Report: Motorola to cease Xoom production after June

According to an unconfirmed report from DigiTimes (via BGR), Motorola is apparently going to start slowing down production of their Android 3.0 Honeycomb powered Motorola Xoom tablet in April and cease production of the tablet beginning on June.

Motorola Xoom

The sources of the report are apparently component suppliers who claim that Xoom production met first quarter expectations with a total somewhere between 700,000 to 800,000. Manufacturing partners of Motorola will apparently be shipping between 400,000 and 500,000 Xoom’s in March followed by a dip in April with only 300,000 units getting produced.

May will see even more of a slow down and by the end of June, the sources claim that Motorola will stop building the Xoom completely.

There is no concrete reason given for the drop in production only some speculation that suggests that Motorola might be questioning its place in the market or that the company might be launching a new Xoom model in the second half of the year after evaluation of the market.

You can see our Xoom Review to learn more about the HoneyComb tablet, including why Xavier Lanier returned the Xoom.

The report also suggests that Motorola Xoom shipments in 2011 are expected to total somewhere between 3-5 million.

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Update: Motorola Mobility has got back to us and stated that the DigiTimes article is inaccurate and that the Xoom production will continue past Q2.

  

Comments

    • Guest says

      You would slow production on one model if you were ramping up production on a newer model.

    • quillaja says

      Because it’s silly to produce items at full capacity when you can’t sell them all. Production was initially high for early adopters, etc, so they can meet the initial demand. Now that it’s own, demand will have decreased a bit.

      Also, I hope this means a new model is in the works (to be released soon), with Tegra 3 and thinner so it can be on par with the iPad 2 (which is only better than the Xoom because it’s got newer hardware).

  1. Bobby Mikels says

    Cutting production of Motorola Atrix is so ridiculous. I just can’t see the reason why Motorola have to do that considering it has just been released less than 2 months ago. They should give at least 6 months time frame to see how it will survive in the market. Maybe they are right that it is released before its time. Another alternative is pushing the production of Xoom WiFi only version because this might be their salvation.

  2. Isaac Kim says

    IDK if salvation is the correct word for motorola n xoom.
    i think most would agree they priced themselves out of many people’s price range
    by selling it for 800.
    I think selling 500k units is acceptable.
    especially since, they were missing a APP store, 4G, and Flash support at the time of launch.

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