This won’t be the first time for an unannounced device to show up in an advertisement. A Verizon Wireless ad posted on YouTube shows off a Honeycomb tablet that looks a lot like the Motorola Xoom. Could this be the rumored Motorola Xoom 2? Is this the tab’s first sighting?
The tab in the ad has a neat front with the back hosting the unique speaker of the Xoom, camera, plastic strip, and flash design, plus a Verizon Wireless logo in the center. It’s less stout than the current Xoom but definitely from the same family.
It’s difficult to say whether this is a good or bad thing. Motorola Xoom was the first Honeycomb tab on the market and suffered from both hardware and software issues. Honeycomb was very unpolished at the time and customers had some getting used to to do. Honeycomb has improved since with the Android 3.1 update but that is certainly not enough to build a second gen Xoom on, even if it’s lighter, thinner or has a microSD thrown in.
The original Xoom didn’t measure up to all the hype that had preceded it but it did get some early customers. Customers are still waiting for the 4G LTE upgrade that’s supposed to release this summer and a second version of the Honeycomb tab at this time is sure to make them feel cheated. On the other hand, if it’s the Xoom 4G, we’re all for it.
The main problem with Motorola Xoom was the ridiculously high price it started selling on. The price of the Wi-Fi 32GB Xoom has seen a $100 price cut lately, and we now wonder whether that’s to clear previous stock rather than an attempt at competitive pricing.