Verizon teases an upcoming Motorola tablet
DroidLanding, Verizon's arm that promotes the carrier's exclusive Droid line of smart devices, has been on a tweeting spree these last few days, promoting a contest and raising awareness about an upcoming 'mystery' device. Of course, it doesn't take much of a genius to see that it probably won't be long until we see Verizon add a new Droid tablet to its roster. Said tablet will, of course, be produced by Motorola, the carrier's official partner for all things Droid.
Those of you enjoying a good memory will probably remember that we had a commercial storyboard leak in early July that actually contained some of the same lines that Verizon's new teaser does, not to mention that the theme is almost identical. That one is supposedly all about the Droid MAXX and its massive battery, though it does also suggest a certain amount of coherence in Motorola's strategy, which is to be expected. What this means, in a nutshell, is that this isn't new and Motorola is likely targeting a launch before the holidays.
So, what do we know about the tablet? Nothing really, though if you look closely, the package in the Verizon teaser does appear to be about the size of your typical 10-inch tablet, which is our only clue so far. Hopefully, the next episode will contain more clues and we'll be able to build on our Droid theory.
1. Jurdiales (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
Meanwhile, the XYBOARDS still ask why they were forgotten...
21. imkyle (Posts: 983; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Those were such a huge flop. I had the original Motorola Xoom WiFi model, and was going to upgrade to the Xyboard 10.1, but happy I didn't.
23. Jurdiales (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
They weren't bad tablets, just... they don't had the support they deserved.
3. papss (unregistered)
I didn't know Moto still made electronics?
4. silencer271 (Posts: 168; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
wow this statement is not only NOT funny but with the moto x released recently it proves your stupid.
13. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
So we see that proper grammar is a privilege, not a right.
24. StreetNerd (Posts: 705; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
i have to agree with Papss,
its like Americans reacting on Nokia Lumia 800 event (i remember they said something like this: 'huh do they still make mobile phones?')
while here in Europe we think the same about Moto, the last Moto device i saw was the first Moto Razr, like ages ago.
6. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I don't get it. If you want a good Android tablet, you get a Nexus 7 or 10. If you want a cheap Android tablet, you get a Galaxy Tab. If you want more options, you get an Asus Transformer. Did they learn nothing from the Xoom and Xyboard? Who the heck buys carrier-exclusive tablets these days?
8. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)
People do it quite frequently, otherwise carriers wouldn't spend the $ on training their employees to sell them, and to keep them in stores.
11. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I have yet to meet someone who owns a Motorola tablet. Motorola Droid phones, absolutely. iPads, Galaxys, Transformers, Kindles, sure. But no Xoom or Xyboard owners.
12. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)
Approximately 440,000 Xooms were sold and approximately 1,000,000 Droid Xyboards were sold at Verizon. Compared to Apple and Samsung Tablet sales, that is relatively small though.
So apparently 1.5 million people did. Companies wouldn't carry them, and spend a lot of money marketing them, if no one bought them.
15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5593; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
XOOM's were never really uncommon however the Xyboards were rare to catch in the wild.
i had gotten a Xyboard 8.2 before but it was the Wi-Fi version that you could get from Moto's site.
16. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 202; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)
i owned the xoom for about a year. it was awesome.
18. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4010; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
My uncle owns a Xoom, and I know a few other people who have had them as well. I only know one person with a Xyboard though; definitely makes you see the difference between an openly available tablet and an exclusive one. Actually, the Xoom is probably the most common tablet I've seen except for iPads.
10. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)
I agree. Practically no one buys carrier exclusive tablets. Most people don't even get embedded tablets.
14. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5593; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i agree m8.
i'd consider a Motorola Tablet but probably not a Droid Tablet...
19. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4010; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Eh, they're basically the same except for design language and a widget or two, based on the latest phones from Motorola. I can see how the Droid look is getting boring for those that have been exposed to it for so long, but it's new to me, so I say bring it Motorola.
7. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)
OMFG I NEED THIS ASAP!!! I've been waiting and waiting on Motorola to release another Tablet. I just hope it competes with the Sony Xperia Tablet on my wish list.
17. SupermanayrB (Posts: 159; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Guess I'll finally be getting a tablet. Time to up my bill by $20 for the mobile hotspot feature.
20. brianbrain (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
Nice. If Moto can pull off a tablet that's just as nice as their new phones, I'll be all over this.