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Motorola XOOM 2 / Media Edition Tablets

Motorola Mobility announced the 10.1-inch Motorola XOOM 2 and 8.2-inch Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition Wi-Fi Tablets, both of which feature Android 3.2, a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, brilliant displays with Corning Gorilla Glass and a splashguard coating. In addition, 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
Motorola XOOM 2 with Wi-Fi sports a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display and Android 3.2 Honeycomb like its predecessor, but the similarities end there. 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 — this tablet is easy on the eyes, and easy on the hands. It is compatible with the optional Motorola Stylus that is great for note-taking, hand-writing emails and sketching. Motorola XOOM 2 is loaded with Business Ready features like VPN support and data encryption.

Motorola XOOM 2 with Wi-Fi features MOTOPRINT integrated into key apps so you can print wirelessly from your tablet. It is approximately 100 grams lighter than the original Motorola XOOM to make it even easier to take on the road, and can withstand poolside use, spilled drinks or dashes out to the car in the rain thanks to its new splash-guard coating. A battery delivering more than 10 hours of video playback means it can go with you wherever you need to be.

Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition
Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition Tablet

Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition with Wi-Fi is easy to hold with one hand thanks to its 8.2-inch display, and easy to take with you wherever you go, weighing less than the best-selling paperback you've been carrying around. Optimised for entertainment, it has a wide, 178 degree viewing angle. Hold it up to someone across the room, or share it with someone sitting next to you, and everyone gets a brilliant view.

Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition has a 20 percent improvement in graphics performance over the original Motorola XOOM for smoother gaming, features adaptive virtual surround sound with booming bass that'll delight your ears, and stands out from the crowd with the fastest multi-tasking in its class. It can even be a universal remote control for home AV equipment with the personalized, custom remote control app pre-loaded on the tablet. Lastly, a splash-guard coating provides extra protection against the spills that are bound to happen when you're having fun.

Accessories
With the Work and Play kit, plug your tablet into the HD Multimedia Station to connect to your HDTV, speakers and other peripherals for large-screen entertainment. Get more done, faster with the included keyboard and mouse with Bluetooth technology. Now, when your tablet is docked, the Smart Controller lets you MC the show from the comfort of your couch. For Motorola XOOM 2, no accessory discussion is complete without mentioning the Motorola Stylus with Precision tip.

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Comparison

Motorola XOOM 2 Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition
Processor 1.2GHz dual-core processor 1.2GHz dual-core processor
Software Android 3.2 Honeycomb Android 3.2 Honeycomb
Display 10.1″ HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 8.2″ HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass
Special features Splash-guard and special flattened
edges for easier holding
Display optimization for wide viewing angles that are perfect for video
Camera 1.3 MP front and 5 MP rear-facing
HD cameras with digital zoom, auto
focus, and LED flash
1.3 MP front and 5 MP rear-facing HD cameras with digital zoom, auto focus, and LED flash
Memory 1GB RAM; 16 GB storage 1GB RAM; 16GB storage
Battery life 10+ hours Web usage or over 1 month stand-by 6+ hrs Web usage and more than 3 days of music playback
Sound 3D virtual surround sound Adaptive virtual surround sound with multiple speakers and booming bass
Dimensions 253.9 mm x 173.6 mm x 8.8 mm 139 mm x 216 mm x 8.99 mm
Weight 599 g 386 g
Enterprise features Business Ready with enterprise-grade security and Active Sync for work email, contacts and calendar. USB and Ethernet connectivity, pre-loaded Citrix Receiver and Citrix GoToMeeting.
Preloaded with MotoCast so you can access and stream your files from your PC or Mac to your tablet Preloaded with MotoCast so you can access and stream your files from your PC or Mac to your tablet
Preloaded applications Access to Google Mobile Services, including Google Maps with Navigation, Google Talk and browsing Access to Google Mobile Services, including Google Maps with Navigation, Google Talk and browsing

Price and Availability
Motorola XOOM 2 (£325 + VAT) and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition (£299 + VAT), Wi-Fi tablets will be available in the UK and Ireland in mid-November 2011. No word on a U.S. release. The original Xoom is still available in the U.S. for $400 – $600.

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