Jun 18 AT 12:37 PM Russell Holly 24 Comments

Will the “Xoom 4G” launch before the OG Xoom gets 4G?

Being the first Honeycomb tablet adds a lot of pressure to perform well. When you’re an overweight, bulky powerhouse from the same company that brought Android into the spotlight with the Droid, the expectation to be great is a little intensified. The Xoom was essentially released as an unfinished product, put into the hands of consumers with the expectation of future upgrades like a functioning SD slot and LTE support. To many, this made the Xoom seem like a sinking ship as competing tablets began to surface.

We’ve long since passed the 90-day mark Verizon and Motorola set for the resolution of these issues. And now it seems there might be a less-than-great reason for the delay. Coupled with rumors of mediocre sales and the announcement of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Verizon sporting LTE, a video from Verizon has cropped up with whispers of a sequel to the Xoom, dubbed the Xoom 4G, that is on its way.

If you haven’t stopped reading to go start a Vancouver-style rampage on your town, here’s what we know. This device is more than likely (as in, all but definitely) the tablet we saw in those leaked images of the Motorola website awhile back. Motorola had dubbed the tablet the Xoom 2 on the website leaks, but apparently the device will be called the Xoom 4G on Verizon wireless. It’s possible, given Sprint’s recent rekindling with Motorola, that the Xoom 2 name will pop up again on their network. But that’s just speculation. The Xoom 4G is the next in Motorola’s line of tablets, and as the name suggests, it’s coming with LTE ready to roll.

From the video, we can spot a few interesting things. For starters, the camera placement, Verizon Logo placement and the way in which the woman in the commercial holds the device leads us to believe the tablet has been built to be much more portrait friendly. Maybe even portrait preferred. The Xoom 4G doesn’t seem to be terribly thinner than the Xoom around the bezel, but it seems to be flat all the way across instead of bulged in the middle. Add the softer corners, and it seems the device will be lighter and easier to hold for extended periods of time. The front of the device appears to be completely computer-generated, which tells me that the apparent lack of a front facing camera is simply due to an incomplete render. But it’s anyone’s guess at this point.

So, has Verizon given up on the Xoom? Will the Xoom 4G come out before the Xoom gets the upgrades it deserves? Will there be a trade-in program where you can trade in your not-quite-done tablet for what Motorola should have released the first go ’round? Hopefully these questions and more will be answered in the coming weeks!

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  • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

    Curios to see how a device that large performs primarily in portrait mode. It seems like it would be too large. Unless they trimmed a TON of weight. Something like the Flyer is a perfect size for that orientation. This? I don’t know.

  • http://www.appsbybirbeck.com/ Stewart

    I’m not one that would usually go the legal route with my petty complaints, but they screwed a lot of people with the first xoom. If they dont make it right with the first buyers I sure hope they get hit with a class action. 4g lte and sd card are promised and advertised features and was a major consideration in my purchase. Without a working sd card, the device is absolutely worthless to me because it also does not support usb mass storage interface. If I can’t get files onto it, I can’t test my software on it, and have lost many customers of my software as a result.

    Never been a fan of Motorola hardware and the Xoom is no different, now I certainly am not a fan of Motorola as a company either. If there is an upgraded model, I will not purchase it and I will fight for every penny of my $800 back because the product does not function as advertised which is illegal.

    • http://Website NotRelevent

      You don’t need USB Mass Storage mode to put stuff on it. It works only slightly different from how Android phones work.

      With that..you don’t really need an SD card when the thing has 32GB of storage built in.

      Also I have to say you’re slightly dumb for buying the $800 version.

      • http://www.appsbybirbeck.com/ Stewart

        And you are saying this because you have tried to compile mtpfs on your Linux desktop with the same integration of USB mass storage?

        My reasons for buying a Verizon 3g xoom on launch day is my own, and if it held up to its advertised features, it would be hands down the best tablet on the market today. This was still the first device to get 3.1, the first to get music 3.0 beta, the first to get google video rentals. It is still the only one running 100% stock android. There is something to be said in owning a google experience device, and while it is a decent device, the experience thus far with xoom has been horrible.

        If a company advertises certain features, they have a legal responsibility to provide those features. While SD card may not be important to all consumers when the device has 32gb, for my intended purpose it is essential and was a deciding factor in its purchase. It has thus far been a worthless $800 paperweight while waiting, that has cost me more in the last 3 months than its shelf price.

        At least I now have an inferior tab 10.1 to work with, which properly supports usb mass storage, but that does not excuse Motorola from releasing a buggy product missing half of its advertised features, which is why they are very liable to be sued for. I have never exercised my right as a consumer to do so, but if there is a class action, I will be first in line, if not, I will start it.

        • http://Website guardianali

          You do know that there are kernels out there that support the sdcard right now right?
          It was never a hardware issue but a software/driver issue. IF you are willing to Root your Xoom to get Super user access, you dont even have to install a custom rom..just a custom kernel (which you can find over at the xda forum) that turns on the sdcard slot and makes it perfectly functional.

          I agree that there should be OFFICIAL support, but till then no reason to use it as a ‘paper weight’ if sdcard access is all ur needing.

    • http://Website bottom_line_is

      another round of fragmentation????

      • http://Website JayMonster

        Really? Were you just looking to find a place to pull that comment out of your ass? The funny thing about the tablets ( honeycomb that is) is that they are ” too homogenized, and that they ate all basically the same except for price and the trim.

        By your half-assed logic, Apple introduced fragmentation, by coming out with an iPad2.

