What we have here is the pricing structure of the XOOM 2 and the XOOM 2 Media Edition tablets, without waiting for any official announcement from its maker Motorola on the subject.
The price that have been indicated are those that have been worked out by Verizon over a two year period. The price of the tablet per-se would most probably cost another $100 or $200 more when bought off plan. There would also be a further reduction in price for those who go for just the Wi-Fi version of the tablet the exact figures are yet to come to the fore. Also, if the prices does come as a shock, well that can be attributed to the low cost ones that we have seen more of in the last few weeks. These include the Kindle Fire that has set new price benchmarks with a low $199.99 and the Nook Tablet that costs $50 more.
Now coming to the price:
> 32 GB XOOM 2 Media Edition — $529.99
> 16 GB XOOM 2 Media Edition — $429.99
> 16 GB XOOM 2 — $529.99
> 32 GB XOOM 2 — $629.99
> 64 GB XOOM 2 — $729.99
As a refresher, the basic hardware specification of the two tablets include a 1.2 GHz dual core processor at its heart. Also, both the tablets will have 1 GB RAM and dual cameras — a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera while the one at the rear boasts of a resolution of 5 megapixel. The screen size of the XOOM 2 Media Edition and the XOOM 2 would be 8 inches and 10 inches while weighing 0.85 pounds and 1.3 pounds respectively.
Also, if the price does comes as a bit disappointing, that’s surely because the new crop of low cost tablets from Amazon and B&N that has come our way. Many had thought Motorola’s 8 incher — the XOOM 2 Media Edition would also be along the same lines though — as the price has revealed — Motorola clearly has other ideas. In any case, an 8 inch sized display can be the perfect balance between ease of reading e-books and portability and it will be interesting to see how Motorola positions the tablet or what will be the apps the tablet will come pre-loaded with.
Watch this space as we keep track of developments here.