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Motorola Sholes Tablet shows up again, turned on and running Android 2.1

December 4, 2009 | by Evan Selleck

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Motorola Sholes Tablet shows up again, turned on and running Android 2.1

The Motorola Sholes Tablet made an appearance earlier in the week, but those pictures weren’t all that informative. Luckily, got a chance to pick up and play with a device that looks remarkably like the leaked photos from Wednesday. There are a few changes to that list of features we mentioned in the first article, especially regarding that camera. But, if this really is the Sholes Tablet, there’s no reason to still not be excited about it. Oh, unless you’re not in China.

Why China? Because it looks like the Sholes Tablet is in fact heading over to their neck of the woods, and grabbing a very utilitarian moniker: XT701. Honestly, I think I like that a bit more than Sholes Tablet. As for the changes, we’re apparently losing that aforementioned 8MP camera for a 5MP one. But, with losing something, the XT701 is obtaining an FM radio in its wake. There isn’t any word on whether or not the innards of the phone are changing, so it’s likely that the 550 MHz processor is still in there.

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And lastly, it’s running Android 2.1. And that HDMI port we spoke about in the initial post might still be there, but the photo that would show it has a huge shadow where the port was displayed before. So, those lucky customers on China Unicom are set to get a pretty great looking phone. Sure, there’s that strange-looking corner on the bottom right side of the device, but that’s probably designed to make it easier to hold. Either that, or they just wanted the phone to look distinct. Either way, it’s there. Now for the bad part: this isn’t coming to the States. There might be a glimmer of hope, but this is more than likely just a taste of what’s to come. What do you think? Is this a DROID cousin you’d be willing to buy?

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