Jim Hamilton, corporate vice president, global retail & distribution, Motorola Mobility. “The Motorola XOOM Family Edition offers a world of games, shows and video tools and because it’s from Motorola, you know it’s durable and will last for years to come.”

“Tablets continue to generate excitement and we are thrilled to be able to offer the Motorola XOOM Family Edition to Best Buy customers,” said Scott Wallace, senior director of tablet merchandising at Best Buy. “We think these devices are great for kids and families, and offer something for everyone. At Best Buy, we’ve long stood for choice and are delighted that the new XOOM Family Edition will be part of our selection.”

Motorola XOOM Family Edition comes pre-loaded with almost $40 worth of applications and also features the award-winning Kid Zone™ by Zoodles™ that locks the home button and allows your kids to only access the content you deem acceptable, like educational games and movies. It also sports MotoPack by Motorola, which makes it simple to find and download apps that help you do more—and have more fun—with your tablet. MotoPack by Motorola showcases a selection of high-quality, popular apps that have all been fully tested on Motorola tablets to ensure an exceptional experience. Simply select the apps you want and download them directly from Android Market™. New apps and special promotions will be featured in the MotoPack by Motorola on an ongoing basis, so be sure to check back regularly.

And after the kids fall asleep, Motorola XOOM Family Edition lets you get back to work with email access, document editing capabilities with Quickoffice® Pro HD, and Web surfing that looks just like a PC, with tabbed browsing and Adobe® Flash® Player. Then access more than 250,000 other apps, as well as new cloud services from Google Mobile™ Services, Amazon and more.

Featuring a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display and battery life that lasts through a day of road tripping or a marathon game night, everyone will get a kick out of the entertainment possibilities with the Motorola XOOM Family Edition. Watch videos on YouTube and access millions of books while you hunt down the perfect bedtime story through Android Market™. With 16GB of on-board storage, everyone in the family will have space to store their favorite songs, photos and movies – even Grandma.

With a 5-megapixel rear camera and front-facing webcam, the entire family can video chat with aunts and uncles across the country. Remember the ancient days of camcorders and VHS tapes? Well those days are long-gone when you use Motorola XOOM Family Edition to record family videos and share them in a snap. Forget uploading to a PC—play your videos back on the tablet, view them on your flat-screen TV with HDMI® or post your masterpieces straight to YouTube™, Picasa™, Facebook® and more.

Want the details? Here’s a list of the facts:

Runs on Android 3.1, built specifically for tablets
1GHz dual-core processor for lightning-fast responsiveness
10.1” HS IPS HD screen display with capacitive multi-touch
5MP back camera with flash, with 720p video webcam
Preloaded with almost $40 worth of applications, plus Zoodles™, the award-winning Kid Mode application
Preloaded with MotoPack by Motorola XOOM (App Downloader by Motorola)
·Preloaded with Quickoffice™ Pro HD for seamless productivity at work
Preloaded with MotoPrint – the application that allows you to print straight from the Web browser
Preloaded with fun games like Asphalt 6 from Gameloft and SIM City Deluxe
16GB built-in memory
Battery lasts up to 10 hours for video playback and Web browsing
Access to more than 250,000 apps in Android Market™
Availability and Pricing

Motorola XOOM Family Edition will be available exclusively at all Best Buy stores nationwide and online at BestBuy.com for a limited time value price of $379 starting Oct. 16.

Best Buy is advancing the growth of the tablet and e-reader category by combining an expansive selection with a shopping experience that allows customers to easily try and compare devices. The retailer is committed to delivering superior value and convenience by presenting a full line of accessories with each device, along with exclusive advantages such as tablet selection and connections support from specially trained Best Buy Blue Shirts, financing options, Reward Zone points, and tablet trade-in and Buy Back programs. For more information about these programs and tablets at Best Buy, visit www.bestbuy.com or www.bestbuy.com/tablets.

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, 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, visit motorola.com/mobility.

