Motorola XOOM To Cost £450 In The UK

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Motorola's first tablet, the XOOM, is set to go on sale in the UK for as little as £450 courtesy of high street retailer, DSGi (PCWorld, Currys, Dixons).

The retailer did not say when the tablet will be available for sale but did put a preorder page up with the price but later removed the price as well as the preorder button, only telling interested users that they should come back soon for more information.

The fact that the XOOM's page was unveiled a few hours before the unveiling later today of the iPad 2 is, of course, not coincidental and to be honest, the XOOM has been priced to compete against the iPad, not the iPad 2.

At £450, it is a mere £20 more expensive than the current iPad, yet comes with two cameras, a bigger screen with a higher pixel count (1280x800 on a 10.1-inch) a dual core system on chip, the Nvidia Tegra 2, 1GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage but ahem, no 3G (Carphone Warehouse has the exclusivity for the 3G model for now).

The device, which was unveiled at the beginning of the year at the Consumer Electronics Show, is the first to feature Google's Android Honeycomb operating system, one which is customised to run on tablet.