Motorola Xoom Vs. Apple iPad: Component Costs Compared

When it comes to the Apple iPad and the Motorola Xoom, until the iPad 2 is shown this is the clash of the titans with perhaps the G-Slate creeping into the equation. Something that some of us at OSM had been wondering is how much did it cost to make the Motorola Xoom in comparison to the iPad?

Well Phandroid’s Quentyn Kennemer has come to our rescue and produced a report that tells us to cost of the parts and the total cost, however it doesn’t take into account labor for each manufacturer.

Kennemer explains that UBM TechInsights broke down the Motorola Xoom and the combined price accumulates to $278. The top end iPad 3G came in cheaper at $245. That being the case when you compare the innards of each of the machines it’s not really surprising that the Xoom is more expensive to make (assuming assembly is roughly the same amount).

The Motorola has rear and front-facing cameras, a dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The iPad on the other hand doesn’t have a camera, has a singly core processor and only 256MB of RAM. Does this start to make sense of the device’s current high pricing? You can read more about the individual pricing of some components over on the WSJ report. We expect this to all change after tomorrows Apple event where the release of the iPad 2 is widely expected.

Are you surprised at the cost of the devices? Knowing the background, does it set you a bit easier about the price of the Xoom? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.