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Motorola XOOM Retail Price Set at $800

by Sean P. Aune | January 22, 2011January 22, 2011 6:00 am PDT

The minimum advertised price (MAP) has been set for the Motorola XOOM tablet at a surprising $800.

After the debut of Android 3.0 Honeycomb during the Verizon keynote address at CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) a few weeks ago, the Motorola XOOM tablet it was displayed on became the talk of the show.  You couldn’t go anywhere around the show without hearing people talk about the new device.

The one piece of the puzzle we were missing was how much the XOOM would cost.  While everyone was getting excited by the device, it’s hard to declare something the hit of the show without finding out how much it’s going to end up costing at the checkout counter.  Thanks to the folks at AndroidCentral, we now know how much the MAP will be, and we have to say we’re a bit surprised by it.

Also captured on this image is the news that the HTC Thunderbolt will be retailing for $249, but the focus here is on the XOOM.

While the device sounds fairly powerful with its dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, the only thing that’s going to matter to people is seeing the price.  Compared to a basic iPad, which is admittedly not as powerful as the XOOM, people are going to suffer sticker shock when they realize that they can pick up one of the Apple tablets for $499.  The $799.99 price tag for the XOOM is going to look pretty darn expensive by comparison no matter how much more power it may have.

We certainly admit to liking the demonstration of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but we had to keep reminding ourselves that what got us excited was the software, and not the hardware.  We had barely seen what the tablet could actually do, but everything we saw in Android was impressive to be sure.  Only time will tell if the hardware will live up to the expectations we have for it, but no matter how good it is, $799 is a lot to live up to.

What say you?  Are you willing to drop $799 on the Motorola XOOM?

[via AndroidCentral]

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...