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Motorola Xoom: $100 Price Cut

Written by Randy Harz. Posted in Android, Deals, Featured, News

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Published on July 11, 2011 with No Comments

Motorola announces a price cut for it’s Xoom… finally!! So here is the deal: Motorola took a 100 hundred dollars off their Motorola Xoom and is now available for $499 and is therefore cheaper than similar devices from competitors. For example Motorola’s 32GB wi-fi version of their Xoom is compared to the new Toshiba’s Thrive 32GB 10 inch (just released) now almost a hundred dollar cheaper. But this is not an average price drop. The new $499 price tag puts the Xoom at the exact same price as  Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and as well as the 16GB WiFi iPad 2. Talking specifications, the Xoom is actually a pretty good deal. It has up to 32GB of storage, a 10.1-inch 720p display, front and rear cameras, and a dual-core 1GHz processor. Sounds not bad, does it?

Well, the Xoom has a bunch of issues with it, which we can expect from the first tablet to really compete with the iPad. At launch it came with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the new tablet-optimized operating system from Google that kind of buggy from the start. Then Motorola managed to be the first company to be hitting their tablet with an Android 3.1 Honeycomb update that came Over-The-Air. By now almost all Xoom’s should be shipping with Android 3.1, which offers a generally improved experience.

Wondering why the price drop? It’s simple. As always, it’s all about: Sales! Motorola reportedly only sold 100,000 units within the tablet’s first two months on the market. And in Q1 2011, the total amount shipped was only at 250,000. By comparison, Apple sold more than 300,000 iPad 2s on launch weekend. Total sales are over 20 million at this point. Motorola is obviously having a hard time selling the Xoom. We’ll have to see how Motorola can boost their sales with this new price tag. And if you are in the seeking for the 3G Xoom, that pricing remains at a hard to chew $799 mark. But reports indicate that Motorola is preparing the Xoom 2 for its debut by the end of the year maybe around Christmas.

Source: Twitter, Motorola, Business Insider