Mar 16 AT 9:36 AM Nick Gray 20 Comments

Official: Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi will launch on March 27th for $599

It’s official, the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi will be heading to retails stores across the country on March 27th and will be selling for a cool $600. We’ve heard countless rumors about the Wi-Fi only XOOM for quite a while, but the official press release from Motorola has finally answered all our lingering questions.

Specs on the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi are identical to those of the XOOM that’s available from Verizon, except for the CDMA and LTE radios for 3G and 4G connectivity. Anyone planning on purchasing the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi should be able to find it at their favorite brick and mortar or online retailer since Motorola will be trying to reach as many consumers as possible with the world’s first Honeycomb tablet.

Will any of you be picking up the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi on launch day or will you wait a bit for the inevitable price war between retailers once more Honeycomb tablets hit the market?

Show Press Release

Motorola Mobility Brings MOTOROLA XOOMâ„¢ Wi-Fi to United States

Innovative new tablet experience to be available from more than seven leading retailers nationwide

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the upcoming availability of MOTOROLA XOOMâ„¢ Wi-Fi edition from leading retailers across the United States starting March 27. Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club (select locations), Staples and Walmart will be offering the 10.1-inch widescreen HD tablet with Androidâ„¢ 3.0 (Honeycomb) through both online and retail store channels. The MSRP for MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi with 32 GB of memory will be $599.

“MOTOROLA XOOM is a truly innovative tablet – its design, coupled with being the first tablet to have Android 3.0, results in a user experience that is one-of-a-kind,” said Dan Papalia, vice president of retail sales for Motorola Mobility. “We are now continuing to expand the choices available to consumers with the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi to be available soon from numerous leading retailers in the United States.”

In addition, the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi will be available to commercial IT channels and regional retailers through a distribution agreement with Synnex Corporation, and regional carriers through Brightpoint, Inc.

MOTOROLA XOOM showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience — including widgets, true multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization — on a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, enabling video content that’s richer and clearer than ever before. With a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, MOTOROLA XOOM delivers exceptionally fast web-browsing performance. The latest Google Mobile services include Google Maps 5.0â„¢ with 3D interaction and access to more than 3 million Google eBooks and apps from Android Marketâ„¢. MOTOROLA XOOM also supports a Beta of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2 downloadable from Android Market, enabling the delivery of rich Flash based web content including videos, casual games and rich Internet applications.

As the first device running Android 3.0, MOTOROLA XOOM benefits from our aggressive work with developers across the ecosystem through MOTODEV, Motorola’s developer support program to enable world-class tablet and smartphone experiences. These devices will be able to access more than 150,000 applications within the Android Market as well as the rapidly increasing number of applications optimized directly for the Android 3.0 OS. In addition, thousands of Flash-based web applications and sites will become available for the MOTOROLA XOOM.

As a part of the company’s commitment and leadership — along with Google’s — to the Android ecosystem, Motorola announced a series of global developer events in 11 cities across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. These MOTODEV events give developers access to tools, support and Motorola’s team of Android experts. The first of these events was hosted in San Francisco on March 1 and had more than 665 developers in attendance.

MOTODEV also recently announced a new testing and certification program for Honeycomb applications, encouraging developers to submit their applications to get early feedback and support on MOTOROLA XOOM performance. This is a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to supporting the ecosystem in delivering high quality experiences to the consumer.

More information about MOTODEV tools, resources and events can be found at http://developer.motorola.com.

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC. Android, Google, Google Mobile and Google Maps are trademarks of Google Inc. All other product and service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2011 Motorola Mobility, Inc.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Galen20K

    That’s Excellent News!! But I”m still holding out for the G-Slate. I’m really happy about this tho and hope it leads the way for other companies to release their Wifi tablets sooner rather than later.

  • Nick Gray

    Since Motorola has the lead in the Wi-Fi only category, I suspect Samsung, LG, and HTC will be working as quickly as possible to release their own versions.

