Following the recent leak of blurry images that may be the Xoom 2, more details have emerged from Motorola tipsters suggesting Moto’s next Android tablet will be thinner and lighter, and it may not be the only Xoom to hit the market.
First, according to reports, the Xoom 2 seen in the previously leaked pictures is 9mm thick, which is only slightly thicker than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad 2, and much thinner than the original Xoom, which is about 13mm thick. Also, the Xoom 2 will have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of “faster” RAM, and will be able to record 1080p video. It will also have an 11-hour battery. For accessories, Motorola will offer a keyboard case and stylus, though it’s not clear if the Xoom 2 supports active pen input like the Lenovo ThinkPad.
The Xoom 2 will be the first tablet to ship with Flash Player 11, and it will support Netflix HD streaming and perhaps a handful of PC synchronization apps. Finally, the Xoom 2 will have an IR-blaster for home theater integration.
All told, it seems like a relatively modest update that brings the Xoom up to speed with the current crop of tablets, and TabletPCReview is slightly disappointed that those rumors of a quad-core Xoom may not pan out just yet.
Media Edition Too?
Last week, another batch of blurry pictures emerged, purportedly showing off a seven-inch Xoom. Well, it now appears that the seven-inch Xoom may actually be an 8.2-inch Xoom 2 Media Edition.
This Honeycomb tablet may sport an anti-glare HD IPS display made from Gorilla Glass, complete with a magnesium and aluminum build. It will weigh less than a pound and is designed as an eReader replacement, though it too may have an IR sensor.