When the Samsung Galaxy Tab was first announced, there were cries of joy from Android fans who had been waiting for a good Android tablet which could compete with the iPad. The Galaxy Tab seemed perfect; it was better than the iPad in terms of specs and was powered by a more “open” OS – Android.
However, as soon as the pricing for the Galaxy Tab was announced, those very same fans started cursing it. Pricing a tablet at $599 was nuts, and expecting it to beat a juggernaut like the iPad in terms of sales at that price point was insane. Even so, the Galaxy Tab did see decent sales, though they were nowhere as good as the iPad.
With the Motorola Xoom, the much awaited Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet which was unveiled at CES a couple of weeks back, Motorola seems to be treading down that same path again. Apparently, according to some info that Android Central dug up, the Motorola Xoom will be priced at $799 for the unsubsidized version. For Motorola’s sake, I hope that’s not true. With the iPad 2 coming soon, and many other Android tablets coming too, the Xoom, however good, cannot possibly sell a lot at this price.
When the Galaxy Tab was launched at Rs. 38,000 in India, it didn’t see many sales. Its price has since dropped to 31,000. Even if Motorola does launch it at $799, it will have to drop its price when the iPad 2 launches.