New Motorola LTE tablet filing with FCC, we kind of hope it isn't the Xoom 2

New Motorola LTE tablet filing with FCC, we kind of hope it isn't the Xoom 2
This is one of those rumors that is tough to get a handle on because we're right in the middle of what's possible and what's probable. The trouble is that for the most part the original Motorola Xoom was a bit of a disappointment. It shipped without LTE or a working SD card slot, and still doesn't have either feature. The Xoom didn't have a USB port, it was a bit heavy and hard to hold. And, to top it off, Honeycomb was rushed out and was a bit buggy until the 3.1 upgrade.

That's where we stand as we find out that a mysterious Motorola tablet has hit the FCC. We kind of want the Xoom 2 to come and erase the disappointing launch of the original Xoom (and therefore the Android tablet ecosystem overall). We want it so much that we're even trying to make an unidentified tablet in a promo to be the Xoom 2. Even the price drop of the Xoom seems like an indication of a new model on the way. Unfortunately, it seems far more likely that both are simply the Xoom LTE.

The FCC filing doesn't contain much information, but what we do know is that it has an LTE radio built in. It is also roughly the same size as the original Xoom measuring 259mm by 166mm, where the original Xoom was 249.1mm by 167.8mm.

The change in size and the promo video make it seem as though it could be the Xoom 2. But, it could simply be a slight redesign of the Xoom (to make it more friendly to hold), and a new marketing push for the LTE Xoom. In a way, that might be better than a full release of the Xoom 2, because it would be far better to see the Xoom 2 launch in the fall with a slimmer frame, a quad-core CPU and Ice Cream Sandwich, than it would be to have it launch now and likely be not much more than a slightly redesigned Xoom anyway.

source: Wireless Goodness



1. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Dam not that the Xoom sucks or anything but remember a week before CES when moto released their teaser video for it. "how the tablet was meant to be". The s**t still isn't even finished. I cannot believe the sd card functionality and lte are absent. UNACCEPTABLE.This is why people think badly of android already. When the normal consumer(not phone geeks like us) walks into Verizon to get a tablet they'll ask why this and not the cheaper iPad2. Clerk says this is lte upgradable. So it doesn't have 4g now. Clerk says no but it will. It has an sd card slot cool. Clerk says it actually doesnt function yet. It will with an update. Consumer looks at the suddenly glistening Ipad2. The rest is history.

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I think the LTE Xoom is the likelier probability.

3. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I thought the Xoom had LTE support already (just not enabled).. So why would it be another version of an LTE Xoom??

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The LTE radio isn't installed.

4. Mrhug3

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 14, 2011

I know there is sometimes a price to pay with getting the first run of some products. I got the Xoom knowing that it didn't have a working sd card or lte yet. Things happen in the industry blah blah blah, things get delayed. But this is ridiculous and unacceptable. By no means should moto stay stagnant and not bring new products, but the xoom seems like a stepchild now. We early adopters definitely got and are continuing to get the shaft.

5. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

What will be name of this new tablet - Motorola FaiLTE 2 ?

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Har Har...Har Har Har Har Har. You're so funny and original.

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

It can also be the enterprise tablet we heard few months ago

9. iosmaster

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

My friends remember Moto its a hardware seller just, so in order to keep money comming this is the strtegy, your best bet of quality its Apple.

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