Either Motorola decided this past weekend was the perfect time to leak their entire holiday lineup or their testers couldn’t care less about all of those NDAs they just signed. We brought you the first pictures of the Motorola XOOM 2, but a whole new set of photos appeared a day later in a different color alongside the smaller “Media” version. In a much more inviting grey or taupe, these versions are looking more and more impressive by the minute. You can see the “HD” camera that sits on the back, their incredibly thin bodies, and the volume rocker and power switch. LTE capabilities have reportedly been confirmed.
Set of pictures after the break. (more…)
Talk about a weekend of huge leaks. First, we released the first ever pictures of the Motorola XOOM 2 followed by news that the HTC Vigor is looking like it will end up as the Rezound at launch. Then press images or renders of the DROID RAZR appeared with a potentially smaller XOOM 2 called the “Media Edition” just behind it.
Both Engadget and This is my next received word on this new smaller XOOM 2 which could have an 8.2″ HD IPS display with anti-glare coating. As you can see from the photos, this is more of a portrait-style tablet that may end up as more of a reader than a powerhouse like the full-sized XOOM 2. It is also being reported that this device will have an IR blaster and weigh less than a pound. (more…)
So far we have had a couple of rumors about a follow-up to Motorola’s original XOOM, but nothing too substantial other than a mention of the name “XOOM 2″ tucked deep in a site redesign. Today, we may change that with pictures of what we believe to be Moto’s next big tablet, the MZ617 aka the XOOM 2.
Our sources tell us that the device is similar in weight to the original XOOM, has an HDMI and micro USB port on the bottom, big physical flush buttons on the back, a SIM card slot (LTE we’re assuming), and no SD slot at first glance. From looking at the pictures, we can gather that it has a front camera, a blue rear camera housing that reads “HD”, and appears to have a 10.1″ screen. Oh, and those new angled corners certainly remind us of the Photon 4G or the “DROID HD” – must be Moto’s new design theme.
No word on processor, although we would hope for something quad-core.
There doesn’t appear to be specific carrier branding, but with the SIM card slot you have to assume that it’ll be tied to at least one if not all of the major players. Hopefully Moto has it figured out this time and releases the WiFi version first though.
A look at the backside after the break. (more…)
When Motorola starts buying up domains that include a robotic or DROID-esque type of word, we start paying close attention. Such is the case this week, after they apparently bought a variety of them which all include the word “KORE.” Can you get anymore futuristic or mechanical than that? Could it be the XOOM2? Maybe the device to follow the Bionic that is currently codenamed DROID HD? CEO Sanjay Jha said that their current plan is to have another LTE phone by the end of the year. We just assumed it was that leaked AT&T device, but wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out to be on Verizon.
The current list looks something like this: MotorolaKore.com, KoreMotorola.com, Moto-kore.com, MotoKore.com, and Motorola-Kore.com. I’d say they fully expect whatever this is, to be huge. You won’t find Moto owning MotorolaDefy.com, MotorolaCliq.com or even MotorolaXOOM.com.
*Note – Many of you in the comments are pointing out that this could be a mash-up of Core, Quad-Core and Kal-El (NVIDIA’s new processor) – KORE. I’m liking that.
Via: Fusible, Android Community
The Motorola XOOM 2 made its first appearance yesterday and many of you started wondering if you should question the recent original XOOM purchase you just made. Can’t say I don’t blame you for at least wondering about the near future. After all, NVIDIA has been prancing around the interwebs with its new Kal-El quad-core processor that they told us would be ready for tablets by the end of August. We’re starting to see games and demos made specifically for this new chipset, which has us all wondering if now is the time to hold off on making that next big purchase. Who’s to say we can’t grab a Tegra 2 tablet for half the price in 4-5 months when these quad-core beasts start rolling out? There is a rumor floating around that this XOOM 2 could be ready by fall and with the website appearance from yesterday, it’s looking more and more likely.
So, should we be upset by all of this change? I’ve been talking with friends about the speed of introduction of mobile technology these days, and all we can find to compare it to is the PC days in the 90s. You know, the days where you bought that first 600MHz Pentium 2 for $800 and the next month it felt ancient because the Pentium 3 1.0GHz had dropped. Are we about to see the same thing with mobile technology, specifically with tablets? The Tegra 2 has really only been out for 5 months now and it almost seems like last year’s news with all this quad-core talk.
Your thoughts on the quickness that we are seeing new technology introduced? Excited? Depressed? Wondering how you are going to keep up?
After digging through the back end of Motorola’s website, a site redesign was discovered along with a number of never-before-seen or heard-of devices including the XOOM 2. Embedded into the images of this new Moto site we are seeing what appear to be codenames of Zaha, Slimline, Pearl, and Tracy XL. The same images for each phone are used over and over again though, so we’re really not sure if these are fake, Moto screwing with all of us, or early renders. We’re hoping that at least a couple make it to market though, as the designs are something we haven’t seen before. (more…)