    • http://Website Eric Rossman

      Hey Nick, do you cats at androidandme have any insight as to why there are still no officially google supported wifi-only tablets?

      Every wifi-only tablet device offered today is still only available for pre-order? Is this really google’s issue? Is the market still not ready to handle wifi-only accounts?

      Sorry for the off topic aside.

      -Eric (proud wifi-only G-tablet owner, unofficially hacked into the google market)

  • http://Website adryan

    Probably going to wait to see if the price comes down. i know 600$ is good for the specs of the xoom but i dont have a lot of money to spend so a price drop would probably persuade me to buy it for sure.

    • http://Website Paul Atreides

      Voted you back up because you’re entitled to want a cheaper price for your money. There will definitely be a price drop. I predict somewhere around $500-400, but who knows when that will happen. It will probably depend on how the remainder of tablets being released this year will be priced.

      • http://Website adryan

        Hey thats cool i dont mind. For the record i didnt down vote your comment.

  • http://Website Peter

    “Motorola will be trying to reach as many consumers as possible with the world first Honeycomb tablet”

    $800 for a wifi only, PC World exclusive and no confirmed European release date do not say they want my business.

  • http://Website anon

    Wifi only should have been available from the start. Now I’m to curious about the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to jump on a Xoom.

  • http://Website NotRelevent

    Can’t wait for the 27th. I will definitely be getting one.

  • http://Website Guy Bailey

    Waiting for Xmas for my tablet – Toshiba should be in the fray by then but at the very least that Xoom price might be under $500.

    Santa will have a large sack this year alright!

  • http://Website heyyo

    I really like android (have android phone) but i think im still going to get the 32 gb ipad 2 same price, same specs… im not a apple fanboy, i just dont see android honeycomb catching up the the 65,000 designed for ipad apps anytime soon. and i really dont care/ need flash.. html5 is the future

    • http://www.marioplanet.com Zach

      Please don’t tell me someone downvoted this only because he mentioned the iPad 2?

      I’m torn, really. Not between the iPad 2 and honeycomb tablets, but from either picking up a Honeycomb tablet now, or waiting for quad-cores…

  • http://Website NN

    If it was released I couple weeks ago with the 3G Xoom I would have bought it, but now my curiosity is on the Tab 10.1 and other tablets coming out this summer. I think the Xoom is great, but I can wait another couple months to see what the competition brings.

  • http://Website Greg

    “I’ll take ‘Things that have less than 50 apps’ for $399, Alex.”

  • BiGMERF

    when i saw the leak last week that it was coming march 27th i ran and got an ipad 2. just to test it out for the 14 day return period. Im bringing it back right before launch and getting the xoom. Need flash

  • http://Website pax

    Toooooooooooooooo Expensive…..

  • http://Website pax

    Don’t give me negative points because I think it is toooooooooo expensive.

    • http://Website Peter

      Don’t worry I have already soaked up most of the negative points.

  • http://Website Nick

    I am definitely picking one up on the 27th. I think it’s a more than fair price and to be honest I don’t see the price coming down for for some time.

    One of the reasons is because the Galaxy Tab never dropped its price and it wasnt that great and very expensive. The tablets being sold or coming aren’t like the PC market where certain model numbers or SKUs are assigned to a retailer. Motorola is setting the price in their press release and in earnings calls they still feel on track.

    Apple is making the rules right now, and following their lead would suggest no price drop until end of life. Not to mention, Motorola dropping price would be admitting defeat. I can’t are Motorola giving these to retailers for less than an ipad. Lowering the price could be a big loss for them.

    I hope everyone gets a chance to buy in at the price they are comfortable with, but I’m going to take the plunge instead of waiting a while. Its just too pretty!

  • http://Website Â¥

    We already own an iPad2, but thx for the useless reminder!

  1. That’s Excellent News!! But I”m still holding out for the G-Slate. I’m really happy about this tho and hope it leads the way for other companies to release their Wifi tablets sooner rather than later.

