What you’re looking at above may very well be the second iteration of the less than spectacular Motorola Xoom tablet.
In what’s becoming quite the pattern, Motorola Xoom sales were lukewarm at best. And whereas iPad 2s for sometime were being purchased at a faster clip than Apple could manufacture them, the Xoom was never hard to find. It was, however, not the easiest device to sell, prompting Motorola to institute significant price cuts on the device just weeks after its initial release.
Now Motorola has gone back to the drawing board and is prepping for the release of the Motorola Xoom 2.
According to This is my Next, Motorola’s Xoom 2 will sport a 10.1-inch screen with the device with a thickness of just 9mm. That’s not too shabby, but still slightly bigger than the iPad 2 which measures in at just 8.8mm.
Other rumored specs include a dual core 1.2 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, the ability to record 1080p video, and a very respectable 11 hours of battery life.
There’s a optional keyboard case planned, in addition to a stylus pen, though our source couldn’t tell us whether the HD screen has an active digitizer or if it just transfers the electricity to your finger.
Software wise, sources tell TIMN that the Xoom will “be the first tablet to ship with Adobe Flash Player 11, stream Netflix in HD, and may wirelessly sync to your PC with some new apps that Moto’s cooking up in-house.”
Per usual, these Android-based tablets all sound great on paper, but actually playing with one is a whole another story. And actually getting customers to purchase these tablets? Well, that’s a problem/story unto itself.
Just last week we reported that Apple is in no rush to release the iPad 3 after seeing iPad competitors fumble one after the other. It’s largely believed Apple will release its next-gen iPad sometime in early 2012. It’ll likely feature a Retina Display and there have also been some rumblings regarding LTE-enabled iPads as well.