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Motorola Officially Announces Xoom 2 Tablets

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Update: We've got our hands-on these tablets and so make sure you check out our full previews of the Xoom 2 and the Xoom 2 Media Edition.

Motorola has finally made official the Xoom and as expected it will come in two sizes, the 8.2in Media Edition and the full-blown 10.1in version.

We’ve heard rumours, seen leaked images and even spotted promotional material for the Xoom 2, but Motorola has finally put us out of our misery by announcing the second-generation tablet.

As expected the only difference between the two tablets is size, with both packing 1.2GHz dual-core processors, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage,  Android 3.2 (no Ice Cream Sandwich at launch unfortunately), Gorilla Glass HD display, a five megapixel rear camera, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and a special splashguard coating to help prevent accidents.

Motorola Xoom 2

Both models will be available in Wi-Fi only versions in mid-November in the UK and Ireland but pricing has yet to be announced though the €399 pricing we saw earlier this week seems preety spot-on.

We’re heading along to a Motorola event in London this afternoon where we’ll hopefully get some more details and hands-on time with the new Xooms. No word yet on 3G models being available.
Motorola Xoom 2 1

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 4

The 10.1in Xoom 2 will weigh in at 599g and will be just 8.8mm thick, with its smaller brother will weigh in at just 386g and measure 8.99mm thick.

Motorola Xoom 2 3

While the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition are not massive upgrades on the original Xoom, the slimmed down profile at least matches the current crop of top-end models such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the iPad 2 but has Motorola done enough to differentiate itself from the crowd.

Let us know in the comments what you think of the new Xooms and as we said, we’re going to be getting some hands-on time with the new tablets later today, so check back soon for our full preview.

Source: Motorola

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