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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Motorola XOOM 32GB Now Down To £224.10

Another rival to the Apple iPad 2 tablet has seen its price plummet over the last few weeks from just over £300 to within striking distance of £200.

High street retailer Dixons is selling the Motorola XOOM (non-3G) for £224.10 - after using the code tablet10 to get a 10 per cent discount off its retail price of £249.

The tablet was launched one year ago at CES 2011 and has been superseded since by the XOOM 2. In the mean time Motorola has been acquired by Google and the latter has confirmed that Ice Cream Sandwich will come to the XOOM.

The tablet is still a very capable model, sporting a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 system on chip clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM and interestingly 32GB onboard storage.

Other features include: a 1280x800 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, a microSDHC card slot, a USB port, Wi-Fi, an HDMI port, Bluetooth, a rear-facing five megapixel camera, two megapixel front-facing camera and up to 10 hours video playback.

Given that a 32GB microSDHC card can cost as little as £23.99, it means that a 64GB Motorola XOOM can be had for under £250.

Dixons also sells the XOOM 2 HD, the follow up to that tablet, with a faster processor, a much thinner chassis and a smaller storage capacity for £342.