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Motorola Xoom 2 coming to Europe for holiday sales without Ice Cream Sandwich


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The Motorola Xoom 2 tablet is arriving in Ireland for the holidays, according to a flyer from Carphone Warehouse posted by Engadget. The WiFi-only device sports a different body style than the first Xoom tablet, and will not be participating in the Ice Cream Sandwich revolution, as it runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb.

The Xoom 2 is smaller than its predecessor with an 8.2-inch touchscreen, according to the flyer, and will be available in only one configuration with 16GB of storage. The flyer specifies that the Xoom 2 will still be running Honeycomb, despite the fact that it is launching well after the announcement of the next version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.

We half-expected Motorola to produce a flagship tablet to carry the ICS banner, since that version of the OS is intended to herald the great melding of the Android phone and tablet experiences. Apparently, Motorola’s underperforming entry to the market won’t have that honor; the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer may beat the rest to that privilege.

The flyer doesn’t specify a date for the Xoom 2’s release (at least, if it’s in the tiny text somewhere, we can’t see it; related: we’re blind now). The original Xoom, originally priced at €499.90 for 32GB of storage on Carphone Warehouse’s website, is already listed as unavailable, but the Xoom 2’s page is not yet posted. When it appears, it will cost €399.90, or about $545.

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