Nov 02 AT 8:55 AM Anthony Domanico 19 Comments

Motorola Xoom 2 to launch by Christmas, priced around $500?

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Engadget was sent a leaked holiday flyer from European retailer Carphone Warehouse (see gallery), indicating that the Motorola Xoom 2 will be available this holiday season. No word on whether a European release by Christmas will indicate we will be seeing this tablet stateside in 2011. We do have reason to be hopeful, however, as the Xoom 2 flyer indicates the tablet will be running Android 3.2 Honeycomb instead of the recently announced 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The flyer does leak a few specs for the follow-up to the first Honeycomb tablet on the market. Motorola’s Xoom 2 will feature a smaller 8.2″ display, and the images suggest design inspired by none other than the Photon 4G (notice the rounded corners?). We’ve also been treated to the expected price point for the entry-level 16 GB Wifi-only model, which will launch for 400 Euro, or approximately $545. Though European prices tend to only loosely match the U.S. price points, the original Xoom launched for $600, and we’re expecting the Xoom 2 to come in between $500 and $600.

If this device is going to launch stateside by the holiday season, we should be hearing much more about this device in coming weeks. We’ll bring you the info as soon as it’s available.

Anyone out there excited for the Xoom 2, or do you have your sights set on other Android tablets that are due out soon?

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Source: Engadget

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  • http://brentpierce.tv Brent Pierce

    I don’t want an 8″ tablet. I already have a 4.5″ phone. I figured they’d be smart and make it 10″.
    Oh well, I guess I’ll keep waiting for that perfect tablet.

    • Lux143

      Agreed too small. And an 8″ tablet for 500$ are you kidding me? really?

      • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

        Again, a Euro price does not a U.S. price make, but I wouldn’t expect this to launch for less than $500.

        I could be (and hope I am) wrong.

  • locked brainloader

    motorola sucks

  • Julio Chavez

    maybe if it was 32GB and a 10″ screen I would buy it, but its just not enough to compete against the Transformer Prime

  • Tony

    IMHO, the 10″ transformer is just a tad too big. I had one for months (just sold it last night), and to me, the thing was just a little oversized.

    On that same note, 7″ is too small. Personally, I would prefer an 8-9″ tablet (I love the 9.4″ Sony Tablet S and the Galaxy Tab 8.9)… but pricing it at $500 or anywhere close to it is just dumb. If you want to make any kind of profit competing with the iPad, you’re gonna have to price it at a slim profit margin and bank on selling large volumes over selling moderate volumes at higher profit margins.

    The right price point is around $350-$400. Asus nailed it with the Transformer, which is why it’s been one of the best selling android tablets to date.

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      The original transformer just had too much going on around the edges that made the 10″ slate feel like it was 12″. The TF2 is sleeker and should solve this issue.

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    iPhone

    • guest

      Yes iPhone will forever suck !!!!

  • BiG MERF

    guess they havent learned there lesson from the first time round

  • Dr.Carpy

    This whole Google /Motorola marriage has come of a little like Kim Kardashian’s marriage…weird, awkward and seemingly contrived. Nothing, save a few patent moves, has made any sense thus far. The ridiculous timing in announcing the Razr’s rebirth, the continued use of Motoblur, a UI that is hated an reviled by all who use it at an almost Symbian-level disdain, to now with this strange Xoom 2 announcement. I’d like to pose a question. Who thought that Googlerola would be this slow and reactionary? I understand they have to appease other vendors (Samsung, HTC,LG,etc.) but Android is the rub. I can almost guarantee any vanilla android phone will move units. Come on Googlerola get innovating. Don’t give us Atrix 2′s! Give us innovation.

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      They’re not one company, yet.

  • Droid Dewd

    Even if I didn’t already have the TF, this news would even interest me in the Xoom 2. Glad they took more time to make sure it was all together before selling it this time but an 8 inch tab for 500 is way too much. It’s gonna have to reinvent the wheel for me to even think that would be a worth while investment.

  • sap26

    Did Motorola consider the Xoom a success? I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again… You’ve got to either lower the price of the tablet or make it better (eg. faster, slimmer, better screen, more memory) to make it stand out. Motorola, do us a favor and just start copying ASUS. Maybe you’d be a bit more popular in the community.

