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
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?
 


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XOOM 2
  • Display 10.1" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Storage 32 GB
XOOM 2 Media Edition
  • Display 8.2" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4430, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 3900 mAh

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21 Comments

1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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: 2185; Member since: Jan 16, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

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

16. cheetah2k

Posts: 2185; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

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

20. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

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

3. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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: 78; Member since: Oct 26, 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: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 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: 2185; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

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

8. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

5. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I hate how the edges look

18. cheetah2k

Posts: 2185; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

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

6. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: Oct 18, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: Sep 20, 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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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: 2185; Member since: Jan 16, 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

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