Rumor: Motorola Xoom 2 coming for Christmas

Today is November 1 and while many believe that the holiday shopping season is supposed to start after Thanksgiving, the rest of us know that it has already begun. Witness a newly leaked ad that appeared over at Engadget that showed European retailer Carphone Warehouse is planning to sell Motorola's still unannounced Xoom 2 tablet in time for Christmas.

The ad claims that the WiFi only tablet will be sold for 399.90 euros and will come with 16 GB of storage, an 8.2 inch touch screen and Android 3.2 "Honeycomb" as the OS. The original Xoom was launched earlier in 2011 but so far Motorola hasn't apparently had much luck in getting people to purchase it. Indeed, the company recently admitted that it only shipped 100,000 Motorola Xoom units (shipped, not sold) in the third quarter of 2011.

Quite frankly, we are skeptical that Motorola will be able to continue the Xoom tablet line with those kinds of low shipment numbers. What we have seen of the Xoom 2 doesn't give us much hope that this next generation version of the tablet is going to be much different than the current version, especially since it won't be running Google's Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system.

Unless there is something in the hardware that we are not aware of, this version of the Xoom 2 seems to be a case of the same old, same old. If that is what the Xoom 2 turns out to be, Motorola might as well shut it down right now and cut its losses.

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I would buy one if it sold for $100 USD; $150 MAX for this product... its really not worth much more then that to me... I'm intrigued but I have no real reason to buy it..

Windows 8 tablets will immediately sell 10-15 million in the first quarter I predict. I suspect that many people holding onto Windows XP at home will upgrade to Windows 8 on a tablet.

KingCrimson said,
Windows 8 tablets will immediately sell 10-15 million in the first quarter I predict. I suspect that many people holding onto Windows XP at home will upgrade to Windows 8 on a tablet.

You mean like the 10-15 million Windows Phones that were predicted to sell? lol

Joey S said,

You mean like the 10-15 million Windows Phones that were predicted to sell? lol

Well if they ever actually advertised the thing it might help. I recently had an android and my wife has an iphone4. I picked up a windows phone and must say this thing is pretty damn slick. But most people don't even know they exist! Salesmen don't know anything about them and try to push android or iphone. No wonder they aren't selling well.
Android tablets will pick up. If only because android leads in smartphone OS as well as total downloaded apps(beating iphone and ipad combined). Now that ice cream sandwich unifies the phone and tablet OS. Asus should advertise harder, they have one of the best android tablets out there.

archer75 said,
But most people don't even know they exist! Salesmen don't know anything about them and try to push android or iphone. No wonder they aren't selling well.

^^^
This is why WP7 is failing... Its hard to sell something when the presence is so low