The last time we heard anything about the Motorola MB865, most the information we had was pieced together from rumors and several leaked pictures. The leaked pictures showed the MB865 sports some sort of 4-inch screen, an 8MP 1080p camera and runs on AT&T. We speculated that, because of the 1080p camera, the MB865 will be running some sort of dual-core processor. And, since a Qualcomm employee’s Picasa was home to some pictures taken by the device, it may be a Snapdragon MSM8x60. Because of the relation in model number to the Bionic and the timing of the launch, we figured there’s a good chance the MB865 would launch with AT&T LTE compatibility. Well, today more information on the MB865 has been leaked and posted by PhoneArena. This time the information comes from AT&T’s XDM support system, usually considered an accurate source for information.
According to XDM, field test units with the model number MB865 have been deployed to areas AT&T has designated as launch sites for their LTE network. What’s more, it’s been confirmed that the MB865 has been “provisioned with an LTE tracking code in the [AT&T's] billing system.”
Back in late May of this year, AT&T released a press statement that outlined their plans on the initial roll-out of LTE. The first five cities slated to land the network “this summer” include Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio. By the end of the year, AT&T plans to add another ten to that list, blanketing a total of 70 million customers with LTE.
Considering the pictures that have leaked, an appearance in XDM and AT&T’s given timeframe for the introduction of LTE, there’s a very good chance the MB865 will be released by this fall at the latest. We’ll be keeping an eye out for any more information as it continues to leak.