Motorola unveils two Xoom 2 tablets – a 10.1-inch standard and 8.2-inch Media Edition

A few days ago, we got a sneak peak at one of the Xoom 2s, but today Motorola officially revealed its two new tablets. The only issue: they are currently only bound for the UK. Both new Xooms feature Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), a 1280×800 display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 5MP rear camera, a 1.3MP front camera, gorilla glass screens with a splashguard, and a “go anywhere, do anything attitude,” which is always nice. You don’t want to buy a tablet with a “go nowhere, do nothing attitude,” do you?  

Xoom 2 (10.1 inches)


The 10.1-inch Xoom 2 is the direct successor of the original Xoom and the Xoom Family Edition. It measures only 8.8mm thick and weighs only 600g, meaning it is one of the thinner and lighter tablets on the market now. It also comes with “3D virtual surround sound,” which is a bit better than the sound in the Xoom 2 Media Edition, but by how much, we do not know. Finally, the battery life of the larger Xoom 2 is said to be 10+ hours while surfing the Web or 1 month if in stand-by. 

Xoom 2 Media Edition (8.2 inches)


This is an interesting new size for a tablet. We’ve seen 7-inch, 10.1-inch, and even 8.9-inch Android devices, but nothing at 8.2 inches yet, so we’re excited to try it out. The 8.9-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab is among our favorite new tablets. The Media Edition is actually a hair thicker than the standard Xoom 2 at 8.99mm and it has a slightly different sound system, this time without 3D surround, but with a subwoofer. The battery life suffers a bit from the smaller size though, at only 6 hours of Web usage, though it can pump out 3 days worth of music, if that tickles your fancy. The Media Edition also comes with an app that lets it be used as a universal remote control. 

Below is an official YouTube video showcasing the two tablets, which will be available at Carphone Warehouse, Best Buy, PC World, and Dixons and Currys in the UK. No pricing or US availability has been announced. 

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