It seems to be raining tablets in Malaysia with massive offers and smaller sized tablets coming our way. The Motorola Xoom is now more attractive with another round of price cut. According to IMCC, the Motorola Xoom WiFi is now priced at RM1,399 while the Motorola Xoom WiFi + 3G version is going for RM1,599. That’s a massive price difference which is almost RM1,000 less from its launch price. This offer is valid from IMCC while stocks last.
Just to recap on the specs, both Motorola Xoom 3G and WiFi versions runs on a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and comes with 32GB of internal storage. Just recently Android 3.2 Honeycomb update has been rolled out to Xoom users which puts it up to date with other tablets out there.
If you’re looking for a better bargain for the Xoom, you might want to check out Maxis RM299 Xoom 3G offer which recently resumed.
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IMCC Network has just announced the new pricing for their Motorola Xoom stock. The 32GB 3G Xoom is now RM2,399 from RM2,599 while the WiFi only version with the same storage capacity is now priced at a rather enticing RM1,899 from RM2,099 previously.
The price drop for the local units of the Xoom coincides roughly with the US$100 price drop announced by Motorola in the US earlier. We’re not sure if other local retailers will revise their Xoom pricing but we don’t see a reason why they shouldn’t.
With the new pricing, will you go for the Xoom?
Motorola announced that it has reduced the pricing of the WiFi version of its Xoom tablet by US$100. After the reduction the 32GD WiFi version of the Xoom now cost as much as the 16GB iPad 2, both at US$499.
The Xoom was the world’s first Honeycomb tablet and during its early days, the Xoom was the model Honeycomb tablet for Android but despite all this the device didn’t gain a lot of popularity amongst users. One of the biggest gripe was the price — the Xoom was more expensive then its the king of the tablet hill, the Apple iPad 2.
In Malaysia, the 32 GB WiFi Xoom retails for RM2,099 which is the same price at the 64GB WiFi iPad 2. The question most would like to know is that will the recent reduction in price of the Xoom in the US spillover to Malaysia? Although many would like to think so, the most probable answer is, very unlikely.
One of the reasons is that current units of the Xoom that you see on the shelves of IT stores today have already paid for by the dealer, and so the price will remain. Even if new shipments come in post the US$100 drop, it remains to be seen if the policy applies to international units as well. So the new price might just be a US-only thing.
Well, we can only hope. In any case, if the price of the Motorola Xoom does come down in Malaysia, would that increase its appeal? What do you think?
Both the Xoom and Galaxy Tab have screens strengthened with Gorilla Glass while the iPad is a bit of an unknown. It does have some sort of treated glass but it is not known if the glass is from Corning and by the looks of the video…well just take a look see.
WARNING: Gadget junkies, this is very painful to watch. We’re not kidding.
Update: Courts Mammoth is also selling the Xoom for RM2,099. RM400 cheaper than Maxis RRP.
Want to get the Motorola Xoom RM400 cheaper? You best try authorised dealers instead of operators.
Like this one for example.
IMCC is selling the Motorola Xoom for RM2,099, RM400 cheaper that the RRP that Maxis puts out for the device. With the money save, you can get a MiFi device to go with your WiFi Xoom. Settle!
The IMCC website looks a little bit suspect though but they claim that there are an “authorised dealer” of some sort.
You can check IMCC out here. You’ll notice that almost every device they sell is at least RM100 cheaper than most places. Interesting…
There’s not much of a service plan for the Motorola Xoom from Maxis. The Maxis Motorola Xoom plan is in actual fact a “get one free Motorola Defy” promo where you purchase the Xoom for RM2,499 from Maxis and then signup for a 3GB data plan with your choice of Maxis Value Plus plan to get the free Defy.
There is no option to purchase the Xoom with any other Maxis service plan.
