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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Cheaper Motorola XOOM 2 To Cost £330

Motorola has announced that the pair of new XOOM 2 tablets which were announced earlier today will be available at Carphone Warehouse, DIxons, PC World and Currys for £380 and £330 respectively.

As expected the Motorola XOOM no longer comes with 32GB onboard storage but only 16GB in both cases, and the only big differences between the two are the battery size and the screen size (10.1-inch and 8.2-inch).

The XOOM 2 has some interesting new features like the new MotoCast application that allows users to stream music, photos, videos and documents from the tablets, as well as the possibility to use a stylus like the Galaxy Note or the HTC Flyer.

The new tablets are part of the second generation of devices that will also see the launch of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime in a few days, which will come with a vastly superior penta-core Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC and most probably Ice Cream Sandwich.

One can expect current stocks of the Motorola XOOM to be rapidly discounted in order to make shelf space for the new models. Given that there's not a big difference between the old and the new XOOM, it would make sense to nab one if the price is right (around £250).

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.