Motorola Xoom price dropped just days ahead of UK launch

Android 3.0 tablet pre-orders drop under £480

Xoom price drop hints towards low pre-orders

Retailer PC World has dropped the price of the Motorola Xoom just days ahead of the Android tablet’s official UK release.

Motorola XOOM video

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With the retailer’s online outlet having offered pre-orders of the Motorola Xoom for some weeks now ahead of a “release in the 1st week of April (date TBC),” PC World has today dropped the price of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet suggesting pre-release orders have been lower than expected.

Although that TBC release date is still awaiting confirmation, with a delivery date on the site’s shop predicting a April 9th doorstep arrival, PC World has lowered the Xoom’s pre-order price from the original £499.99 to £479.99 for the standard 32GB Wi-Fi only model.

Whilst this new lower price brings the 10.1-inch, dual-core, 1GB of RAM touting Xoom almost in line with the 32GB Wi-Fi only iPad 2, still 99 pence more expensive, the pre-release price drops suggests the arrival of the second-generation Apple tablet has severely hampered the arrival of the first Android Honeycomb device.

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Via: PocketLint