Android fans know that the iPad 2 is making their tablets look stupid when it comes to sales. We are not saying that Apple’s offering is superior in hardware, it’s just they seem to have the overall package right. With this is mind our thoughts now turn to an imminent release of Motorola Xoom 2, and the evidence looks to be building up nicely.
The most recent hint of this is the fact that the current Xoom has seen a price drop, and not just in one or two retailers. It seems that most places that sell the Honeycomb tablet will now offer it to you for $499. Having said that, Droid Life says that you can get it even cheaper in Staples.
We have to ask ourselves why the Xoom is now seeing this price drop; was it all part of Motorola’s plan, have they been forced into it due to lower than expected sales, or is the Xoom 2 truly on its way? These are all questions that will be hard to answer — unless Motorola announce details a new tablet soon.
The idea of an update so soon after the current Xoom release is a little hard to grasp at the moment, as that would mean a very short life cycle for the tablet. Although with strong rumors flying around of an iPad 3/iPad 2 Plus doing the rounds it might not be as far fetched as we first thought.
Motorola might feel that they are being forced into releasing the Xoom 2 earlier than expected for another reason, as they are not only facing tough competition from the iPad 2 but also the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Xoom does have a few features that put the new Tab to shame, but it is the weight difference with Samsung’s new tablet what could cause the biggest upset.
If we have learned anything over the years, it’s the fact that Motorola likes to release devices that are very sturdy, which means that they also weigh that little bit more. Now this is not always a bad thing, as we have seen that these new devices like the Samsung Galaxy S II is just too thin and light, and seems much easier to break than lets say a Motorola Droid.
The idea of a Motorola Xoom 2 on the way will open up a bigger issue for those who were considering buying the current model, as they might put off purchasing the current model instead. With this in mind maybe Motorola should state their intentions — although if they did say a new Xoom would be with us in the next few months, then current sales would suffer.