Motorola has officially announced the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition Android tablets. We can’t say we are surprised here, as the two tablets have been long-rumored. The Motorola Xoom 2 is a business-centric 10.1-inch HD display tablet running Android 3.2 Honeycomb (obviously no Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at launch as this is a Galaxy Nexus exclusive). It measures 253.9 mm x 173.6 mm x 8.8 mm and weights 599g (1.32lbs) – 100g lighter than the original Xoom.
The Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition, shrinks down to an 8.2-inch HD panel measuring 39mm x 216mm x 8.99 mm and weighing 386g (0.85lbs). Otherwise, in terms of specifications the two tablets are similar. Both run on 1.2GHz dual-core processors with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. They have a Gorilla Glass displays and a splash-guard coating, something we’ve recently seen on the Motorola RAZR, to protect them against accidental spills.
Motorola claims that the Xoom 2 Media Edition will be easier to hold because of the smaller footprint, while it has a wide 178-degree viewing angle. Graphics performance is also mentioned to be 20% better than the original Xoom. The Xoom 2 also comes with a host of business centric applications and Motorola will be offering a stylus as an accessory.
There is no word yet on U.S. availability, but the two tablets will be available in the UK and Ireland mid-November. The Xoom 2 with initially retail for £325+VAT ($520) and £299+VAT ($480) for the Xoom 2 Media Edition. Motorola has confirmed that the two tablets will eventually be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich shortly after Google provides the code to Motorola.
Full specs, pictures and video after the break.
|Motorola XOOM 2||Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition|
|Processor||1.2GHz dual-core processor||1.2GHz dual-core processor|
|Software||Android 3.2 Honeycomb||Android 3.2 Honeycomb|
|Display||10.1” HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass||8.2” HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Special features||Splash-guard and special flattened edges for easier holding||Display optimisation for wide viewing angles that are perfect for video|
|Camera||1.3 MP front and 5 MP rear-facing HD cameras with digital zoom, auto focus, and LED flash||1.3 MP front and 5 MP rear-facing HD cameras with digital zoom, auto focus, and LED flash|
|Memory||1GB RAM; 16 GB storage||1GB RAM; 16GB storage|
|Battery life||10+ hours Web usage or over 1 month stand-by||6+ hrs Web usage and more than 3 days of music playback|
|Sound||3D virtual surround sound||Adaptive virtual surround sound with multiple speakers and booming bass|
|Dimensions||253.9 mm x 173.6 mm x 8.8 mm||139 mm x 216 mm x 8.99 mm|
|Weight||599 g||386 g|
|Enterprise features||Business Ready with enterprise-grade security and Active Sync for work email, contacts and calendar. USB and Ethernet connectivity, pre-loaded Citrix Receiver and Citrix GoToMeeting. Preloaded with MotoCast so you can access and stream your files from your PC or Mac to your tablet||Preloaded with MotoCast so you can access and stream your files from your PC or Mac to your tablet|
|Preloaded applications||Access to Google Mobile Services, including Google Maps with Navigation, Google Talk and browsing|