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Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition to take on iPad, e-readers

updated 06:10 pm EDT, Sat September 24, 2011

Xoom 2 ME to have 8.2in IPS, subwoofer

Motorola's mystery smaller tablet has been identified and is being cast as a potential category defier. Leaked as the Xoom 2 Media Edition, it would have an unusual 8.2-inch display and focus on not just a second round of competition with the iPad but with e-readers. The LCD would use a much more colorful IPS-based panel, closer to Apple and Samsung, and carry an anti-glare finish to help with reading outside.

Accordingly, it would be much lighter than both the original Xoom and the iPad 2. At 0.95 pounds, it's reportedly light enough to be held comfortably in one hand. Some steps will have been taken to harden it against the elements, such as a Gorilla Glass display and a splash-proof aluminum and magnesium shell.

The Media Edition label would come into play through an infrared blaster for controlling home theater, much like the Sony Tablet S, and a built-in subwoofer to supply fuller sound out of the tablet itself. At least Android 3.2 should ship standard and may include the home automation apps and Wi-Fi syncing of the Xoom 2.

If like the future full-size Xoom, the X2ME could have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. A snapshot obtained by Engadget showed it having the same 'clipped' corners and a MediaConnect app that might be linked to the home theater components. Ship dates aren't apparent, though Motorola might not want to wait until 2012.

Motorola may be hoping to broaden its reach in tablets after failing to translate success from phones into the tablet area. The first Xoom was Google's officially promoted Android 3 tablet and had a high-profile, anti-Orwellian Super Bowl ad campaign. A steep $800 early price, a bulky design and a mediocre screen helped contribute to low sales that this spring stopped at 440,000 Xooms, or less than five percent of the 9.25 million iPads Apple sold in the same time span. Having a device treated equally as an e-reader and tablet could help it expand into areas where Apple doesn't compete as directly and might help carve a niche where direct competition failed.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Camelot

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    Yep, we all need 'ehlp with reading outside'. Come on, guys, really? Don't you at least have auto-correct turned on?

  1. SierraDragon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Anti-glare... a good thing. I love the iPad but hate the glossy display.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    TN LCDs at first

    Those idiots initially tried it with TN and they hoped that consumers are stupid enough to compare 'resolution' and not look at the screen. They have completely FAILED and now this. They have already lost nearly one year of time.

    Landfill space is at a premium, so please, give it up already.

  1. yticolev

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    They're on it! Now reads "hellp".


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    Well it is no longer Motorola that is trying - now it is the kids at Google who are trying - again.

    I wish them the best but I am not holding my breath or anything. This thing is destined for the recycling bin.

  1. slapppy

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  1. facebook_Matthew

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    All for competition ...

    ...but this isn't brining it. Just using the android platform is a 'fail'. And I had to chuckle with the addition of "M-E" to the title of the Xoom 2 ... of course Media Edition, sounds a bit like, another "M-E" oh that's right Win. Millennium Edition! Seriously, you want to make that association with this attempted upgrade Motor/Google? And last line of the article "...might help carve a niche where direct competition failed." Who exactly are we referring to here?

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If Apple ever decided to build

    a true eReader, using some advanced eInk display, it would spell the doom of every other eReader out there. It would likely be ultra-thin, ultra-light, have iCloud abilities and support iOS 5. Not sure it would handle games or video, though, since the display wouldn't update fast enough. Maybe if Apple used a retina display with high refresh rates it could handle text material as well as an eInk display. It probably won't happen because there'd be too many products in the lineup. I'm just thinking out loud.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Netbook > iPad > Generic iPads.

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  1. facebook_Justin

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    Lol just noticed the screen size! 8.2" No thanks, the $125 netbook I bought on Craigslist has a bigger screen and is far more useful than this t***. Tablets are for idiots that don't know how to use a computer, whether its an iPad or a generic iPad, there all c***. Get a computer.

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