Motorola XOOM Closes Price Gap With iPad 2

Online retailer, DSGi (PC World, Dixons, Currys), has cut the price of the Motorola XOOM tablet to a £480, a price that includes free delivery and is £20 less than the original selling price.

The tablet can be preordered here and the 3G version can still be purchased from Carphone Warehouse with a free charging dock for £599.99 (although buying it with a one month contract from Talk Mobile cuts the price by another tenner or so).

Both retailers say that the tablet will be available in the first half of April although other retailers have remained silent on any release dates, nearly three months after it was launched in the US.

The Motorola XOOM is based on the ARM-based Cortex A9 Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC running at 1GHz; it means that it has plenty of firepower to deliver the type of experience you'd expect from a desktop.

Add in 1GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Android 3.0 and you have a formidable competitor to the iPad 2 which is only £1 less expensive.

Arguably, other 10.1-inch tablets like the Asus Transformer, the Acer Iconia A500 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 have made life a little bit more complicated for Motorola.

The Asus Transformer in particular is not only significantly cheaper but also sport some rather interesting accessories like a docking station that doubles the battery life and adds a keyboard.