Motorola XOOM Goes On Preorder In UK From £700

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UK customers can already preorder the Motorola XOOM tablet for £699.99 from KingofGadgets; the tablet is expected to be launched in the UK in the second quarter of the year, which could be as early as April 2011.

At this price, the tablet would be more expensive than all the Apple iPad tablets except for the 64GB 3G version which costs £714; the 32GB model - the same storage capacity as the XOOM - costs £612.

The Motorola tablet, which was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year, has a dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, a 10.1-inch HD ready 1280x800 pixels touchscreen display, onboard 3G, a 5-megapixel camera with flash, a front-facing 2-megapixel one and a HDMI port.

On some aspects, the XOOM will share a number of features - notably the processor and the RAM capacity - with the Apple iPad 2. As expected, the tablet will be powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb, an iteration of Google's operating system that has been customised for tablet experience.

We did play with the Motorola XOOM at the Mobile World Congress and found it to be pretty impressive especially when it came to rendering graphics heavy services like Google Earth. Still £700 is a lot of money for any electronic device especially when the competition - like the Galaxy Tab - can be had for less than half the price.