updated 05:50 pm EDT, Thu April 28, 2011
Motorola talks Wi-Fi Xoom for Sprint, Bionic delay
Motorola during the call discussing its winter results confirmed some of its future launch plans. The company acknowledged the existence of a Wi-Fi Xoom for Sprint and expected it to ship sometime in the spring. The tablet will cost $599 and is due to ship May 8.
An explanation was also partly given for the reason behind delaying the Droid Bionic to the summer. Implementing LTE-based 4G was taking longer in Motorola as a whole and was affecting both a decision to move the Xoom's 4G upgrade to the summer as well as the Bionic, it said. CEO Sanjay Jha clarified and said it was software performance at fault; neither Motorola nor Verizon were "comfortable" with how well the 4G was working.
The comments supported beliefs that the Bionic was set back by technical problems and wasn't just being upgraded based on feedback, as it claimed earlier.
In spite of the delays, Motorola was optimistic about its overall results for the spring. It planned to ship more phones and tablets in both areas as well as reducing its losses. Average prices for a Motorola device were also likely to go up from $214 to $229, helped mostly by more Xoom tablet shipments.