How much is Honeycomb worth to you?
Good news, everyone! The Motorola Xoom is going to be...less, preposterously expensive than previously feared. A leaked Best Buy clipping from Engadget points towards a launch on February 17th, right at the end of the Mobile World Congress. It looks like the model that launches there will have 32 GB of storage.
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It is possible this price discrepancy means that the $699 model is WiFi only, while the $799 model is 3G.
Unfortunately, this is just more evidence that the Xoom will be one extremely expensive tablet. I played with it at CES 2011, and it sure FEELS premium. But that price is going to be a tough sell with the iPad standing next to it. How much is Honeycomb worth to you?
Unless Palm really does launch a 10" tablet at MWC, Moto might get away with the cost on scarcity of options alone. The Xoom will be our first Android tablet with a tablet-specific OS. Whether or not it succeeds will show us just how much that prospect interests the public.
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RIM could play a big role in the Xoom's success too. They have enough of a public image and enough marketing muscle to pull some wind out of Motorola's sails, if the PlayBook launches concurrent to the Xoom. I guess we'll see how much room there is at the top of the curve in mid-February.