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October 28, 2011

100,00 Motorola Xoom Tablets sold in Q3, As Nokia battles $32 million Loss


Xoom was estimated by Deutsche Bank analysts to have sold about 100,000 units during the first 6 weeks of availability versus first-day sales of the iPad of 300,000 units. On April 28, 2011, Motorola announced during Q1 2011 earnings conference calls that over 250,000 units of Xoom were shipped to retail channels during the quarter
Motorola Mobility just announced its Q3 earnings yesterday , where it gave shipment numbers for its mobile devices. Most notably, it only shipped 100,000 Xoom tablets during the quarter. (That's shipped not sold.) Earlier in the year, Motorola had shipped 250,000 Xoom tablets in the first quarter and then 400,000 in the second quarter, making this quarter's trickle of 100,000 evidence that the Android 3.0 Honeycomb flagship has sunk.

The Xoom recently got a price cut to $400, but that was after Q3 ended.  Its too early  to know until early next year if the price cut helped push more Xooms to customers.
As a comparison, Apple announced it shipped 11.1 million iPads during Q3. Motorola has not been able to bring to market a cellphone that comes close to matching the popularity of the Razr cellphone from 2004.
Motorola Mobility announced  net loss of $32 million, in the third quarter, which ended Oct. 1. That compares with a loss of $34 million a year ago, when the company was still part of Motorola Inc. Motorola split into two companies in January.

After months of delays, Motorola also began upgrading Xooms to work with Verizon's LTE network. The process requires Xoom owners to send their tablets away for the upgrade though. Motorola shipped 11.6 million phones during the quarter, 4.8 million of them smartphones. That compares with 9.1 million phones, including 3.8 million smartphones, a year ago.