Dec 29 AT 11:38 PM Taylor Wimberly 22 Comments

Motorola Droid XOOM will get its 4G zoom from optional LTE modem

Motorola’s upcoming Honeycomb tablet will arrive in just six days and it looks like the official product name is going to be the Droid XOOM, according a tip posted by the often-reliable Kellen of Droid Life. His source also went on to say that the device will not have a built-in LTE radio which lead many to believe it would not support Verizon’s 4G network, but don’t that news burst your 4G-bubble quite yet.

Our sources say that Verizon will be selling an optional LTE modem that will plug in to a PCI express expansion slot found on the tablet. This would make sense because not everyone lives in Verizon’s 4G coverage area (it’s only 38 markets) and most people will not want to pay the $50-80 monthly fee for 4G data.

I’m one of those people that does not have access to Verizon 4G quite yet, so I’m actually quite happy with the no-LTE-modem news since it’s likely to keep the overall cost down. If anything, this will increase the chances that I go out and buy the XOOM when it launches.

While we are on the topic of Motorola’s tablet, I’m still hearing that Honeycomb will in fact be Android 2.4 and not Android 3.0 like many sites are reporting. I’ve already seen several devices that were running Android 2.4 in our site analytics logs, so it looks like some of the testers have been reading our Honeycomb news.

We have also heard that Verizon will be advertising this tablet during the Super Bowl on February 6th and it should go on sale by February 14th. In addition to being Valentines Day, that is also the opening of Mobile World Congress where Google CEO Eric Schmidt will be giving a keynote speech. Everyone knows how these products get delayed at the last minute and launch dates get shifted, but the February 14th date looks pretty certain at this point.

Check back next Wednesday and hopefully we will have some hands-on videos of the Motorola Droid XOOM.

Bonus video: For an idea of what the LTE modem might look like check out this video from Vincent Nguyen of Slashgear that was filmed during the last CES. This is of an older ICD Ultra prototype that was being shown off, but it was running on Verizon 4G using a Motorola LTE modem and powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor.

Via: Slash Gear

Source: Droid Life

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  • http://Website alex

    NO surprise that motorola is making a beast tablet for verizon :p

  • http://Website XxKOLOHExX

    Kinda expected more out of LTE seeing that there aren’t that much phones that use the new verizon 4g network… @TMobile FTW!

  • http://Website Miguel

    So it’s been confirmed that Verizon is charging more for LTE data on phones?

    • http://Website NKT

      No, it hasn’t been confirmed. The prices list in the post are for the Mobile Broadband plans that all non-phone devices have (USB modems, netbooks, etc).

      Phone data pricing has yet to be released.

  • http://Website Jteve Sobs

    Device names are getting so ridiculous. Sounds too much like Zune. I don’t like it. I’d rather have something with a name like CR-48.
    “Hey, man. What’re you doing?”
    “Just surfin’ the interwebs on my new Xoom.”
    “[Derogatory gay term that I won't type in fear I may offend someone]“

    • http://Website Brian H

      Um, how about not using derogatory names for gay guys just because it’s the right thing to do? It’s still offensive that you equate bad things with homosexuality. (I’m sure I’m going to get flamed for this but oh well, gotta stick up for my peeps)

      • http://Website Jteve Sobs

        Why would you get flamed for that? You’re completely right.

    • http://youmeantheMaxi-Pad...ohsorry,theiPad TatiG

      Yeah, that is a bad name.

    • http://Website TatiG

      You mean the Maxi-Pad, oh sorry, the iPad

      yeah, that is a bad name LOL

  • http://Website Mark

    Why include for free what you can sell at a premium price. Phone manufacturers and carriers…smh, they kill me.

  • http://Website Lucian Armasu

    If Honeycomb is 2.4, I think they’re going to keep Honeycomb for tablets and Gingerbread for phones but ONLY until May at Google I/O, where they’re going to release 3.0 and announce the unification of the phone and tablet versions – so 3.0 will be the same version to work on tablets and phones.

    They’ll also probably hold on to most of the new features until Google I/O, and Honeycomb will contain only the new design, video-chatting and maybe a bit more. But if they are announcing new verion at I/O that will be called Android 3.0, they’ll definitely not show all the features they’ve been working on since Froyo was announced.

    So my guess is it’s going to get down like this:

    1) Gingerbread (2.3) – new phone version, just a couple of new interesting features
    2) Honeycomb (2.4) – tablet version, again just a few new features + new Android UI
    3) Icecream (3.0) – unified version, and showing 90% of the features they’ve been working on since Froyo

  • http://Website Nedjo

    How do you actually pronounce this stupid name?

    • http://Website Eli

      Lol, Exhume!!!!

    • http://Website Southpaw2k

      I think it’s pronounced “Zoom.”

  • http://Website Elitebattlefield

    I have only 2 things.

    1.) Since this is the 7″ Tablet, can we assume that the 10″ tablet version will come LTE capability?


    • http://Website Labrat

      Since this will be the reference design for tablets, I highly doubt the bootloader will be locked.

      At a minimum it should be like the first DROID and hopefully, it will be like the Nexus line.

      I guess it depends on how the product is position: reference/developer device or just reference implementation of Honeycomb…?

  • http://Website Joe

    As long as they release a wifi only version, then no one will care about the lack of 4G. I mean would anyone REALLY care about that anyway? Apple sells DOUBLE the number of wifi-only iPads compared to the other models, proving that the vast majority of would-be buyers want nothing to do with a data plan. The only way to avoid a total fail with this product is if a wifi-only version is added to its lineup. Personally, I think having to add a data plan to these things is like buying a nice new plasma TV but having to sign for the cable/dish package before you walk out the door…otherwise you’re subject to paying double the price for the TV. Its horrible. Why can’t we just buy the product!?! Imagine that.

    • http://Website chashutch

      My family gave me an iPad for fathers day 2010 with the wifi and modem. I have YET to use the 3G feature. It seems that everywhere I use it I have access to wireless.

  • http://Website SoDark

    i dont care about LTE on tablet. I much rather pay extra per month for tethering than for another data plan.

    Assuming LTE data plan cost about $50/months, a separate data plan for both my phone and tablet will cost $100. It only cost an extra $20/month to allow tethering on any Droid’s.

    • http://Website DROIIIIIIID

      or just root and install wireless tether….wifi hotspot for free. problem solved.

  • Andrude

    XOOM is too little, too late to get my tablet dollars. I am so glad I got in on the (sold-out in all configurations) pre-order for Notion Ink’s Adam. It’s the only tablet out right now that isn’t someone trying to use Android’s OS to clone the iPad.

  • Bobby Mikels

    I would definitely buy Xoom. It is expensive so I’m hoping that I can get my money’s worth. And why is Atrix under AT&T? I think it would be better to have it under Verizon.