Retailers Queue Up To Slash Motorola Xoom Price


Dixons has become the latest retailer to cut the price of the Motorola Xoom tablet computer

The Motorola Xoom tablet has had its price slashed by another retailer, as the 32GB Wi-Fi only version appears on the Dixons site for £329.

The 3G and Wi-Fi version now costs £399. Dixons joins Amazon, and the Carphone Warehouse on the list of retailers reducing the tablet’s price.

The Xoom’s price has dropped rapidly in the past couple of weeks, having previously been available SIM-free for £579 from some stores.

Amazon built on an initial price reduction from £479 to £389 for the 32GB model by knocking off another £40 bringing the cost down to £349.

The Carphone Warehouse has the 32GB up at £479 and 16GB for £399 making Dixons currently the cheapest place to buy a Motorola Xoom tablet.

This summer Motorola faced an embarrassing climbdown over the US pricing of the Xoom when Verizon Wireless dropped the price to $499 (£305) all the way down from $799 (£489).

Bang for your buck

The Xoom remains a high spec device with a 1 GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, Android 3.1 Honeycomb, 1GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage with a microSD slot

It has a 10.1-inch 1280×800 pixel display; HDMI, USB, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity as well as a five megapixel rear camera and a two megapixel front-facing one. The device includes GPS and and an estimated battery life of around 10 hours.

It was the first tablet to run Android Honeycomb but, despite this, the Xoom has still had a tough time competing against the Apple brand having been initially priced in line with the iPad.

Motorola’s mobile division Motorola Mobility is currently being acquired by Android maker Google for around £7.7 billion.

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