The wait is almost over guys. According to reports, Verizon stores have already begun receiving shipments of the highly anticipated Motorola Xoom, which is slated to go on sale on Thursday (Feb 24). Several stores including Best Buy have already begun accepting pre-orders. However, as AP pointed out, it seems that Best Buy’s offer of $799.99 for the 3G-enabled Xoom doesn’t include taxes, while WireFly’s offer does.
Motorola is also working with European retailers to make Xoom available soon across the pond. The 3G version will be available in the UK via The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy, while the Wi-Fi only version will be available through Currys and PC World. It should be available in additional markets across Europe through Deutsche Telekom.
The Honeycomb (Android 3.0) flavored Xoom sports a 10.1” widescreen HD display, 5-megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, and weighs in at 730 grams. Underneath the hood it has nVidia’s powerful Tegra 2 chip, which features a 1 GHz dual-core processor, and was one of the highlights of last month’s CES.
While the sale price of Xoom turned out to be a much more realistic than the initial rumored prices, it’s still a cause for concern. Motorola is definitely taking a big risk by asking for more than the market leader (iPad). When coupled with Verizon’s steep data charges ($20 for 1GB and $80 for 10GB of data – 1 month mandatory), the Xoom becomes quite an expensive affair.