Motorola XOOM 2 to be iPad-2-thin, first with Adobe Flash 11 and Netflix HD streaming onboard

Motorola XOOM 2 to be iPad-2-thin, first with Adobe Flash 11 and Netflix HD streaming onboard
More details have been spilled about the upcoming second edition of the Google's tablet OS poster child, the Motorola XOOM. Dubbed simply the XOOM 2, the tablet is supposed to have a 9mm thick chassis. While not the thinnest out there, this slim built is just a hair north of the anorexic iPad 2, so no complaints in the looks department.

What will make it interesting, though, are not the dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of desktop-grade RAM and camera capable of 1080p video recording - these are all expected on a second-gen Android tablet by now. The keyboard case and stylus pen also won't make everyone go bananas about the release, although they are nice options.

The things that caught our attention is that the Motorola XOOM 2 is expected to be the first tablet with the upcoming Adobe Flash 11, which is supposed to be up to 1000 times faster than the current 10.x version and enable 3D. Flash 11 is coming next month, so the XOOM 2 should land in time for the holiday lineup. 

It should also sport hardwired Netflix HD streaming, which most likely mean we are looking at a TI OMAP4 chipset, most likely the same one rumored for the Motorola DROID RAZR. Moto's second try at a compelling Android tablet is said to have some sort of wireless syncing with your computer, infrared, and to capitalize on Motorola's home automation (HA) venture. In light of their recent marriage, Google might give preferential treatment to the Motorola XOOM 2's HA capabilities, making it a poster child for the Android@Home project. You can read our in-depth article about mobile devices and home automation for more info.

source: TMN



33. stevescrewu unregistered

Apple is going to sue Motorola for copying thier thinness. Anything thinner than 19mm is owned by Apple!! Don't be a sheep & get screwed by Steve :P

26. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I'm interested in hearing more about the keyboard case. I prefer physical keyboards over touch screen keyboards. I have the Asus Eee Pad Transformer with keyboard dock. I'm interested in how the Xoom 2's keyboard case compares with the Eee Pad's keyboard dock.

23. xoom early adopter unregistered

If this tablet ships before I get my 4g upgrade I will file a lawsuit against motorola.

21. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

ALways trying to compete with the ipad by adding bigger camera, bigger processor, etc, etc, but can and will never defeat. The only OS that may have a chance is W8.

17. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Another DOA android tablet. Consumers want great value for tablets and it's clear Motorola will not deliver as was the case for first gen Xoom. You would think Motorola learned from the mistakes of the first Xoom: too expensive, rushed to market, horrible user experience (compared to iOS 4), etc. I would go to Best Buys and watch consumers try out the Xoom and see them leave with frustration and these same consumers ended having a better experience with the iPads, repectively. It didn't matter which Best Buy store I went to, the same phenomenon kept repeating itself over and over. All I saw was rows of android tablets and very few consumers buying the Xoom. It made me wonder if Motorola ever sent its people to study hope consumers compare tablets and why the Xoom was rarely bought? I could never find an empty iPad since the kids were constantly playing on them and that was never the case with android tablets.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

So you traveled the world and visited every Best Buy just to see customer's reactions to the Xoom. Wow next time you take that road trip let me know! All joking aside, the only real problem with the Xoom was it's price. Sure Honeycomb wasn't ready but it wasn't terrible.

28. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

It's known as the law of large numbers. I would check the on hand supplies of Xoom in stock at several Wakmarts and guess what? The Xoom's don't move - the sell rate is really poor under Walmart's standards. As I stated before consumers want a great value for their money and Xoom didn't deliver. The price was just one aspect of it. Next time you are at a Best Buys or some other electronic stores, you should watch how customers interact with the tablets and you might understand why some tablets sell and some sell well. In some stores like Walmart, they can't keep enough iPads in stock but the Acers, Xooms, etc barely move.

30. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010


20. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

1. You don't know how much the XOOM 2 will cost. 2. You don't know when the XOOM 2 will be released, nor what its development cycle is. 3. You don't know what the user experience on the XOOM 2 will be. Honeycomb is a bit of a challenge for the uninitiated, but it's made worse because in the Best Buys I've been in none of the employees were trained on it and were too lazy to care.

22. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

the new XOOM does actually have a few Motorola customized accents over stock Honeycomb i noticed. it's not much but it kind of sets it apart.

29. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Sniggley, the man who constantly puts his foot in his mouth and has sh*t for brains, gives us more reason why he is such a freaking moron. 1) it's made by Motorola 2) Motorola lacks the economies of scale and scope 3) it's the cost structure, STUPID! 4) the market is more crowded as there are more competitors such as Amazon 5) it's late to the game. The HP debacle over the touchpad revealed the cost structure of about $260 to $300 for parts and labors for tablets in general. Then there is the marketing costs, other contract related costs, etc for a device that over 1 million unit in production. I may not know what Motorola will sell for but I have a good idea of its cost and that makes all the difference because the product can't be a compelling value due to its cost structure unless Motorola copies HP and sells each Xoom 2 at a loss of $200 to $300 a unit. Therefore, Sniggley kindly STFU when don't know sh*t.

32. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

if you just proved anything it's that you're prejudice and just as clueless as you're saying he is. pretty much all you're saying is that it could cost anywhere from how much it takes to build one to as much as where the original XOOM was priced. wow! such brilliance! who else could've figured that one out! don't talk down to people without knowing any relevant facts to the contrary of what the person is saying which in this case you didn't.

34. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You didn't address anything I brought up. 1. The XOOM 2 will probably be less expensive than the XOOM was at release. Or at least they'll have smaller memory, cheaper versions available. Motorola has shown in the past that it's pretty good at learning its lessons. At the very least its price will be competitive with the iPad 2. When I said "cost" I meant the cost to the consumer, not to the company. Duh. I mean, it was in direct response to your criticism that the first XOOM was too expensive. 2. You didn't address my statement that you don't know when the XOOM 2 will be released, which is in response to your inference that Motorola will rush it to market as well. I'm guessing they'll shoot for a holiday release; that's almost a year's worth of time to learn from what went wrong with the XOOM and refine it as a product. Motorola has proved that that is usually all the time it needs to fix and refine sequels to its products. By then, sure, the market will be crowded, but if Motorola markets it right, it could still sell pretty well. We'll have to wait and see. 3. You didn't address my point at all that you have no clue what the user experience will be. Whether it launches with Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich, we don't know exactly what its software will look like when it's released. Chances are that, like Honeycomb generally is right now, that it won't suck and will be pretty easy to get a handle on if you give it half a chance. So kindly stop telling me that I don't know what I'm talking about when you're the one making the asinine assumptions and statements.

14. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Exciting. :) Maybe it'll launch with Ice Cream Sandwich?

15. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

i hope so too! i hope it still keeps the awesome UI. since google owns moto now, we can be pretty sure of it :)

25. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 2011

Hey bro, are you a fan of Motorola?

27. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yes I am. Four out of the six phones I've bought have been Motorolas, the other two being a Sony Ericcson and an HTC (which I might've kept if T-Mobile had worked out for me coverage wise). I try to follow their moves closely and root for them to succeed, as I think they've had a good track record of putting out dependable phones and have displayed an extraordinary ability to turn themselves around and avoid being crushed in the market.

12. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Super Amoled= good color, but major burn in problem my focus has burn in problems after 8 months, why can i see the internet expolorer "tab" add" and "favorites" on the bottom of my screen where ever i go. it isnt doesnt really block the screen, but it is noticible

9. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i'm interested but i'm even more interested in the X2ME that's been rumored today as well.

8. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Daniel P.. you just have been served!!!!

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Hopefully they dont make it a monstrosity like the original Xoom by overpricing it. Otherwise looks good.

24. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Xoom wasn't overpriced, they didn't offer a 16 gig model at launch which was the problem. The Xoom wifi was 599 same as the 32 gig wifi iPad. And when you factor in LTE, and the Xoom had better features. Well worth it's asking price. Problem is that the iPad has the market cornered, Xoom was priced fair compared to the iPad.

4. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

yeah please don't say that is in the court room right now!!

2. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

this might have a super amoled screen like the droid razr!


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

That would be a first. Even Samsung hasn't used any of their Amoled screens on their tablets.

6. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

read: samsung galaxy tab 7.7


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Thank you for the info.

13. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

:) no problem


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Whoa watch it PA with the "to be ipad 2 thin" comments, you know Apple will sue.

10. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Or samsung might copy the new slogan for its galaxy tab!

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