Galaxy S II & Droid Bionic: Fending Off Rumored HTC Vigor

As we rack our brains with what smartphone to buy, the list of devices seems to be growing with no chance of slowing up. Since the start of 2011, the phones just keep on coming and its a job to know what to opt for. Big names such as HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Apple and LG amongst others have all given us something to look forward to.

But are things about to get even more interesting? With the inclusion of WVGA displays and dual-core processors, the smartphone market is gearing itself up to another level and in the next few months we have some pretty impressive handsets to drool over, one of which named an Absolute Monster of a phone, the Nexus 4G.

In the last few months, a fairly big percentage of our articles have been looking at Samsung’s Galaxy S II and Motorola’s Droid Bionic. For the two phones in question, we know that they are definitely coming but if the news is anything to go by, then the Galaxy S II will just beat the Droid Bionic to the post with its release date, coincidentally both on the big red carrier Verizon.

Earlier today we brought you news that a leaked Verizon MAP had been sourced giving details of the Bionic with two if not three other handsets on the way, one was that of the HTC Vigor. The MAP only managed to give the names but no prices as well as news of an LG model number, possibly that of the next LG Revolution and a refresh of the HTC Droid Incredible 2, but its the Vigor that’s caught our eye.

If rumor is to have any substance to it, then the unannounced Vigor as its named, will follow that of the HTC Thunderbolt. The first thing we noticed is of its dual-core processor, that of a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, bigger and better than that of the Galaxy S II’s 1.2GHz and the Bionic’s 1GHz. Along with this, the Vigor is speculated to launch as the first smartphone with a 720p display. Running on Android’s 2.3.4 Gingerbread OS there is little difference between the three smartphones and the one question which remains unanswered, is that of the camera size, currently we know that the Galaxy S II and Bionic will have a 8 megapixel rear camera with the Samsung having a 2 megapixel to the front with a slightly lagging 0.3 megapixel for the Motorola.

Interestingly as stated, we know that HTC were planning on releasing up to eight more smartphones before the year is out, some of which are rumored to follow behind the HTC Sensation 4G and the HTC EVO 3D alongside a new 10-inch Puccini tablet.

What are your thoughts on the new HTC Vigor, big contender? Are you sitting tight for the Samsung or Motorola?

  • Anonymous

    What really is pathetic is that Motorola Droid Bionic will come with a slower clocked processor, and only a 0.3MP front facing camera. The Samsung Galaxy S II which has been out since April of this year is clocked a total of 400Mhz faster (i.e. 200Mhz per core) and comes with a 2 MP front facing camera.

    Why is Motorola releasing a phone that is outdated from the instant that it is released? It simply defies all logic and business sense…..

    If Samsung Galaxy S 2 is released with 4G, the Droid Bionic will be laid to rest. UNLESS they price it significantly less than the Samsung Galaxy S 2, as the Droid Bionic is really inferior to the Galaxy S II. I would have thought seeing that it has taken the inept and incompetent team at Motorola over 7 months from the time it appeared at CES in January to when it is finally released that they would have at least matched the Galaxy S 2 by bumping EACH core up 200 MHz bring it up from 1.0GHz to 1.2GHz and increasing the front facing camera by 1.7 Megapixels. I am an original Motorola Droid owner, and was really looking forward to the Bionic’s release. But with the constant delay in releasing and Motorola’s desire to keep the specifications a closely guarded secret for some reason? (I’m guessing because people would immediately see how inferior the Bionic is when stacked up to the hardware specs of the Samsung Galaxy S II which is a tried and tested device already selling over 5 million units in Europe and Asia.

    Seeing that the technology for a 1.2GHz dual processors and 2MP front facing camera was attainable since April 2011 as we have seen with the Samsung Galaxy S II, why is it 5 months later Motorola technology cannot even match it? Motorola is apparently totally outclassed. The CEO should step down immediately for his extremely poor marketing skills and for hiring idiots.

    What in the world is Motorola thinking releasing a phone into the market which has hardware components from 2010 ????

    • BrianB13

      The Bionic, unless the SGSII shows up first AND has a 4g LTE radio, the Bionic will be the first dual core 4g LTE phone ever. I wish the Bionic had the TI OMAP 4460 1.5 ghz processor in it. But in real terms of using the phones, what is the noticable difference in adding 200 Mhz to each core? Still, it would be more attractive if it had a faster processor. There are a lot of other factors that affect a phone’s performance such as all the bloatware that comes with the phones including Blur in Motorola’s case. There is no excuse for not having a 2 mp front facing camera but Motorola puts the out-of-date 0.3 mp camera on all their droids. If the Bionic did come with a 1.5 ghz processor and a 2 mp front facing camera, I would be really excited about getting one. Now, knowing the specs, I think it will be time to move on to another phone with superior specs.

  • Jayson Casavant

    One can only assume that moto bionic has been having serious problems for the delays to be this long. At this point the moto “super phone” is obsolete AND untested. At least we know that the samsung galaxy s2 is working as advertised, there are positive reviews posted every where to that effect. The worldwide volume is impressive and if there were problems we would know by now. What is most frustrating is that verizon continues to keep any and all information so close to the vest. I stopped in a store today to see if they had any information on the galaxy s2 and the clerk stared in wide eyed confusion ” thats a tablet” she said. OK.. if any of the BS internet rumors can be believed then we should expect the galaxy s2 to make its appearance at big red a week from today. If ( another big IF) this is the case then one would hope that their employees would receive at least SOME training before now and then. I have waited patiently for months for the bionic and given up. Now it appears that they are playing games with the samsung. Most customers would likely (grudgingly) wait if a firm date was offered, but instead they just keep stringing us along. This marketing plan(?) boggles the mind.