Motorola unveils two Honeycomb tablets: XOOM 2, XOOM 2 Media Edition arrive first in the UK
Motorola XOOM 2™ and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition™are powerful, portable and ready to take on the world
LONDON – November 3, 2011 – Building on the success of Motorola XOOM™, Motorola Mobility is rocking the tablet world yet again with two additions that bring enhanced experiences to the European market. Wi-Fi variants of the Motorola XOOM 2™ and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition™ -- boasting powerful productivity, rich entertainment and customizable experiences -- are now available: the answer to consumers looking for a tablet that can keep up with their lifestyle. Both tablets will be available at Carphone Warehouse in the UK and Ireland, as well as Best Buy, Dixons, PC World and Currys in the UK.
“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.”
The new Motorola XOOM 2 and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition both feature Android 3.2, a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, brilliant displays with Corning® Gorilla® Glass and a splashguard coating for a go anywhere, do everything attitude. In addition, both tablets include the new MotoCast™ app that lets you stream all your music, photos, videos and documents between your PC or Mac and tablet without any media tools, apps, or cords.
Motorola XOOM 2: Lighter and Brighter
Motorola XOOM 2 with Wi-Fi sports a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display and Android 3.2 Honeycomb like its predecessor, but the similarities end there. The display is brighter and more vibrant than before with colour enhancement, and the edges have been strategically designed to make the tablet more comfortable to hold -- this tablet is easy on the eyes, and easy on the hands. It is compatible with the optional Motorola Stylus that is great for note-taking, hand-writing emails and sketching. Motorola XOOM 2 is loaded with Business Ready features like VPN support and data encryption.
Motorola XOOM 2 with Wi-Fi features MOTOPRINT integrated into key apps so you can print wirelessly from your tablet. It is approximately 100 grams lighter than the original Motorola XOOM to make it even easier to take on the road, and can withstand poolside use, spilled drinks or dashes out to the car in the rain thanks to its new splash-guard coating. A battery delivering more than 10 hours of video playback means it can go with you wherever you need to be.
Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition: Beat your Boredom
Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition with Wi-Fi is easy to hold with one hand thanks to its 8.2-inch display, and easy to take with you wherever you go, weighing less than the best-selling paperback you’ve been carrying around. Optimised for entertainment, it has a wide, 178 degree viewing angle. Hold it up to someone across the room, or share it with someone sitting next to you, and everyone gets a brilliant view.
Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition has a 20 percent improvement in graphics performance over the original Motorola XOOM for smoother gaming, features adaptive virtual surround sound with booming bass that’ll delight your ears, and stands out from the crowd with the fastest multi-tasking in its class. It can even be a universal remote control for home AV equipment withthe personalized, custom remote control app pre-loaded on the tablet.Lastly, a splash-guard coating provides extra protection against the spills that are bound to happen when you’re having fun.
Accessories to connect to your life easier, from anywhere
With the Work and Play kit, plug your tablet into the HD Multimedia Station to connect to your HDTV, speakers and other peripherals for large-screen entertainment. Get more done, faster with the included keyboard and mouse with Bluetooth technology. Now, when your tablet is docked, the Smart Controller lets you MC the show from the comfort of your couch. For Motorola XOOM 2, no accessory discussion is complete without mentioning the Motorola Stylus with Precision tip - your tablet’s best friend.
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?
15. cheetah2k (Posts: 737; 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...
21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; 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.
2. deacz (Posts: 147; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
meh, feels like the normal xoom only overclocked and slimmed down.
16. cheetah2k (Posts: 737; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
Moto have adopted Apple's "stop-gap" business model... LOL
20. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
except the thing is apple actually sold a lot of its first product…
3. speckledapple (Posts: 877; 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?
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
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]
17. cheetah2k (Posts: 737; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
Settle down, BuckeyeCaded86 is just pointing out the obvious - and he's right!
8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
because they have putting out the same thing every year down to a art?
18. cheetah2k (Posts: 737; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
They did that so that it doesn't activate Apple's Patent monster... LOL
6. bossmt_2 (Posts: 421; 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.
9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; 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.
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.
11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; 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.
12. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; 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.
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.
14. Sniggly (Posts: 6481; 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.
19. cheetah2k (Posts: 737; 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