Motorola has just got past the FCC regulations with a new tablet device that many believe could be the next iteration of the current XOOM. With integrated 4G LTE units, the XOOM 2 is only mentioned in FCC documents as IHDP56LU2. The tablet has won approval from the FCC for its Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, CDMA, and LTE capabilities.
However, it still won’t be able to bring smiles to all Motorola or Android Honeycomb fans. Many of the first gen XOOM buyers are yet to receive their 4G LTE upgrade and it’s all but natural for them to feel a bit let down by Motorola. Also, as the FCC documents reveal, the new XOOM will also be a bit different from the first gen XOOM in being slightly longer and a bit shorter than the original XOOM. Dimension mentioned from the new XOOM 2 read 259mm long and 166mm wide.
Meanwhile, in another development that can bring some cheer to buyers of the original XOOM, Motorola has dropped prices of the XOOM by a nice $100 for the Wi-Fi only version of the tablet. So post the price revision, the XOOM Wi-Fi will now cost $499, which is a whole lot better than the $599 price tag that it earlier commanded. But it still is expensive compared to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, which costs $400 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 prices for which starts at $500.
What remains to be seen if the XOOM can sell in higher numbers now that it has become a bit more affordable.
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