Motorola Xoom 2 gets accidentally confirmed

It's never easy keeping a new product under wraps, but that job is a whole lot harder when magazine ads are in circulation plugging that product ahead of the big unveil. Which is the case with the Motorola Xoom 2 tablet.

Amazingly, someone has got hold of an advertisement for Carphone Warehouse Ireland, which shows off the new, smaller Moto tablet, which then fell into the hands of Engadget. Of course, that means we all now know the broad specification of the device, what it looks like and how much it will cost. In Ireland anyway.

The original tablet was a 10.1-inch device, but the Xoom 2 has an 8.2-inch screen, complete with Android 3.2. Yes, we're surprised about that too - with Motorola's new relationship with Google, you would have had the Xoom 2 down as being one of the first Ice Cream Sandwich tablets. Not so, although you wouldn't rule out an early upgrade.

Other specifications are still rumours, including HD video shooting, a Gorilla Glass screen and a subwoofer for a 'meaty' audio output. But thanks to the advertisement, we do know it will be here before Christmas (the ad is a pre-Christmas flyer) and we know that the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the Xoom 2 will sell for €399.90 in Ireland.


All the other details might well be confirmed tomorrow. We're off to Motorola tomorrow for a 'product launch' (as yet unconfirmed), which we can now presume to be the Xoom 2 tablet. So check back in the afternoon and we'll hopefully have all the details, as well as the price and shelf date for the UK.

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