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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.