Motorola unveils their XOOM 2′s, 8.2-inch and 10.1-inch Android tablets

Motorola XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition tablets revealedAs was expected Motorola Mobility Inc. has revealed that for the second generation of the XOOM they will be releasing two screen size options. The Motorola XOOM 2 will be the 10.1-inch option and the Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition is going to be the smaller 8.2-inch option.

Unlike the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet that’s coming this month the new Motorola XOOM 2′s don’t feature the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 Kal-El processing chip, instead the XOOM 2′s ship with 1.2GHz dual-core processors of unknown branding. The specifications for the two new XOOM 2 tablets aren’t that big of a change from the original Motorola XOOM tablet, or should I say the Wi-Fi only version of the original Motorola XOOM, that was released months ago. The design of the new XOOM 2 tablets is, however, a big shift for Motorola.

Motorola XOOM 2 landscape med

The Motorola XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition share the same general design, but with differing dimensions. Image: Motorola Mobility Inc.

When you look at the new XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition tablets you should quickly notice that the corners of the tablets aren’t rounded like they are on most tablets. According to Motorola the new design makes the XOOM 2′s easier to hold (compared to the original XOOM).

Hardware and software specifications for the new Motorola tablets:

Motorola XOOM 2Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition
Processor1.2GHz dual-core processor1.2GHz dual-core processor
SoftwareAndroid 3.2 HoneycombAndroid 3.2 Honeycomb
Display10.1” HD display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass8.2” HD display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Special featuresSplash-guard and special flattened edges for easier holdingDisplay optimization for wide viewing angles that are perfect for video
Camera1.3 MP front and 5 MP rear-facing HD cameras with digital zoom, auto focus, and LED flash1.3 MP front and 5 MP rear-facing HD cameras with digital zoom, auto focus, and LED flash
Memory1GB RAM; 16 GB storage1GB RAM; 16GB storage
Battery life10+ hours Web usage or over 1 month stand-by6+ hrs Web usage and more than 3 days of music playback
Sound3D virtual surround soundAdaptive virtual surround sound with multiple speakers and booming bass
Dimensions253.9 mm x 173.6 mm x 8.8 mm139 mm x 216 mm x 8.99 mm
Weight599 g386 g
Enterprise featuresBusiness 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 tabletPreloaded with MotoCast so you can access and stream your files from your PC or Mac to your tablet
Preloaded applicationsAccess to Google Mobile Services, including Google Maps with Navigation, Google Talk and browsing

At this time Motorola Mobility Inc. has announced they plan to make the 10.1″ Motorola XOOM 2 and 8.2″ XOOM 2 Media Edition in the UK and Ireland sometime in mid-November with Wi-Fi only variants. The tablets will be available for purchase in the UK and Ireland at  Best Buy, Carphone Warehouse, Currys, Dixons, and PC World. You can register for more info and promotions from Motorola for the XOOM 2 here and the XOOM 2 Media Edition here.

Pricing hasn’t been revealed for the Motorola XOOM 2 or XOOM 2 Media Edition.

Leave a Comment