updated 09:45 am EDT, Wed March 16, 2011
Motorola confirms Xoom Wi-Fi due at 599 price
Motorola on Wednesday at last confirmed plans to launch the Xoom in a Wi-Fi version for the US. True to leaks, the non-3G tablet will ship to the US through Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Radio Shack, some Sam's Club stores, Staples and Walmart on March 27. Pricing will be dramatically lower and put it at $599 for a 32GB version.
Corporate buyers will also get streamlined access through Brightpoint and Synnex.
The basic version is considered critical for Motorola. Its willingness to limit initial sales to Verizon with an $800 price has been credited to lackluster results that, according to analysts, could see just 300,000 sales for all of the first calendar quarter of the year where Apple likely sold more iPad 2 units in just the tablet's first few hours.
The Wi-Fi version of the Xoom matches the 32GB iPad 2 Wi-Fi model in price exactly and will be similar to the 3G Xoom in features apart from the cellular link, including the 1GHz Tegra 2, 1GB of RAM, the 1280x800 display, the five-megapixel back camera and the front two-megapixel camera. Android 3.0 is completely stock on the Xoom and will get a beta of Flash 10.2 on March 18.
While it has some feature edges over the iPad 2, the Xoom is noticeably slower in processing power than its Apple challenger.