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Motorola XOOM 3G Goes On Preorder, Costs Less Than iPad 2

Carphone Warehouse, which has secured the exclusivity for the Motorola XOOM 3G, will sell the tablet for £600 and has already started to take preorders on the device with stocks coming in early April.

To sweeten the deal (opens in new tab), the retailer is also bundling a free charging dock which is worth £34.99. At this price, the XOOM 3G will cost slightly less than a similarly configured Apple iPad 2 but offer a few additional features.

The tablet's screen is slightly larger than the Apple iPad, has a more popular 16:10 aspect ratio as well as a higher resolution (1280x800 pixels).

It also has a HDMI out and full HD mirroring on any HD screen that supports the resolution; the iPad 2 only supports XGA HDMI mirroring.

The XOOM is likely to have more memory than the iPad 2 as well; the first one had 256MB and since there was no mention of memory amount yesterday, one can assume that it will be 512MB or worse, 256MB.

Other features include Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a microUSB port and microSD card reader, a front facing 2-megapixel camera and a rear five-megapixel one with dual LED flash with 10 hours battery life when browsing or playing back video. Charging back the battery from dead should take less than two hours as well which is impressive.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.