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. (more…)
An advertisement depicting the Motorola XOOM 2 has been spotted on a flyer for Car Phone Warehouse based out of Ireland. The 16GB Wi-Fi only version will be going for 399.99 Euros, which will equate to about $545 in US dollars. This version of the XOOM 2 has an 8.2″ display powered with Android 3.2, which is sure to get the bump to Ice Cream Sandwich later down the road – still not to be confused by its 10.1″ counterpart that is said to boast 4G LTE and 64GB of storage.
So which of these versions has you more excited? The 64GB 4G LTE beast, or the smaller, sleeker 8.2″ version?
The new Motorola XOOM2 models are starting to pop up everywhere they should be prior to launch. After we gave the world the first pictures, we then saw them in Verizon Cellebrite as the Pasteur (MZ617) and Fleming (MZ609) and are now seeing them in another system with 4G branding and storage size. The MZ617, we have been told is the actual 10.1″ XOOM2. The MZ609 on the other hand is the smaller “media edition” XOOM2 that has also been floating around.
What do you guys think of having a choice of storage up to 64GB on the big dog? 4G is a nice addition, but that also means carrier pricing issues. I think we all know how well that has gone so far – here’s to hoping they offer WiFi-only versions alongside these.
A mystery Motorola device just cruised through the FCC and it may have been the XOOM 2. The device is marked with an FCC ID of 56MJ3, which marks it as part of Moto’s flagship tablet line. The documents state the this mystery device will sport a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, HDMI out and have a 1200 x 800 display. Additionally, it will be available in 16, 32 and 64GB models and has both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.
Could this be the Motorola XOOM 2, or perhaps another variant of the original XOOM? However, the specs due resemble the leaked ones we posted a month ago, feel free to sound off in the comments.
Via: Engadget, FCC
The Motorola “Spyder” (aka DROID RAZR) and XOOM2 are no secret and have been leaked already, however the more pictures the merrier. The Xoom 2, in this case is the 8.2-inch version and is said to be in “better shape” than the earlier leaks. The Spyder is also sporting what looks to be a rugged backside for enhanced grip. Interestingly enough, Engadget’s source has said that this particular Spyder is clocked at 1.5GHz, although the final version will indeed be 1.2GHz.
Could we be seeing both of these at the Motorola and Verizon event set for October 18? Feel free to sound off in the comments, and check out the full gallery after the break. (more…)
Faster. Thinner. Smarter. Stronger. 10.18.2011. If those clues from the video weren’t enough to lead you to believe the DROID RAZR is up next and about to be announced by Motorola and Verizon, then maybe the actual razor cutting through things was.
Rumored all of the place in the last month and once known as the DROID HD, the RAZR marks the return of one of Moto’s most successful brands only this time sporting Android. Rumored to have kevlar and Gorilla Glass as just a couple of its materials, we now know what “stronger” means. Thin we knew from the leaked shots of it back in early August. Faster we get from its 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 4G LTE connectivity. Smarter could mean a variety of things. (more…)
Over the last week, Verizon’s Cellebrite systems were filled with a handful of devices that we are expecting to see in the coming months. The Nexus Prime, DROID HD, and HTC Vigor all popped up the other day, but now we are seeing two new XOOM models as well.
The first is MZ617 “Pasteur”, which is the XOOM 2 that we gave you the first photos of a couple of weeks back. This is the follow-up to the original that will reportedly pack a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of “faster” RAM, record 1080p HD video, and last for up to 11 hours on a single charge.
The next device we are seeing is the MZ609 “Fleming” which we are guessing is the smaller 7″ XOOM 2 “Media Edition.” We haven’t seen this code name or model number yet, but with photos of a little brother appearing a few times now, we can’t imagine it would be anything else.
So there you go – two new code names to start Googlin’.
Famed supply channel watcher DigiTimes, is reporting that two new Motorola XOOMs will ship in November and December of this year. While we have seen both 10.1″ and 8.2″ models, their sources claim that a 7″ version is on the way – we will go ahead and assume that they are wrong on that. Both tablets have been revamped to be much slimmer and potentially with higher quality HD screens. Opinions on whether the new look is the hotness or not are all over the board, we are just hoping the price isn’t.
This time frame makes sense, especially since we have heard Moto CEO Sanjay Jha claim that they will have new tablets by the end of the year, time and time again. He also has mentioned a number of times that they will have more “aggressive form factors” going forward. I’d say we could easily see two new tablets for the holidays. Again, let’s hope the price is right.