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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

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.