Motorola Xoom Launches Feb 24, ThunderBolt Feb 14

Posted: Feb 4 2011, 11:51am CST | by , in Rumors | Tablets

Motorola Xoom Launches Feb 24, ThunderBolt Feb 14
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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.

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.

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.

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