New 16GB Xoom tablet costs $379

The tablet price war is in full swing, and Motorola has made the latest offensive move, releasing a 16GB version of its Xoom tablet priced at only $379. As PC World reports, Motorola is promoting the device as a "Family Edition" of the Xoom and pre-loading it with some kid-friendly software. Save for the lower storage capacity, though, the 16GB device has the same hardware as its 32GB big brother.

According to the Best Buy listing, the Xoom Family Edition packs a 10.1" 1280x800 display, a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi connectivity, Android 3.1 software, front- and rear-facing cameras, and a battery purportedly capable of sustaining 10 hours of video playback.

The 32GB, Wi-Fi version of the Xoom sells for $449.98 at Amazon right now, so the 16GB model looks like a solid deal—unless you need to stuff the thing full of videos and music. Neither of those variants has 3G connectivity, though. To get that, you'll have to splurge for the $599.99 model.

PC World points out that Motorola isn't the only tablet maker to have sought out lower price points lately. RIM's Playbook reportedly slid from $500 to $300 last month, as did HTC's Flyer. Both are 7" devices... just like the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, which is due next month with a scant $199 asking price.

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