Verizon isn’t expected to launch the Motorola XOOM for at least another month, but according to a recent report from DigiTimes, Motorola is expecting to ship between 700,000 and 800,000 units during the first quarter of 2011. While those numbers may look somewhat promising, keep in mind that there’s a stark difference between numbers of units shipped and numbers of units sold.
Motorola’s XOOM was certainly one of the best Android tablets that was shown off at CES (though all Motorola really showed were video clips of what Android 3.0 would look like), but we’re not entirely convinced that Motorola has enough faith in the device. Last we heard, Samsung was expecting to sell nearly 1.5 million units of the Galaxy Tab during the last two months of 2010. Yes, the holiday sale rush did help them push out quite a few more units, but the projected sales discrepancy between the two devices is still staggering.
Hopefully the low sales expectations are not due to a launch delay or extremely high retail price. The Motorola XOOM’s success will greatly depend on its price point and the amount of time it’s on the market before competing devices from LG, Acer, and other manufacturers go on sale.