Motorola announce two new Xoom iPad rivals

By Posted 3 Nov 2011, 14:30

We recently gave you details of release dates and a price for the European release date for the next tablet from Motorola. Now today Motorola have announced two new Xoom tablets to rival the Apple iPad.

The company has revealed the Xoom 2 and the Xoom 2 Media Edition, which according to T3.com will both come running Android Honeycomb 3.2 and have some pretty impressive hardware specs. A new tablet from Motorola has long been speculated about, and although the two devices won’t come running Android 4.0 they should get an upgrade at some point.

First up we have the Motorola Xoom 2 that has a 10.1-inch display, which is protected from everyday bumps and scratches with Corning Gorilla Glass. It also has Motorola’s splash guard that will further protect your display. The new Xoom is 8.8mm in thickness, which is even thinner than the iPad 2, but still has an impressive 1.2GHz dual-core processor inside with 1GB of RAM.

The unit will come packing a 5-megapixel camera round the back, and a 1.3-megapixel shooter on the front. There is a minimum of ten hours of battery life claimed with 16GB of internal storage. Meanwhile the Media Edition comes sporting an 8.2-inch screen that Motorola are calling a HD quality display. It has the same internals as the Xoom 2 and also the Gorilla Glass.

It is slightly thicker though at 8.99mm but does have adaptive virtual surround sound and multiple speakers to give a sound with more bass. The all important release date is mid-November with customers of Carphone Warehouse being able to preorder the devices. Currently there is no information on availability elsewhere.

Do you think the new Xoom’s will be a success?