The Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition tablet is on sale via buyitdirectdiscounts on eBay for a mere £150 including delivery, yet another sign that in the battle of smaller form factor Android tablets, the Google Nexus 7 has essentially won.
The XOOM 2 ME lacks the quad-core power of the aforementioned 7in Google slate, sporting a TI OMAP4430 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz rather than an Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC, and you won't find Android 4.1 Jelly Bean either.
But it makes up for it with better storage options, featuring an on-board capacity of 16GB and a microSD card slot to expand that by a further 32GB for as little as £10. The XOOM 2 ME also features a micro-HDMI port and a 5-megapixel rear camera as well as a 1.3-megapixel front snapper.
Other features include GPS, an 8.2in display with Gorilla Glass and a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, a customised iteration of Android 3.2 Honeycomb (with an upgrade path to ICS) with Motorola’s own UI, and a claimed six-hour battery life.
The XOOM 2 ME weighs 386g and has a thickness of just over 9mm, and it also comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a one-year warranty.
Given that the device was launched with a price tag of more than £300, today’s sale represents a saving of more than 50 per cent off the suggested retail price, making it one of the most affordable multi-core tablets on the market.