Motorola XOOM Following HP TouchPad; Now Available From £288

Wholesaler giant Costco has put the Motorola XOOM on its clearance sale and has now dropped the price of the tablet to a whopping £288 (you will need a coupon booklet to get down to this price or apply instore at the check out tills)

The price excludes the £24 annual membership fee and Costco doesn't do delivery. But Costco does provide with a 90-days return policy and a two year standard warranty on electronics.

The latest Honeycomb upgrade means that you should be able to get microSD to work on the tablet, one of the major bugbears encountered by early users of the XOOM.

The Motorola XOOM was the first Honeycomb tablet to be unveiled; it came with an Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixels, a microSD card reader, a five megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and a two megapixel front facing one, a 6500mAh battery, Bluettoth, Wi-Fi and a microUSB port.

The tablet is only 13mm thick but weighs a third more than the Samsung Galaxy GTab 10.1 at 730g. Note that while Costco is a nationwide retailer, it is unfortunately offline only.