Quite a bit of news has trickled down the Interwebs lately regarding Verizon’s flagship tablet device, the Motorola Xoom. So far we’ve seen a hefty price tag of $799 unsubsidized and we now know that there is a WiFi only device available for $600. So, how does this pan out in comparison to Apple’s iPad, the Xoom’s major competitor? The 3G version of the iPad is running with a $729 price tag for their 32 GB model. So, as of now, the WiFi versions of both devices seem to be equal, coming in at $599 with the exception that the iPad’s WiFi 16 GB version comes in at $499. Sales show that the 16 GB version of the iPad is a top-seller at that price point. We’re curious to see if buyers will be susceptible to purchasing the device at this particular price tag. As of now, there aren’t a whole lot of options for high end 10-inch plus tablets, until we see the release of the Blackberry Playbook, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and HP’s TouchPad. Right now the Xoom is going to be as close as we get to an iPad killer, for now.
We’ve also confirmed that Motorola was releasing a GSM version in European markets around the second quarter of 2011. We’ve seen, in the UK, that the Xoom will be stocked on shelves at Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy for the 3G and WiFi versions. In addition, PC World and Currys will offer the WiFi only device as well as Deutsche Telekom, although T-Mobile’s parent company said it would be in “selected markets”.
The $799 price tag might have some consumers a little hesitant to run out and drop this kind of dime on the device, but Sanjay Jha, Motorola’s co-CEO, has stated that the steep price is justified due to the fact that it will be running on 4G speeds. Jha reminds us, who are all thinking about the fact that the device will not initially ship with 4G radios on board, that the Xoom’s LTE upgrade is free of charge and also states that they’ll be reaching speeds of 50 megabits per second. What? We’re not sure where he pulled that number from, but once everyone and their grandmother start to hop on LTE , we’d be lucky enough to experience half of that. Anyhow, keep checking back with Talk Android as we uncover even more news and details about the device the closer we get to its release date. And don’t forget to let us know what you’re thinking in the comments below. Until then, check out the quick video we’ve posted on the site before, to remind you of how awesome Honeycomb will be on a 10-inch beauty.