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Motorola launches XOOM Family Edition Android tablet at reduced cost

News by Michael Oryl on Friday October 14, 2011.

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Motorola XOOM Family Edition
Motorola XOOM Family Edition

Today Motorola announced the October 16 availability of the new Motorola XOOM Family Edition tablet computer, which will be available exclusively from Best Buy. Like the original Wi-Fi version of the XOOM, the new Family Edition comes equipped with such goodies as a 10.1-inch display, a dual-core 1GHz processor, and a 5 megapixel rear camera that can also record 720p HD video clips.

The only obvious downgrade in specifications is the Family Edition's 16GB of internal storage, which is in contrast to the 32GB found in the original. But what that reduction in storage capacity nets you is a $120 price drop, to $379, and the addition of a few family friendly applications, including Zoodles' Kid Zone. Kid Zone allows parents to lock down Android's on-screen home button and allow children access only to the apps and functions on the tablet that they see fit.

While the new Motorola XOOM Family Edition is much more affordable than the original, it will likely still find it somewhat difficult to compete with Amazon's recently announced Kindle Fire, which costs just under $200.

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