Tablets From CTIA Round Up: First Looks of Motorola Xoom, LG G-Slate, HTC EVO View 4G and BlackBerry PlayBook
Last weeks CTIA wasn’t all about awesome new phones, we also had the chance to take a look at some of recently released or coming soon tablets that look to give the iPad 2 a strong run for your money: the Android 3.0 Honeycomb running LG G-Slate and recently released Motorola Xoom, Android 2.3 Gingerbread running HTC EVO View 4G with Scribe pen, and of course BlackBerry’s big new tablet, the PlayBook. There’s a lot you’re gonna wanna know here, so let’s get to it.
Excited for the Atrix 4G for AT&T or the Xoom tablet for Verizon? Well, it looks like your wait is almost over. On their earnings call yesterday (an earnings call for those who don’t know is where a public company, one that is listed on the stock market, announces how they’ve done over the past fiscal quarter– a span of 3 months such as January, February March or October, November, December etc.– so that investors get an official “status update” on how the company really is performing. Basically, it’s a lot of financial and business stuff though occasionally with some interesting stuff for us consumers) Motorola let slip some pretty big upcoming dates, well not actual dates but really timeframes. We’re talking about word finally coming out about the launch of two of Motorola’s biggest products of the year, the incredible Atrix 4G for AT&T and Xoom tablet for Verizon.
What is that expected time? Much closer than we thought– late next month for the Atrix and either late next month or early March for the Xoom (at first it was also late next month, but Motorola’s CEO also noted later in the call that while the hope and plan is next month, the Xoom may slip to early March).
No price was announced or solid dates for when you can walk into an AT&T or Verizon store to pick one of these up, but now that we have this info those bits can’t be far behind. In the meantime, start saving some cash, we can’t imagine all this awesomeness will be cheap.
(Oh, and for those wondering about the 4G LTE packing Droid Bionic or the Xoom with Verizon 4G LTE built-in– Motorola says we can expect those by the end of the second quarter. Think June time).