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Nov 242011

Leaked information has revealed that Motorola’s new upcoming Android tablets, the Motorola XOOM 2 and the Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition, are expected to command prices starting at $429.99 on Verizon Wireless and may be released as early as December 8.

Motorola unveiled the new tablets in the U.K. early this month.

Android blog Droid Life was sent a screenshot of an updated Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) list showing the prices of Verizon devices, including the Motorola XOOM 2 tablets.  The 16-gigabyte model of the Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition, an 8.2-inch Android tablet, costs $429.99 according to the list.

The prices for the other Motorola XOOM 2 models are listed as follows:

  • Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition (32 GB) — $529.99
  • Motorola XOOM 2 (16 GB) — $529.99
  • Motorola XOOM 2 (32 GB) — $629.99
  • Motorola XOOM 2 (64 GB) — $729.99

The list also shows that the prices for the said tablets will be in force from December 8, 2011 to June 8, 2012–which leads many to believe that the Motorola XOOM 2 release date on Verizon will be on December 8.  The listed values, presumably, are on-contract XOOM 2 prices, which means that buying the said tablets at full retail price with no accompanying subscription to a Verizon service plan would cost more.

The leaked Verizon list does not refer to the Motorola tablets as the Motorola XOOM 2.  Rumors have been flying around saying Verizon will be placing the new tablets under the DROID brand.

According to sources that tipped Pocketnow, the Motorola XOOM 2 will be rebranded on Verizon as the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1, while the smaller Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition will be known on Verizon as the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2.  The numbers, apparently, refer to the screen sizes of the Android tablets.

With differences only in screen sizes and preloaded apps, both Android tablets are expected to come with the following specs:

  • dual-core 1.2 GHz processor
  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • 5-megapixel main camera
  • 1.3-megapixel secondary camera
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • MotoCast for streaming files from desktop/laptop to tablet
  • Wi-Fi connectivity

Motorola has also recently confirmed that the new Motorola XOOM 2 tablets are lined up for official upgrades to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, although no target date for the upgrades has been given.

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