Motorola Xoom 2 price confirmed, cheaper than iPad
Motorola's new Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition have been given official pricing, but we reckon both are too expensive.
How reasonable is that? Well, it's not nearly as cheap as we'd like, but at least it's cheaper than Apple's iPad 2, which costs £399 for the Wi-Fi only 16GB version.
Frankly we're a little relieved. Thewas way too expensive, priced at a . We'd hazard that the high price was the main reason Motorola's first Android tablet failed to take off, so it's possible that the Xoom 2 and its smaller cousin will be more attractive to punters shopping on a budget.
That said, we weren't bowled over by either the Xoom 2 or the Xoom 2 Media Edition during our hands-on session. Neither tablet will be runningwhen they go on sale in a few weeks time, which feels like a huge missed opportunity.
Instead of cutting-edge 'droid goodness, these two tablets are stuck running Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Elsewhere the specs are middle-of-the-road -- a 1.2GHz dual-core processor in each tablet is good news, but it's hard to get excited about the 5-megapixel camera around the back of each tablet.
We were also dismayed to find that unlike the first Xoom, these new devices don't feature a MicroSD card slot, so you're stuck with the rather meagre 16GB of on-board memory.
Will these tablets prove to be surprisingly good? Or will poor sales force an Facebook wall.? Get navel-gazing in the comments or on our