Motorola Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition take a bow

Motorola Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition take a bowMotorola has officially unveiled the Xoom 2, the follow-up Android-powered tablet to, well, the Xoom 1.

No massive surprise there, it has to be said, as the Xoom 2 has hardly been making a stealthy approach. But there is one surprise: it'll come in a choice of two screen sizes – a 10.1in model like the original and a smaller 8.2in-screened version dubbed the Xoom 2 Media Edition.

However, if you were hoping the Xoom 2 would be the first tablet to launch with Android Ice Cream Sandwich on board, you're in for a disappointment.

Well, at first anyway. The fact is that the Xoom 2 is ready to go and ICS isn't, so the second-gen Moto slab will be fitted out with Android 3.2 Honeycomb for the time being while Google makes the final few tweaks to its successor.

The tablet itself measures a slinky 9mm thick, and both models feature Splashguard protection to ward off any unintended spillages.

That aside, the Xoom 2 comes with is a dual-core 1.2GHz processor along with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera.

Motorola reckons the Media Edition boasts 20% better graphics performance, which isn't actually that much to be honest, and also boasts a 178-degree viewing angle (as an aside, how annoying must it be to be looking at it from the 2 degrees of the 180 not covered?)

The larger-screened model, meanwhile, supports the use of a capacitive stylus – the latest retro fashion in the touchscreen world – but it won't come with one in the box.

Anyhow, both versions of the Xoom 2 will be available in Wi-Fi-only configuration from the usual suspects such as Currys, Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy from the middle of this month, with 3G versions to follow.

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