Jan 09 AT 10:30 PM Sean Riley 45 Comments

Motorola Xoom tablet available for pre-order from Handtec

Just days after its announcement the Motorola Xoom is now available for you to pre-order through Handtec. The Xoom is listed for £719.99 or £599.99 excluding VAT. This matches up pretty nicely with the original pricing on the Galaxy Tab so perhaps we’ll be seeing the Xoom slot in at the $599.99 price point that the Verizon Galaxy Tab just vacated.

The Xoom is listed as “due in soon,” with the obvious caveat that we don’t know what Handtec’s concept of soon is. As previously reported the information that we received from Motorola indicated a February launch with a tentative circle around Valentine’s Day. Assuming that launch date holds we’ll probably be seeing more of the usual suspects putting up pre-order pages soon enough so unless you are particularly anxious to be first in line or have a special place in your heart for Handtec you should be safe to wait.

Some of the accessories for the Xoom also made their appearance with pricing as follows:

Motorola XOOM Portfolio Case £47.99; £39.99 exc vat;
Motorola XOOM Speaker Dock £83.99; £69.99 exc vat;
Motorola XOOM Standard Dock £71.99; £59.99 exc vat;
Motorola XOOM Wireless Keyboard £71.99; £59.99 exc vat.

The Xoom was crowned the best of CES by CNET and among others and although the units on display were only running a demo video loop it isn’t hard to see why. The Xoom was one of the most polished pieces of hardware I saw at CES and the promise of Honeycomb is incredibly tantalizing.

With Motorola still working on the final software build for the Xoom it is going to require a leap of faith to throw money down on the Xoom sight unseen and at $600 this isn’t exactly an impulse buy. Has Motorola established enough Android credibility with you to warrant taking a risk on their nailing this tablet thing right out of the gate?

Via: Android Community

Source: Handtec

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 5 years and covering mobile for the last 6. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://Website Stang68

    I will be buying this on day one. No matter the cost. Also, I will be buying it off-contract.

    Thank you. ;)

    • qcom

      Agreed!

      Will they really be offering it off-contract?

      I have AT&T and couldn’t get a plan even if I wanted to, but I think it’s pointless since you can tether it to your shiny new Atrix! :D

    • jivemaster

      Yep will definitely buy on day one too. All tablets this year will have same/similar specs. No point in waiting.

      Also this is THE tablet. This is THE reference device. As Andy Rubin has stated, every google dev in the android team has a Xoom on their desk. They code for this device and it’ll be a great investment over the next 12 months. Honeycomb is made for it.

      Tegra 3 isn’t out until next year. Get this now.

  • http://Website Dan

    It’s looking amazing so far. I think there’s more than enough trust in Motorola high end devices with Android to smack down $600. Unless the iPad 2 is announced before this is released in Canada, and has AMAZING specs, I’m buying this on day one

  • http://Website Scott G

    How do multiple devices per user work? How will this and my nexus work together? Everything i buy for one is available to the other? etc?

    • http://Website nani

      Just log in with the same GMail account on your tablet and it’ll sync all of your contacts and apps (purchased and free).

      • http://Website Scott G

        Awesome I’m waiting on the wifi only version

  • http://Website Nathan

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this thing… However I won’t be pre-ordering. I want to have a hands-on before I drop $600. I do feel pretty confident that this will turn out to be a must buy for me though

  • http://Website William

    I can’t wait for this to be released!
    I just used a Euro to Dollar conversion and it looks to be around $700 (so $699 would probably be the exact price)

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Unfortunately for the Europeans the pricing doesn’t work that way. You will often see a device launch for the same price in dollars and pounds/euros regardless of the exchange rate.

      • http://Website William

        Oh. I did not know that. I will be getting this tablet regardless of price though.

  • http://Website Cody

    If this device launches mid Febuary, when can we expect an announcement about Honeycomb from Google?

  • http://Website dagamer34

    I hope they are showing the off contract price. No way in hell I’m paying $600 for something AND getting a 2 year contract.

    • http://Website Lowkey

      I see no mention of a telephone company, so that would indicate that this was off contract.

  • http://MILESTONE.ru MILESTONE

    MILESTONE A853 — Motorola, update our $600 phone please to Android 2.2!

    • http://Website Timmy

      The milestone might not have android 2.2 in Europe but on the droid here we’ve has android 2.2.1 fof months

    • http://Website mkrmec

      what it can’t be rooted? if it can do it and stop the I want I want.. go get it

  • http://Website Andy

    The article shows price in GBP, does that mean its definitely being released in the UK? And will there be a WIFI only option?

  • keridel

    hey guys am just looking at the site right now and they have changed the price. it is now £719.99 or 599.99 exc VAT so for the americans i would say thats $900 dollars…

    a bit steep maybe?

    • http://Website Scott G

      Regardless of what this store is selling it at It’s going to be in line with ipad pricing.

  • http://raltech.ro Motoare Electrice

    A bit over priced, but in the end it does look impressive!