  2. Since Motorola has the lead in the Wi-Fi only category, I suspect Samsung, LG, and HTC will be working as quickly as possible to release their own versions.

    • Eric RossmanGuest 4 years ago

      Hey Nick, do you cats at androidandme have any insight as to why there are still no officially google supported wifi-only tablets?

      Every wifi-only tablet device offered today is still only available for pre-order? Is this really google’s issue? Is the market still not ready to handle wifi-only accounts?

      Sorry for the off topic aside.

      -Eric (proud wifi-only G-tablet owner, unofficially hacked into the google market)

  3. adryanGuest 4 years ago

    Probably going to wait to see if the price comes down. i know 600$ is good for the specs of the xoom but i dont have a lot of money to spend so a price drop would probably persuade me to buy it for sure.

    • Paul AtreidesGuest 4 years ago

      Voted you back up because you’re entitled to want a cheaper price for your money. There will definitely be a price drop. I predict somewhere around $500-400, but who knows when that will happen. It will probably depend on how the remainder of tablets being released this year will be priced.

  4. PeterGuest 4 years ago

    “Motorola will be trying to reach as many consumers as possible with the world first Honeycomb tablet”

    $800 for a wifi only, PC World exclusive and no confirmed European release date do not say they want my business.

  5. anonGuest 4 years ago

    Wifi only should have been available from the start. Now I’m to curious about the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to jump on a Xoom.

  6. NotReleventGuest 4 years ago

    Can’t wait for the 27th. I will definitely be getting one.

  7. Guy BaileyGuest 4 years ago

    Waiting for Xmas for my tablet – Toshiba should be in the fray by then but at the very least that Xoom price might be under $500.

    Santa will have a large sack this year alright!

  8. heyyoGuest 4 years ago

    I really like android (have android phone) but i think im still going to get the 32 gb ipad 2 same price, same specs… im not a apple fanboy, i just dont see android honeycomb catching up the the 65,000 designed for ipad apps anytime soon. and i really dont care/ need flash.. html5 is the future

    • ZachGuest 4 years ago

      Please don’t tell me someone downvoted this only because he mentioned the iPad 2?

      I’m torn, really. Not between the iPad 2 and honeycomb tablets, but from either picking up a Honeycomb tablet now, or waiting for quad-cores…

  9. NNGuest 4 years ago

    If it was released I couple weeks ago with the 3G Xoom I would have bought it, but now my curiosity is on the Tab 10.1 and other tablets coming out this summer. I think the Xoom is great, but I can wait another couple months to see what the competition brings.

  10. GregGuest 4 years ago

    “I’ll take ‘Things that have less than 50 apps’ for $399, Alex.”

  11. when i saw the leak last week that it was coming march 27th i ran and got an ipad 2. just to test it out for the 14 day return period. Im bringing it back right before launch and getting the xoom. Need flash

  12. paxGuest 4 years ago

    Toooooooooooooooo Expensive…..

  13. paxGuest 4 years ago

    Don’t give me negative points because I think it is toooooooooo expensive.

  14. NickGuest 4 years ago

    I am definitely picking one up on the 27th. I think it’s a more than fair price and to be honest I don’t see the price coming down for for some time.

    One of the reasons is because the Galaxy Tab never dropped its price and it wasnt that great and very expensive. The tablets being sold or coming aren’t like the PC market where certain model numbers or SKUs are assigned to a retailer. Motorola is setting the price in their press release and in earnings calls they still feel on track.

    Apple is making the rules right now, and following their lead would suggest no price drop until end of life. Not to mention, Motorola dropping price would be admitting defeat. I can’t are Motorola giving these to retailers for less than an ipad. Lowering the price could be a big loss for them.

    I hope everyone gets a chance to buy in at the price they are comfortable with, but I’m going to take the plunge instead of waiting a while. Its just too pretty!

  15. ¥Guest 4 years ago

    We already own an iPad2, but thx for the useless reminder!