Droid Bionic vs New Galaxy S II LTE: Advantage Diminished

We’ve been detailing two of the hottest smartphones for readers for as long as we can remember and they are the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Motorola Droid Bionic. We have given many comparisons between these handsets but as they both now approach their U.S. releases something extra has been added to the mix, the Galaxy S II LTE. Today we want to look at the Motorola Droid Bionic vs. new Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and see the impact of that important LTE factor.

No official specs have been confirmed yet for the Motorola Droid Bionic but after constant leaks there’s a widespread belief about what’s coming and we’ve made no secret of our excitement about this upcoming handset for the Verizon 4G LTE network. Rumored for a September 8 release, specs are set to include a 1GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch qHD display, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory plus a 16GB microSD card included. There’s also an 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video capture and VGA front-facer, all running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Meanwhile the Galaxy S II also runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has an 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front facer and 16 or 32GB storage. However the announcement on Sunday of the new Galaxy S II LTE has really stirred things up. The new LTE edition has an enlarged screen to a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus and also an increased processor, to a hefty 1.5GHz dual-core processor, plus of course that all-important 4G LTE support. It’s not yet known which US carrier will take the Galaxy S II LTE but of course Verizon and AT&T are both options, though it’s possible that Verizon could pass on the Galaxy S II LTE as well as the Galaxy S II standard variant, which we already reported about.

Way back in June we published an infographic depicting sales interest between these two handsets, showing that interest in the Galaxy S II was at that time higher than that of the Droid Bionic. The big advantage that the Droid Bionic had for some though, was its 4G LTE connectivity and over the last few months that has become more important to consumers. At the time of the infographic it was not yet known if the Galaxy S II would be 4G LTE-capable, although later it seemed more likely that it would not. The Galaxy S II LTE though adds an extra element to the competition.

We recently discussed how the Bionic would benefit from a sales bonanza because it had been announced that Verizon would not be carrying the S II but of course this has all changed now. We also told how the Galaxy S II LTE announcement could well overshadow the iPhone 5 launch, but of course it could also take sales away from the Droid Bionic. We still have no firm release date for the Galaxy S II, either standard or LTE, but Samsung is holding a product event later today where we may hear more on this.

All in all the reveal of a Galaxy S II with 4G LTE support has really thrown a spanner in the works for other upcoming handsets such as the Droid Bionic and iPhone 5 and it will certainly be interesting to see what happens in the smartphone market over the next few weeks. We’d like to know if the reveal of a Galaxy S II LTE might make you change your mind and tempt you away from purchasing the Droid Bionic? Maybe you’re sticking to the Bionic or always intended to go for the Galaxy S II, with or without LTE. Let us know with your comments.

  • Smoke NMirrors

    I think you’re talking about the “Droid Prime” here.

  • Anonymous

    Verizon has officially announced that they will not be carrying a variant of the SGSII, and the pre-press for Sammy’s event tonight confirms that. They may have an alternative device from Samsung in the works (Nexus Prime) but it is down the road a ways. HTC Vigor may compete sooner than the Nexus device, but for at least the next month there will be no better phone available on Verizon than th Bonic, and the Vigor while an improvement is only marginally so.

  • Anonymous

    Makes me wonder you have the Droid prime..and the LG optimus…..so why not create a variant of a phone called the optimus prime..perhaps throw “LG” or “droid” in there to prevent copyrights