Motorola Xoom sells 100k units, says Deutsche Bank


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The Motorola Xoom won’t be the tablet to dethrone the iPad as the market leader anytime soon, according to a sales estimate from Deutsche Bank released Wednesday.

Deutsche has projected that about 100,000 Xoom tablets have been sold since the device’s Feb. 24 launch, according to a Dow Jones wire report.


Officials at Motorola were unavailable for comment on the Deutsche estimate on Xoom sales. The smartphone and tablet maker has yet to release its own official sales numbers for the Xoom.

On Day One for the first-generation Apple iPad, about 300,000 units were sold and since then, more than 16 million have been picked up by consumers.

The Xoom does have higher entry-level prices than the iPad, which can be bought in a 16GB Wi-Fi-only model for $499. The Xoom was only availble in a Wi-Fi and 3G version selling for either $799.99 for the device free of contract, or for $599.99 with a two-year data plan through Verizon until Motorola released a Wi-Fi-only unit for $599.99 on March 27.

Both the Wi-Fi-only and 3G plus Wi-Fi versions come with 32GB of memory. A 32GB Wi-Fi-only iPad sells for $599.

Deutsche based its estimate on a tally of how many people it said were found to be using Android Honeycomb, the Google-built operating system designed specifically for tablets, the Dow Jones report said.

The Xoom, so far, is the only tablet to have been released to run Honeycomb and many reviewers have pegged it as the largest threat to date to the dominance of the iPad in the tablet market.


Last month, Google announced it was indefinitely delaying the open-source release of Honeycomb, which would allow people to retrofit the OS to other tablets. However, tablet makers such as Samsung and LG have promised to release their own Honeycomb-powered devices later this year.

Despite comparatively low sales numbers, Deutsche maintained a positive outlook on the Xoom’s prospects as a device consumers want.

‘While we believe Street expectations may be a bit higher, 100k units after only two months on the market is a decent start,’ Deutsche said, according to Dow Jones.


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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles