updated 07:55 am EST, Mon January 10, 2011
Motorola Xoom shipments to hit 800K in Q1
Motorola should ship between 700,000 to 800,000 Xoom tablets in its launch window, part suppliers said on Monday. The Android 3.0 tablet would would reach the figure between its February launch window and the end of March. As many as one million could ship if demand is high enough, Digitimes heard, and there could be four different color schemes.
The same tipsters added that Android 3.0 had a fairly narrow range of support and worked best on seven- to 10-inch screens; it's believed it needs a minimum 720p (1280x720) screen to work.
Motorola's early start was again reported as coming from special treatment. Google was already thought to be favoring some companies over others with the support it gave. Motorola's Xoom and Samsung's 10-inch tablet are getting the best treatment, while the LG G-Slate and the HTC Scribe are next up, the contacts said. Many smaller outfits may have their releases pushed to late March at the earliest, including a possibly Android 3.0 treatment for the MSI WindPad 100A.
The Xoom figures wouldn't include any sales in January but suggest relatively modest expectations for the launch, which might only be in the US at first. Samsung expected to deliver 1.5 million Galaxy Tabs in the fall, and Apple is widely estimated to be shipping anywhere between five million to seven million iPads in the same span. Google has usually relied on the sheer volume of manufacturers to get its smartphone market share up and may need similar support to have an effect on Apple's dominance of the tablet arena.
Along with the Xoom, Motorola was also said to be finally returning to shipping more than 10 million phones in 2011. Only some of this would come from basic feature phones, three to four of which would ship in 2011, while the rest would focus on both high-end Android smartphones like the Atrix 4G and lower-end devices such as the Flipside.
Reflecting possible future market share, Motorola would be joined by Sony Ericsson in its bounce back, but neither LG nor Nokia were expected by insiders to see "significant" improvements in shipments this year. Nokia was dropping in share for virtually all of 2010 and may not regain its stance until MeeGo phones or future Symbian revamps modernize its devices.