US TABLET MAKER Motorola has confirmed that its Xoom 2 tablet is on the way, which will come in two models.
The firm has announced exactly what we expected after seeing the devices leaked in September and seeing a shot of the tablet in a product guide only yesterday. The Xoom 2 will come in 10.1in and 8.2in versions.
"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 at Motorola Mobility. "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 will come with a 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 5MP rear facing camera and a 1.3MP font facing camera. Unfortunately they will ship with Android 3.2 Honeycomb rather than Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
We had assumed that they would tip up before Christmas because of yesterday's advertisement for the 8.2in model. Motorola has said that both tablets will come out mid-way though this month.
Motorola also confirmed a thickness of around 8.8mm which is nice and thin. The original Xoom was 12.9mm thick. Both Xoom 2 tablet models will come with Motocast for media streaming with the 8.2in model specifically called a 'Media Edition'.
Online retailer Clove has announced prices of £390 and £358 for the 10.1in and 8.2in models, respectively.
The INQUIRER is attending a briefing with Motorola later today where we expect to get a hands-on look at these new Xoom 2 tablets. µ