Post-release update: (Stay updated in this thread and be sure to check out these links! I will add to them as further information arises. Thanks to the forum at XDA-Developers, Team AndIRC, & crew!)
Easy root method:
Note - I am personally waiting a little bit longer for a simpler, safer, and more sure-fire method, I'm not in a huge hurry to root quite yet, although it would be nice to get rid of some of this bloatware though. I am hesitant to root before the upcoming OTA update, simply because something important for the phone could be coming with it, functionality/efficiency-wise. I suggest being patient, but if you must insist on rooting now, do as much research as possible on the methods beforehand, and be very VERY careful, you are doing so at your own risk! If you've never done this before, there are several things that can go wrong and issues that can arise. Rooting will void your warranty if you try to take it in to be worked on, and you will also lose all of your data in the process, so be sure to backup. If you are unfamiliar with the process, let some others take the plunge first to get their valuable feedback. With that disclaimer being laid down, good luck rooters and enjoy! As always, I will do my best to keep this thread updated with new developments by editing this first post, so stay tuned for further happenings! I'll repeat, if you can be patient for awhile, there is no hurry to root yet! When the time comes, you will be notified here.