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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Motorola XOOM 2 To Cost £344?

Carphone Warehouse will be selling a new Motorola tablet called the XOOM 2 according to what looks like a scanned page from an Irish CPW brochure. According to the document (sent to Engadget (opens in new tab)), the tablet will have Android 3.2 Gingerbread, an 8.2-inch screen, Wi-Fi and tethering capability.

The design can only be described as being close to the Nokia N8 (a rectangle with corners trimmed) and quite possibly the thinnest bezel we've seen on a mainstream tablet.

We can expect an Ice Cream Sandwich update to come shortly afterwards, plus some improvements to the hardware compared to the existing Motorola XOOM.

A better processor (dual core 1.2GHz maybe), 1GB RAM, a 1280x800 pixels screen, two multi-megapixel rear and front facing cameras plus oodles of ports & slots (HDMI, USB, microSD).

We also suspect that it will not come with 32GB like the Motorola XOOM to cut down on the bill of materials.

At £344, it would be less than the suggested retail price of the Motorola XOOM (at £399) but more than its discounted price of around £329.

The question therefore is whether you want a big very capable tablet, with 32GB for £329 or a more expensive one with a smaller screen, possibly with slightly improved hardware and less memory.

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.