Sprint Motorola Xoom

There's been talk of Sprint selling the Motorola Xoom for several months, and Sprint just made it official -- the wifi only model will be available through all retail channels on May 8, for $599.99, just as we reported earlier today.  A carrier selling something you can pick up from a big box or electronics store may sound a little strange, but it should make it easier to get the Xoom in more peoples hands, which equals more developer interest.  We all like that.

No official word on any plans for a 4G model from Sprint, but I certainly wouldn't put that, or some sort of 4G Overdrive MiFi bundle package, out of the picture just yet.  For now, you have a new storefront to get your Xoom from, and that's just fine by us. The full announcement is after the break.

Source: Sprint; Motorola Xoom fact sheet

Motorola Xoom Specs | Motorola Xoom Forums | Motorola Xoom Accessories

First Tablet Built on Android 3.0, Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi, Available with Sprint on May 8 for $599.99

First device to feature Android software built specifically for use on a tablet,
delivers a powerful multi-tasking experience, making it easy and fast to surf the Web, watch videos and play games with a PC-like experience
As the first device to feature Android™ 3.0 (Honeycomb), as well as a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display and 1GHz dual-core processor, Motorola XOOM™ Wi-Fi will be available from Sprint beginning on Sunday, May 8, for $599.99. Android 3.0 is the version of Android designed specifically for tablets and features innovations in widgets, multi-tasking, Web browsing, notifications and customization.
With a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, Motorola XOOM delivers exceptionally fast Web browsing performance and supports a Beta of Adobe® Flash®Player 10.2, downloadable from Android Market™, enabling the delivery of Flash-based Web content, including videos, casual games and rich internet applications.
Motorola XOOM also features two cameras, a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera with flash that can capture HD video and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for Google Talk™ with video chat. Motorola XOOM can also display content on any HDMI®-equipped HDTV (HDMI cable sold separately).
With its large touchscreen display, Motorola XOOM makes it easy to stay connected from anywhere using personal and Exchange corporate email. It also offers access to more than 3 million Google eBooks and apps from Android Market, making it an ideal e-reader.
Motorola XOOM also features the latest Google™ Mobile services including, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D interaction.
Additional key features include:
  • Android Market for access to more than 150,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
  • Google mobile services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Navigation, Google Calendar, Voice Actions, and YouTube™
  • Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®), personal (POP & IMAP) email and instant messaging
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
  • Integrated GPS
  • 1GB internal RAM memory and 32GB onboard user memory
  • Dimensions: 9.8 inches x 6.6 inches x 0.5 inches (249.1mm x 167.8mm x 12.7mm)
  • Weight: 25.74 ounces (730 grams)
  • 3250 mAh Lithium-ion battery
Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi will be available through Sprint Direct Ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Web sales (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Sprint Business Sales, beginning on Sunday, May 8, for $599.99.
Certain features, services and applications are network dependent and may not be available in all areas; additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply. All features, functionality and other product specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.
MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC. Android, Android Market, Google Talk, Google eBooks, Google, Google Maps, Google Search, Gmail, Google Calendar, and YouTube are trademarks of Google, Inc. All other product and service names are the property of their respective owners.

Reader comments

Sprint makes it official - Wifi only Xoom available May 8


LOL, it's Wifi only dude... no 4G! what the heck is sprint thinking? selling a wifi version instead of a wimax/evdo?. Talk about lame.

Sorry I was to vague for you. My evo+ the 4g on my evo+ tethering my evo with 4g to the wifi only tranformer for $200 cheaper than the xoom= wait for it.... WINNING!!!

Glad we cleared that up.

nope, still too much. Acer Iconia $150 less which is getting good reviews and a full size USB port.

Why does anyone want a Xoom is beyond me? The Acer Iconia is a far better tablet and $150 less than the xoom. I love this tablet! !! Sending this from it right now! !! This is the best Android Tablet on the market! !!

I'm enjoying my Acer Iconia too, and someone is going to have to find some big negatives in a hurry to get me to cough up another $150 for the same device from moto.

OK, some claim Acer has poor warranty support. Fine, I'll get a squaretrade warranty.

I don't agree that selling this thru carriers does anything but jack up the price.

The Acer Iconia is a nice device, but you won't win the price war argument with me. The Iconia has 16 gigs of storage while the Xoom has 32.

I know people argue that physical storage doesn't mean anything, but I guess it depends on the needs of the consumer. I need a tablet for use during depolyment where there will be sporadic to no wireless data. So, I must have as much physical storage as I can get.

The going mindset has been a 100 dollar bump for each memory level increase. So, if that is the case, the Xoom is only 50 dollars (more like 40, I got my Xoom from Amazon for 589) more. Pretty nominal when you are talking the difference in Motorola and Acer.

You know what?

Im happy.... im happy that Sprint has reached a point in it's life where devices is starting to become its Forte.

I, personally, wont buy a Xoom, but I love my options! Evo View, Xoom, Tab....and then tons of great, new phones.

Proud Sprint customer for sure!

Needed to be less than the iPad2 wifi model to make this worthwhile. Motorola needs to realize that people are not going to pay more than an iPad for a Xoom. Just not going to happen. I prefer Android, but there is no compelling reason to pay more for a Xoom than an iPad 2. 32 GB vs 16 GB is no longer a significant selling point on Android, Amazon's Cloud Player and Cloud Drive have rendered device storage as a moot point.

Why Sprint is coming out with a Wi-fi only device is a bit confusing. I am betting bundle of some sort (with a mi-fi perhaps) is in the works. I like my Xoom. It is widely available and not in short supply. "Why" does Motorola need another retailer as if that will help sales?

Talked to a sprint sales rep (in store) and was told that sprint doesn't have plans to offer a 4G (WiMax) version of the Xoom in the foreseeable future. Actually he said they weren't going to offer a Non Wifi version at all EVER, but I guess we'll see.