The new Motorola tablet, the Xoom, will be available as of Thursday for $599 – if the consumer also signs up for a two-year contract with Verizon Wireless.
Last week, Motorola mobility chief Sanjay Jha announced at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress that without a contract, the Xoom will cost $799. The Xoom runs on Android 3 Honeycomb technology. The Xoom will come equipped with 3G capability, with an option for a free upgrade to 4G later on in the year.
The Apple iPad sells for $729, and currently holds 75 percent of the world’s tablet market.
The Xoom launch is not without drama–an online payments company called Xoom Corp. yesterday filed a case with the U.S. District Court for Northern California claiming trademark infringment and asking for a "temporary restraining order."
The Xoom will join the tablet race as Apple unveils the second version of the iPad March 2. Blackberry has the Playbook, while Dell and HP plan to release their own tablets later this year.