Although Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is heavily regarded as the best Android version that can run on tablets (smartphones as well), there are still a few tablet manufacturers that still rely on Android 3.2 Honeycomb. One of these manufacturers is Motorola (you know, the company Google acquired in 2011), who have recently announced that the Motorola Xoom 2 family of Honeycomb tablets is now available in Scandinavian markets.
Launched initially in the US in late 2011 under the Motorola XyBoard, the Motorola Xoom 2 did little to impress tablet customers in the United States thanks to an uninspired combination of less than top-end hardware, a high price and definitely not the best tablet OS around. However, if there is some obscure reason why our readers in the Scandinavian region are planning to purchase a member of the Xoom 2 family of tablets, they will be glad to know that both the Motorola XOOM 2 and Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition are now available for purchase in Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
The differences between the two members of the Xoom 2 tablet family tend mainly to the display specs. The “standard” Xoom 2 features a 10.1 inch LCD-IPS running at a 800 x 1280 pixel resolution (averaging out at a mere 149 ppi pixel density, more than two times that of the newest iPad), while the Xoom 2 Media edition features an 8.2 inch TFT display at a 800 x 1280 pixel resolution (translating into a slightly more decent 184 ppi pixel density). As expected, the standard edition is heavier than its smaller brother, weighing just under 600 grams while the Media Edition weighs just 384 grams.
Most of the remaining specs are exactly the same and include:
- a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 SoC
- 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A9 CPU
- PowerVR SGX540 GPU
- 1GB of RAM
- Android 3.2 Honeycomb
- 5 MP primary camera
- 1.3 MP secondary camera
The Motorola Xoom 2 family is now available for purchase in Finland via El-Gigantii starting at EUR 399, in Denmark via El-Giganten starting at DKK 2990, in Sweden via El-Giganten starting at SEK 3595 and in Norway via Elkjop starting at NOK 2999.
What are your thoughts on the Motorola Xoom 2 and the Xoom 2 Media Edition? Would you consider buying an Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet now that most manufacturers have made the jump to Ice Cream Sandwich? Drop us a line in the comment section below and share a thought!