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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Motorola XOOM Tablet From £270

Online retailer Dixons has cut the price of the Motorola XOOM to a mere £270 after a 10 per cent discount, down from £299.

The XOOM, which has already been superseded by the XOOM 2, comes with a 1280x800 pixel 10.1-inch touchscreen display, an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core system on chip clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, an HDMI port, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a two-megapixel front camera and a five-megapixel rear one, and enough juice to play 10 hours worth of movies.

The tablet runs on Android Honeycomb 3.2 with an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich being a certainty. Compared to the XOOM 2, the XOOM 1 is thicker, has twice the onboard storage, is cheaper and has a microSD card slot.

The XOOM 2 on the other hand has a faster CPU, a built-in sensor and is slimmer and much lighter. Given that a 32GB card can be had from as little as £18, it does make a lot of sense to get a microSD card to go with the tablet.

The Motorola XOOM was launched at the beginning of the year at CES and has seen fierce competition coming from the Appe iPad 2 as well as Samsung's own Galaxy Tab tablets.

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