Motorola Xoom price cut in US, free peripherals in UK

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Motorola Xoom

Sales of the Motorola Xoom haven’t been great by all accounts, and the latest action from Motorola seems to confirm that it’s trying to give a boost to the Honeycomb tablet.

Over in the US, Motorola has lopped a clean hundred bucks off the price of the slate, which means the wi-fi version can now be picked up at $499.

The basic wi-fi model still retails at £480 in the UK – although you can purchase it at not too much over £400 online now – but Motorola has decided to make a different move in the UK rather than a straight price cut.

The company has announced that it will be giving away free peripherals, namely a Xoom keyboard and mouse, to those who invest in one of the slates in July.

It’s also promised to honour this deal for those who have purchased a Xoom since the beginning of the month.

To claim your keyboard and mouse, which Motorola normally flogs for £80, check out the details on the website here.

Do note, however, that stocks are apparently limited, so it’ll be first-come, first-served for Xoom buyers and when they run out, you’ll be out of luck.

If you need a reminder, spec-wise, Motorola’s tablet is a 10 inch slate with a resolution of 1280 x 800, a 1GHz dual-core processor, twin cameras (one a 5 megapixel affair capable of 720p recording, the other a front-facer for video chats).

The Xoom is one of many Android slates which have emerged to vie for the iPad’s crown, with the sheer weight of the competition being one of the factors that has no doubt held back its challenge.

And while the device was one of the first Honeycomb tablets out, the early buggier versions of the OS didn’t help its cause in the States, either.

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