After a couple of months of spending time in rumorland via leaks and speculations, Motorola Mobility puts to rest these rumors and speculations about the successor to the original Xoom by announcing the Motorola Xoom 2.
Though expected to hit shelves worldwide, the availability of the Motorola Xoom 2 has been confirmed for UK and Ireland for now with the tablet hitting the shelves of retailers such as Carphone Warehouse in mid-November. There has been no official word from Motorola as of yet as to when the Xoom 2 is expected to land at other parts of the globe.
For now, only the Wi-Fi version of the Xoom 2 will get to hit the shelves and the tablet measures 253.9 x 173.6 x 8.8 mm and tips the scales at 599 grams. Looking at the vital stats of the Xoom 2, it is pretty obvious that the company went to great lengths to give the Xoom 2 a sexier and slimmer profile.
This is an improvement over the original Xoom which was very bulky and hefty. This is also Motorola’s way of saying that it is also capable of coming up with tablets that could rival the competition such as the iPad 2 in terms of sexiness.
Under the hood, we see the familiar components inside the guts of the Xoom 2 that turn it into a very powerful and capable tablet. The Xoom 2 is based on the Tegra platform and has a Tegra 2 T20 chipset that has an SoC architecture. With this configuration, the processor of the tablet, a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU with a clock speed of 1.2 GHz, and its dedicated GPU, a ULP GeForce GPU, sit side-by-side atop the T20 chipset.
In terms of system memory, the A9 processor is paired with a full gigabyte of Ram and the combination of the RAM and processor work wonders in powering up Android 3.2 Honeycomb, the tablet’s operating system. As for its storage capacity, the Xoom 2 has an internal memory of 16GB and a dedicated media card slot allows a user to add external storage through the use of high-capacity microSD cards. In addition to that, a couple of enterprise applications are already re-installed on the Xoom 2 to attract the business segment.
The display of the Xoom 2 on the other hand packs the same diagonal as that of the original and it is a 10.1-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen panel.
The display of the Xoom 2 has a protective covering of Gorilla Glass and has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and pixel density of 149 ppi. In addition to the Gorilla Glass, the display of the Xoom 2 also has a “splashguard” for added protection. The display as expected is able to handle multi-touch input and has sensors such as a gyroscope and accelerometer for added functionality.
The shooting department of the Xoom 2 is also very capable. It has a rear shooter that packs a 5-megapixel resolution and comes with LED flash and autofocus.
The rear shooter of the Xoom 2 also has video recording capabilities in 720p which should come in handy should the need arises. The front shooter of the tablet can be used for video chats and has a 1.3-megapixel resolution on the other hand.
Given these specifications, the Motorola Xoom 2 clearly is a worthy successor to the original Xoon and is in a better position to pose a threat to the industry-leading Apple iPad 2.