モトローラが Android タブレットの新製品 Xoom 2 および Xoom 2 Media Edition を発表しました。Motorola Xoom といえば今年1月のラスベガス CES で、世界初の Android 3.0 Honeycomb 採用機として鳴り物入りで発表されたタブレット。後に各社から続々と登場する「10.1インチ1280 x 800でTegra 2」モデルの先駆けとなり、国内でもWi-Fi 版が au から販売されよく見かける製品です。

今回発表されたのは、初代 Xoom と同サイズの10.1インチ後継機 Xoom 2 、そして 8.2インチ画面を備えた Xoom 2 Media Edition の二機種。どちらも " Xoom 2 " なので多少分かりにくいものの、 " Media Edition " は画面も本体も小さく別デザインの独立したラインです。

共通する仕様は 1280 x 800 HD IPS液晶ディスプレイ、1.2GHz デュアルコア TI OMAP 4430 プロセッサ、1GB RAM、16GB ストレージ、前面1.3Mピクセル・背面5Mピクセルカメラ、HDMI出力など。またグローバル製品のタブレットにはめずらしく、本体は多少水をこぼしても大丈夫な防滴仕様 (Splash Guard) 。画面はコーニングの化学強化ガラス Gorilla Glass で保護しています。OSは当初 Android 3.2で出荷し、後日 Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich アップグレードが提供される予定。

初代 Xoom は約700g と比較的重かった (というより後発各社が軽く薄くに注力した) のに対して、Xoom 2 は同じ10.1インチながら約100g軽い 約599gに、厚さは約13mmから約8.9mm と減量に成功しました。また別売りでスタイラスも用意されます。

Xoom 2 Media Edition はタブレットであまり例がない8.2インチ画面を採用した製品。主流のタブレットは10インチ級と、半分に割ったようなサイズの7インチ級に分かれますが、Xoom 2 Media Edition は7インチ級を多少大きくした感覚です。製品写真が示すように縦持ちでの利用が想定されている一方、サブウーファーと3Dサラウンドを搭載し映像コンテンツにも最適とされています。またソニータブレットの大きい方と同じく IR トランスミッタを内蔵し、AV機器などのリモコンとして機能するのも面白い点です。Xoom 2, Xoom 2 Media Edition ともに英国では11月中に発売予定。続きにはプロモ動画と英文リリースを掲載します。

Motorola Mobility Launches Two New Tablets in the UK and Ireland

Motorola XOOM 2™ and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition™ are powerful, portable and ready to take on the world

LONDON – November 3, 2011 – Building on the success of Motorola XOOM™, Motorola Mobility is rocking the tablet world yet again with two additions that bring enhanced experiences to the European market. Wi-Fi variants of the Motorola XOOM 2™ and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition™ -- boasting powerful productivity, rich entertainment and customizable experiences -- are now available: the answer to consumers looking for a tablet that can keep up with their lifestyle. Both tablets will be available at Carphone Warehouse in the UK and Ireland, as well as Best Buy, Dixons, PC World and Currys in the UK.

"Tablets are quickly becoming a must-have tool for staying connected, getting work done and having fun at home and on the road," said Victoria McManus, marketing director UK & Ireland, Motorola Mobility. "We are very excited about these two new additions to our tablet portfolio that build on the success of the original Motorola XOOM to now deliver more powerful tablet experiences to the European market."

The new Motorola XOOM 2 and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition both feature Android 3.2, a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, brilliant displays with Corning® Gorilla® Glass and a splashguard coating for a go anywhere, do everything attitude. In addition, both tablets include the new MotoCast™ app that lets you stream all your music, photos, videos and documents between your PC or Mac and tablet without any media tools, apps, or cords.

Motorola XOOM 2: Lighter and Brighter

Motorola XOOM 2 with Wi-Fi sports a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display and Android 3.2 Honeycomb like its predecessor, but the similarities end there. The display is brighter and more vibrant than before with colour enhancement, and the edges have been strategically designed to make the tablet more comfortable to hold -- this tablet is easy on the eyes, and easy on the hands. It is compatible with the optional Motorola Stylus that is great for note-taking, hand-writing emails and sketching. Motorola XOOM 2 is loaded with Business Ready features like VPN support and data encryption.

Motorola XOOM 2 with Wi-Fi features MOTOPRINT integrated into key apps so you can print wirelessly from your tablet. It is approximately 100 grams lighter than the original Motorola XOOM to make it even easier to take on the road, and can withstand poolside use, spilled drinks or dashes out to the car in the rain thanks to its new splash-guard coating. A battery delivering more than 10 hours of video playback means it can go with you wherever you need to be.

Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition: Beat your Boredom

Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition with Wi-Fi is easy to hold with one hand thanks to its 8.2-inch display, and easy to take with you wherever you go, weighing less than the best-selling paperback you've been carrying around. Optimised for entertainment, it has a wide, 178 degree viewing angle. Hold it up to someone across the room, or share it with someone sitting next to you, and everyone gets a brilliant view.

Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition has a 20 percent improvement in graphics performance over the original Motorola XOOM for smoother gaming, features adaptive virtual surround sound with booming bass that'll delight your ears, and stands out from the crowd with the fastest multi-tasking in its class. It can even be a universal remote control for home AV equipment with the personalized, custom remote control app pre-loaded on the tablet. Lastly, a splash-guard coating provides extra protection against the spills that are bound to happen when you're having fun.

Accessories to connect to your life easier, from anywhere

With the Work and Play kit, plug your tablet into the HD Multimedia Station to connect to your HDTV, speakers and other peripherals for large-screen entertainment. Get more done, faster with the included keyboard and mouse with Bluetooth technology. Now, when your tablet is docked, the Smart Controller lets you MC the show from the comfort of your couch. For Motorola XOOM 2, no accessory discussion is complete without mentioning the Motorola Stylus with Precision tip - your tablet's best friend.