Comparison - Motorola Xoom vs Motorola Xoom 2
by Lim Pei Hao
21 December 2011 – The Motorola Xoom was announced in February 2011. Eight months later, the Motorola Xoom 2 was announced. We will check out how good the Motorola Xoom 2 performs against its predecessor.
The Motorola Xoom 2 is running on the latest version of Android Honeycomb, version 3.2 and the Motorola Xoom is running on the original version 3.0. Both tablets have a 10.1-inch display with identical screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.
These two tablets are powered by the same 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM. Both tablets are equipped with a 5-megapixel primary camera that is capable to shoot 720p HD video at 30fps.
Motorola Xoom has a better front-facing camera (2-megapixels vs 1.3-megapixels) and a microSD card slot. The Motorola Xoom has two variants, 3G and WiFi. Each variant comes with a 16/32/64GB internal storage.
Motorola Xoom 2 has a scratch and splash resistant screen. Unlike the Motorola Xoom, the Xoom 2 is lighter (599g vs 730g) and thinner (8.8mm vs 12.9mm). There is no 3G variant for the Xoom 2. It only supports 16GB internal storage without any expandable microSD card slot.
In terms of pricing, the Motorola Xoom 2 would be expected to be cost more than the original Motorola Xoom (32GB WiFi) by about RM 700.
Motorola Xoom (RM 1250 WiFi 32GB)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 10.1-inch tablet, 5.0 MP rear camera + 2.0 MP front-facing camera, 16GB/32GB internal storage, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
The Motorola Xoom is the first Android Honeycomb tablet available in the market. It features a 10.1-inch display with 1280 x 800 widescreen resolution, and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM. Connectivity-wise, it supports WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS.
The tablet is originally ship with Android version 3.0 and it is upgradeable to Android version 3.2. Motorola has confirmed that it is upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) but did not give an exact date for the update to be released.
Motorola has crafted the exterior of the Motorola Xoom with rounded edges, metallic back cover and a thin bezel around the display to make it aesthetically pleasing for the eyes.
Motorola Xoom 2 (approximately RM 1900)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 10.1-inch tablet, 5.0 MP rear camera + 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 16GB internal storage, Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
The Motorola Xoom 2 is the successor of the original Motorola Xoom. The Motorola Xoom 2 is now lighter and thinner than its predecessor. Motorola Xoom 2 has made some minor improvement on the exterior design, including the bent edges of the tablet to make it more comfortable for the users to hold it.
Specification-wise, the Motorola Xoom 2 shares many similarities with the original Motorola Xoom including a 10.1-inch display, 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM.
When comes to connectivity, the Motorola Xoom 2 supports all the basic connectivity options (WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS) except for 3G.
The Motorola Xoom 2 is shipped with Android 3.2 and it is upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). However, Motorola does not give an exact date when the update would be available.