x PhoneArena is looking for new authors! To view all available positions, click here.
  • Home
  • News
  • Motorola unveils two Honeycomb tablets: XOOM 2, XOOM 2 Media Edition arrive first in the UK

Motorola unveils two Honeycomb tablets: XOOM 2, XOOM 2 Media Edition arrive first in the UK

Posted: , by Victor H.

Tags:

Motorola unveils two Honeycomb tablets: XOOM 2, XOOM 2 Media Edition arrive first in the UK
The Motorola XOOM, the first Honeycomb-running tablet, wasn't exactly the most successful one out there, but that didn't stop Motorola from announcing two new tablets in the XOOM family today: the Motorola XOOM 2 and the Motoroloa XOOM 2 Media Edition. Both new tablets are based on Honeycomb 3.2 and are coming soon to the UK.

The Motorola XOOM 2 has a 10.1-inch screen, just like on its predecessor. It's reinforced with Corning Gorilla Glass and Motorola's own splash-resistant coating for even better protection. Under the hood, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor brings plenty of software muscle and there's 1GB of RAM to back it up. All of that is packaged in an ultra slim 0.35” (8.8mm) body and spiced up with a very durable battery delivering around 10 hours of battery life.

Motorola unveils two Honeycomb tablets: XOOM 2, XOOM 2 Media Edition arrive first in the UK
There's also a 5MP camera on the back, and a 1.3MP shooter up front and you can record images and video to the 16GB of internal memory.

The Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition is the smaller of the two with a 8.2-inch display. Here, the promise is for wide viewing angles, better, virtual surround sound and multiple speakers.

The tablets will be sold at Carphone Warehouse, Best Buy, Dixons, PC World and Currys in the UK in mid-November. Pricing will be announced soon. We also imagine that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update should be in Moto's plans for the future, but we'll confirm that as soon as we get an official statement from the company. What are your thoughts about the two slates? Deja vu, anyone?
 


Press Release

21 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 03 Nov 2011, 08:50 2

1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Deja vu? Tab 10.1 and tab 8.9
Except there is ports. And better cameras ( Which does not matter much for tablets) Right?

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 20:52 2

15. cheetah2k (Posts: 866; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


1.2Ghz Tegra II dual core.? What happened to Quad cores?? Asus has the Transformer Prime coming out essentially the same time as these offerings from Moto.. It just seems stupid.

For those wanting a 1.2Ghz bump on their current Xoom's just load a custom kernel or rom to get the same effect, free of charge!

Moto really does = Fail...

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 21:37 1

21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i don't think it's a Tegra II. i think it's an OMAP4430 like what's used in the Droid Razr.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 08:53 2

2. deacz (Posts: 157; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


meh, feels like the normal xoom only overclocked and slimmed down.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 20:53 3

16. cheetah2k (Posts: 866; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Moto have adopted Apple's "stop-gap" business model... LOL

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 21:32 1

20. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


except the thing is apple actually sold a lot of its first product…

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 09:23 1

3. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


Seen this before, and we wonder why Apple is still ruling tablets right now. When a company puts out a product that is pretty much identical to the original, customers must ask themselves, whats the point?

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 09:45 2

4. BuckeyeCadet86 (Posts: 68; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


"Pretty much identical to the original" Really, because Apple did the exact same thing with the ipad 2, its just thinner. This is the same thing Motorola is doing

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 11:19

7. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


LOL, Good one. It's amazing when Apple does something, it's acceptable, but when other manufacturers does d same thing, it's seems to be pointless. Still amazed how iFans always defend Apple [by d way I have Apple devices, but it sickens me when they think Apple is God's sent]

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 20:54 1

17. cheetah2k (Posts: 866; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Settle down, BuckeyeCaded86 is just pointing out the obvious - and he's right!

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 11:48

8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


because they have putting out the same thing every year down to a art?

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 10:47 1

5. quakan (Posts: 1222; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


I hate how the edges look

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 20:55 2

18. cheetah2k (Posts: 866; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


They did that so that it doesn't activate Apple's Patent monster... LOL

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 11:03

6. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


THe knock on the original Xoom was it's pricing point, when I see that is when you'll know what kind of success this tablet will have.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 11:50 1

9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i'll take real good looks at both of these. i personally want a small-ish tablet and the increased media experience with the Media Addition tickles my fancy so i'll really be looking at it.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 12:24

10. Dragonkingamn (Posts: 12; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Doesnt seem like much of an upgrade. I got my xoom at 1.4ghz and im sure ICS will come Q1ish. assumed it would have came quad like the transformer prime.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 12:58 1

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i'm assuming these are using 1.2GHz OMAP4s which would actually be as good or better than an Nvidia Tegra II at 1.4GHz. i agree though, i would've welcomed the Fantastic 4 more here.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 14:15 1

12. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i love what Motorola has done with Honeycomb, you can tell Motorola has gone through it but it still feels like Honeycomb. very nice. i hope they do this with ICS.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 14:19 1

13. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


I would rather go with the Media Edition, almost 600g sounds heavy. Also, the Media Edition will have a higher pixel density.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 14:50 2

14. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Since I skipped out on the original, if I were to buy a tablet I'd probably aim for the XOOM 2. I don't see the point for the original XOOM owners at this point to upgrade to the new tablet.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 20:58 2

19. cheetah2k (Posts: 866; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


I like the idea of the 8.2" display version, but it looks just like Acer's 7" tab (with the corners cropped).

If it had Quad cores, it would have been a worthy upgrade from the original Xoom

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories