As expected, Motorola has just gone official with two new Honeycomb tablets, the XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition.
According to Motorola, the XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition, Wi-Fi versions will be available in the UK and Ireland in mid-November.
Even though the company does no reveal any pricing options, it says that customers living in the UK will be able to pre-order the tablets from Carphone Warehouse at some point.
The fact that the tablets will be available from Carphone Warehouse confirms the information leaked recently, which indicates that the XOOM 2 can be purchased for 400 EUR (roughly $545).
Furthermore, the tablet will also be available for purchase from Best Buy, PC World, Dixons and Currys in the UK.
Motorola XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition feature similar software and hardware configurations but they are addressed to different segments of the market.
The XOOM 2 comes with a slightly smaller 8.2-inch HD capacitive display, while the XOOM 2 Media Edition sports a 10.1-inch HD touchscreen. Both displays are protected against scratches with Corning Gorilla Glass.
However, the XOOM 2 Media Edition's display is optimized for wide viewing angles that are more appropriate for those who like to watch videos a lot.
On the other hand, the XOOM 2 comes with enterprise-related features, including data encryption for work email, contacts and calendar, VPN support, as well as Citrix Receiver and Citrix GoToMeeting.
Another thing in common is the fact that both are powered by Android 3.2 Honeycomb and feature MotoCast app, so users can access and stream files from PC to tablet.
“Tablets are quickly becoming a must-have tool for staying connected, getting work done and having fun at home and on the road. We are very excited about these two new additions to our tablet portfolio that build on the success of the original Motorola XOOM to now deliver more powerful tablet experiences to the European market,” said Victoria McManus, marketing director UK & Ireland, Motorola Mobility.
Each tablet is equipped with a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 16 GB of storage, 1 GB of RAM, as well as dual cameras (5-megapixel main camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera).
Motorola XOOM 2 comes with 3D virtual surround sound, whereas the XOOM 2 Media Edition features adaptive virtual surround sound with multiple speakers and booming bass.
It is also worth mentioning that Motorola XOOM 2 is compatible with the optional Motorola Stylus, which can be used to take notes, write emails and sketch.