Motorola Droid Bionic & NVIDIA Chip: No Compatibility Issues

We’ve been bringing you lots of news over the last few days about the Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone due for release on Verizon. A week or so ago we told how the improved Droid Bionic had apparently been benchmarked with a Texas Instruments processor instead of the original NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip. This led some to wonder if the NVIDIA Tegra chip was somehow incompatible with Verizon’s LTE network but NVIDIA is now stressing that this is not the case.

To bring you up to speed it was not long ago that we wondered if we would ever see the Droid Bionic released at all, after it was delayed for enhancements, but now news is coming in thick and fast. We’ve had leaked images showing the improved form factor of the new Droid Bionic and then further leaked images and specs came to light so it looks as though the release is getting closer. Earlier today OSM’s own Maddy Rowe also took a look at the new improved specs of the Droid Bionic against another smartphone of the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S2 and asked which you might plump for.

Back to NVIDIA though and an article by Kellex over on DroidLife sheds some light on NVIDIA’s perspective on the rumors about its chip and compatibility with Verizon’s 4G LTE network. DroidLife had a phone conversation with NVIIDA who were at pains to put things straight. NVIDIA said, “Tegra has no compatibility issues with LTE at all. The Tegra-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE tablet runs on Verizon’s LTE network and is a perfect example of Tegra working fine w/ 4G LTE.” The statement makes it pretty clear then and NVIDIA also added “Tegra 2 interfaces with many types of modems via standard interfaces, including LTE. There is nothing inherently unique about LTE as far as Tegra 2 is concerned.”

Over on Android Police, Cameron Summerson, also reports on the NVIDIA statement and points out that as the Motorola Xoom LTE version was also delayed the problem was always as likely to be at Motorola’s end rather than NVIDIA’S. Whatever the problem, the recent leaks do suggest the Droid Bionic is on the way and we’d like to hear your thoughts on this. Are you still waiting for the Droid Bionic and if so, what has made you wait for it rather than any of the other new or upcoming smartphones? Let us know with your comments.

  • Anonymous

    htc, samsung and lg are all inferior 4G LTE phones regardless of which network your on. Motorola has the reputation to be the best although the delay on the bionic hurts them I believe they will redeem themselves when the bionic is “finally” released so I for one am impatiently waiting.