Maybe somewhere out there, a diehard Motorola and Android fan has patiently been waiting for the LTE edition of the Xoom. He’s stuck it out, not wanting to buy the 3G Xoom and eventually having to send it back to Motorola for its LTE transplant. He’s been waiting for the complete package. Well, nearly eight months to the day after the Xoom first hit the market, Motorola finally introduced the Xoom 4G LTE and it’s available from Verizon.
It only comes in the 32GB flavor and carries a price of $669 or, with a two year Verizon contract, $499. But everything else is the same as the original. A 1GHz Tegra 2 powers the Honeycomb 3.2 operating system. But this time around, it packs the goods right out of the box to jump onto Verizon’s speedy LTE network.
This release fulfills the destiny of the Xoom. It was originally supposed to be the first Honeycomb LTE tablet but launched sans the necessary hardware. Motorola promised free upgrades but constantly pushed back the launch date simultaneously aggravating early adopters and allowing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to earn the title as the first LTE tab. Finally, last month, seven months after the Xoom was released, Motorola made good and started accepting Xooms for the LTE upgrade. Better later than never.