Motorola Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition tablets revealedBy Shawn Knight
Motorola has officially announced two new Xoom 2 tablets, the Xoom 2 and the Xoom 2 Media Edition, both running Android 3.2 Honeycomb. The company claims the Xoom 2 is 10 percent lighter and 33 percent thinner than the original.
Both tablets feature an unnamed dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing cam for video calls and Corning Gorilla Glass with splashguard coating.
The Xoom 2 includes a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display which is said to be brighter and more vibrant than the original. There's 1GB of RAM under the hood alongside 16GB of storage. Motorola explains that the squared off edges make the tablet more comfortable to hold. And much like Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet, there's also an optional stylus for note-taking and drawing. The battery is good for up to 10 hours of video playback.
The Xoom 2 Media Edition includes similar specs but with a smaller 8.2-inch display with a 178 degree viewing angle (we assume this is code for an IPS panel). Graphics are said to be 20 percent better than the original Xoom.
The tablets are only being announced in the UK and Ireland for now. Pricing is still unknown as well but Wi-Fi models are expected to hit those markets sometime later this month. There's no word on a US release or pricing as of yet nor do we know when (or if) the Xoom 2 lineup will get Ice Cream Sandwich.