Jul 07 AT 12:35 PM Taylor Wimberly 22 Comments

FCC approves high-end Motorola phone for T-Mobile

Motorola MB710

The Motorola MB710.

Update: As pointed out in the comments, these new documents were released exactly six months after the original posting on the FCC site. It is likely they were just released because a confidentiality agreement ended. The new leaked T-Mobile roadmap does not list any new Motorola phones till November so I’m going to call this one busted.

A phone that resembles the Motorola Motoroi (or Milestone XT720) has just sailed through the FCC with support for T-Mobile’s 3G network. Rumors of a Sholes tablet device for T-Mobile date back to last year, but this is the first hard evidence we have seen in months.

Included in the FCC documents is the model number MB710, external pictures of the device, and an early draft of the user manual which mentions T-Mobile specific services, such as MyFaves (now phased out), and it references Motoblur.

This same device actually appeared on the FCC’s site back in January, but the entry was updated yesterday with the new pictures and a user manual.

The additional time could have been used to refresh the specs to be competitive with today’s Android phones. The original Motorola Motoroi had a 600 MHz OMAP3430, then the newer Milestone XT720 was updated to include a 720 MHz OMAP3440 processor. Motorola’s latest high-end phones (Droid X and Droid 2) are now sporting a 1 GHz OMAP3630, which could be a good candidate for this T-Mobile version.

As we saw with the Droid 2, Motorola can easily swap out the processor and keep same overall phone design. At this point, we will have to wait and see what details materialize about the T-Mobile MB710.

For a better idea of what the final phone might look like, check out Motorola’s commercial for the UK Milestone XT720.

Via: Phonescoop

Source: FCC

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  • http://www.twitter.com/RayMatthew RayMatthew

    This phone looks awesome, but with Motorola’s fail attempts at the CLIQ and CLIQ XT Updates. I dunno about this one. But its good to see a that T-Mobile is getting a little serious with high-end Android phones for their customers.

    Now for me, I have the fail CLIQ. I want to upgrade my phone. Now, its between the Samsung Vibrant, HTC Vision and now the Motorola Motoroi.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I think Moto and Tmo held back on the CLIQ updates so the Motorola Charm could be the first device with the new Motoblur on Android 2.1. You should see your software upgrade soon.

    • http://Website ms. matrix

      I’m with you, I remember looking at for this phone earlier in the year hoping it.would come out in time for me to get a desperately needed upgrade. It was between that and the cliq xt. Well the Motoroli never came out and i got the new cliq.

      At first I loved it but its the little things that is starting to bug me a bit. I’m really pisses about not getting the new android update. I think they are playing games with that…plus the touch keyboard is getting on my nerves.

      In the end i wish i could get a new phone,(I’m liking the mytouch slide) but since I upgraded with the cliq xt, I’m grounded. Unless about $500 falls into my lap, that’s the only way I’m getting anything new.

    • http://Website Titty!

      Failed attempt? By what, a few days.
      They are just trying to better the experience, for you.
      Meanwhile, Samsung has failed.
      Samsung won’t deliver update to behold,
      And its easy as slapping on their TouchWiz 3.0
      Which is completely hurrendous, has stayed in the 3.0 state in forever.
      Meanwhile, Motorola, is updating BLUR to better benefits.
      This phone looks much bettter then SGS.
      Go T-Mobile!

      • http://Website pimpstrong

        what EXACTLY is horrendous about TW3.0 on the SGS?

        • http://Website Titty!

          Let’s see because it looks very similar to that of an iPhone, and the format of widgets and apps are irrelevant to that of android.

  • http://Website Chris

    With all that valuable real estate on the front of that phone, that’s got to either be a really small screen, or a really big phone….

    • http://Website Steve A

      I was thinking the exact same thing. So much surface area, to little screen!

    • http://www.nexsoftware.net nEx.Software

      Exactly what I was thinking… Why, oh why, does Motorola insist on wasting so much space on the face of their phones?

    • http://Website Eddie Android

      Thats what I was thinking too but where else are you supposed to house that massive camera and Xenon flash?

  • http://Website Eddie Android

    Wow this phone is more tempting than the Vibrant specially because of the xenon flassssshhhh…..

    • http://Website jp2dj1

      I know! 8mp with REAL flash! And 720p video! But a way slower CPU/GPU than others!

      • http://Website Eddie Android

        I know I miss the xenon flash from my SE K800i (superior phone for its time btw) and LG Renoir. And the CPU/GPU has yet to be determined.

  • Time Pilot AKA

    I know a lot of folks aren’t fans of “industrial design” styling like this, let alone lack of symmetry, but to me this phone is really damn sexy. I especially like that [relatively] huge camera lens on the back.

  • Bulgaro

    I have to say that this is welcomed new if you’re a T-Mobile customer.

  • http://Website Terran

    Is that Android 1.5 in the screenshot?

    Why is it still on 1.5??

    Come on T-mobile!

    • http://Website John

      That’s not 1.5

      it’s blur.

      The blur UI looks super outdated, I guess we all cant be like motorola and appreciate “vintage looking technology”

      Motorola = FAIL

      ’nuff said. Never will I be tricked again into such a shitty user experience no matter how nice the phone is.

      Do yourself a favor and everyone stay away from Motorola, you’ll thank me later

      • http://Website Terran

        Not all motorolas are have blur.

        I think the Droid series is pretty nice.

        • http://Website John

          That’s true, they dont

          but I never said that they all did anyway.

          Most (If not all) of Moto’s android devices have a skin based off of blur. You can tell because none of their clocks denote am/pm on the notification bar. Also their notification bars have their own icons etc.

          Basically they take all the cool looking icons away from an AOSP build and put on their own crappy icons (That’s my opinion, it makes their junk look outdated)

          About the only good thing that Moto does is use OMAP processors. Their droid x is already faulty and it doesn’t even use blur, the way that phone runs will drive you nuts

  • http://Website jayy336

    I hope Motorola decides to upgrade the processor to 1 GHZ if they really wanna compete. I probably wouldn’t get this device myself just for the simple fact that its running motoblur. After having my nexus one, I don’t think I can ever go back to an android phone with a skinned UI, if I do then the specs would have to be very serious.

  • http://Website alex

    could this be tmos 1st HSPA+ phone look at the signal bar, nd really sexi phone

    • http://Website JAG

      Thats what I was thinkin