Motorola Xoom 2 preview

Motorola Xoom 2, front

The Motorola Xoom 2 tablet computer has today landed in Telstra stores. That’s not announced today, that’s on sale today.

The Motorola Xoom ‘sequel’has a 10.1 inch screen, that is high definition and protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass, with a splash-proof coating. Disappointingly the Xoom 2 runs on Android 3.2 (aka Android Honeycomb), the same OS that powered last year’s Motorola Xoom. However, in the specs box on the Telstra site, it is claimed that the Xoom 2 will be “upgradable to Android 4.0 (aka Android Ice Cream Sandwich) in the future. For the record, Android Ice Cream Sandwich was the first version of Android written specifically for tablet computers.

Moving along, the Xoom 2 has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and the Xoom 2 is 100 grams lighter than the first model. A software highlight is the MotoCast app, that allows you to wirelessly stream music, photos, videos and documents from a laptop or desktop computer to the Xoom 2.

Motorola Xoom 2 pricing

See below Telstra’s plan prices, for the Xoom 2 plus data. Outright purchase of the Xoom 2 only is $720 RRP.

Telstra Motorola Xoom 2 pricing

Motorola Xoom 2 video

For a quick look at the Xoom 2, here’s a video produced by Motorola:

Motorola Xoom 2 specifications

  • Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Software: Android 3.2 Honeycomb – upgradable to Android™ 4.0 in the future
  • Display: 10.1” HD display with scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass
  • Special features: Splash-guard and special flattened edges for easier holding
  • Camera: 1.3 MP front and 5 MP rear-facing HD cameras with digital zoom, auto focus, and LED flash
  • Memory: 1GB RAM; in-built 32 GB storage, additional 32 GB microSD slot
  • Battery life: Up to 10 hours of video playback / Up to 28 days stand-by on 3G
  • Sound: 3D virtual surround sound
  • Dimensions: 253.9 x 173.6 x 8.8 mm
  • Weight: 603 grams