Motorola Announces XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition

Via a press release, Motorola has announced the latest editions to their tablet lineup with the Motorola XOOM2 and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition. The announcement covers the WiFi versions of the tablets, which will find their way to the UK and Ireland this holiday season. The spec list for both devices includes a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, Android 3.2, and Corning Gorilla Glass display and splashguard coating. Both devices also operate with Motorola’s MotoCast for sharing files and media between the tablet and a home PC.

The XOOM 2 gets a 10.1-inch HD display and weighs in 100 grams lighter than its predecessor at 599g. The design of the tablet is reminiscent of the RAZR, a design language that looks to shape Moto’s next-gen product lineup. The same look carries over to the XOOM 2 Media Edition, which gets an 8.2-inch HD display and weighs in at 386g. Both tablets will be available come mid-November. Pre-orders will be available in the UK through Carphone Warehouse.

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 – November 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, PC World, Dixons 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

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  • Ryan5609

    Sounds great. But I think I am still leaning towards the Transformer Prime.

    • FreakFly

      I would too.  Transformer has the Tegra 3 Chipset, Quad-core with a 5th low-power core.  It should beat the crap out of the XOOM2

  • zedknay

    they need to come up with an official name for their skin formerly known as motoblur. its annoying. /rant

    • selonmoi

      I agree that “It’s annoying” is a great name for their skin.

  • Ryan5609

    Oh yeah, what do they mean by “HD Display” just the normal 1280 x 800 resolution? or is it higher than that?

    • Stefan K

      HD display is mostly 720p or higher, if it was fullHD they would definitly let you know ;)

  • GordonGartrell

    I’m surprised that they didn’t call it the “Motorola RAZR Tablet”. Maybe next year… Maybe next year…

  • Christopher Seavey

    Maybe these will make the original Xoom price drop. Or I could just get a Fire.

  • WickedToby741

    Are these still using Nvidia processors or TI?

  • slide83

    Prime plzthx

  • jaycemiskel

    All this time and this is all they could come up with. So disappointing….

  • SexyNexus

    Motorola pay attention to your surrounding ..Asus releasing much faster processor ,sleeker design and more affordable tablet. So let see what happen, Xoom2 will be @ bottom of my list this year. Same old $hit Motorola keep trying. Just saying

  • http://twitter.com/KnowScott Scott Stafford

    If by HD display they mean native 1280×720 this could be amazing. The 8.2 size is more appealing to me than the 10.1.

  • Fixxmyhead

    Basically a giant razr. Moto isn’t even trying anymore

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2HH566ODCV37VQAALDARBU4XAY CMS

    Interesting, I note that the 8.2″ tablet at 386 g is considerably lighter than the 7″ Nook Color at 450 g or even the original Samsung Galaxy Tab at 380 g. It could be a nice e-reader type tablet.

  • tomxp411

    I want that 8.2″ display… but I don’t think I can drive to England to get one. I hope there’s a US release in my future; I really don’t want to have to resort to buying a Samsung tablet. :-/

  • oldtaku

    Oh that’s good. I though the 8.2 was going to be the only version. The ASUS is still looking more appealing, but 10 inch means XOOM 2 is still in the running.

  • hepony

    The 10.1-inch XOOM 2 is great. Protect it with Black Rotating Stand Leather Case for Motorola Xoom.http://www.pludeal.com/black-rotating-stand-leather-case-for-motorola-xoom_p9273.html

  • Robert Cuthbert

    It’s a fine tablet… it’s pricing that’s probably going to kill it though.