Carphone Warehouse prices up 3G Xoom
Carphone Warehouse has finally revealed what it plans to charge for Motorola's Xoom, the flagship Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet.
It will want 600 quid for the 10in, HSPA 3G-enabled fondleslab.
That's £100 more than Dixons' PC World and Currys stores will be asking for the Wi-Fi only Xoom. However, CW will bundle a £34 charging dock with its tablets.
For now, CW is not selling the Xoom at a price subsidised by a mobile broadband contract taken out at the same time. It's not offering PAYG packages with the tablet, either.
CW's website says the first Xooms are expected "early April". Dixons last week said it is expecting stock on 9 April.
Xoom is powered by a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core chip and packs in 1GB of memory, a 1280 x 800 touchscreen display, 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi, an HDMI port, GPS, two cameras - 2Mp and 5Mp - 32GB of storage and a Micro SD card slot. ®
Jesus H. Christ Esq.
I'll admit that I'm a huge android fan boy, but 600 quid?!!!
Seriously, it might be rippoff britain but £600 for Xoom is telling people to get an ipad2 instead.
No reason for Motorola to not match iPad2 prices to start with because only a mug would buy an Android tablet now - in six months time there will be competition from HTC, LG, Acer and Asus to name but four so the price is bound to drop. All Motorola is doing is fleecing early adopters but that's the name of the game.
I haven't seen the Dell Streak or the Samsung Galaxy Tab halving in price since launch.
That's more than I paid for my HP TM2 tablet, and that has 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD, 12" screen with touch AND digitizer, keyboard, lots of USB, external DVD drive, HDMI port, 2 graphics cards (one intel for power saving, one ATi for gaming) and it can play Fallout 3 and runs Windows 7.
I mean....£600....for Android? Feck.