It's finally official…the Motorola Xoom Android tablet wifi edition is coming to retail stores on March 27th for $599. Engadget is reporting that you'll be able to find these nearly everywhere: Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Staples and Walmart are all getting in on the Android action.
The Xoom is an impressive piece of hardware, and is certainly the best of the Android tablets yet available…but that's currently a pretty thin crowd, and it still doesn't have the sort of "why buy me" answers that the iPad 2 has. I like the Xoom a lot, and Motorola has a good track record with Android devices. But I think the next few months are going to be pretty rough for all of the upcoming Honeycomb tablets.
UPDATE: The Xoom is now available for pre-order via Amazon and other retailers.
For those of you that have been holding out for a non-iPad tablet, you’ve got just about a week to wait. While the Samsung Galaxy Tab has been out for some time, the first tablet to launch with Android 3.0 Honeycomb (the version of Android designed for tablets) will launch next week. The rumor mill seems to have settled on an on-sale date for the Motorola Xoom of Feb 24th, or next Thursday. The 3G model is set to sell for $799, with a free upgrade promised to 4G when it become available. A wifi-only version looks like it will retail for $600, identical pricing to the iPad 32Gig.
Who’s been waiting for this? Anyone going to run out and buy one immediately?