Motorola Xoom Price: Verizon Listing is $799 – Too Expensive?

By Posted 24 Jan 2011, 06:43

We have a word of caution for those of you who are planning to pick up the impressive-looking Motorola Xoom tablet which will launch during Q1 of this year on Verizon, as we have heard about a potential price point for the device, and it certainly won’t come cheap.

As reported from Phandroid, the guys over at Android Central have managed to get their hands on an internal Verizon document, which lists prices for upcoming devices, including the Motorola Xoom and the HTC Thunderbolt smartphone.

If we believe what is listed, then the Motorola Xoom could be landing on Verizon with a hefty $799 price tag, although this could be the unsubsidized price at the moment. We’re guessing that most of you will feel that this price is way over what it should be, but then again, Motorola could argue that premium features have the right to come at a premium price.

For example, the Xoom will be the first tablet to launch on Verizon’s network. It will be first dual-core tablet to hit the market, while it will also be the first device which will ship with Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb software. On top of that, Verizon can boast an upgrade to 4G to use on their LTE network – as confirmed on the official Xoom website here.

The Motorola Xoom could come as early as next month, but would you be willing to pay up to $800 for one? Give us your thoughts on this, and what a more suitable price for you would be.

  • Hagar

    Not a chance – that price range puts it squarely in the middle of a high-middle-end laptop with far more functionality. The portability is worth something for people, but not this much! I just pray people do NOT get in a buying frenzy and start buying them up at this price as it will set the bar for all tablets from here on. A wi-fi only version has to be under $500 to even be considered as far as I'm concerned. $400-450 is about right. With 3G, honestly it shouldn't cost any more because you're paying a ridiculous monthly cost on top of everything else – it should be the same or less, not more! As long as consumers buy these things at this price, we're all going to be screwed!! Don't buy them! If they don't meet expected sales targets, they will lower the price to something more reasonable.

    • Rick

      You certainly hit the nail on the head with that one, Hagar!

    • Jeff

      You said it – for anything under $500 I'd buy one on launch day to replace my ipad. But above $500 I'd be looking at a laptop, not a tablet.

  • bobn.

    Gotta take issue here – "It will be first dual-core tablet to hit the market."
    Seen the advent vega – $300.

  • Karl

    that price tag is ridiculous. I'll stick to my laptop for now

  • Guest

    The Viewsonic G-tablet has been selling since last year, which has a Tegra 2 (dual core).

  • guest

    around 500 for 3g should be a killer. This is why android always behind iphone. apple are starting to reduce prices for their product to stay competitive. Yet all those android manufacturing sucker expect to sell premium on an open OS. Wake up, once china tablet start installing honeycomb os into it. You will regret to hell paying that price to motorola. 799.

    i like honeycomb than ios. but at that price i prefer go to apple. after all, i not worry about having substandard china product running around with same os.

  • Paul

    I like the iPad, but it's kinda slow and the lack of Flash is a deal breaker for me. A fast, high quality tablet is worth around 500-600 for me, and that's with 3G or 4G built in. Any more than that and I'd opt for a laptop like the MacBook Air at $999. I know that's a lot more $$, but it's also a fully functional, quality piece.

  • Tony

    I agree, I will buy one day one if the price is $400-$500 with a 3 G plan. Let's beat Apple by giving people an competive option.

  • Chris

    Motorola is going to learn very quickly that this price tag will scare people away. They should make the WiFi version $500, or even $550 (because I would buy this over the iPad if the price is right). The very least Moto could do is NOT make people wanting to buy wifi only to pay a month of service from VZW.