  • http://Website JarlSX

    990$+ for a devce that probably has a locked bootloader?
    i think not

    asus eee pad transformer for me
    or notion ink adam :)

  • http://Website fred johnson

    WHAT AN INSANELY HIGH PRICE

    Only an idiot would spend this sort of money on a tablet , the whole point of a tablet is they are cheap , anything over $500 for a tablet is silly money……

  • RonWeez

    does anybody know for sure if phones will get Honeycomb or is it strictly for tablets ?

  • http://Website Paul Atreides

    I will not pay close to a thousand dollars for a tablet at this present time. Maybe in a another year or two.

  • http://Website Android Sensei

    I’m not so sure if I want this or the Adam Tablet. Read this: Motorola Xoom Tablet, the Honeycomb hostilities begin! http://exm.nr/ewl715

  • http://Website sansenoy

    Can someone please explain to me what is so amazing about these specs, it’s basically a dualcore ipad running android… Where are the USB slots, where’s the damn kickstand (don’t see a point to a tablet without one), what about DLNA? Am i missing something here, a year ago we were all laughing at the ipad’s lack of ports and connectivity and now we get a SD slot and go nuts… I’ll be buying a cheap MSI or Acer slate, these devices are just toys till they get quadcore cpus anyway.

    • http://Website domi1k

      Instead of bitch slapping google for the specs: ( especialy the last line)

      The Specifications of Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 Tablet:

      * 1Ghz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor
      * 10.1 ” 1280X800 gorilla touch screen display
      * 1080p video and HDMI output
      * 32 GB internal storage (will need software update for SD support)
      * 1 GB DDR2 RAM
      * 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 720p Video capture
      * 2 megapixel front-facing camera
      * Gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer
      * 3G and Wifi connectivity
      * HDMI 2.0,USB 2.0,3.5mm Audio Jack

  • floridatank

    Day 1 I will trade the *pad to the son and go get this!!!

  • http://Website LAVA

    Sorry to contadict you, but while Honeycomb is for tablets, its not ONLY for tablets. Listen to th latest Android Atlas podcast on CNet. A gentleman from Google is a guest and alludes to the fact that Honeycomb will be coming to phones when the manufactures are able to incorperate the new features.

  • http://Website Lee

    Most of us did not count in the price of the accessories yet… I think we need at least a standard dock which will cost you another US100.

    I wont pay more than USD1k for a tablet that does not support SD card, it is too far away from the budget for a tablet. I will focus my attention to the alternative android 3.0 tablet from Asus & Acer which costs us approximate $400-$700.

  • http://Website ac75

    Looks like Handtec’s pre-order price has now gone up to £779.99 (£649.99 exc VAT)…

    No matter how good this thing is it’s got to compete with the iPad in terms of pricing if it really wants to make a big impact. When you start talking about those sort of numbers the majority of people are going to start looking elsewhere.

    Hopefully, it’ll actually hit the market at a lower price point. Failing that, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the alternative 3.0 tablets, which are set to follow shortly after, will have a more reasonable price tag.

  • http://Website Ben Johnson, GA

    It looks ugly and i am waiting for the new iPad 2. You should be afraid of motoblur and fragmentation! This tablet will also have lots of serious dealbreaker bugs like gingerbread has.

    • keridel

      we shoould be afraid of motoblur on a stock 3.0 tablet? why will it jump out of the closet? and how can fragmentation bother us when 3.0 is DESIGNED for tablets and it is the only one that is? how can you fragment the ONLY one?

      dumbass

  • http://Website JAG

    I wanna get the only wifi version!!

    I love this thing!!

  • http://Website bzz

    will someone tell my the differents between contract and no conract whit this wonderfull xoom

  • http://Website ng50

    they have changed the price to “Price to be Confirmed”.. Maybe it isn’t so expensive after all!

  • http://www.frupis.com shaniskinny

    Checkout this review on motorola xoom.

  • http://www.xoomcommunity.com Xoom Forums

    I hope this price is just for taking advantage of the early adopters, because this tablet will not sell to the market for over $1000

  • http://Website Dancingangel5496

    I am seriously thinking about this. Im not too worried about the price because in order for it to take off, it needs to be competitive. Motorola is not stupid, they know this. Hoping to get this for Valentine’s day. Another thing to note is that electronic pricing on European websites are not comparable to US pricing due to extra taxes and fees in Europe. Guess we will have to wait and see tho.

  • motorola droid

    Motorola XOOM features a front-facing 2-mg pix camera for video chats over Wi-Fi or 3G/4G LTE and HDMI output to display content on larger HD screens, as well as a rear-facing 5-mg pix camera that captures video in 720p HD more at http://www.motoask.com/motorola-xoom-full-specification-f24/ Motorola Xoom is one of the most powerful iPad rivals out there

  • http://www.adamtabletnews.com Adam Tablet News

    Gomez, it has been known for a little while now that Honeycomb is not just for tablets.