As you probably know, the Motorola XOOM Android 3.0 tablet is shipping without LTE support, but this is coming in about three months by way of a free hardware upgrade.
And to get it, you’ll have to ship your XOOM to Motorola.
Here’s how it’ll work:
Once the LTE upgrade is available, you will request the upgrade and receive a box with which to ship the XOOM to Motorola. Techs on the receiving end will then perform a hardware upgrade, removing a placeholder mini-PCI card inside the XOOM and replacing it with an LTE-compatible wireless modem. The XOOM will then be shipped back to you. The whole process is supposed to take 6 business days.
iFixIt.com has an article on the XOOM’s innards which sheds some light on the upgrade process, and Verizon has a page detailing what you should do to get ready for the upgrade before you ship the XOOM off – but you have plenty of time to prepare as the upgrade is not expected to be available until May.
The wait for the Motorola XOOM is nearly over.
Verizon Wireless will begin selling the Android 3.0 tablet on February 24th for $599 with a two-year contract, $799 without contract. The carrier will be also be offering special 3G data rates for the tablet (as it does with the iPad) starting at $20/month for 1GB.
The XOOM will ship without support for Adobe Flash or LTE. Verizon is still mum about the exact details of the LTE upgrade, which will be available in Q2 2011, but we should know more on Thursday.
A free software update including Flash will also be made available in the next few weeks.
Check out the press announcement below.
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The Droid X has been a popular member of the Verizon family of Android-powered smartphones since its release in May of 2010. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Motorola’s production of a successor is now well underway.
The Droid X2, as it is being called (at least in development) is shaping up to be a mobile powerhouse – if the early information turns out to be correct. First, there’s the Android phone’s processor, which is said to be the dual-core Cortex-A9 Tegra 2 from nVidia. Add to that a reported 540×960 4.3-inch display, along with the current Droid X’s array of wireless radios, 8MP camera and HD video support, and the X2 could prove even more popular than the first.
The only real mystery surrounding the Droid X2 is its wireless data support. Some say it’ll include LTE hardware, while others believe it will not. But given the fact that Verizon’s first LTE Android phone, the HTC Thunderbolt, is just days from release, if the May 2011 X2 release rumor holds, LTE may very well be part of the package.
We’ll keep you posted.
The Droid X continues to be an Android bestseller for Verizon Wireless, but the carrier’s price for the handset is $199 with a two-year service contract.
If you’re looking to pocket a Droid X smartphone, you can save a considerable amount by purchasing from a third-party. WireFly is currently offering the Droid X for $19 with a new two-year contract, saving you $180 over the Verizon direct price. If you’re a current Verizon customer eligible for an upgrade, the WireFly price remains the same: $19.
Shipping is also free.
Prices subject to change at any time.
The Pocket PC Central Motorola XOOM Tablet Accessories Center is now online.
Accessories for this upcoming Android tablet are currently limited, but we’ll be adding new accessories for the device as they become available in February and March 2011.
Check back over the coming weeks for more Motorola XOOM accessories…
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