The last several days have seen lots of speculation about an AT&T branded Motorola phone whose model number (MB865) mirrors that of the long awaited Droid Bionic (XT865). So it was with some interest that images of an attractive Android slab appeared on a Chinese forum (the forum requires an account but can be seen with a translated write-up here) with obvious similarities to the Atrix 4G and sporting AT&T branding. The leaker confirmed with us today that the model he saw was the MB865 and sported a dual-core processor. The screen resolution was unknown but rumored to be qHD like the Atrix before it.  

Ever since Motorola scrapped the original Droid Bionic, lots of rumors have swirled about what the product would finally look like. The concensus now is that a device codenamed 'Targa' would replace the original Bionic and feature a hump reminiscent of the X2. What has been lacking for this device are specifications. While some have speculated that NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 would be the SoC of choice, battery life concerns would make this unlikely. Instead, a faster dual-core option could be in order, including faster Tegra 2 variants or SoC's from TI that have seen recent attention from Motorola. To be sure, this device is not so angular nor humped as the Targa shots would suggest. 

So, is this phone a Droid Bionic cloned Atrix 4G sequel? We're not sure, but we'll be really interested to find out more as AT&T begins it's LTE rollout.

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  • bplewis24 - Thursday, July 28, 2011 - link

    It should be noted that the most recent version of the Bionic that is to be released on Verizon is the XT875, which replaced the XT865.

    Brandon
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  • cervantesmx - Thursday, July 28, 2011 - link

    Really Anandtech? What is with the spam on almost every article.

    Anyway, I am currently interested in switching carriers, but I cannot seem to find a good balanced plan with ATT that will give me unlimited or a decent cap of web access.
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  • FSWKU - Saturday, July 30, 2011 - link

    You won't get that with AT&T, unfortunately. After 2gb, you're getting overage charges, just like with VZW. T-Mobile will throttle you to pitiful speeds after that point. And while Sprint offers unlimited, their coverage isn't anywhere NEAR as good as AT&T or VZW. Just pick something you're most comfortable with, and use wifi whenever possible. Reply
  • ender707 - Sunday, July 31, 2011 - link

    It really is funny in a way, and it is also why I bought a Droid 2 (A less expensive 3G phone) when renewing with Verizon. I really wanted to wait and get a 4G phone, but what good is that speed if you are not allowed to use it? Reply
  • Souka - Monday, August 01, 2011 - link

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    I'm paying for basic broadband service... speeds have gone up from 2Mpbs to 4, to 8, 12, 16, 20 and just recently 24Mbps.... yet same monthly cap.

    I keep getting calls and paper email saying I can upgrade speed for "only a few $$ more"... why would anyone?

    This is like wireless carriers releasing 4G phones..... they advertise/pester you to upgrade your existing service... yet still have a cap in place.

    *sigh*
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