A new Best Buy flier leaks.
Rumors are hard to trust, especially since any product worth its salt tends to attract them like flies to a horse. But, generally, when you see the same rumor backed up multiple times with images, it is safe to believe. There are two such rumors for the Motorola Xoom. First, we've heard time and time again that February 24 will see the Xoom's launch.
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And now BGR has received the most convincing Best Buy flier yet. It reveals the Xoom's launch date as February 24 and places the price at $799.99. We've heard this before, and now it seems that any carrier subsidies for this slate are likely to be minimal.
The Xoom's data plan is pretty much what you'd expect. $20 / mo for 1 GB and 10 GB / mo for $80.
So is the world's first Android 3.0 tablet really worth $800? Motorola has just launched the Xoom's website, complete with videos and images and specs. So you can make your own choice. I spent a little time playing with a pre-launch unit at CES. I'm convinced it will have sufficient multitasking ability and processing power to act as a primary computer for an "average" non-power user. You can get a fairly solid desktop for $800 too, but something tells me the Xoom's mobility will justify the trade-off to many.
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The Xoom is a solid-feeling tablet. While the iPad has the soul of a luxury sedan, the Xoom is a burlier and, yes, rougher creature. Like a new truck with a powerful, growling engine and the strong, defined features of something built to haul. The decision to price the Xoom above the iPad is bold, but Moto may just have the cache to pull it off. They've certainly succeeded in catching our imagination, but that doesn't translate to lifting our pocket books.