  • Dr.Carpy

    That I understand, but I would have hoped they would start “nudging” the amalgamated entity towards the path they (Google) ultimately want to take.

  • Yuriy

    Bought the original XOOM, but why would i buy a 1.2Ghz dual core tablet that’s only a bit better than my XOOM when i can wait 4-5 months and get a quad core tablet. Is XOOM 3 launching in the summer? lol

    • Dags

      4-5 months? The Asus Transformer Prime will be released by Christmas too, probably even before the Xoom 2.

  • pritams

    fail..prime’s gonna win the battle..

  1. Brent PierceGuest 4 years ago

    I don’t want an 8″ tablet. I already have a 4.5″ phone. I figured they’d be smart and make it 10″.
    Oh well, I guess I’ll keep waiting for that perfect tablet.

    • Lux143Guest 4 years ago

      Agreed too small. And an 8″ tablet for 500$ are you kidding me? really?

      • Again, a Euro price does not a U.S. price make, but I wouldn’t expect this to launch for less than $500.

        I could be (and hope I am) wrong.

  2. locked brainloaderGuest 4 years ago

    motorola sucks

  3. maybe if it was 32GB and a 10″ screen I would buy it, but its just not enough to compete against the Transformer Prime

  4. TonyGuest 4 years ago

    IMHO, the 10″ transformer is just a tad too big. I had one for months (just sold it last night), and to me, the thing was just a little oversized.

    On that same note, 7″ is too small. Personally, I would prefer an 8-9″ tablet (I love the 9.4″ Sony Tablet S and the Galaxy Tab 8.9)… but pricing it at $500 or anywhere close to it is just dumb. If you want to make any kind of profit competing with the iPad, you’re gonna have to price it at a slim profit margin and bank on selling large volumes over selling moderate volumes at higher profit margins.

    The right price point is around $350-$400. Asus nailed it with the Transformer, which is why it’s been one of the best selling android tablets to date.

    • The original transformer just had too much going on around the edges that made the 10″ slate feel like it was 12″. The TF2 is sleeker and should solve this issue.

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    iPhone

    • guestGuest 4 years ago

      Yes iPhone will forever suck !!!!

  6. guess they havent learned there lesson from the first time round

  7. This whole Google /Motorola marriage has come of a little like Kim Kardashian’s marriage…weird, awkward and seemingly contrived. Nothing, save a few patent moves, has made any sense thus far. The ridiculous timing in announcing the Razr’s rebirth, the continued use of Motoblur, a UI that is hated an reviled by all who use it at an almost Symbian-level disdain, to now with this strange Xoom 2 announcement. I’d like to pose a question. Who thought that Googlerola would be this slow and reactionary? I understand they have to appease other vendors (Samsung, HTC,LG,etc.) but Android is the rub. I can almost guarantee any vanilla android phone will move units. Come on Googlerola get innovating. Don’t give us Atrix 2′s! Give us innovation.

  8. Even if I didn’t already have the TF, this news would even interest me in the Xoom 2. Glad they took more time to make sure it was all together before selling it this time but an 8 inch tab for 500 is way too much. It’s gonna have to reinvent the wheel for me to even think that would be a worth while investment.

  9. Did Motorola consider the Xoom a success? I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again… You’ve got to either lower the price of the tablet or make it better (eg. faster, slimmer, better screen, more memory) to make it stand out. Motorola, do us a favor and just start copying ASUS. Maybe you’d be a bit more popular in the community.

  10. That I understand, but I would have hoped they would start “nudging” the amalgamated entity towards the path they (Google) ultimately want to take.

  11. YuriyGuest 4 years ago

    Bought the original XOOM, but why would i buy a 1.2Ghz dual core tablet that’s only a bit better than my XOOM when i can wait 4-5 months and get a quad core tablet. Is XOOM 3 launching in the summer? lol

    • DagsGuest 4 years ago

      4-5 months? The Asus Transformer Prime will be released by Christmas too, probably even before the Xoom 2.

  12. fail..prime’s gonna win the battle..