The original Motorola Xoom enjoyed a brief moment as the best Android tablet, but that’s not much to brag about. Being first didn’t stop it from becoming a huge disappointment or a horrible retail flop. We say it was the best Android tablet mainly because it was the first to feature Honeycomb, but Motorola was quickly overshadowed by the wave of tablets from ASUS, HTC, Samsung and many others.
Sales of the Xoom were worse than thought and Motorola didn’t even make the list of top tablet brands in Q4, but that hasn’t stopped Verizon from deciding to support the follow-up product. Today Verizon Wireless announced the 1 year anniversary of their 4G LTE network and also let it slip that “two hot new [LTE] tablets from Motorola” would be coming out this month.
Apparently Verizon wants nothing to do with the “Xoom 2″ branding, so those two hot new Motorola tablets will go by the names Xyboard 10.1 and Xyboard 8.2.
Full device specs were revealed last month when Motorola announced the WiFi-only Xoom 2, but here’s a quick refresher of what to expect from Verizon’s new tablets.
Highlights of the Motorola Xyboard include:
- Android 3.2 Honeycomb at launch
- 8.2- or 10.1-inch IPS display with Gorilla Glass
- 1.2 GHz dual-core OMAP4 processor
- 5 MP rear camera
- 1.3 MP front facing camera
- 1 GB RAM
- 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage
- Verizon 4G LTE connectivity
Verizon declined to announce the official release date and pricing of the Xyboards, but those details were also leaked last month.
Rumored on-contract pricing of the Verizon Motorola Xyboard LTE includes:
- 8-inch screen — 16GB storage — $429.99
- 8-inch screen — 32GB storage — $529.99
- 10-inch screen — 16GB storage — $529.99
- 10-inch screen — 32GB storage — $629.99
- 10-inch screen — 64GB storage — $729.99
If those prices seem a little high, you aren’t the only one thinking that. Several of our readers have wondered how Motorola could compete at those prices. One said, ”I have a feeling that the ASUS Prime will be flying off the shelves while the Xyboard will be left on the shelf gathering dust.”
We have already witnessed the Amazon Kindle Fire become the best selling Android tablet with a price of only $199, but the sold-out ASUS Transformer Prime has also demonstrated that consumers are willing to spend $499-599 on a high-end device.
Unfortunately, the Xyboard does not feature a low price like the Kindle Fire or fast quad-core processor like the Transformer Prime, so there are no compelling reasons for Verizon customers to rush out and purchase this device.
I’m no product marketing genius, but I predict the Xyboard is going to flop badly. Do you see any advantages that Motorola offers over the competition?