Motorola Xoom launching on February 24 for $800By Emil Protalinski 19 comments
A Best Buy leak points to the Motorola Xoom launching on February 24, 2011 for $800, only slightly contradicting previous rumors. Data will start at $20 per month for 1GB and max out at 10GB for $80, according to the leaked flier obtained by Engadget.
In related news, Motorola today aired its Super Bowl commercial for the Xoom (embedded below). The one-minute spot shows a man with the device trying to court a beautiful woman trapped in a 1984 world ruled by Apple; it's a direct attack on the company's 1984 Macintosh Commercial. He uses the Xoom to buy flowers and show a quick video to woo his love, who is liberated from her Apple-1984 world by removing her white earbuds. The ad finishes by calling the Xoom "the tablet to create a better world" and "the world's first Android 3.0 tablet."
Last month, the Motorola Xoom won the Best in Show Award at CES 2011. For Q1 2011, Motorola has reportedly placed orders for about 700,000 to 800,000 units of the device with four color options.
The Motorola Xoom will ship with Android 3.0 (codenamed Honeycomb) running on Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, 32GB of onboard storage (expandable via SD), a 2-megapixel camera on the front, a 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash on the back, a micro USB 2.0 port, HDMI out, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, as well as Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. The 10.1-inch tablet has a 1280x800 display resolution. Battery life is said to peak at about 10 hours of video playback. The device will launch in Q1 2011 with 3G functionality, later upgradeable to LTE 4G, and will launch with a LTE 4G model in Q2.