Motorola Droid Bionic Roundup: Rumors, Release Info & Insight

The Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone on Verizon looks to be finally on the horizon at last with a release rumored for late July or early August. We know how many of you are waiting for this Android smartphone and have written countless articles keeping you up-to-date with all the rumors about release and specs and also insight. We thought it might be useful then to give you a roundup of all the recent information about the Droid Bionic.

Many of you will know that the Droid Bionic was held back for release as Motorola wanted to make ‘enhancements’ to the phone and we’re starting our roundup from the first leaks that came out about the improved version of the Droid Bionic. Just hit the links if you want to read more about any particular aspects as we go. Back at the beginning of June we saw the first leaked photos of the ‘new’ Bionic and its redesigned chassis and following that there were further leaks that suggested an 8-megapixel camera and webtop connectivity with dock, the Android 2.3. Gingerbread OS and also what appeared to be a 4.5-inch qHD screen. We then took a look at the leaked new specs of the Droid Bionic to compare it with the smartphone of the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S2.

After this we discussed whether the Droid Bionic would come with an unlocked bootloader or not, following news that Motorola intends to supply new devices unlocked at some point in 2011, an announcement that pleased a lot of people. We also took another look at the Droid Bionic vs the Galaxy S2 in respect of the importance to consumers of new smartphones having 4G LTE. We know the Droid Bionic is a 4G LTE phone but this has not yet been confirmed for the Galaxy S2, which is also waiting for its US release. The article concluded that 4G LTE was a significant selling point for new phones and that this might put the Droid Bionic ahead if the Galaxy S2 arrives without it.

We then heard some release speculation, which was based on the fact that the Droid Bionic may be released before Verizon axed its free mobile hotspot feature but alas as we later told, it didn’t arrive in time to meet the deadline. Following this we included the Droid Bionic in our roundup of Apple iPhone 5 competition and then just after that an important tweet from Motorola surfaced. The tweet reassured many, as it affirmed that the Bionic was still coming in time for a summer release. Next we gave details of an infographic showing a sales showdown between the Samsung Galaxy S II (S2) and the Motorola Droid Bionic.

As there was still a lot of consternation over the wait for the Droid Bionic we posted an article noting that surely it was better to wait for the Bionic and receive an excellent device, than get a half-baked product and asked readers opinions on this. Following this we detailed the release for the Motorola Droid 3 and questioned whether some might opt for this rather than wait for the Bionic, and then in a further insight we gave some compelling reasons why the Bionic could be a handset well worth waiting for. This was then further backed up when it was found that Verizon has the fastest network out there.

We then looked at a further leaked photo of the Droid Bionic with a rumored release date of July 28 and the release date then looked even more credible with the news that the Droid Bionic had now cleared the FCC. We then looked at a newly leaked phone, the HTC Eternity, and asked if it could possibly outdo both the Droid Bionic and the Galaxy S2, although the Eternity is a Windows Phone 7 device and not Android. Further release rumors then followed that fitted with our earlier release date rumor of July 28. This time it came from a leaked internal screenshot listing a release date of August 4 but we noted that in the case of the Droid 3 it was available for direct fill orders a week before the release in retail stores (this week) and so it’s still possible we might see the Bionic on July 28.

We’re nearing the end of our roundup so bear with me a little longer! Next we heard of a possible feature boost to the Droid Bionic, Netflix HD, and then gave details of some Best Buy promo materials with a clear image of the new design of the Droid Bionic and a ‘coming soon’ tag which certainly fits with the rumored release dates. Next, following the news that the Droid 3 came with a locked bootloader we speculated over whether the Bionic would now be released with a locked bootloader or not, and if this was a factor that would affect your decision on whether to purchase the Bionic. We also asked that if the Bionic were indeed launched with a locked bootloader, whether you would root your device or wait for an official update.

We then asked, now that the Droid 3 has been released, if people would purchase this instead of the Droid Bionic. Finally, we gave details of a review of the unlocked Galaxy S2 as a US release has still not been confirmed, where we also asked if you might opt for the Droid Bionic instead, particularly because of its confirmed 4G capability. So there you have it, our complete roundup of recent rumors, speculation, news and insight on the Motorola Droid Bionic, coming to Verizon very soon we hope. You can bet we’ll continue to keep you updated on developments for the Droid Bionic as we hear them.

We’d be really interested to hear your thoughts on this. Are you one of the many who’ve been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for this handset? Maybe you’ve got tired of waiting and are thinking of purchasing another smartphone? Let us know with your comments.

  • Pete Mahon

    I never buy a phone when it initially releases. I let the early adopters do the hard work and research. I figure by the time the Bionic has gone through the ringer, the Hercules will be out and the iPhone 5 shortly after. One more month of patience, and I will have three very good choices of Verizon-based phones to choose from. From there, it’s up to the early adopters and their perceptions of the phone to persuade me.

    Although, honestly, I’m really tired of my Incredible (it, too, does random reboots), and I just may pay for an iPhone 4.

  • Ruben Ali Fuenmayor

    I will most likely get the Bionic on release Just to sell my Thunderbolt and hope the Nexus Prime makes it to Verizon. There is a fear that Samsung will build it without a LTE antenna and stick with GSM. Please pick this up Verizon!

  • Jeremy Abbott

    Been due for upgrade for a couple months and have been waiting for a Dual-Core LTE phone to come out. If the Bionic is the first to fit the bill, then it will be a day one purchase for me.