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Could a New Motorola Xoom Save the Brand?

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The reports of its death were greatly exaggerated.

Following a dismal report by Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette, members of the media immediately deemed the Motorola Xoom "a flop." Now, granted, the device didn't fly off the shelves to a dramatic degree, but to call it a "flop" on par with, say, the Microsoft Kin would be more than a tad hyperbolic.

Deutsche Bank analysts estimated sales are roughly 100,000 -- not exactly a runaway success but hardly a flop.

That being said, Motorola surely would like to boost those numbers this quarter. Last month, the company introduced a "Wi-Fi only" model for the reduced price of $599. And now, Droid Life was given evidence of a 16GB model for Verizon.

According to the screenshot, the 16GB model -- like the original 32GB version -- will carry a dual-core processor, 10.1-inch HD screen, and be upgradeable to 4G LTE.

No price or release date is set, but Droid Life cites competing "Wi-Fi only" tablets with 16GB of storage running $400-$450. The cheaper and sooner the better, obviously, as the first-generation iPad is still a hot item with its reduced price point.

(See also: Motorola Xoom Not Giving iPad 2 Much of a Fight and Apple iPad Will Fail, Says Dell Exec)
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