An internal Verizon MAP document leaked both the release date and on-contract pricing for the Motorola Xyboard line of tablets. The device that could go down in history as one of the worst named products will land on Verizon Wireless on December 8th (hopefully alongside the Galaxy Nexus). There are a total of 5 different SKUs in the Motorola Xyboard family.
Though we’ve seen Amazon turn the tablet market upside down with the release of it’s incredibly cheap Kindle Fire, the announced price points suggest that Motorola is keeping in line with tradition with price points similar to the iPad2 and other high-end Android tablets.
- 8″ screen – 16GB storage – $429.99
- 8″ screen – 32GB storage – $529.99
- 10″ screen – 16GB storage – $529.99
- 10″ screen – 32GB storage – $629.99
- 10″ screen – 64GB storage – $729.99
These high price points become even more astronomical when you consider you’ll have to sign a 2 year contract with Verizon. The entry-level Verizon tablet plan will set you back an additional $30 per month for 2GB of 4G LTE data, or $720 over the life of the contract.
Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think these things will be flying off the shelves this holiday season. Sure, the Xyboard can do much more than the likes of the Kindle Fire, most people are looking to spend much less than $430 for a tablet device. Especially when you consider that these tablets can’t quite replace your laptop or netbook just yet.
Anyone out there excited by the Motorola Xyboard, or do you think it’ll become another Android tablet failure story?