The Motorola XOOM is the first tablet to ship with Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It’s also got more features than you can shake a stick at, ranging from a dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 1280 x 800 pixel HD display to a wide range of sensors including an accelerometer, gyroscope, and even a barometer. Seriously.
Unfortunately, the XOOM has gotten a lot of flak for a high starting price. Right now it’s available for $799.99 if you buy a contract-free 3G capable version of the tablet, or $599.99 if you sign up for a 2 year contract with Verizon wireless. Word on the street has been that a WiFi-only version of the tablet might sell for around $600. But it looks like there’s good news for thrifty Android tablet shoppers: Sam’s Club may offer the tablet for just $539.
Droid Life received some photos from a Sam’s Club employee who says that the retailer will offer a WiFi-only XOOM tablet for $539.
That would make the starting price for a XOOM just $40 than the starting price for an iPad 2. But the XOOM would have twice the storage capacity, higher resolution cameras, and a higher resolution display than Apple’s bottom of the line tablet. Oh yeah, and a barometer. Don’t forget the barometer.
That said, the price could be wrong. You might notice that while the sign says $539, it also says Android 2.0 “Homeycomb.” At least one of those things is probably a typo.
You can find more photos at Droid Life.
Update: Android Community spotted the XOOM at CostCo, where the 3G version is going for $589 to $789 depending on whether you want to pay for a contract.
I think you guys are forgetting about the case, keyboard and dock accessories. Final price is?
Hope it is the Android “2.0” Honeycomb that is the typo and not the price…Been thinking about an Elocity A7 (with Tegra 2) or one of their 10″ tablets coming with Honeycomb but I’d take a look at the Xoom if it is here now and at that price. Do it this weekend, and I’ll be there.
Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!
I still predict many folks will complain it is $200 too much – despite the fact they are carrying $500+ phones in their pockets. Oh well, let the market speak as it has for Apple (that is, unqualified success).
That’s a decent price for it.
That would equal the $599 iPad 2
With a lot more RAM in the Xoom
Don’t need Apple’s proprietary dongles $40-$80
And you get an expansion slot = priceless
Or $40 more than the lowest iPad 2 ($499) with 16G more hard drive, a lot more ram, a priceless expansion slot, etc. . .
not to mention. . .
Honeycomb = priceless 😉
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