Motorola's Xoom was the first Android Honeycomb tablet, and the rumour mill says history's about to repeat. Will the Xoom 2 be the first Ice Cream Sandwich tablet - and if it is, will it have cutting-edge hardware to match the software?
Let's squat by the river of rumour to sift shiny fact nuggets from the slurry of speculation.
The Xoom 2 operating system will be Ice Cream Sandwich
This is one rumour many people are very sure of: tablets were conspicuous by their absence at this month's Ice Cream Sandwich launch, so is Google's pet manufacturer - Motorola Mobility's becoming part of the Google empire - going to take the lead with Android 4.0 tablets? We'd like to think so, although the prototypes that have leaked so far were running Android 3.2, not 4.0.
The Xoom 2 specifications should be impressive
As Ice Cream Sandwiches go, the Xoom 2 should be pretty tasty: we're hearing tales of quad-core Kal-El chips and 64GB models with 4G radios. This Is My Next suggests an unnamed 1.2GB processor - probably Nvidia's Tegra 3 - 1GB of "faster" RAM, 1080p video recording and 11 hours of battery life.
There will be two Xoom 2s: one 10.1-inch, and one 8.2-inch
According to Droid-Life, leaked images from US mobile phone network Verizon's database indicate that the Xoom 2 will have the model number MZ617, which corresponds to a 10.1-inch device in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB guises.
However, the database also lists a model number MZ609, which may be a smaller-screened Media Edition with an 8.2-inch display. That would fit with some of the spy shots we've seen, which show 8.2-inch Xoom 2s, although just to keep things confusing there might be a seven-incher floating about too.
The Xoom 2s will be very, very thin
Engadget got its hands on some photos of near-final Xoom 2 prototypes, confirming the two different screen sizes and showing off incredibly thin 9mm cases.
The Xoom 2 software will include in-house apps
TIMN's mole says the Xoom 2 will be the first tablet to ship with Flash Player 11 and stream Netflix movies in high definition, and it will also wirelessly sync with PCs via Motorola's own apps. TIMN also says that the Xoom 2 "will have a built-in IR blaster and some sort of home automation software", which is nice.
The Xoom 2 display could have a ridiculously high resolution
The rumour mill is reporting a 2048x1536 display, which will be really impressive if Motorola pulls it off; however, we're not sure it will: if Apple can't get sufficient supplies of Retina Displays for its iPads, what chance does Motorola have? We'd love to be proved wrong on this, but we suspect that this particular rumour is wishful thinking.
The Xoom 2 UK release date was supposed to be October 23
That's obviously been and gone, but it does suggest that the Xoom 2's arrival is imminent. As yet there's no word of a UK release date or any signs of UK pricing