Remember those early rumors that came out late last month about the Motorola XOOM price? Turns out those rumors were bang on. It has now been confirmed that the Honeycomb-powered tablet is indeed going to be priced at $799 unsubsidized through Verizon Wireless.
This comes by way of Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha. The $799 price includes 32GB of internal memory and 3G connectivity. That’ll get upgraded (they haven’t really announced how) at some point in the future to 4G. With that price point and connectivity option, the Xoom is $70 more than the iPad equivalent.
If you’re not as inclined to use wireless data, the Wi-Fi only version of the Motorola XOOM is being pegged at $600, which is right on par with the similarly-equipped iPad. That’s still a little pricey and there hasn’t been any indication about how much Verizon subsidy you might get with a data contract, but there you have it.
For my part, I hope that the tablet market soon takes the same turn as the e-reader market did. Remember when the Kindle was $300+? These days, you can get a suitable e-reader in the $100 range. Given this and the rapid advancements in technology, it might not be long before we get heavy hitting tablets from Moto, HTC, Samsung, and crew in the $300 range sans contract. *fingers crossed*