Latest Motorola Xoom rumors: Android tablet coming to Best Buy on February 17, costing $800

Summary:Probably the most anticipated Android-based tablet, Motorola's Xoom has been the subject of a couple of leaks over the weekend that, if true, would mean it will be available soon -- and for more than you probably thought.As with the latest dirt on HP's webOS tablets, the scoops come courtesy of Engadget.

Probably the most anticipated Android-based tablet, Motorola's Xoom has been the subject of a couple of leaks over the weekend that, if true, would mean it will be available soon -- and for more than you probably thought.

As with the latest dirt on HP's webOS tablets, the scoops come courtesy of Engadget. The site received one document supposedly from Verizon that detailed a price that will make Apple grin: $799.99, or nearly as much as a 64GB iPad with 3G. So much for Android leading to lower tablet prices, at least in this case (if accurate).

Now if that potential price doesn't deter you, you won't have to wait long to buy it, according to another leaked document. This one (supposedly) comes from Best Buy, and it lists February 17 as the on-sale date for the device.

In the Xoom's favor, it will come with a dual-core processor and 10.1-inch screen and will be the first tablet available with Google's latest version of Android, 3.0 (or Honeycomb). Still, if there's only one version, and it indeed costs $800, that will greatly limit the tablet's popularity. Would you still be interested in a Xoom if it costs $800? Let us know in the Comments section.

[Read More: Hands on With the Motorola XOOM Tablet With Video]

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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