Motorola Xoom Available for Pre-Order, Shipping Thursday

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If you want to be the first on your block with a shiny Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola Xoom is now available for pre-order at Best Buy – that’s at a physical Best Buy location, not online – for $800. The Android-powered Xoom is expected to ship Thursday, February 24.

Xoom pre-order

The 3G/4G Xoom is the only unit available. There is no mention of the $600 Wi-Fi Xoom in the Best Buy ad.

3G Required

Under Xoom features, the Best Buy ad claims the Xoom is “compatible with Wi-Fi networks,” followed by an asterisk that clarifies, “1 month data activation required.” This suggests users will have to pay for at least a month of 3G data from Verizon,even if they intend to only use it with Wi-Fi.

Verizon 3G data plan pricing ranges for $20 per month of 1GB of data to $80 per month for 10GB.

Either Motorola or Verizon, or both, will freely upgrade 3G Xooms to 4G tablets on Verizon’s LTE network at an undisclosed time after the Xoom launch. Neither company has offered details on the process or timing, other than declaring the upgrade will require a physical update to the Android tablet.

Verizon has yet to specify Xoom 4G data pricing details. However, the carrier offers 4G modems that cost $50 per month for 5GB of data and $80 per month for 10GB of data, which are the same prices for the 3G equivalent.
Xoom Accessories

Best Buy is also offering five Xoom accessories, including a $40 folio, $50 charging dock, $70 Bluetooth keyboard, and $130 HD speaker dock.

Xoom accessories

The Motorola Xoom will be the first tablet running the Android Honeycomb operating system (version 3.0). It will feature a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor (1 GHz) and a 10.1-inch capacitive-touch display (1280 x 800). The Xoom will have 32GB of onboard memory and 1GB of DDR2 RAM, and an SD card slot.

The Xoom will also have a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and will feature a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and light sensor. The Motorola Xoom will support Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR +HID, 802.11 Wi-Fi b/g/n, as well as both 3G and 4G LTE.

Source: Best Buy



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