Motorola Announces Xoom 2, Xoom 2 Media Edition Tablets

Earlier this year, the world got its first chance to try out Android 3.0 Honeycomb with the release of Motorola’s Xoom tablet. Now, less than a year later, Motorola is ready for its follow-up, announcing not one, but two new tablets, the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition.

What do the two new Xooms have in common? Both have dual core 1.2GHz TI processors, just like the Droid RAZR. They each feature a five-megapixel main camera in addition to a 1.3-megapixel front-facer. Both are equipped with 1GB of RAM, have 16GB internal flash storage, and will arrive running Android 3.2 (no word on a possible update to Ice Cream Sandwich). The general design of the tablets borrows the cues we’ve seen in recent Motorola gear, especially the beveled corners matching those on the RAZR and the supposed Droid 4 pic.

The biggest difference between the two are their screens. Both are covered with Gorilla Glass for extra durability, but the Xoom 2’s measures-in at 10.1 inches, while the Xoom 2 Media Edition’s is a bit more petite at 8.2 inches. They’re both supposed to be in an “HD” resolution, but Motorola isn’t more specific as to just what that is.

Its larger size lets the Xoom 2 pack a bigger battery, and Motorola claims you should see over 10 hours of web browsing on one charge, versus closer to 6 hours on the Media Edition. Despite its footprint, the Xoom 2 is actually slightly thinner than the Media Edition: 8.8 compared to 8.99 millimeters.

The two Xoom 2s will be available in the UK and Ireland by the end of the month. The Xoom 2 will should cost the equivalent of about $625, while you’ll be able to grab the Media Edition for more like $575. If anything, we’re surprised how closely the pair is priced.

Source: Motorola, Clove

Via: Android Central

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