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Motorola Introduces the XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition in the UK

Motorola introduced the XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition this morning to the UK and Ireland. Both tablets have been leaked time and time again, but everything is now official. The XOOM 2 will sport a 10.1″ screen that is much brighter and more vibrant than the original XOOM, runs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, MotoCast, Android 3.2, and has similar styling and splash coating to the DROID RAZR.

The XOOM 2 Media Edition is really just the smaller  version of that with an 8.2″ screen that has 178 degree viewing angles and is as light as they come. It has been optimized for entertainment, while also managing to house dual cameras, 1GB of RAM and that same 1.2GHz processor. Both tablets are WiFi-only.

Neither has a quad-core processor like the new Asus Transformer Prime, but they do seem – at least on paper – to be much improved over the original XOOM. Can they compete with the next gen tablets that are just around the corner? Tough to say.

U.S. availability has not been announced yet – mid-November for the UK and Ireland. We most definitely know that both tablets are headed to at least Verizon in a variety of sizes.

Video and gallery after the break.  



Press Release:

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

Nov. 03, 2011

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.


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

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.
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  • Anonymous

    100,000 in Q3 as in the last report…… I own a Xoom and its
    always updated to the latest and greatest software. Its a solid tablet
    and performs well. Rocky start but I’m glad its the one I own because it
    keeps getting better. i am very fond of reading latest news about moto
    and i always found http://www.droid-life.com very helpful and another source http://www.motoask.com

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  • vincent scala

    asus here too i have the first transformer and love it. what i like is the hardware mainly the keyboard and usb ports to connect almost anything gamepad, hard drive or wireless mouse plus the sd cards can’t beat it 

  • Anonymous

    So what does the Transformer Prime have exclusive rights to quad core right now? Is that why Motorola still only has dual core available.

  • Djstar2k2

    its skinned wow really moto?  smFh

  • Reedme

    If it had Quad-Core like the Asus Prime I would consider buying one.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, a lot of hate for this thing. I think it looks nice and offers good updates to the first one. No, it won’t hold a candle to say the Transformer Prime, but I don’t think that’s what Moto is trying to do here. This honestly looks more geared to families and business people. The tablet is marketed as an attractive and durable tablet, not a benchmark crushing super tablet. Hopefully its priced appropriately though.

  • Anonymous

    They are talking $580 for one of these thing. For what these things can do and how limited they are it’s about $380 too expensive…and thats fact.

  • Anonymous

    If the media edition is correctly priced (below 400) I’ll be really interested

  • tjmonkey15

    Seems kind of stupid to release a dual-core tablet as your big, new thing when Asus is about to release one that’s quad-core.  Basically Moto is releasing a product that is outdated before it’s even available.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Moto, but this just seems stupid, unless it’s prices really well.

    • I agree with this comment totally. No one will even pay attention to this unless its super cheap since quad’s are being released soon…

    • Anonymous

      OG Xoom:
      Big, bulky, thick, heavy, bad screen and requires a proprietary AC charger, but it has the full array of sensors, 32GB storage, and gets updates direct from Google and will likely be the best-supported going forward.

      Xoom FE:
      Thinner, lighter, IPS screen, and can charge over microUSB but has reduced internal storage and Moto-ified Honeycomb 3.1 so future updates are uncertain. It’s also taller and wider than the Xoom

      Xoom 2 series: 8.2″ screen size is a huge win but they are likely going to launch overpriced and with an outdated OS full of Moto’s bloatware.  Only 16GB storage option and no microSD slots make these units DOA unless they are priced at <$400 from the start (yeah right).  That said, i think a thin, light, ~8" tablet with ICS and expandable storage would be my ideal device if it has good battery life and is priced below $400.

      My advice? Get a TF Prime if you have $ to spare. Otherwise, pick up a cheap used OG Xoom or OG TF

      • Anonymous

        In American dollars it’s about $580 in the UK…rip off

    • Anonymous

      Definitely a bad move on Motorola’s part considering the Transformer Prime is expected to be $500. I doubt Motorola is going to beat that price with the Xoom 2.

    • Asus isn’t releasing in the UK

  • Anonymous

    Don’t see how it can be a “Media Edition” if it doesn’t have a Tegra processor. Too many apps optimized solely for the T2. Plus storage is a big step down from the original Xoom (provided it finally gets read/write). I also assume they’ll overcharge for it.

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t seem like a big jump from the last one. I’m still pretty enthused with the Prime coming out next week.

  • This really doesn’t look good.

  • Wowzer a slightly OC’ed xoom with BLOATWARE!
    I was gonna get a nexus, but now this completely new product was announced. I wonder if it will have the blockbuster app? That would totally seal the deal.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Asus Prime for me thank you

    • Setzer83

      One for me too, please.

  • Arkhumlead02

    I’m pretty sure I’d just buy the first Xoom.

  • OG Droid

    Gee… I guess Verizon likes the UK to get eveyrthing else before us..

  • shdowman


  • Doesn’t call me. Next!

  • Guest

    Any Galaxy Nexus news today?

    • LOL, I hate that it’s the only thing I’m interested in too!  

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I keep looking for more news as well, can’t waiti to see the big difference between the RAZr and the Nexus

  • Anonymous

    Rush into production a product that will be outdated soon. Only improvements over its predecessor is the stuff the predecessor should have gotten right the first time. If I do get a new tablet it will be kal-el

    • Anonymous

      yeah, this is stupid.  why is there a xoom 2 again?  it’s pretty much the same as the xoom 1.  except they probably locked the bootloader this time around and filled it with bloatware.  hahaha.

      • Anonymous

        If its running stock Android (which looks to be), whats the need for an unlocked bootloader?

  • Anonymous

    Add 2 more cores and a little Ice Cream and I would trade up..

  • Ravnos CC

    Motorola gets to advertise and sell in VZ stores here in the US, ASUS is mainly relegated to on-line sales it seems, even though they usually price-beat everyone for extraordinary devices…

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  • Anonymous

    I think price will show if they want to compete.  Though maybe they’ll hold off release here for ICS.

  • Bigdanorama

    Great….blur apps….

    • Anonymous

      MotoCast is actually a pretty cool and useful app. Its nice having access to your computer files at your fingertips.

  • Anonymous

    first! Looks like XOOM 1 with a different cover

    • Anonymous

      No, that would be the Xoom Family Edition that came out 3 weeks ago as a BBuy exclusive.