The less good news is that the $799price tag is real. That’s how much the tablet will run with a 3G modem onboard — although that’s the unsubsidized Verizon Wireless price. It’s possible the carrier could offer a lower price to customers that sign up for a long term service contract.
It’s worth noting that the leaked Best Buy ad which has been making the rounds shows a $799 price tag for a 3G capable version of the tablet — and also suggests that you’ll need to activate the tablet by paying for a month of Verizon service before you can use the tablet over WiFi. Presumably there will be no such requirement when the WiFi-only version of the tablet is released.
Motorola confirmed this week that the WiFi model is slated to hit Europe in the second quarter of 2011. There’s still no word on when we can expect that model to hit the US.
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 display, a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, front and rear cameras, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.