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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Motorola XOOM For £296

The Motorola XOOM tablet can now be had for as little as £296 from Currys as part of an exceptional deal, which sees the price of the tablet slashed by another 10 per cent at checkout for a limited time.

The tablet was initially on sale for £500 but sales have been slow, and the iPad 2 has emerged as the undisputed winner.

The Motorola XOOM is still a very capable tablet that runs on Android Honeycomb (and almost certainly Ice Cream Sandwich as well when it launches).

It comes with a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, Wi-Fi, a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel display, front and rear facing cameras, HDMI, USB, Bluetooth as well as Motorola's own Motoblur user interface.

The Motorola XOOM has been replaced by the XOOM 2 which is a slightly improved model with a more powerful chipset, a slimmer profile but still the same screen resolution and less onboard storage (for the cheapest model).

It will be interesting to see whether the sub-£300 price range is indeed the sweet spot for the Android tablet and whether Motorola will be launching a quad core XOOM tablet next year.

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