Dixons Cuts Price Of Motorola XOOM to £450

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Electronic retailer Dixons is taking preorders for the Motorola XOOM tablet for £450, a £50 discount from the official £500, a price that's made possible by using the voucher code HARDWARE10 at check out.

The tablet in its non 3G version will be available from the 9th of April and will not include the free docking station that Carphone Warehouse is flogging with the 3G version of the device (which costs a stonking £600 there).

The XOOM was first revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. It is powered by a Dual Core system on chip, the Nvidia Tegra 2, which is clocked at 1GHz and comes with 1MB L2 cache.

It has 32GB onboard storage, 1GB RAM, a 10.1-inch with a 1280x800 pixels screen resolution, a microSD card reader, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a HDMI port, a microUSB port, a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front facing one.

Motorola says that it will take only 3.5 hours to charge completely with battery life expected to be around 10 hours when playing full HD video.

At 730g, it is heavier than the iPad 2 but the fact that it can play Flash, comes with a gyroscope as well as an array of other sensors and is powered by Android OS 3.0 makes it a powerful rival to Apple's latest tablet.