Moto XT701/(Sholes Tablet?) shows up for but a second on Moto’s website.

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by Mike
Posted December 30th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Normally I wouldn’t be all that interested in some “leak” of a Chinese bound handset. I don’t live in China so why would I want to buy a device designed for China? Easy enough, right? Every now and then however, a foreign device slips by and reveals itself and does catch my attention. One such device is the Motorola XT701.

Several weeks ago, the internet was full of Sholes Tablet images depicting a keyboardless version of the Moto Sholes (think Droid). While I like the added physical keyboard, some do not — hence the totally touch version.

Unfortunately for Motorola, the cat’s ‘otta the bag now — sort of. A full page for the XT701 on Moto’s website went live, if only for a few minutes, was shortly thereafter promptly removed. Though with millions of geeky eyes crawling the internet for the latest and greatest in gadgets, their slip up was not done without someone noticing.

I guess the real question is: Are these images of an actual Sholes Tablet? If you look at the two images compared on the right, the headphone port and surrounding case look awfully similar (similar as in identical). If you ask me it’s the same device. But I’ll leave a few images of this leak as well as the old Sholes tablet images from a few weeks back and let your decide. Regardless if it is or not, it’s a fairly attractive device is it not?


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