Will Apple’s Second Generation iPad Match or Exceed Motorola’s XOOM $699 Price Tag?

Word is Motorola’s XOOM tablet will retail for $699 at Best Buy, or $200 more than the entry-level, first generation iPad. The news, obviously, has got a lot a people buzzing — most thinking Motorola is nuts for not offering it anywhere near $499. But the pricing details got me thinking about something entirely different. Perhaps we’ll be seeing Apple raise its prices for the second generation iPad. No, I don’t mean that the current or future entry-level model will get more expensive. I’m saying that the company’s new flagship model, that purportedly will have similar specs to the Motorola XOOM, will most likely be priced the same or more than the XOOM — being that Apple products generally come at a premium. For those unfamiliar, the $699 XOOM boasts a dual-core 1Ghz Tegra 2 processor, 10.1-inch (1280×800) 16:10 touchscreen, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 32GB NAND flash storage, 2MP front-facing webcam, 5MP rear camera, SD card slot, USB 2.0, HDMI out, Wi-Fi/3G/4G LTE connectivity, built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer, and more. Compared to iPad’s specs today, it’s night and day. Now it’s just a question of how much Apple plans to charge for their version. For comparison: A single-core 1Ghz processor iPad (with no rear or front-facing camera, HDMI, SD card slot, USB, etc.)  equipped with 9.7-inch (1024×768) touchscreen, 32GB NAND flash storage, Wi-Fi/3G connectivity currently retails for $729 (see below).


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