Motorola Xoom Coming to Best Buy Feb. 17

 
 
By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-01-24 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 these capabilities 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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