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News Posted: Fri, Nov 4 2011 12:32 PM

Motorola recently unveiled the next generation of its Xoom tablet. Available in two models, the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition feature Android 3.2, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and a display with Corning Gorilla Glass. The Xoom 2 is a 10.1-inch model that has a brighter display and is lighter than the original Xoom. The Xoom2 Media Edition features an 8.2-inch display and better graphics performance than the original Xoom. For US residents, the only issue is that the tablets are being launched in the European market for now. There's no word on when or if they'll make it to the US.

 

Motorola Mobility Launches Two New Tablets in the UK and Ireland

Motorola XOOM 2™ and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition™ are powerful, portable and ready to take on the world

LONDON – Nov. 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 with the 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.

Technical Details

Motorola XOOM 2

Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition

Processor

1.2GHz dual-core processor

1.2GHz dual-core processor

Software

Android 3.2 Honeycomb

Android 3.2 Honeycomb

Display

10.1” HD display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass

8.2” HD display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass

Special features

Splash-guard and special flattened edges for easier holding

Display optimisation for wide viewing angles that are perfect for video

Camera

1.3 MP front and 5 MP rear-facing HD cameras with digital zoom, auto focus, and LED flash

1.3 MP front and 5 MP rear-facing HD cameras with digital zoom, auto focus, and LED flash

Memory

1GB RAM; 16 GB storage

1GB RAM; 16GB storage

Battery life

10+ hours Web usage or over 1 month stand-by

6+ hrs Web usage and more than 3 days of music playback

Sound

3D virtual surround sound

Adaptive virtual surround sound with multiple speakers and booming bass

Dimensions

253.9 mm x 173.6 mm x 8.8 mm

139 mm x 216 mm x 8.99 mm

Weight

599 g

386 g

Enterprise features

Business Ready with enterprise-grade security and Active Sync for work email, contacts and calendar. USB and Ethernet connectivity, pre-loaded Citrix® Receiver® and Citrix® GoToMeeting®. Preloaded with MotoCast so you can access and stream your files from your PC or Mac to your tablet

Preloaded with MotoCast so you can access and stream your files from your PC or Mac to your tablet

Preloaded applications

Access to Google Mobile™ Services, including Google Maps™ with Navigation, Google Talk™ and browsing

Availability

Motorola XOOM 2 and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition, Wi-Fi variants will be available in the UK and Ireland in mid-November.

For more information on Motorola XOOM 2 visit www.motorola.com/xoom2; and for Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition visit www.motorola.com/xoom2media

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KreepyK replied on Fri, Nov 4 2011 5:33 PM

This is stupid. It's almost identical to the previous Xoom. They wan to rush in before Xmas and iPad3 release but I think they were better off waiting, get a Tegra 3 inside and Ice cream on top.

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KreepyK:

This is stupid. It's almost identical to the previous Xoom. They wan to rush in before Xmas and iPad3 release but I think they were better off waiting, get a Tegra 3 inside and Ice cream on top.

"I agree, but with the injunction against Apple for infringing Motorola patents, granted by a German Court , this might not have been a bad idea. But thats just in Germany for now. I think that the Zoom 2 market would likely stay in Europe unless Motorola is crazy to try to compete again with the ipad in the States, unless they migrate to ICS and Tegra 3."

 

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SmogHog replied on Sun, Nov 6 2011 12:07 AM

The Asus Transformer Prime with the Nvidia Tegra 3 “Kal-El” quad-core processor and thin new design plus Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is set to be announced on November 9th.

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