Verizon’s Motorola Droid Bionic Delayed

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The debut of the Motorola Droid Bionic has been pushed back, and this cutting-edge Android OS smartphone might not hit store shelves until next quarter. This will likely disappoint some Verizon customers, as this model will be chock full of high-end features, including a large screen and dual-core processor.

HTC ThunderBolt from VerizonA Motorola spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that the delay isn’t because of problems with the device, but because her company wants to add additional features. “We are incorporating several enhancements to make this an even better consumer experience.” She did not detail what these improvements will be.

The Droid Bionic was announced in January when Verizon was taking the wraps off of it and other devices with support for its 4G LTE network. Later that month, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said that this smartphone was going to be released in late Q2. Today, the company spokeswoman said that this product definitely won’t be on the market until summer, and might not be out until July.

This leaves Verizon with just one phone that can access its 4G network, the HTC ThunderBolt, at least for a short time. Two other 4G models are in the pipeline, the Samsung Droid Charge and the LG Revolution. These are rumored to be headed for release before the end of June, giving Verizon’s customers more LTE-powered options.

Preview of the Motorola Droid Bionic
Even if it doesn’t debut for several more months, the Droid Bionic will still be one of the most advanced smartphones available, thanks to its range of cutting edge features. The most noticeable of these will be a 4.3-inch screen with a qHD (960 x 540) resolution. Most of its competitors have WVGA (800 x 480) screens.

This model is also going to be one of the first with a NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip with two 1GHz cores. Single-core 1GHz processors are still the norm, so the Droid Bionic will be faster than most.

It’s not yet known which version of Google’s operating system this Motorola device will run. It could be Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread), but a newer version code-named Ice Cream is expected to come out around the time this smartphone is introduced. A move to the new version of the operating system could be reason for the delay of this model.

Other features on the Motorola Droid Bionic are going to include 512 MB of RAM, front- and rear-facing cameras, and an HDMI video-out port. In addition to 4G LTE, it’s expected to include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

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