As expected, Best Buy has announced that the Motorola XOOM tablet will be available in stores on Thursday, February 24th. The company starts taking pre-orders for the tablet today, with a 3G capable model running $799.99. But Best Buy isn’t the only retailer taking pre-orders. You can also place an order at Wirefly for the same price.
Both companies are selling the XOOM for use on the Verizon Wireless network, with data plans running between $20 per month (for 1GB of data transfer) to $80 per month (for up to 10GB). The contracts are month-to-month, which means you can cancel any time.
This week’s Best Buy ad looks exactly like the one that was leaked a few weeks ago, suggesting that you’ll need to pay for at least one month of service even if you want to use the tablet as a WiFi-only device… although there’s probably no way to confirm whether WiFi actually needs to be “activated” this way until the first customers start to get their hands on the tablet. Incidentally, it looks like Best Buy hasn’t had time to correct the spelling error on the ad, which says that one month subscription will “activative” the WiFi.
Motorola is expected to offer a WiFi-only version of the XOOM tablet eventually with a retail price closer to $600. But there’s no word on when that model will be available.
The Motorola XOOM is expected to be the first tablet to ship with Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel capacitive multitouch display, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor. It has 5MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. Motorola will offer an optional upgrade that will let you use the tablet with 4G networks in the future.