It is rather surprising that in the current mood of budget cuts and deficits, Motorola does seem intent to make a failure out of the Motorola XOOM tablet – this Android-powered device is apparently available for pre-order over at Best Buy for a whopping $1,199 instead of the $800 that we thought was already pretty high earlier. Of course, this price point means you get the high end version which sports 32GB of storage space and 3G connectivity, being the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet in the market. If you want to put things into perspective, the comparable iPad goes for a whole lot cheaper at $729. On the other hand, this just goes to show that Motorola thinks consumers will pay just about any amount to get the latest tech, but we think that this is a gamble which is going to backfire simply through disappointing sales figures.
Update (2/16): Motorola has confirmed that the price of the Xoom tablet won’t be $1,199 but $799 unsubsidized instead.