About Best Buy

Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) is a leading multi-channel global retailer and developer of technology products and services. Every day our employees – 180,000 strong – are committed to helping deliver the technology solutions that enable easy access to people, knowledge, ideas and fun. We are keenly aware of our role and impact on the world, and we are committed to developing and implementing business strategies that bring sustainable technology solutions to our consumers and communities. For information about Best Buy, visit www.bby.com and to shop at Best Buy, visit www.bestbuy.com.

  • Anonymous

    I’m wondering if i could go get this tablet, use ifixit.com to swap out the screen, and take it back and go, no thanks i rather have something else… Instant screen update to go along with my 4g LTE

  • Vaporware

    So the $380 Xoom gets an HS IPS display and the $800 Xoom gets the cheaper AMVA display. That makes perfect sense.

  • Anonymous

    Where did that wallpaper come from? I likes :)

  • Eric

    Sounds like Moto is desperate to get rid of the last of its inventory by doing some cheap repackaging.

  • Jak_341

    Moto REALLY needs to give it up already. Everything they touch turns into a disaster. They have had nothing since the OG.

    • Anonymous

      I rather like my Bionic.

  • Anonymous

    Way too little, way too late

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know if you can get SimCity Deluxe for any other device (specifically the Transformer). I don’t see it in the market and EA only lists it as a “mobile” app instead of specifically for Android or iOS.

  • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

    More gimmicks Moto?

  • Raven

    Someone really should try to come out with a really cheap 3.x tablet. Hell, make it all plastic, no gorilla glass rubberized edges and priced at $199.  People would by the hell out of it.

    I wish I could get a 7″ kid tough Fischer Price version for my 5 year old.  I have let her play games on my decommissioned OG Droid for a long time, but now that I have an ASUS Transformer she always wants to play on “Daddy’s Big Phone” which I am a little more protective of.

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like you’re looking for the Amazon Kindle Fire.  I’m positive someone will make a Honeycomb or even ICS rom for it.

      • Raven

        I hope so. After having a 3.2 I would hate to go back to something built on 2.2 like the Kindle Fire.

  • Anonymous

    Plastic is cheap! sorry…. would not want to drop that a few times….

  • Anonymous

    Best Buy has Xoom 32GB refurb for $399, sounds more attractive.  Even having kids rather have the extra space and know some kid software isn’t going to hold up any potential future updates.

  • hkklife

    How did they lower the cost so much?
    A few possibilities:

    -Worse screen
    -Plastic/thinner/cheaper housing
    -Smaller capacity battery
    -Removal of microSDHC slot (just when Honeycomb gets full SD card support!)
    -Lowering storage from 32GB to 16GB

    At this stage of the game, I’d either buy the OG Xoom (refurb or used) for cheap or if buying new, I’d get a Transformer or an Acer Iconia or wait for the next-gen of tablets.

    • Anonymous

      This actually has a higher quality HS IPS screen.  The price was reduced probably through cheaper build materials along with half the storage.  Battery is supposed to be the same.

  • LionStone

    Yea…Zoodles came out of the box on the hTc Flyer!

  • http://profiles.google.com/j450n79 J450N M

    too little too late Moto.

  • Anonymous

    I’d rather drop another $20 for a Transformer.

    • Billy Jenkins

      Which one? Because I personally prefer Optimus Prime

  • Anonymous

    Still. Too. Expensive.

  • Anonymous

    I’d be fine with the current tablets (dual-core) if they would just lower the prices.  I don’t need quad-core as I’m not looking to play games on it, I just want it for when I feel lazy and don’t want to get out my laptop. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/mediogringo Dan Carter

    Now THAT is a price I can stomach. Finally.

  • Hamman

    I prefer the Xoom Adult Edition myself.

  • Dominick DeVito

    Nice idea, but with the Xoom 2 coming soon what is Motorola thinking here exactly??

    • EC8CH

      MOTO tought bubble:

      We’ve got Inventory to unload… who’s got any bright ideas???

      • Dominick DeVito

        Exactly! LOL

    • http://www.vinsonimages.com Jason Vinson

      ya, if anything ill wait for xoom 2 to come out and then pick up a cheap original xoom!

      • Anonymous

        Maybe they plan on pricing the Xoom 2 at $800 to avoid that problem?  Seems possible for them to have such an awesome scheme cooked up.