updated 06:00 pm EST, Thu December 29, 2011
Droid Xyboard down to 480 at Verizon
Verizon has already cut the price of the Motorola Droid Xyboard in a sign of possible slow sales. Both the 8.2- and 10.1-inch models have had their two-year contract prices dropped by $50 to reach $380 and $480 respectively. Off-contract pricing added later are still the same $600 and $700 as before.
No signs exist that the cuts are temporary.
Motorola has seen many of its early ambitions for its Android tablets dissolve over the course of 2011. It and Verizon presumed they could repeat the success of the original Motorola Droid phone in challenging Apple with a high-profile launch of the original Xoom, going so far as to produce a Super Bowl ad. High early prices and uncompetitive hardware led to price cuts and rapidly shrinking sales that may have prompted an unusually early Droid Xyboard launch.