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Motorola announces second generation Xoom tablets

Motorola's first entry into the Android tablet market was by all accounts a flop. The company, however, is looking to make things right this time around with a second generation product. The company has announced two new tablets that are running both Android 3.2.
The Motorola Xoom 2 features a 10.1" Gorilla Glass display, uses a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, and contains 16GB of storage space. A 5MP rear camera with LED flash is included as is a 1.3MP front-facing camera. The second generation Xoom weighs in at a respectable 1.32 pounds.

Motorola Xoom 2
The next new entry to the fray is the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition. This model uses a smaller 8.2" display, but still includes all of the other hardware specs of its bigger brother. It weighs in at 0.85 pounds.

Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition 

“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 for Motorola Mobility UK & Ireland. “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.”

Both tablets have been announced for the UK and Ireland; however, there is no word on when the tablets will be available in other markets around the world.

Source: Motorola

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By kleinma on 11/3/2011 9:38:23 AM , Rating: 2
I can't tell if its just the angle of the second picture, but they look thick as all hell....

RE: hmm
By Chadder007 on 11/3/2011 9:40:53 AM , Rating: 2
Even after having a tablet myself and working on others I still see them as a toy rather than a "must have tool". People are buying them up but they end up sitting over in the corner, not being used....or just as a wifi hotspot.

RE: hmm
By Brandon Hill on 11/3/2011 9:44:08 AM , Rating: 5
I had an iPad 2 for about three months. I returned it after I found that it merely complicated my digital portfolio rather than aided. Since I already have a iPhone 4 and a three-pound notebook, the iPad just ended up getting in the way more than anything else.

I returned it to the store.

RE: hmm
By Piiman on 11/3/2011 10:25:45 AM , Rating: 2
after three mouths? Wow where do you shop?

RE: hmm
By Brandon Hill on 11/3/2011 10:41:30 AM , Rating: 3
Target. Returned it after two months, 3 weeks. They took it back no questions asked. This was EXACTLY the reason why I bought it from Target because of their return policy.

I didn't want to be stuck with the damn thing if all didn't go as planned.

RE: hmm
By sprockkets on 11/3/2011 10:26:20 AM , Rating: 2
I wish 15 million more people would do that.

RE: hmm
By bug77 on 11/3/2011 10:38:24 AM , Rating: 2
Probably not because it was an iPad, too. My Galaxy Tab also collects dust. Though I can't return it since it was a gift.

RE: hmm
By BrgMx5 on 11/3/2011 11:02:42 AM , Rating: 2
I agree

Bought an iPad 2, with the idea of replacing a laptop at meetings. That did not went well.

However repurposed it. It stays at home jailbroken with xbmc installed and it is great to watch movies and series from my home server. It is also great for internet surfing on the couch, and as Keyboard and Mouse for the Home server (HDTV serves as Monitor).

When on vacations i no longer take the laptop, as i can connect the camera, edit pictures, etc.

So, tablets are a great gadget, but no one really needs them.

RE: hmm
By Brandon Hill on 11/3/2011 11:44:47 AM , Rating: 3
My reasons for returning it:

1) It became more of a replacement for my iPhone than my laptop. However, I need my iPhone for making calls, etc.
2) Whenever I would get down to doing serious "work" on my iPad, I'd have to end up going over to my laptop for a real keyboard, access files, upload pictures, etc.

In the end, the experiment failed :)

RE: hmm
By drycrust3 on 11/3/2011 3:00:02 PM , Rating: 2
However, I need my iPhone for making calls, etc.

There isn't any mention of the Xoom2 having cellular network capability either. I think Motorola should have included that capability because it would have been easy enough for them to do it (space and price requirements aside) and because there are people out (like yourself) there who want it. I think they should also include some sort of "Airplane mode" whereby you can turn off just the cellular network capability if you don't want it to just rely totally on the WiFi networks, or to just limit the tablet to making phone calls and not include the data capability.
As an aside, to answer the original question posted, the thickness for both tablets is just under 9mm.

RE: hmm
By mcnabney on 11/3/2011 5:59:18 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure it will.

Their mistake the first time around (besides price) was launching as 3G only with wifi to follow a month later. The LTE upgrade was also a pain. My mother in law has a Xoom, but hasn't upgraded it because you have to mail the damn thing off for a week..... grrr.

RE: hmm
By bug77 on 11/3/2011 7:25:29 PM , Rating: 2
I have read they will be WiFi only at first, with 3G models to follow shortly.

RE: hmm
By MonkeyPaw on 11/3/2011 2:20:48 PM , Rating: 3
"Need" is very arbitrary, but we use our hacked NookColor everyday. We have a baby, making getting back to the office virtually impossible most of the time. A notebook is also too big, but a tablet is just right with a sleeping baby in your arms. It's tough because a 7" tab fits in your hand better, but a 10" tab has more screen space. My wife kinda fought the idea at first, but she's on board now, and thanks to Opera bookmark sync, she can just bookmark articles that don't play well on 7" screens and view it on the PC.

RE: hmm
By sprockkets on 11/3/2011 10:28:16 AM , Rating: 3
Well they did change the corners so as to not piss off "we invented rounded corners" company.

