Motorola Mobility is launching two new variants of its XOOM tablet in the shape of the the Motorola XOOM 2 and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition. Both tablets will be available from mid-November at Carphone Warehouse in the UK and Ireland, as well as Best Buy, Dixons, PC World and Currys in the UK.
The new tablets feature Android 3.2 Honeycomb, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, displays with Corning Gorilla Glass and a splash guard coating. In addition, both tablets include the new MotoCast app that lets users stream music, photos, videos and documents between PCs or Macs and tablets without any media tools, apps, or cords.
The XOOM 2 with Wi-Fi sports a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display and is approximately 100 grams lighter than the original XOOM. The battery delivers more than 10 hours of video playback, the display is brighter and more vibrant than before with colour enhancement and the edges have been strategically designed to make the tablet more comfortable to hold.
It is compatible with the optional Motorola Stylus that can be used for note-taking, hand-writing emails and sketching. The tablet comes loaded with business ready features like VPN support and data encryption.
The XOOM 2 Media Edition features an 8.2-inch display and weighs less than the average paperback. It has been optimised for entertainment with a wide 178-degree viewing angle. It comes with a 20% improvement in graphics performance over the original tablet. It is designed for smoother gaming and features adaptive virtual surround sound with booming bass. It can be used as a universal remote control for home AV equipment with the personalised, custom remote control app preloaded on the tablet.
‘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, Motorola Mobility's marketing director for the 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.’