Motorola Mobility is bringing the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablets to market in the U.K. and Ireland first--later this month.
Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI) said it will launch two new
into the European market in a bold announcement that
comes a week after the company disclosed weak sales of the original Xoom slate.
February, the original Motorola Xoom was Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 3.0 Honeycomb's
coming-out party. However, the device had a tepid reception from most reviewers
and was often returned because it crashed or was hard to use.
440,000 Xooms in its second quarter, Motorola sold only 100,000 units of the original Xoom during
the third quarter
. All told, the Xoom shipped less than 1 million
units worldwide, while the iPad and iPad 2 have sold over 32 million units
Android OEM, which Google is trying to purchase for $12.5 billion, is offering
the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition machines
. There are several
similarities and differences between the two tablets.
similarities. Both run Honeycomb 3.2, are powered by a 1.2GHz processor,
possess 1GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage, and are equipped with 1.3MP
front- and 5MP rear-facing high-definition cameras.
Both the Xoom
2 and Media Edition will also roll with MotoCast, a proprietary application
that lets users stream all their music, photos, videos and documents between
their PC or Mac and the tablets without any media tools, applications or cords.
MotoCast is to Xoom tablets as ZumoCast is to Motorola Droid smartphones.
differences. The Xoom 2 has a 10.1-inch high-definition display protected by
Corning Gorilla Glass and splashguard coating, 10 hours of Web usage (including
video playback) for battery life, and has VPN support and data encryption for
enterprise employees, Citrix Receiver and Citrix GoToMeeting preinstalled, as
well as Motoprint wireless printing support.
Edition machine has an 8.2-inch screen of Gorilla Glass persuasion and
splashguard, but unlike the Xoom 2, it has a 178-degree viewing angle for multiperson
viewing and purportedly a 20 percent bump in graphics performance over the
original Xoom. The Media Edition also sports a remote-control application to
let users manage their home audio/video systems.
Edition also includes six hours of Web usage, but no enterprise support or
Motoprint application on board. It also weighs only 0.85 pounds, compared with
the Xoom 2's 1.3 pounds, which became the standard with the iPad 2 and Samsung
Galaxy Tab 10.1.
it will launch both tablets at Carphone Warehouse in the U.K. and Ireland, as
well as Best Buy, PC World, Dixons and Currys in the U.K. in mid-November. There
is no word on pricing yet.
There is also no
word yet on a U.S. launch, but it would be inconceivable for the company that
needs more tablet muscle to eschew Xoom 2 and Media Edition launches in the
Xoom was something of a disappointment (as all Android tablet sales have been
to date), so it would behoove Motorola to come to market with something