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We've heard the rumors and seen the pictures, but Motorola just made the XOOM 2 official. Just like suspected, there are two different versions: a 10.1-inch model, geared towards enterprise and corporate users; and an 8.2-inch Media Edition, designed for movies and music playback. In terms of hardware spec, both tablets are little more than an incremental upgrade from the original XOOM:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor (probably OMAP)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB built-in storage
  • 5MP rear camera, VGA front
  • Android 3.2

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Left: XOOM 2, Right: XOOM 2 Media Edition.

Since each tablet is geared towards a different market, they also have individual features for their specific target audience. The 10.1-inch model comes with splash-guard and Gorilla Glass, 3D virtual surround sound, and enterprise-grade security with Active Sync for email, contacts, and calendar, as well as USB and ethernet ports. Moto has also thrown some business applications on there, like Citrix GoToMeeting and Receiver, along with MotoCast so you can easily access files stored on your PC.

The Media Edition also includes Gorilla Glass, an optimized display for wide-angle viewing, and adaptive virtual surround sound with multiple speakers and "booming bass."

The one major change over the original XOOM is the weight, with the tablets coming in a 599g and 386g respectively.

Both tablets will be available in the UK and Ireland beginning in mid-November, with no word on pricing or global availability at this time.

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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.

Availability

Motorola XOOM 2 and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition, Wi-Fi variants will be available in the UK and Ireland in mid-November. Carphone Warehouse customers in the UK can pre-register here

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

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Icefreez

    slightly lighter, slightly better colors, slightly faster, slightly an improvement.

  • Franco

    Now how long before we get a couple of these in AP contests.Im sure that will be a massive hit with readers.Come on artem wave the magic wand.

    Released just in time for xmas in the UK.im sure there will be many happy ppl this xmas after santa gets either one of these for them.

  • Physman

    They did a bad job not hitting the price point with the original Xoom. Maybe having standard hardware will allow for the price to be significantly lower than that of the original Xoom.
    With the Transformer 2 coming out and having much beefier specs, it's going to be hard to convince people to purchase the Xoom over Asus'.

  • Andylumm

    Lastly, a splash-guard coating provides extra protection against the spills that are bound to happen when you’re having fun.
    Android for those who like Porn!
    Im getting one!

  • Mike C

    I wonder why they bother to release it in Europe. While the original Xoom was both advertised and sold in Europe, it didn't get much support.

    As of now we are still waiting for important bug fixes - 3 months after other manufacturers released them. Why should we expect that support for the Xoom 2 will be any different?

    Before buying a Motorola Android device, please check out the "Non-US Xoom forum" on Motorola's support site. Not a lot of happy people.

  • Be3Man

    As a happy Moto Xoom owner from early this Summer, I was dying at the time for a tab, something quick, and still a beast over the little brother (atrix).
    Thank god moto isn't gonna make me sell this for the Xoom 2. I see nothing that strikes my eye about XOOM 2.. Usually I would sell this and get the new one of whatever, but lesson learned. Moto doesnt make huge steps forward. Just small ones.
    Hearing of EU horror stories, lets hope Moto can pull this launch off, unlike the first one...... Still happy I dont need to upgrade for once.

    edit: i also find it ironic Moto just offered the 4g upgrade just recently for the XOOM 1... and pushed it big time for owners to send it in for a upgrade, yet they knew the XOOM 2 was right around the corner.. Idk if I should say Bad moto for playing their customers, or Good job moto for still supporting a first gen device when they damm well knew they had the Xoom 2 ready.

  • J

    Since this is launching roughly around the same time as the Galaxy Nexus, and since the original Xoom was Google's Nexus for tablets (especially since Google now owns Moto).... I'm real surprised its shipping with Honeycomb and not being touted as the new flagship tablet with ICS.

  • http://ausnewschat.b1.jcink.com/index.php? Jeff

    Motorola, well what can you say, lousy back up service for the xoom, lousy updating, an official forum with a manager that is one of the rudest and slackest people on earth, straight out of the Motorola school of how to treat customers so they never return.

    Xoom 2, well would be great if they brouight xoom 1 up to scratch world wide first.

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