The $799 price which was the most consistent rumor for the 3G/4G Xoom was confirmed as the true unsubsidized price. This leaves the Xoom selling at a $70 premium to the comparable iPad (ignoring activation and other fees), but whether even the upcoming iPad 2 manages to match the Xoom spec for spec remains to be seen.
The surprise and I’m sure welcome news to all was the revelation that the WiFi-only Xoom will be coming in at $600. This matches the iPad pricing exactly and of course comes without the need for any sort of bizarre activation and/or WiFi unlocking purchase. In sad panda news we didn’t get a date out of Jha for when the WiFi-only model will be available, but hopefully just yanking that radio out of there won’t take too long.
I find the discrepancy in price between the two versions somewhat baffling as I can’t believe the actual difference in production costs is more than $50. On the plus side this leaves open the possibility for a pretty rapid discounting of the Xoom on Verizon.
I think we have all sounded off sufficiently on our feelings regarding the $799 price for the 3G/4G version, but can you find room in your budget for a $600 WiFi version?