Leaked docs show WiFi-only Xoom at $599, coming March 27
It looks like the Motorola Xoom is joining the HTC Thunderbolt in the "leaked docs from big box stores" department, as Droid Life got some goods from a Staples insider showing the long awaited WiFi-only model coming March 27, at a price point of $599.98. That works out to the same price point as the 32 GB WiFi model of the iPad 2, and should quiet the folks crying for a carrier free, WiFi-only model (like yours truly).
While we've learned that leaked sales ads and internal inventory screens don't guarantee anything, they are a good indicator that we're close. This should certainly help boost sales, and more importantly, developers who were waiting for the WiFi-only model can get to cracking. The inventory screen is after the break. [Droid-Life via Android Central forums] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
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Galaxy epic was $250, turned a lot of people off.
When the Galaxy Tap was priced at 600 $ no one complained !
But because its a Motorola everyone is saying its too expensive , even though it way better then it
I don't understand u people !
I'm glad to see that some one agrees that the Galaxy Tap was an overpriced oversized phone (& not a good one either)
Of course it is rather early in testing (ipad2 isn't even out yet), and many speculate that OpenGL is not optimized for the Zoom yet. They also did not adjust for resolution difference. Plus it is only a single benchmark. And everywhere you read, they are all pointing to the same SINGLE flawed test (AnandTech, "trounce"). Xoom faster web browsing: http://gadgetu.net/motorola-xoom-vs-ipad-2-browser-benchmarks/ Otherwise, in CONCRETE comparisons Xoom has: Twice the RAM
Wide aspect ratio
Higher res screen
Higher res cameras
Standard USB port (no proprietary cable)
Standard HDMI out port (no adapter needed)
Unlockable without hacks I would say that is quite a collection of advantages over the identically-priced 32GB Ipad2. Would I prefer it be priced under the ipad2? Of course! But complaining the Xoom is a "rip-off" is just ignorant.
Brand recognition thanks to the marketing team
High-quality and innovative hardware (anyone else have a Magic Mouse?)
Excellent customer service
32G iPad2: $599 32G of storage doesn't cost $100. It's an opportunity cost. A storage tax. The extra storage space likely _costs_ Apple ~$20ish. So, if MOTO stripped the Xoom of 16G of storage, would it actually lower the price? _Definitely_ not by $100. Probably more like $25. So, MOTO is actually smart. They couldn't compete with Apple with a 16G tablet, since they'd have to sell it at $550-575. But, by tossing in another (relatively cheap, component-wise) 16G of storage, they could hit the same $600 price-point as the 32G iPad2.
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