Telstra and Motorola today announced a partnership to launch the Xoom 2 Android tablet in Australia.
Priced at AU$720 outright, the Xoom 2 will be available on a range of post-paid plans with a monthly data allowance bundled in with the price of the tablet. Plans start at AU$59 per month for a Xoom 2 with 4GB of data each month, AU$69 doubles the data to 8GB a month and AU$99 offers 15GB to the user.
If bought outright, the Xoom 2 is also compatible with Telstra prepaid data offers.
The Xoom 2 will attempt to build on the success of the, also available through Telstra. The updated version includes a faster dual-core 1.2GHz processor and a redesigned chassis, making the tablet considerably lighter than its predecessor. The Xoom 2 runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb, but Motorola is promising an update to Android version 4, known as Ice Cream Sandwich.
Disappointingly, the Xoom 2 is not compatible with Telstra's new 4G network, and in a press release today Motorola states explicitly that the tablet is not upgradeable to 4G in the future. There are rumours that Telstra will launch its first 4G tablet in the near future, a version of Samsung's Galaxy Tab with an 8.9-inch display.