  • http://Website The_Omega_Man

    I just hope that this will be a more complete and finished product

  • http://Website Mikey C.

    lol! This is crazy!
    Us poor Canadian bastards haven’t even gotten 3.1 yet!

    I really should of taken the Xoom back to the store when I had the chance.

  • http://Website Blake

    I’m hoping that the Xoom 4g name is just a new model name for the models that come out after the upgrade. There has to be a way for then to differentiate them in the system.

    • http://Website JayMonster

      My thoughts as well. This may be whole lot of speculation over nothing more that’s poor tender by the ad agency

  • http://Website snowbdr89

    Dont give a flying fuck!
    I already got an iPad 2, its the best bang for your buck!
    Xoom is inferior.

    • http://Website Garrett

      My god, if this isn’t the most insightful and well thought out comment ever posted on an article, then I don’t know what is. Kudos to you good sir. Now go away.

  • http://Website snowbdr89

    Haha gotta love the clones

    • http://Website Jimboogly

      Clones? As in the origin of IOS … (BSD)… interesting point of view.

      • http://Website snowbdr89

        Clones as im someone copying your name

  • http://twitter.com/Simba909 Simba909

    Uhm, why does every OG Xoom owner have to be mad at this? Why should an OG Xoom owner sue Motorola? Because they release new products? Sounds kinda dumb to me ( no offense guys… ). I personally own the 1st gen iPad and I didn’t frown when the iPad 2 came out… The market has to and _will_ evolve. If you always _need_ to have the latest and greatest then… Sorry! (Unless your rich, ofc)

    The thing is, if you buy a product (read: tablet) – I hope you buy it because you like it/and/or “need” one. If you like your Xoom, then you wouldn’t be too upset when a newer model comes out.

    I mean, if you don’t like the Xoom – then either don’t buy it or sell yours on eBay or craigslist or something… Then you can buy the new one when it comes out. Bingo :)

    • http://limitlessdroid.com Shane

      The problem isn’t that they bought a XOOM and now Motorola is coming out with a new one, which would be stupid. The point everyone is trying to make that you don’t seem to notice is that Motorola and Verizon marketed the XOOM as a “4G upgradable” tablet. They also said an update would come to add sd card support.

      Then we start seeing signs of Motorola giving up on the XOOM and moving towards a sequel. The device from the commercial, if it is the new XOOM, is obviously going to be a 4G device. So basically it seems as though both companies are giving up on the original and just starting over with the 4G version.

      Of course people are going to be pissed. They have a right to be for buying a device that was promised to get certain features already and it hasn’t happened, nor is there any new timeline.

      On a side note, I haven’t bought a tablet yet (almost went with the Transformer) simply because of this reason. Tablets are moving forward so quickly this year that by the time you get a brand new tablet, an even better one comes out in 3-4 months and you’re left with your hands down your pants. I’m waiting for this year to end and then see how much the market settles down.

      • http://twitter.com/simba909 simba909

        Ok, so I see where you’re going… Makes sense, not living in the States makes one forget about marketed abilities not being delivered. Thanks for your kind reply btw (no sarcasm) :)

  • http://twitter.com/grellanl grellanl

    First tablet to 3.1? Not outside the US, it’s not.

    Motorola are going about the same screw-over-the-customer business with Xoom as they did with the Milestone, which we bought on the promise of it being a GSM Droid. Yeah well it was, except that it was locked down, updates were late or never arrived, and all we ever got out of Motorola was mealy-mouthed excuses about it not being a “Google Experience Device.” Because, y’know, customers in Europe (or elsewhere in the world) deserve to be given a lesser device for more money, presumably so that Moto can use OUR devices (that we’ve paid for) to follow some strategic initiative of building their own crappy set of services that nobody wants, using their custom software formerly known as Blur. I eventually got sick of all that and bought a Nexus One.

    Well, fool me twice, shame on me. I bought the Xoom, foolishly, and I gave them a second chance based on all the talk of open bootloaders and turning new a new leaf. Now months later we’re being given the same excuses, and doubtless Motorola will claim “carrier obligations” or some other BS – what have carriers got to do with a WiFi device I bought direct from an online store?

    I’m sick of it, fed up with being taken for a ride by Motorola. I’ve bought a Transformer, and the Xoom’s going in the drawer of old junk where it can rot. The Transformer’s ace, by the way.

  • http://Website Mark

    Why would a company make a product that lacks a few basic features in the hopes of later taking said product away from the customer for 4 – 6 weeks to install those features. Doesn’t sound right to me. Customers should have seen that as a red flag as well.

    • http://Website Jwhap

      Yeah, however the xoom released prior to Verizon lte which upon purchasing the product consumers where told that an upgrade would happen in 6 weeks. SD card support was going to happen at the same time. It seemed reasonable to think that because lte was not yet turned on that the upgrade would be right around the corner. This is the first Motorola device I have owned and it will be th e last. The bionic is tempting but not after this botch. I will either wait for a Verizon nexus device/next HTC Droid in the mean time I can roll just fine with my incredible.

  • http://ss-galaxy-tab-101.blogspot.com/ Prb Tablet

    Haha Thank you very much, Clone!!

  • http://Website creliandobi

    although a xoom is enticing–
    and i’d only buy a wifi version,
    knowing that Verizon/Motorola is screwing their customers over their promised upgrade (& in time frame, no less) doesn’t make me want to buy any xoom any time soon.

    not that one customer matters to such large corporations–but enough with similar mindset will dent them in the end. all it takes is one bad review (like this negative PR story) to catch their eye.
    good job