Retailing for RM2,499 outright, you can’t deny that the WiFi only, 32GB Motorola Xoom is overpriced. Against it’s closest competitor, the WiFi 32GB iPad 2, priced at RM1,799, the Xoom is RM700 more expensive. In fact, for RM2,499, you can get the “top-of-the-line” 64GB 3G+WiFi iPad 2.
We’re not saying that the Xoom is not a capable tablet but it is really that awesome to command such a high price premium over its closest rival? We don’t think so.
With regards to the service plan, we’d rather Maxis offer just data plan with a MiFi device. If they can do it with the WiFi iPad why can’t Maxis do the same for the Xoom? It makes more sense and we’d gladly carry a MiFi — that is lighter, smaller and would probably have a better battery life — over an additional phone which we won’t be using to make calls on anyway.
So the Maxis Motorola Xoom service plan is lacking any appeal for us.
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Motorola’s upcoming super tablet, Xoom has its specs officially revealed on Motorola’s site. So it is now official that there will be a GSM, CDMA and a WiFi only version to choose from. You’ll get all you need to know about the Xoom from the screen, processor and down to the OpenGL extensions. Check out the full spec details here.
The other not so good news is that Motorola is pricing the Xoom at US$800 which they felt that its upgradability to 4G speeds of 50Mbps would justify such price tag. That’s roughly about RM2400 before all the tax and shipping cost to reach here. However the WiFi only version is said to be priced lower to match the iPad at about $599 (approx. RM1800). So, US$200 extra just to upgrade to 4G? That’s a little bit too much, don’t you think?
Considering that Apple normally reduces its prices for each new generation, let’s just see if the iPad 2 is good enough to force a price war on these Android tablets.
Motorola rolled out teaser after teaser, one slightly more convincing than the other, and while we were all sound a sleep the full ad aired during the second quarter of the Super Bowl — probably America’s biggest television event.
It doesn’t change the story but the ad finally gets and ending. One where the boy gets the girl but the characters are not the stars here the Motorola Xoom is.
Looking at the full minute commercial, our conclusion remains the same, that Motorola Xoom is one mighty fine piece of hardware. Even at US$800 (or about RM2,430) retail, the Xoom is still one of the most desirable tablets this year.
Head on to after the jump to enjoy the commercial along with a press statement from Motorola on the story behind the commercial. Tell us what you think.
The theme of the commercial is pretty much confirmed by now. Motorola is taking a swipe at Apple’s 1984 Super Bowl commercial complete with a cameo of the 1984 book written by George Orwell (which the original Apple commercial copied from but never admitted to), and at the same time telling us to break the mould.
While the first teaser was nothing more than some CGI, dramatic soundtrack and fancy words, this new 15 second teaser actually reveals the ad, and it looks very much like the 1984 Apple ad we posted earlier.
Motorola really wants to make a point here and we get it — the Xoom even in those very short 15 seconds, is looking very, very drool-worthy in our eyes.
If you like ads, head over to after the jump for the 15 second Motorola Xoom teaser clip.
The Super Bowl is one of the biggest television sporting events in the United States and it is often a showcase of many award winning commercials for the first time. Ahead of the 46th annual edition of the Super Bowl happening this Sunday, Motorola has released a teaser for its Super Bowl commercial spot and the brand is not shy about its intentions.
The whole theme of the teaser is about breaking free from the establishment. Motorola’s contention is that 2011 looks a lot like 1984 with one authority, one design and only one way to work. This “one” is of course referring to Apple. And 1984 was chosen specifically as a stab at Apple’s 1984 Super Bowl commercial with roughly a similar theme.
Back then Apple was the anti-establishment going against IBM. Now Motorola places Apple as the establishment. We wonder if 30 years from now, the cycle will repeat itself and someone else will label Motorola as the establishment.
Both commercials are available for viewing right after the jump
There’s no doubt that the Xoom can and will give the iPad a run for its money. We’ll even go as far as saying that the Xoom has enough in it to bring the fight to the upcoming iPad 2 as well. Motorola’s first Android tablet has left that much of an impression on us. The question is, when will it come to Malaysia?