Motorola XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition officially revealed
Motorola have officially lifted the lid on their two forthcoming Android tablets. The successor the XOOM will come in two different flavours, the straight XOOM 2 sequel and a smaller XOOM 2 Media Edition.
Both come packing a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and Android version 3.2, with Corning Gorilla glass panels adding scratch-proof protection to the screens.
Size-wise, you’re looking at 253.9 mm x 173.6 mm x 8.8 mm with a 10.1 inch widescreen HD display for the XOOM 2, while the Media edition measures up at 139 mm x 216 mm x 8.99 mm with an 8.2 inch HD display. The two tablets weigh 599g and 386g respectively.
Storage is a uniform 16GB across both tablets, as is the 1GB of onboard RAM, with a 10 hour battery on the XOOM 2 but a dissapointing 6 hours on the Media Edition. Cameras are 1.3 on the front, 5MP on the back on both devices, with auto focus, flash and digital zoom on each.
Interestingly, the above video also shows off the “Motorola Stylus”, which seems specifically designed for use with the XOOM 2, not the Media Edition. We’ll update the post once we get word back from Motorola, but we’re unsure yet as to whether the stylus will be bundled in with the larger tablet or sold individually, and whether or not it works with the Media Edition too.
Preloaded Motorola apps include Motocast across both (as seen in the Motorola RAZR) with the XOOM 2 getting enterprise-grade security and Active Sync for work email, contacts and calendar.
“Tablets are quickly becoming a must-have tool for staying connected, getting work done and having fun at home and on the road,” said Victoria McManus, marketing director UK & Ireland, Motorola Mobility.
“We are very excited about these two new additions to our tablet portfolio that build on the success of the original Motorola XOOM to now deliver more powerful tablet experiences to the European market.”
No word on pricing yet, but the tablets are expected to touch down in the UK and Ireland before the end of the month. Available from Best Buy, Dixons, PC World and Currys, you can pre-register their interest in one now from the Carphone Warehouse by clicking here.
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This is absurd. Non-US customers of the original Xoom are still waiting for Android 3.2 (now 4 months after Motorola got the goods from Google). Why would we believe this:
“For those wondering, Motorola has now confirmed to Pocket-lint that both tablets will indeed be getting an Ice Cream Sandwich update, which should come six weeks after Motorola receives the goods from Google (although it’s not clear when that will happen).”
Non-US customers should stay clear of Motorola’s Android devices until Motorola shows that they have the will to support them.