Motorola Xoom to Cost $799 at Best Buy

 
 
By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-02-07 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Best Buy will sell the Motorola Xoom iPad challenger tablet Feb. 24 for $799. This is consistent with pricing leaked earlier from Verizon Wireless.

Best Buy is selling the Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 tablet computer for $799 on Feb. 24, according to an ad shot scored by Engadget.

The report comes two weeks after Android Central reported the minimum price for the Xoom, which Motorola hopes will be the first Android tablet to successfully challenge Apple's iPad, from Verizon Wireless would be $799 sans contract. See the Xoom portal on Motorola here.

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, including the Google Maps 5.0 application for Android, where buildings rise as users tilt the Xoom.

Google 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 5 megapixels 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.

The Xoom received a bump Feb. 2 at Google's Honeycomb demo event at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif., where Google also unveiled the Android Market Webstore.

The Xoom arguably got a bigger bump during the Super Bowl Feb. 6, where Motorola aired its "Empower the People" ad mocking Apple's "1984" ad that portrayed IBM as a producer of cookie-cutter computers.

In this spot, a man woos a dronelike woman "enslaved" by Apple and its omnipresent white earbuds by buying flowers on his Xoom for her. Check it out here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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