By Ben Bowers
on 11.3.11
Photo by Motorola

The original Motorola Xoom caused a huge stir in the tech community as the first legitimate Android tablet with a chance of challenging the iPad. Once on the market, it then fizzled out in a style that made Lebron’s finals performance seem natural. Needless to say, there’s immense pressure on the successor to put up bigger stats on the sales board. The new 10-inch Xoom 2 and smaller 8.2-inch Media Edition measure 0.35-inches thick (the original was 0.5), weigh 1.32 pounds (compared to 1.5) and sport an updated, rounded-edge body style. Both also share the same set of internals including, Gorilla glass with a special splash-guard coating, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a USB port, Ethernet port, 1.3 MP front camera and a 5MP companion in the rear. Motorola claims the new screen and specs provide a 20% improvement in graphics, along with a wider 178 degree viewing angle. In terms of connectivity, for now it seems like Wifi is it, but we’re sure an LTE version is somewhere in the pipes. Last, but certainly not least, the device is scheduled to launch with Android 3.2 Honeycomb but Motorola has confirmed Android 4 or Ice Cream Sandwich will be added sometime in the future.

Learn More: Xoom 2 | Xoom 2 Media Edition

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