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Motorola Drops Price Of iPad 2 Rival Tablet To £299.99

The Motorola XOOM tablet has become the cheapest of the Honeycomb tablets on the market thanks to a 24-hour sale from online retailer Play.com.

At £299.99 (opens in new tab), the device is nearly £100 cheaper than the cheapest iPad 2 available and yet it offers twice the amount of onboard storage.

With the Motorola XOOM 2 expected to be launched imminently, it seems to make sense for Motorola (and Google) to start getting rid of existing stock without going crazy and "doing a TouchPad".

Like the rest of its competitors, the XOOM comes with the Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI and USB connectivity, a microSD card slot, GPS, two cameras plus a battery that can power the tablet for up to 10 hours.

The latest Honeycomb update means that the tablet can now run version 3.2 of Google's mobile platform. The XOOM originally carried a suggested retail price of £480.

That said, it is not the cheapest dual core tablet on the market; the Hannspree Hannspad costs around half the price of the XOOM but comes with 512MB RAM, a 1024x600 pixel screen, Gingerbread and only one camera.

Désiré Athow
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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 ITProPortal.com 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.