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$1199.99

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Motorola - XOOM Tablet / NVIDIA Tegra Processor / 10.1" Display / 1GB Memory / 32GB Hard Drive

  • NVIDIA Tegra dual-core processor T20
    Features a 1.0GHz processor speed, 600MHz system bus and 1MB L2 cache.
  • 1GB DDR2 memory
    For multitasking power.
  • Note: Optical drive not included
    Compatible with optional external recordable CD/DVD drives (not included).
  • 10.1" high-definition widescreen touch-screen display
    Showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.
  • 32GB hard drive
    Offers spacious storage.
  • ULP GeForce graphics
    For lush images. HDMI output for connection to an HDTV.
  • Built-in 2.0MP webcam
    Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends. 5.0MP camera allows you to capture and play back high-definition video.
  • High-speed USB 2.0 port
    For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
  • Built-in 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
    Connect to the Internet without wires.
  • Embedded 3G mobile broadband technology with EVDO Rev A
    Keeps you connected. Upgradeable to 4G LTE. (Wireless service contract required; sold separately. Check with carrier for coverage area and availability in your area.)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 EDR + HID interface
    Easily link with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as a mobile phone or MP3 player.
  • Weighs only 1.5 lbs. and measures just 0.5" thin
    For lightweight portability.
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system
    Provides a stable platform.
  • Google Mobile Services
    Include Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction, access to more than 3 million Google eBooks and Google Talk with video chat.
So my question is...are they out too lunch?
 

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They have to be crazy to price it more than an iPad.

Sure, it's arguably a better tablet, but if you're trying to steal the front runner's market share pricing it higher than them is not generally a good strategy.
 

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That is unbelievably steep for these units. It will be DOA if it actually is released at those prices. My guess is the price changes prior to actual launch.
 

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UPDATE!

Engadget is now reporting that this may be just a placeholder and that the real price will be the previously reported $800. I guess we won't know till Thursday when it's actually released but it sure seems odd to post such a ridiculous price so close to launch. It'll only turn people off the product.
 

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Leak a placeholder at $1200, then release it at $800, and everyone thinks it's so much cheaper than it "was going to be".

Even at $800, though, if the market leader has an entry point at $500, you have to have something mighty compelling (and I don't know that an inferior interface attached to a faster processor and an SD card slot could be considered "compelling) to sway people away from that leader (not to mention the iPad being the current "it" thing to have).

Can we start a poll? How many units (as a percentage of iPads) will the Xoom sell?
If the lowest price is $800, I say they don't get anywhere close to 10% of what the iPad will sell this year; probably less than 5%.
 

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Xoom no longer can be found at Bestbuy.com. I also heard that, whatever the price, you'll have to sign up for at least one month of 3G service.
 

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Yeah, I can't get my head around the minimum one month 3G service in order to activate the Wi-Fi. What's up with that? I'm going to reserve judgement on that until it's released and we know if that is actually a requirement.

*shakes head in disbelief*
 

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Looks like the official price is actually $799, as per Engadget.
 

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Canadians will only be interested in the wifi version, at least initially. The CDMA version Verizon will carry won't work with Canadian carriers. Unless an HSPA version is released or Bell or Telus pick it up for their CDMA networks (unlikely) it will be wifi only in Canada no matter which version you have.
 

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I heard rumours that it is coming to Rogers in late March, as Canadian providers are tired of losing out to customers going to the States to buy these devices. But I guess this would have to be a GSM version. Anyone have insight into that?
 
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