Motorola claims microSD storage no longer needed

Motorola claims microSD storage no longer needed
Motorola - dropping the microSD

Motorola has claimed that consumers are ready to store content online rather than using expandable storage on its tablets.

The new Motorola Xoom 2 (and Xoom 2 Media edition) don't feature a microSD slot, unlike the original Xoom, and Motorola's head of product management Mark Notton told TechRadar at the launch event that the UK market no longer needs expandable storage:

"We are definitely focusing on cloud storage [for the new tablets] as the content we're pushing is using this method, so we decided to keep the 16GB capacity as a result.

"We think the UK is set up for cloud-based connectivity as there are a lot more apps and services out there using this method. For instance, Google Books is all stored remotely and you can then sync the books down.

"Certainly in the coming years there will be a lot more of a push to cloud storage with the content able to be stored offline."

Smartphones are enough

Notton did say Motorola could feasibly make a larger-capacity version of the Xoom 2 with expandable memory, but said the company believed the current version would serve the market well enough.

The two new tablets are also going to be launched without 3G-enabled models, at least for the foreseeable future, with Notton stating that Motorola is seeing a large rise in users connecting using other methods.

"We do see a lot of hotspots being used on smartphones, with many people now having the ability to connect in this way."

However, this seems quite a jump in terms of user habits, with many first time tablet users still learning how to use 3G on the go, and many worried about smartphone data usage.

The Motorola Xoom 2 UK release date has been set for mid-November in the UK, so it will be interesting to see.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.