Quite a bit of news has trickled down the Interwebs lately regarding Verizon’s flagship tablet device, the Motorola Xoom. So far we’ve seen a hefty price tag of $799 unsubsidized and we now know that there is a WiFi only device available for $600. So, how does this pan out in comparison to Apple’s iPad, the Xoom’s major competitor? The 3G version of the iPad is running with a $729 price tag for their 32 GB model. So, as of now, the WiFi versions of both devices seem to be equal, coming in at $599 with the exception that the iPad’s WiFi 16 GB version comes in at $499. Sales show that the 16 GB version of the iPad is a top-seller at that price point. We’re curious to see if buyers will be susceptible to purchasing the device at this particular price tag. As of now, there aren’t a whole lot of options for high end 10-inch plus tablets, until we see the release of the Blackberry Playbook, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and HP’s TouchPad. Right now the Xoom is going to be as close as we get to an iPad killer, for now.
Motorola has made it known that the Xoom will be hitting Europe Q2 this year. Both 3G and wifi-only versions will landing in the upcoming months, but there’s no word yet what carriers will support the 3G version. And while we’ve seen indications of a wifi-only version, this is the first confirmation from Motorola that a wifi-only version will exist at all without carrier entanglements. Hopefully such an offering shows up stateside, as well. Full press release after the break.
This week the FCC has already received and made public documents on a couple of different Android devices. The Samsung Forte, which was recently seen in the wild, has made it through the FCC and they have some very basic information about it available online. Another device crossing the desks at FCC is a Motorola device, and while it was originally thought to be the Bionic, more information that has been discovered (like “non-removable battery”) has speculators leaning more toward the Xoom.
Either way, a few more Android devices are starting to receive various stamps of approval, thus coming steadily closer to being released.
[via FCC, (1), by way of Engadget, (1)]
Did you miss Google’s big event on 2-2-11? Fortunately for all of us, Google has taken the liberty of putting the keynote on YouTube – in it’s entirety. That’s right, folks: you can now view all 52+ minutes of the Android Honeycomb event, complete with Motorola’s stylish new Xoom tablet.
Be sure to hit the break to watch the full video, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!
If it’s not some new commercial about zits with Justin Beiber, or Katy Perry, it’s something new with Chad Ochocinco. This time around, he’s the guy with his capable hands all over the new Motorola Xoom. You think their new Superbowl teaser ad has something to do with him getting one already? We’ll see this coming Sunday I guess, but Motorola is handing these out to celebrities in hopes they’ll keep the hype going for launch.
The image seen above is from Ochocinco’s Twitter where he tweeted that the Xoom is “pretty awesome” and that Motorola “won’t be getting this back!” Looks awesome Chad. We can’t wait.
[via @ochocinco, mashable]
The Super Bowl never fails to somehow deliver some of the best commercials seen all year around with some companies even shelling out cheddar in the millions. Well, this is certainly not going to be a disappointment for those caught up in the mobile industry. Motorola has released a teaser trailer of an up and coming commercial that will be released during the Super Bowl, taking aim at Apple’s iPad. For me, it had remnants of the release of the Motorola Droid all over again.
The teaser does nothing short of portraying the fact that “its time for more choices” eluding that the Apple iPad isn’t the only contender on the block, as the Xoom steps in and gives it a run for its money. Seems clever enough to me. Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments below and hit the break to check out the teaser. We’re highly looking forward to checking out the full spot during the Super Bowl.
Motorola posted a solid fourth quarter with $80 million in earnings, thanks to a killer Android lineup of Motorola devices that reinvented the company as a smartphone juggernaut. Motorola shipped 4.9 million smartphones in the fourth quarter alone; this included devices like the Droid Pro, Droid 2, Defy and Bravo.
“The improvement in our financial results last year, including profitability in the fourth quarter, is indicative of the progress we have made in delivering innovative smartphones and improving the Mobile Devices business,” said Sanjay Jha, chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility.
Although Motorola will face stiff competition with the release of the iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless next month, the company has a lineup that certainly pleased CES goers this year, with devices like the Atrix 4G, Xoom, and Droid Bionic. With AT&T losing exclusivity with the iPhone 4, it’s plausible to assume that Motorola can consistently capitalize on Android devices on AT&T (especially with the dual-core Atrix 4G)
As always, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the Android world.
In an earnings call with Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, it was leaked out that the Motorola Atrix 4G and the Xoom tablet will be launching at the end of February. We reported here that the Atrix 4G would be dropping March 1st possibly, and we’re glad to hear otherwise, even if it is only a matter of days…ok, we can’t wait!
The Xoom will be going to Verizon, and the Atrix 4G to AT&T, who apparently needs any help they can get to keep customers from jumping ship to Verizon already.
Full Press Release below.
Like other tablets before it, the Motorola Xoom is looking to make it’s sale debut over at Best Buy on the 17th of February, according to Engadget. Details show that the pricing appears to be starting out at a steep $700 buckaroos with 32GB onboard. This puts it in the price range of the original 32GB 3G iPad which costs $730.
Some leaked documents seem to show off the expected minimum prices we might see on the Motorola Xoom tablet and the HTC Thunderbolt that will be hitting Verizon in the near future. No firm release dates have yet been announced for either device, and these prices aren’t necessarily “release” prices, but it’s something. The Xoom is likely to premiering somewhere around $799 — at that price, probably unsubsidized. We’ve seen some great things from Motorola’s tablet in the information that’s been coming forth, and we’re excited about its launch, although that price is a little steep. The HTC Thunderbolt is expect to be priced somewhere in the $249 neighborhood, which is about standard for a device of its specs. Hopefully we’ll get some launch dates soon, and you know we’ll keep you posted as soon as any new information turns up.
[via Android Central]