The rumors pile on...
The Motorola Xoom will launch on February 24th. The HTC ThunderBolt will go on sale on February 14. That's the news from the Facebook page of a Best Buy in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Is that really a reliable source? Couldn't this just be the shenanigans of some malicious tech geek employee who found the bosses computer still logged into Facebook? Absolutely.
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But it does gel with most of what we've been hearing over the last month. February 17th was our first solid date. That was later revised to merely February. A few days later Google's Honeycomb event announcement lead to speculation of a mid-February launch. This was reinforced by rumors from Taiwan.
We've actually heard February 14 as the ThunderBolt's launch date before. It looks like HTC may announce the device as a lead-in to their Mobile World Congress festivities. From early rumors, we know that the ThunderBolt will have Wireless Hotspot functionality and simultaneous voice and data.
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Some alleged employees claim the Xoom and Motorola Atrix have already hit Best Buys as demo units. According to these (unsubstantiated) rumors, the Xoom scored a 1957 on a Quadrant benchmark test, while the Atrix got a 2074. That's impressive for the Atrix- 174 ahead of the Nexus S, but less impressive for the Xoom. The software isn't optimized yet, so don't take that as a good predictor of launch functionality.