Motorola Xoom 2, Media Edition outed with Android 3.2

Motorola has launched not one but two new tablets: the Motorola Xoom 2 and Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition - but in a move that may disappoint some buyers, both will initially be powered by Android 3.2 Honeycomb, an update on the same OS as their predecessor, rather than the newly announced 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The official announcement follows a leak yesterday, when the Xoom 2 appeared in a catalogue produced by Carphone Warehouse, which indicated a price of €399.90 (around £344).

The Xoom 2 has a 10-inch touchscreen, while the smaller Xoom Media Edition is an 8.2-incher. While neither is billed as rugged, both share the same tough Gorilla Glass screen and splashproof coating, making them pretty tough customers for those who take their tablets out and about. Neatly styled with a black bezel, the new tablets feature distinctive angled 'shoulders'.

Both devices are powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor backed by 1GB of RAM. The tablets come with 16GB of built-in storage, a 5-megapixel still camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, and boast a claimed battery life of over 10 hours. Both devices are WiFi-only, with no word yet as to whether Motorola plans to offer a 3G version.

At 8.8mm, the Xoom 2 is even thinner than Apple's iPad 2. The smaller-screened Xoom 2 Media Edition increases that thickness slightly to 8.99mm, but packs in enhanced audio, with multiple speakers and adaptive 'virtual surround sound'.