Update: The Honeycomb tablet is now available. Check out TabletPCReview’s complete Motorola Xoom review.
A leaked Best Buy ad all but confirms earlier reports that the Motorola Xoom Honeycomb tablet will launch on February 24 and cost $800.
The ad also contains data plan pricing information. Motorola Xoom owners may have to pay $20 per month of 1GB, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB, and $80 for 10GB, which we assume is on Verizon’s 3G network. There is no indication on data pricing once the Xoom is upgraded to the 4G LTE network.
No Data, No Wi-Fi?
In addition, the ad contains the following note: “To activate WiFi functionality on this device, a minimum 1 month data contract is required,” which suggests Xoom Wi-Fi won’t be operational unless Xoom owners buy at least one month of data from Verizon.
Finally, Best Buy is also selling a “Xoom Custom Fit Folio” for $40.
The First Honeycomb Tablet
The Motorola Xoom will be the first tablet running Android 3.0, codenamed Honeycomb and designed specifically for tablets. It will sport a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor running at 1 GHz and a 10.1-inch display (1280 x 800). The Xoom will have 32 GB of onboard memory and 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, along with SD card support. The battery will be good for up to 10 hours of video, including 1080p. It will have a five-megapixel rear camera and a two-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. The Xoom will feature a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and light sensor. For connectivity, it will support Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR +HID, 802.11 Wi-Fi b/g/n, as well as both 3G and 4G LTE.
The Xoom will launch as a 3G device, but owners will be able to upgrade it to 4G week after its release. The upgrade will require a physical change to the device. Neither Motorola or Verizon has offered up further details on the process.