After digging through a pile of pictures from the Chinese website Moto.it, a tipster at MobileGearz discovered what appear to be leaked shots of the upcoming Motorola DROID Bionic. So, without further ado, here they are:

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Yep, that's a Webtop dock you're seeing. Not to mention a completely new and revamped version of BLUR, Motorola's generally hated UI overlay. I have to admit, this version of BLUR actually borders on attractive. It's no Sense, but compared to the current state of affairs on Motorola's latest devices, it's a quantum leap forward.

You'll also notice that the phone itself looks almost nothing like the Bionic we saw at CES in January. In fact, it looks a lot better. Here, take a look at the old Bionic (on the left) compared to the new one:

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The old one looks like a fat lump of plastic junk compared to the new sleek and sexy design. Well, at least in my opinion. This generally confirms our suspicions (we'd heard some unofficial rumblings, as well) that the original Bionic was totally scrapped in favor of a different phone model (the previously codenamed "Glacier"). Why?

Some have speculated that Tegra 2 chipsets and LTE radios just couldn't be made to work together effectively, and that the original Bionic project was scrapped for such technical reasons.

I think it's far more likely that Motorola saw the competition upping the ante (namely, the Samsung Galaxy S II) and realized that Tegra 2 is a dying platform (for many reasons) that will soon give way to the likes of products from Qualcomm and Texas Instruments (Motorola's historic Android partner), and that Nvidia's Tegra 3 is just too far off to wait on.

Is this the real Bionic? We have no way of knowing for certain, but hey, it looks pretty legit to us.

Moto.it via Droid-life