Motorola DROID XOOM to access Verizon's 4G network via a separate modem

Motorola DROID XOOM to access Verizon's 4G network via a separate modem
Some additional info popped up to clarify the 4G connectivity situation with the Motorola DROID Xoom tablet. The access to Verizon's LTE network won't be built-in, as we already knew, but rather there will be an option to insert a separate 4G modem into a PCI Express slot that will be on the tablet. How much will it cost, is still unknown, but if you are willing to splurge $50/$80 for 5GB/10GB monthly traffic, the cost of retrofitting it with the modem probably won't be a deterrent anyway.

For a sneak peak at what this PCIe might look like, have a look at the video after the source, where Verizon's LTE network is accessed from a prototype Tegra 2 tablet via the said PCI Express slot - the modem is shown at about 5:13 into the video.

We'd say it is as good a solution as any, since hardwiring the LTE chips inside the tablet would have made it more expensive, and there are many people who don't have coverage from Verizon's 4G network, or are not planning to use it at these prices yet. Rumor has it that Motorola DROID Xoom commercials will be aired at the Super Bowl February 6th, and the tablet itself might go on sale on February 14th, when Google's Eric Schmidt is giving a keynote speech at the start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

We will be there, so stay tuned for live updates from the presentations.

source: AndroidandMe



5. sudhaman unregistered

the motorola xoom will definitely be a cool tablet and it is goanna be flagship tablet with gingerbread operating system.

4. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And I like how it looks. Spec wise its nice too. The ICD, Notion Ink, Moto Tablet, Archos, Viewsonic, Galaxy S Tablet. Those are the Android Tablets we were looking for.

3. jroc unregistered

Yea. thats the ICD Ultra, Vega, or whatever its called

2. calamazoo unregistered

That prototype is the ICD Ultra that is supposed to cost around 250 bucks, it's not a prototype of the Moto Xoom, they show it just so we can get an idea what the LTE modem PCI card will look like...

1. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Tisk Tisk Tisk. This prototype video is very sad indeed. Why would you demo somethign on an old 2.0 technology. I must say the device its self looks horrid. I am certainly looking forward to a 3.0 demo with hopfully a better tablet design. Thankfully the video did not confirm that this was the DROID Xoom cause if it is the ipad has nothing to worry about from an aesthetics point of view. Also the device did not have pinch to zoom and the touch screen was resistive. While they did say the carrier could request certain changes. I would hope that some would put their best foot forward when demoing a device. FAIL

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