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Motorola unveils new Android tablets: Xoom 2 & Xoom 2 Media Edition

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Motorola has announced the launch of its Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition tablets, both pictured above.

The new Motorola tablets both feature Android 3.2, a Honeycomb variant, as well as dual-core 1.2 GHz processors and 1GB RAM with 16 GB storage.

The Xoom 2 features a 10.1-inch display, while the Media Edition has an 8.2-inch display. Both feature Gorilla Glass touchscreens and a splashguard coating.

Though the Media Edition is technically smaller, it can play music for three days straight and boasts an adaptive virtual surround sound array with multiple speakers and what Motorola calls “booming bass.” Motorola says the Media Edition brings a 20 percent improvement to graphics performance over the performance of the original Motorola Xoom.

The Xoom 2 brings more enterprise-friendly features such as Active Sync for work email, contacts and calendar, an Ethernet port, GoToMeeting software and enterprise-grade security features.

As far as cameras go, the tablets both have 1.3 MP front-facing and 5 MP rear-facing HD cameras with digital zoom, auto focus and LED flash.

For now, these products are rolling out in the UK and Ireland only; expect to see units on shelves mid-November. The company hasn’t stated yet when the Xooms will come to the U.S. or other areas, but we anticipate a U.S. launch on Verizon in the relatively near future. Stay tuned for official announcements of U.S. Xoom 2 launches.

The company is also plugging its Work and Play accessory kits for both tablets. The kits include peripherals for multimedia and living room control, Bluetooth keyboard and mouse for productivity, as well as a stylus for the Xoom 2.


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