RE: hmm
By drycrust3 on 11/3/2011 3:04:27 PM , Rating: 2
Totally agree. I'm surprised someone didn't patent the smooth flat surface as well.

Too little too late...
By Red Storm on 11/3/2011 10:13:06 AM , Rating: 3
There's little to no chance I would even consider this tablet with the Transformer 2's release right around the corner.

RE: Too little too late...
By 3DoubleD on 11/3/2011 1:16:09 PM , Rating: 2

Can't wait for the Transformer 2. I hope Anandtech doesn't drag their feet in reviewing it. Hopefully we see a review within a week of its launch, similar to the treatment the iPhone 4S received recently.

RE: Too little too late...
By FlyBri on 11/3/2011 3:02:17 PM , Rating: 2
Motorola, get ready for a second flop. How can they even think they can release this with quad-core Tegra 3 tablets coming out in the next few weeks? Looks like they should pull another Droid Bionic and delay the release to get their hardware up to speed.

Avoiding ICS?
By bug77 on 11/3/2011 10:41:42 AM , Rating: 2
It seems many gadgets are announced still using Gingerbread/Honeycomb. Afaik, ICS was supposed to come with a requirement for at least 18 months of mandatory updates. Can anyone look into this and find out whether this is the reason new devices will sport older Android versions?

RE: Avoiding ICS?
By B-Unit on 11/3/2011 12:47:08 PM , Rating: 2
Because Samsung was the only manufacturer with early access to ICS, everyone else is still waiting on code so they can build ICS devices. Has nothing to do with requiring updates, as many of these devices will receive updates to ICS.

RE: Avoiding ICS?
By bug77 on 11/3/2011 5:23:12 PM , Rating: 2
It could be. Though it's still strange for Motorola not to have access to ICS since they're in the process of being acquired by Google.
I haven't heard of anything about mandatory updates lately, I hope Google isn't backing away from that promise.

Its already behind.... in 2nd gen tablets
By seraphim1982 on 11/3/2011 11:47:02 AM , Rating: 3
A dual-core CPU... then IMO, it might be already behind in 2nd Gen tablets.

The new ASUS TF201 (Transformer Prime) is already WAY ahead of it in specs. 8MP with Flash vs 5MP in XOOM2, Quad Core Tegra3 vs Dual Core (Tegra 2?).

RE: Its already behind.... in 2nd gen tablets
By bug77 on 11/3/2011 12:13:14 PM , Rating: 2
What do you do on a tablet that absolutely needs four cores instead of two? And don't even get me started on 8MP vs 5MP debate.

By 3DoubleD on 11/3/2011 1:12:58 PM , Rating: 1
Mobile graphics performance for gaming has a lot of room for improvement (see the iPhone 4S crushing current Android hardware), especially using tablet screen resolutions. It can't hurt to throw more horsepower at the problem. While I agree with this tactic for the tablet form factor (with their bigger batteries), I definitely don't see it working out for smartphones.

Also, since it's a Tegra SoC, it will be developed for more aggressively than the rest of the SoCs used. Nvidia has done a good job fostering gaming development for their platform. This is a place were Apple has (sadly for Android fans) dominated.

Lastly, the heterogeneous processing architecture of the Tegra 3 might help bridge the gap between performance and battery life. If we are lucky, maybe we can have our cake and eat it too! Only time will tell, but I'm very excited for the Transformer 2!

rehash not next gen
By invidious on 11/3/2011 10:12:31 AM , Rating: 2
I like my "Xoom classic" and im not sure that this offers anything above and beyond the original Xoom other than minor incremental performance improvements. I think as a rehash to the original Xoom this is fine but clearly it is meant for first time tablet owners and not to get people to upgrade from their current gen tablets.

The portable devices boom seems to be slowing down signfigantly. It used to be every year or two you got a new device because your old one couldnt do what the new ones do. Lately the only reason to upgrade has been that the newer devices are slightly faster. Assuming i can upgrade my original Xoom to Android 4 I dont see any reason why i would need to replace it for a long time.

The only reason i would get a new tablet in the next 2-3 years would be to get windows 8 tablet depending on how they turn out. Being able to execute window applications on a tablet would be amazing. I would love to play my Steam games on my tablet.

By Piiman on 11/3/2011 10:27:05 AM , Rating: 2
Any one notice they changed the shape? Probably to avoid an Apple suit??

By ZorkZork on 11/3/2011 4:59:20 PM , Rating: 2
The original Xoom had pretty much no support from Motorola outside the US. Firmware updates (which was necessary because the first versions were really bad) came 3 months after the rest of the 3.x tablets. No communication from Motorola on what we could expect.

And that for a device that differed very little from the Android 3.0 launch device (in fact many people gave up on Motorola and just loaded the google supported firmware for the US). Just think about how bad it will be when Motorola starts loading all kind of bloatware on them. Then releasing fixes will be even slower.

Non-US customers should stay clear of Motorolas Android devices until Motorola commits to supporting them.

Why Xoom Failed
By lightfoot on 11/3/2011 5:20:03 PM , Rating: 2
There was one and only one reason the first Xoom failed. Price.

Price is what will determine if this tablet sells or not.

Because the price is not mentioned in the article it looks like it has already failed.

This tablet simply can not succeed if it continues to be more expensive than the competition.

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