16 GB Motorola Xoom coming soon to Verizon, upgradeable to 4G LTE

The Motorola Xoom is too expensive. There, I said it. You just don’t compete with Apple by being more expensive than Apple. That’s a lesson that Motorola doesn’t seem to have learned yet. Or has it?

The Wi-Fi-only Motorola Xoom is priced at $599 in the US. That’s $100 more than the cheapest iPad, which is also Wi-Fi-only. Sure, that particular iPad only has 16 GB of storage space compared to the Xoom’s 32 GB, but people will notice the price difference a lot sooner than the internal storage of the devices, and the thing that will stick in people’s minds is that the iPad is cheaper.

Which is what Motorola may have set out to rectify, since it’s apparently hard at work on a 16 GB version of the Xoom, at least for Verizon. Take a look at this image sent to Droid-Life by their “Verizon friends”:

It clearly looks like a 16 GB Xoom will hit Verizon sooner, rather than later. What isn’t known yet is at what price, but clearly it will be cheaper than the 32 GB model. This news may be even more exciting though because it may mean that there’s a Wi-Fi-only 16 GB Xoom in the works as well, one that could potentially be cheaper than the equivalent iPad, or at least sell at the same price. That’s not confirmed, of course, but it would make perfect sense.

Getting back to Verizon’s 16 GB Motorola Xoom, it, like its sibling, the 32 GB version, will be upgradeable to 4G LTE. As it should be, since presumably the only difference between the models will be the integrated storage.

Stay tuned.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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