Motorola Droid Bionic Not Coming Until Mid-Year

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There’s bad news for fans of Verizon’s popular Droid line of high-end Android OS smartphones. Despite being pre-announced at CES early this month, the Motorola Droid Bionic isn’t going to be released for nearly half a year.

HTC ThunderBolt from VerizonThis device is going to be the series with support for Verizon’s new 4G LTE service. It is also going to sport a large, very high-resolution display.

At CES, Motorola said the Droid Bionic would be out at some point in the second quarter of this year. That could have meant that the device was going to launch as early as April. However, in a conference call with investors, company CEO Sanjay Jha got a bit more specific, saying that this device isn’t going to debut until “the end of the second quarter”, which means some time in June.

This launch is going to be well behind that of many of the other smartphones announced at the Consumer Electronics Show. This includes the HTC ThunderBolt, another Android OS model with support for Verizon’s 4G network that could be released as early as next month. Still, the Motorola model is going to have a better screen and faster processor than this rival device.

Cutting-Edge Specifications
The Droid Bionic was one of the most advanced smartphones announced at CES.

It is going to have a simple bar shape, but it will include a 4.3-inch screen that will be one of the first with a qHD (960 x 540) resolution.

This model is also going to be one of the first with a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip. This will have two 1 GHz cores.

It’s not yet known which version of Google’s operating system this device will run. It could be Android OS 2.3, but OS 2.4 is expected to be out around the time this smartphone is introduced.

Other features are going to include 512 MB of RAM, front- and rear-facing cameras, and an HDMI video-out port.

The price for the Motorola Droid Bionic has not yet been announced, and this far before the launch probably hasn’t yet been determined.




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