What, you may be asking, is the point of unveiling a tablet alongside one that’s touted as being the “Media Edition”? Shouldn’t all tablets have media at its heart? Funnily enough, the Media Edition is smaller, at 8.2-inches, with the Xoom 2 clocking in at 10.1-inches.
Both tablets sound very similar, with their dual-core 1.2GHz processors; Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), and Gorilla Glass displays. But there the small differences start: the 10.1-inch Xoom 2 has a brighter display than the original Xoom, and weighs 100 grams lighter too. Battery life is listed at 10 hours for video playback too, so you’re well-protected for European flights, at least.
The Media Edition however has a wider 178-degree viewing angle, so several people can watch the same movie on its 8.2-inch screen (good luck with that), and graphics are said to be 20 per cent improved over the original Xoom. If you spring for the HD multimedia station, it can be connected to a TV or speakers to further get the most out of that “media” Motorola is so keen to talk about.
On sale in the UK for unspecified amounts, the usual notorious retailers will be stocking the two tablets. A previous leak pointed at a £350 price for the Xoom 2, but we’ll have to wait and see if that pans out.