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Motorola drops Xoom Wi-Fi to $499 amid sluggish sales

updated 12:55 pm EDT, Wed July 6, 2011

Xoom Wi-Fi gets price drop to $499, free case

Motorola announced over Twitter that it has dropped the price of its Wi-Fi-only Xoom tablet by $100 to $499. The company isn't saying why the price drop happened, but poor sales may be to blame. In the last quarterly report, the company said it shipped 250,000 Xooms.

Several tablet makers have already outsold the Xoom on launch. Acer shipped 800,000 Iconia Tabs in the spring, while even beleaguered RIM moved 500,000 BlackBerry PlayBooks between April and May. Much of Motorola's slow performance has been pinned to its belief it could repeat the success of the original Droid by once again tying a flagship device to Verizon. The mandatory $800 price and pressure to get a 3G contract hurt its chances and were compounded when the iPad 2 shipped just two weeks later with faster performance, a slimmer body, and lower prices.

The Xoom has a 10.1-inch display with a 1280x800 resolution, a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM and dual cameras. Those who buy the Android 3.1-powered tablet from Motorola's site will get a free Portfolio Case.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. facebook_Jeffrey

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    a drop in price

    Isn't gonna help sell crappy hardware...

  1. facebook_Jeffrey

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    a drop in price

    Isn't gonna help sell crappy hardware...

  1. viktorob

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    Joined: May 2011

    +3

    A very expensive prototype

    I know iPhone 4 prototype is up to 2 thousands in ebay, but that is because the iPhone actually works.
    This motorola prototype never had a actual finished product, so an unfinished product should not cost even a dollar because you can't use the part to build a decent product.

  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008

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    Motorola is doomed

    I'm fairly certain that the smartphone division (MMI) is going to be bankrupted rather quickly. They're still s******* their shareholders on a quarterly basis. Motorola honestly doesn't know how to sell products to consumers anymore. I think out of all the Android vendors, Motorola is losing the most money. That's what you call All-American know-how (know nothing).

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