The guys at Droid-Life received the leaked screen shot below detailing a 16 GB version of everyone’s favorite (currently available) Honeycomb tablet. All features appear to be identical to the original save for the — wait for it — subtraction of 16GB of storage.
To be clear when I say identical I mean right down to that empty cavity where the 4G module should be. The reason I make note of that is that the 16GB Xoom must be quite close to launching as we are just 46 days away from the rumored date for the existing Xooms to go under the knife for their 4G facelift. Verizon may be motivated to get additional Xoom buyers locked in before Sprint can get in on the act.
We can reasonably assume that this will follow the existing market pricing and slot in at $699 off contract and $499 with a two-year agreement. While it is definitely a luxury I have to admit that in my week with the Xoom I found having a persistent connection was more compelling than I thought it would be on a larger tablet so anything to bring the price down into a more manageable range is welcome.
No word on whether a wifi-only 16GB will be joining the growing family of Xoom SKUs, but I’m sure the little guy would be welcomed with open arms. With Acer’s thriftier and similarly-specced Iconia Tab hitting Best Buy’s shelves by the end of the month it would certainly behoove Motorola to have a more direct price competitor on the shelves beside it.