Motorola announced two new Xoom tablets with the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition. The new Xoom tablets will only launch in UK and Ireland for now.
Motorola announced the rumored Xoom 2 Android Tablet today along with the Xoom 2 Media Edition. 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.
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The Xoom 2 is a slight performance upgrade over the Xoom running on a 1.2Ghz CPU versus a 1GHz dual-core CPU found in the Xoom. The new Xoom 2 is lighter and has a brighter screen, but I do not consider this an Android tablet of the next generation. If there is no Kal-El Quad-Core CPU inside it is just not something really new and exciting. The Asus Transformer Prime will for instance run on the Tegra 3.
One advantage could the Xoom 2 release have. The original Xoom should soon be available at very low prices. Given that the differences are minor, you could save a bundle and get a decent Android tablet. Of course you first have to wait until Motorola will release the Xoom 2 in the United States.
Motorola XOOM 2 Details:
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 color 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 Details
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.
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.