The long-awaited Motorola Droid Bionic has finally been released by Verizon. Even though this smartphone was first announced in January, it still has an impressive set of features, like 4G, a qHD display, and a dual-core processor.
This model was unveiled at CES as part of the first collection of devices with support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network. However, Motorola decided last spring to take it back to the design phase it before it was released.
The Droid Bionic is launching today in Verizon stores and on this carrier’s website. It costs $300 with a two-year wireless service contract.
Motorola’s latest includes a 4.3-inch screen with a qHD (960 x 540) resolution. It runs Android OS 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) on a NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip with dual 1GHz cores. The device includes 1GB of RAM, 16 GB of built in storage capacity, and is bundled with a 16 GB microSD card.
The Droid Bionic also includes an HDMI video-out port with support for 1080p HD video playback. It has mirror mode, so anything shown on the handset can appear on a TV.
It sports an 8MP rear-facing camera, as well as front-facing one for video conferencing. The device can capture 1080p video.
In addition to support for Verizon’s 4G LTE service, the Droid Bionic has 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Users can use the device as a Wi-Fi access point for an additional fee.
This is one of Motorola’s Webtop smartphones, which means that plugging into one of several docks causes it to boot up Linux with a full desktop version of the Firefox 4.0 web browser. Users can then use the device as if it were a netbook or simple PC.
Verizon is going to be offering several Webtop accessories. The Lapdock will be $300, the HD Station will be $100, and the Adapter for Webtop Application will be $30. For a limited time, those who buy a Lapdock with this handset will receive a $100 mail-in rebate when subscribing to a $50 a month, 5 GB data plan or higher.
Motorola created a short video to highlight many of the features of the Droid Bionic: