Xoom 2 officially announced, if at first you don't succeed

Motorola, despite having lackluster sales of the Xoom, has announced the Xoom 2 which will be landing in the middle of November. The device will be sporting a 10.1in display run Android 3.2 and the Xoom 2 Media edition will come in a bit smaller at 8.2in display and will also run Android 3.2.

The full technical details are posted below for the Xoom 2 and the Xoom 2 Media Edition ( ME anybody?) and shows Motorola's continued drive towards making inroads in the tablet segment and will not go down without a fight. We reviewed the initial Xoom and were generally pleased with the device. If Motorola can build on the learnings from the initial product launch, they could have a top notch device on their hands. 

The Xoom 2 takes queues from the Bionic in cutting the corners (literally) to give it a slightly different appearance from the traditional rectangle shape. The real question will be if the hardware and software work in perfect harmony that also supports generous battery life. While no US announcement has been made, Verizon launched the initial Motorola Xoom so it wouldn't behoove us to see it land on big red yet again. 

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Let me just go ahead and call them a bunch of morons. Putting out a new tablet at this time, with pretty much the same specs as the original does not make for a good idea when other companies are getting ready to release newer tablets with better hardware.

I would probably have a much better opinion on this if they were releasing this with the Kael-el chip. As is, it seems like something apple would do, and expect everyone to love it.

mjedi7 said,
stylus?, wtf !! thank you, but no thank you.

:-)


Dude, you don't have to use a Stylus. It's there for Business convenience. Please use your brain.

jesseinsf said,

Dude, you don't have to use a Stylus. It's there for Business convenience. Please use your brain.

It doesn't matter. It still has it. LOL.

UndergroundWire said,

It doesn't matter. It still has it. LOL.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet also has one... From what i have seen its sold pretty well so far as well..

For Business its a good addition..

mjedi7 said,
stylus?, wtf !! thank you, but no thank you.

:-)


I'm all for touchscreens, but Apple has this warped mentality that fingers are better at stylus-based activites like writing or drawing...
We're not in second grade, Apple.

Humphrey89 said,
Post the Xoom 1 specs so we can see the differences of the two.

Xoom had this
1GHz Dual Core
32GB Internal

The Xoom is still better for two reasons. 1) More internal memory 2) The Xoom is still the reference device for Honeycomb.

UndergroundWire said,

Xoom had this
1GHz Dual Core
32GB Internal

The Xoom is still better for two reasons. 1) More internal memory 2) The Xoom is still the reference device for Honeycomb.

it also came with a 16gb version as well...... so you can't say the Xoom is better because of the internal memory.

ranmas said,

it also came with a 16gb version as well...... so you can't say the Xoom is better because of the internal memory.

I can when I am referring to the VZW model which is the Honeycomb reference device. The WiFi model was never the reference device. Sorry to burst your bubble.

Tony. said,
Price is what killed the original Xoom.

Absolutely, I played with one at a store when they first can out but it cost more than a decent PC laptop, I grabbed a OG Tab for much less and it does pretty much what I need it to.

UndergroundWire said,

16GB. It says so on the spec sheet.

That's it?! Damn that might be acceptable for last gen tablets but it's too low to compete now.

este said,

That's it?! Damn that might be acceptable for last gen tablets but it's too low to compete now.

Since Apple doesn't release which models sell in the iPad, I think it's pretty safe to say that most people buy the cheapest model (16GB WiFi). I was in an Apple store one day, for the 15 minutes I was there, I saw 40 iPad 2 being sold in that time span. 39 were the 16GB WiFi model, 1 was the 64GB model.

If priced correctly, it will compete just fine. Look at the Kindle Fire. Most people want a table but don't want to spend $500 (minimum for an iPad 2) on it. The Kindle Fire pre sales are doing extremely well. It's all about price.

UndergroundWire said,

Since Apple doesn't release which models sell in the iPad, I think it's pretty safe to say that most people buy the cheapest model (16GB WiFi). I was in an Apple store one day, for the 15 minutes I was there, I saw 40 iPad 2 being sold in that time span. 39 were the 16GB WiFi model, 1 was the 64GB model.

If priced correctly, it will compete just fine. Look at the Kindle Fire. Most people want a table but don't want to spend $500 (minimum for an iPad 2) on it. The Kindle Fire pre sales are doing extremely well. It's all about price.

I'd like to have a 32gb model. I guess with this I would have to cycle stuff on\off more frequently.. but maybe thats ok too. We'll see.

este said,

I'd like to have a 32gb model. I guess with this I would have to cycle stuff on\off more frequently.. but maybe thats ok too. We'll see.

I would like to have the 64 GB model. But what we want and what we can affor are two different things. Especially with me since I am a gadget freak. I own the Verizon Xoom 32GB model (which only came with one capacity so no choice in the matter) and the iPad 2 16GB Wifi.

cant have round corners, apple will sue meh if they didnt make them so darn expensive ppl would maybe buy more

I am really sorry to say - Those corners are killing any design they may claim to have! It will lose purely on the basis of looks because that's how industry works!

Mohitster said,
I am really sorry to say - Those corners are killing any design they may claim to have! It will lose purely on the basis of looks because that's how industry works!

That's not how the industry works. In this economy, it's based on price.

UndergroundWire said,

That's not how the industry works. In this economy, it's based on price.

Then explain why pretty much everything made by Apple bar the Mac range is top in terms of sales...

MightyJordan said,

Then explain why pretty much everything made by Apple bar the Mac range is top in terms of sales...

Quite simple really. Apple is the exception. You see, young people will buy anything Apple. However, it's their parents money that buys it.

Also, last I checked Windows dominates on the computer front, Android dominates on the mobile phone front, and finally we will see what happens to iPad when the Kindle Fire is released.

Everything I have mentioned are either priced cheaper than Apple or consumers are given more of a choice on what to buy.

Don't take my word for it. The Kindle Fire is coming in the next two weeks with a lot more on the way. Next Monday we will see what Barnes & Noble have to announce regarding the Nook 2. Those two products alone I'm sure goes into iPad territory. If more manufacturers priced their tablets along the $250 mark, iPad will not dominate, guaranteed!

Elliott said,
If at first you don't succeed, make a device with the ugliest corners you can imagine.

they are trademarked "this is not an ipad you idiot judge" edges

UndergroundWire said,

LOL, you ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. It does. Move along.

Don't like Android, but I have to agree that you still know what you're talking about UndergroundWire...
...for the most part.

Julius Caro said,
they should hold these back until they update them to android 4.0.

You are not smart in business, right?

The source code for Android 4.0 has not been released. It will be released soon after the Galaxy Nexus is released (Mid to late November).

Motorola still needs to make it work with their hardware once they have their hands on the source code. So when do you expect a Xoom 2 Release to happen if we were going by your lack of business sense? Sometime after Christmas perhaps (at best)? Or sometime next year?

The smart thing to do is release it now, upgrade the software when it comes out and cash in on the holiday season buzz. Just my $0.02.

UndergroundWire said,

You are not smart in business, right?

The source code for Android 4.0 has not been released. It will be released soon after the Galaxy Nexus is released (Mid to late November).

Motorola still needs to make it work with their hardware once they have their hands on the source code. So when do you expect a Xoom 2 Release to happen if we were going by your lack of business sense? Sometime after Christmas perhaps (at best)? Or sometime next year?

The smart thing to do is release it now, upgrade the software when it comes out and cash in on the holiday season buzz. Just my $0.02.

well, youre right. i guess its better to keep bastardizing the android platform with half assed attempts. didnt motorola get special treatment with honeycomb last time around? doesnt google own motorola? was the source code for honeycomb ever released anyway?

wasnt the original ipad released sometime after christmas? that didnt turn out so bad for apple.

Julius Caro said,

well, youre right. i guess its better to keep bastardizing the android platform with half assed attempts. didnt motorola get special treatment with honeycomb last time around? doesnt google own motorola? was the source code for honeycomb ever released anyway?

wasnt the original ipad released sometime after christmas? that didnt turn out so bad for apple.

Let me correct some inaccuracies you have stated.

1) Honeycomb is not a "half-assed" attempt. It's meant for tablets. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

2) Google does not own Motorola. GET THAT CLEAR! They are trying to acquire Motorola Mobility and the deal has not gone through yet. It needs to be approved by the government first. Pathetic argument on your part.

3) The source code for Honeycomb was released in parts not as a whole. This was done so manufactures don't slap Honeycomb on phones. Google didn't want to ruin the Android ecosystem. This has been talked to death already and it's always people like you that bring it up because they fail at following up on stories.

4) For lack of a better description the Motorola Xoom is the "Nexus" of tablets. There is no custom frameworks on it; no custom Motorola Apps; fully unlockable. This is not the first time Motorola teamed up with Google to release a reference device. Before there was even a Nexus phone, the original Motorola Droid was the reference device for Eclair. But to answer your question, Motorola and Samsung worked closely with Google in developing their tablets.

5) Lastly, Apple is the exception to the case because people in general are Apple crazy. I guarantee you that if Microsoft released a tablet device or Zune HD 2 (hypothetically speaking of course), their sales will be extremely disappointing.

So like I said before, you know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING on how to run a business. Ruin a business is what you are capable of.

UndergroundWire said,

So like I said before, you know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING on how to run a business. Ruin a business is what you are capable of.

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