The Motorola XOOM, one of the most capable Android tablets on the market, will be available for $600 on a two year contract on US phone operator Verizon from the 24th of February with the tablet costing a rather steep $800 should the customer decide to forfeit the two year contract.
Users will also have to fork out $20 per month for 1GB data with a no-cost upgrade to 4G LTE (after a firmware for the XOOM has been rolled out) available during Spring 2011.
This means that the actual cost of the contract, once the subsidies have been taken out, is only $280 spread over two years.
The other important upgrade that will come in the same time frame is a Flash firmware that will allow the tablet to support the Adobe Rich Media technology.
The XOOM has already gone on preorder in the UK courtesy of KingofGadgets, for a whopping £700, rather steep compared to the $800 that Best Buy and Verizon are charging.
The Motorola XOOM is a 10.1-inch HD ready monster that can display more than one megapixel display. It has two cameras, a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 32GB flash memory, 3G, Wi-Fi and a HDMI port.
The tablet will go on sale in the UK in the second half of 2011 which means that it is likely that the Flash update will already be available.