Motorola Xoom 2 outed by Carphone Warehouse

A Christmas catalogue from the Carphone Warehouse - which is neither a warehouse, nor a seller of carphones - suggests that Motorola is having a second crack at the tablet market with a successor to its Xoom device.

According to an image of the catalogue leaked to gadget site Engadget ahead of its publication, Motorola is looking to launch a Xoom 2 before the Christmas period.

The leaked details claim that it will be available as a Wi-Fi only edition - presumably with a 3G-enabled version waiting in the wings - with 16GB built-in storage, Android 'Honeycomb' 3.2, and an interestingly-sized 8.2-inch multi-touch display.

Missing from the publicity, sadly, is a clue as to the processor. Although Motorola fans will be hoping that Nvidia's Tegra 3 'Kal-El' five-core superchip makes an appearance, it's possible that Motorola is instead opting for a dual-core chip as with the original Xoom in order to hit retail channels ahead of the Christmas rush.

It's also somewhat disappointing that Motorola has opted to ship Android 'Honeycomb' 3.2 with the tablet, rather than the more up-to-date Android 'Ice-Cream Sandwich' 4.0. Again, this could be due to a desire to hit the market hard and fast, and it seems likely Motorola - given its incredibly close relationship with Google - will be offering an update some time in the near future.

UK pricing for the device has yet to be confirmed, with the European retail pricing contained in the leaked pamphlet set at €399.90 (around £344.)

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