Motorola Xoom might look good, but it isn’t cheap

Motorola Xoom tablet computer, Android Honeycomb

Motorola Xoom tablet computer, Android Honeycomb

The Motorola Xoom tablet computer impressed a few attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, but soon afterwards those impressions were tempered upon rumours of the pricing. The rumour was that the Xoom would cost US$800.

It’s not a rumour now. The Motorola Xoom will go on sale in the USA on February 24, and can be pre-ordered for – yes – US$800.

It may well be a sweet looking, powerful little device (see the video overview below), but at that price it won’t have the Apple execs looking over their shoulder.

The Australian price and release date? Nothing has been announced yet.

Motorola Xoom video overview

Motorola Xoom specifications

  • Operating system: Android 3.0 Honeycomb
  • 1080p HD support
  • NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2: 1GHz dual-core
  • Dimensions: 249.1 x 167.8 x 12.9 mm (H x W x D)
  • Display: 10.1 inch, 1280×800 resolution
  • Weight: 730 grams
  • Battery: up to 10 hour video playback
  • Connectivity: 3.5 mm, micro USB 2.0 HS, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID
  • Network: 3G, 4G LTE upgradeable, 802.11n w/Personal Hotspot
  • Messaging/Web/Apps: Email (Corporate Sync, Google Mail, POP3/IMAP embedded, Push Email, Yahoo Mail) , WebKit w/ Flash
  • Audio: AAC, AAC+, AMR NB, AMR WB, MP3, XMF
  • Video: 720p capture/1080p playback/streaming, H.263, H.264, MPEG4
  • Camera: 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with dual LED flash/2MP front-facing camera
  • Memory: 32GB on board user memory, SD card support after software update, 1GB DDR2 RAM