updated 04:55 pm EDT, Thu April 28, 2011
Motorola Q1 2011 sees 250,000 Xooms ship
Motorola Mobility posted results Thursday (PDF) answering questions about the early performance of the Xoom. About 250,000 of the flagship Android 3.0 tablet shipped worldwide. About 9.3 million devices shipped in total, 4.1 million (44 percent) of which were its Android smartphones.
The company's first quarter split off from its infrastructure side saw it minimize, but not end, losses. It posted a net loss of $81 million dollars versus $212 million a year ago. Revenue was much higher, at $3.03 billion versus $2.48 billion, and could see the losses as explained mostly by a combination of the corporate split as well as investing in the launches of not just the Xoom but the Atrix and other flagships.
While the Xoom figure is much higher than the 100,000 estimated by one analyst, its performance is considered disappointing given the emphasis both Google and Motorola placed on it as the iPad-defeating Android 3.0 flagship, up to and including a Super Bowl ad. At 250,000 units, the Xoom equated to just 5.33 percent of Apple's 4.69 million iPad shipments in the same quarter and 12.5 percent of the two million Galaxy Tabs Samsung sold in its first three months on shelves.
Most of Motorola's faith is being placed in expectations of full quarters for sales of the Atrix and Xoom. Its core Verizon model, the Droid Bionic, has been pushed to the summer in what many believe is a disguised attempt at introducing a new phone in its place.