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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Motorola Unveils XOOM 2 Tablets

Motorola has announced not one but two tablets which will replace the current XOOM model, which was unveiled at CES in January.

The Motorola XOOM 2 will be complemented by the Motorola XOOM 2 media edition. Both tablets share the same hardware configuration except for the screen size; the former has a 10.1-inch screen while the latter has a 8.2-inch one.

They are powered by a dual core SoC, possibly a TI OMAP4xx0 model, clocked at 1.2GHz, with 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, a five megapixel rear one, HD displays with Corning Gorilla glass and Android 3.2 Honeycomb.

Motorola says that the Media edition version comes with a new graphics engine which is 20 per cent faster than the original XOOM, and we wonder whether that's the case for the big one as well.

Physically, the XOOM 2 is 8.8mm thick and weighs 599g - far lighter than the original one, while the XOOM 2 media edition is 9mm thick and weighs 386g.

As expected, the bigger tablet comes with an extended battery life (more than 10 hours) while the smaller one should exceed six hours in web usage.

Expect both to be upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich soon after the operating system goes public.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.