Motorola Sets Price For Xoom Tablets

Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has confirmed that the company's upcoming Xoom tablet will be available at an unsubsidised rate of $799 with the Wi-Fi only version being available for $599.

His announcement confirms previous rumours which claimed that the tablet will be offered at a premium rate, higher than Apple's iPad, which dominates the tablet devices market with more than 70 percent market share. Some people might find the pricing of the Xoom to be somewhat prohibitive.

“Competing with Apple you have to deliver premium products,” Jha said in a statement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Motorola Xoom is the flagship Honeycomb tablet with a 10.1 inch screen with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and a 1GHz dual core processor. Xoom also has both a front-facing as well as a rear-facing camera, amongst a number of other features.

Jha also informed that most of the products launched by Motorola this year will run Google's Android operating system.

“I am as focused on Android as I ever have been. As a result of Nokia adopting Microsoft it's possible that some of the other players concentrate on Android,” Jha added. He also suggested that it was good to have alternative operating systems, like Windows Phone 7, on the market.