Motorola's Xoom Android 3.0 tablet is coming to Best Buy Feb. 17, according to Engadget. Android Central said the device will cost $799 without a contract.
Motorola Xoom, the first tablet based on Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb
operating system, is launching from Best Buy Feb. 17.
Engadget, which said the device will ship with 32GB of onboard storage,
scored the scoop via an internal Best Buy document posted here
The news comes after Android Central reported
the minimum price for the Xoom from Verizon Wireless
would be $799, likely without a contract.
That's $300 more than Verizon's $499 price point for the unsubsidized
Samsung Galaxy Tab. Verizon began selling the Tab, equipped with the older
Android 2.2 build, for $599 last year.
Powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor and sporting a 10.1-inch
screen, the Xoom has the freshest Android build, which is optimized for
tablets. The tablet supports several 3D capabilities, such as the Google Maps
5.0 application for Android.
Google Android developer Mike Cleron showed off
during Verizon's keynote at the 2011 Consumer
Electronics Show Jan. 6 to some applause.
The front-facing, 2-megapixel camera enables video chats over WiFi or 3G/4G
LTE, while the back-facing camera is 5MP and captures video in 720p HD.
Verizon will initially support the Xoom, which is also WiFi-equipped, with
its 3G network. However, the Xoom will be 4G-ready when the carrier is ready to
expand its 4G LTE coverage beyond its current 38 markets in the second quarter.