After we broke the details on the 9mm-thick Xoom 2 last September, we've been wondering when Motorola would announce the new device. That date may be lurching closer, as Motorola has submitted a tablet to the FCC that bears more than a passing resemblance to what we've seen so far.

Although Motorola has naturally requested that the FCC keep most details private, the documents do reveal a that the tablet will have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1280 x 800 screen, 1GB of RAM, HDMI-out, and storage options including 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are on board, though those are the only wireless radios mentioned. The specs line up with what we are expecting on the Xoom 2, though of course we're expecting Motorola to also release 3G and 4G enabled versions at some point.

Meanwhile, we'll be very interested in seeing whether or not Motorola's new friendship with Google will translate into Ice Cream Sandwich on the Xoom 2. Given that Motorola said it would announce device compatibility six weeks after Google releases the new OS, the timing could work out just right.