Motorola has announced a new Android-powered tablet today. The Xoom Family Edition, for that’s what it’s called, isn’t an entirely new device however. It’s basically the a Wi-Fi-only Xoom with half the storage and some kid-specific apps and tweaks. That said, Motorola is careful not to position it as a device solely intended for kids, highlighting that the tablet is ready for more serious, grown up stuff as well. Hence, Family Edition.
Still, the biggest advantage that the Xoom Family Edition has isn’t in its specs, or its kid-specific additions. It’s the price. The Xoom Family Edition is set to become available at Best Buy (which will sell it exclusively) this Sunday, on October 16, for just $379. That’s a pretty good price for a 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet, especially considering that the original Xoom was way overpriced for the first few months of its shelf life.
So, the Motorola Xoom Family Edition has a dual-core 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage space, a 5 MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording, and a 10.1-inch 1280×800 IPS touchscreen. The tablet runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb, and comes with $40 worth of apps preinstalled. Alongside those you can find Zoodles, the Kid Mode app, Motorola’s MotoPrint and MotoPack, Quickoffice, Asphalt 6, and SIM City Deluxe.
While being nowhere near Amazon’s Kindle Fire in terms of pricing, the Xoom Family Edition represents a nice little shift in Motorola’s pricing strategy for tablets. Yet that may not last long, since the $379 launch price is touted as being a “limited time value price”. So if you’d like to get one of these, perhaps you should act fast.