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Leaked user manual for the Motorola DROID Bionic confirms 4.3 inch qHD screen

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Leaked user manual for the Motorola DROID Bionic confirms 4.3 inch qHD screen
As of last night, there were three major questions left pertaining to the Motorola DROID Bionic. What we didn't yet know about this eagerly awaited smartphone was the official launch date, the price of the phone and the size of the screen. But after FCC documents leaked the DROID Bionic's user manual, we can not only scratch that last question off the list, we can even add some new information about the phone.

According to the user manual, the Motorola DROID Bionic will be rolling out with a 4.3 inch qHD display, not the 4.5 inches that some had extrapolated from leaked photographs of the handset. Furthermore, the manual seems to indicate that the DROID Bionic will be a World Phone. There is a section of the manual that discusses World Phone GSM functions. This would make the device the first CDMA/LTE/GSM smartphone which could be quite stressful to the battery. As an LTE device, the DROID Bionic was going to need a SIM card anyway, so why not add that GSM radio for roaming?

Also discovered in the leaked material is the micro-HDMI port, right under the micro USB port. Now all we need is an official launch date from Verizon and the price. After we get that information, it will be just a matter of will power to keep that Verizon upgrade in your pocket until the Motorola DROID Bionic can be purchased at last.

source: FCC via AndroidCentralForums

The Motorola DROID Bionic user manual gives away the size of the display
The Motorola DROID Bionic user manual gives away the size of the display

The Motorola DROID Bionic user manual gives away the size of the display



**UPDATE**

Just adding a couple of more pictures from the FCC documents

Leaked user manual for the Motorola DROID Bionic confirms 4.3 inch qHD screen


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posted on 07 Aug 2011, 12:23 7

1. hawke9150 (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


A little bummed about the screen size, but I am going to still wait to see what other specs it is going to have.

I am going to compare it with the Galaxy S II and then decide, but am in no rush as my Droid X is working for me just fine.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 12:26 2

3. isac417 (Posts: 6; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


my DX reboots randomly.
no more motorola for me

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 12:53 3

7. josuearisty (Posts: 148; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Bad for you, Motorola makes almost best hardware!

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 13:13 4

9. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


next to samsung. :)

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 17:38 2

27. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


next to Samsung? hardware? Motorola builds the most sturdy phones, they have the best sound quality and they have the best radios. i'll let you re-think that one guy.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 18:56 4

36. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


Too bad their software sucks, not to mention the locked down bootloader. My original DROID is still a beast of a phone, but Motorola needs to keep up with the times!

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 22:38

46. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


they do just fine keeping up in my opinion and you can't really knock Motorola about locked bootloaders when HTC does the same thing. HTC has given users the freedom to unlock theirs and Motorola has said they'll do the same.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 23:20 2

49. smyers1012 (unregistered)


This guys completely right my dad works for motorola soultions and always tells me how good mobility's hardware has always been and how they've always needed help with software...Thats why android is perfect for them, however they need to drop blur haha...Thump3r is completely right. Anyone that thinks samsung is better go take a look at at droid charge..oh right it's made of plastic...all Motorola phones are pieces of well designed, sturdy metal.

posted on 08 Aug 2011, 12:00

63. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 396; Member since: 24 May 2011)


samsung makes the best screen and they make make the best processor....i do think that falls in the hardware category...use a galaxy s 2 and c the difference

posted on 08 Aug 2011, 20:11

68. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


you act like there's a huge difference between the Exynos and the OMAP4 when there really isn't. the Exynos is clocked 20% higher and it's not being used in a phone with half the RAM and a 25% pixel density increase with qHD. the OMAP4 is a great processor and the only thing you can really compare to the Exynos atm. as far as the screen is concerned that's a matter of taste. technically speaking Motorola is using qHD and Samsung is using WVGA even though it's SA+. again technically speaking both screens have a trade off for each other and i personally don't care for the color saturation that SA+ shows, the only thing i really like is it's black levels.

posted on 08 Aug 2011, 06:05 1

54. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Oops. Gave you thumbs down by mistake.
I agree with you that Samsung makes the best hardware. After that comes Nokia.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 13:33

11. wowREALLYmoto (unregistered)


well so far moto seems to have the best radio but other than that...

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 19:01 2

38. DX2 (unregistered)


Had the same issue with my OG DX and my wife's. I was told that it could be an app on your phone that causing the issue after the software update, after deleting and wiping got tired of it complained a BUNCH and got a swap for the X2. But I can't leave Motorola for one issue!!!

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 21:13

42. Irad123 (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


The photon 4G is also a great option...

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 23:28

50. stanc (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


My Samsung reboots randomly as well.

posted on 08 Aug 2011, 09:45

60. Mightymack (Posts: 74; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)


Mine actually does too. When i listen to music, it cuts right off. I still love my phone though :)

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 12:28 2

4. TheBrizz (Posts: 18; Member since: 24 Sep 2010)


What's wrong with the screen size? I have an HTC Inspire and love the 4.3" screen. To me, it's just right.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 12:25 2

2. isac417 (Posts: 6; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


no thanks

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 12:34 2

5. timshady337 (Posts: 45; Member since: 19 Nov 2009)


A 4.5" screen would have made it a standout. You will need all tha advantage you can get to compete with the SgsII

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 18:03 1

33. gaby1451 (Posts: 113; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Yes but remember, this is a 4.3in screen with QHD resolution. A 4.5in screen like on a Samsung Galaxy S II with a Super AMOLED Plus display is great(!) and all, but the resolution is a mid range 480x800 WVGA resolution.

If I were shopping around for screen sizes, I'd want a phone with a great screen, but sharp resolution as well. Not that there's anything wrong with WVGA resolution. Just saying ;-)

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 21:00

41. Goldeneye (Posts: 354; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


4.3 inch is big enough already! If you want/need anything bigger get yourself a tablet like a flyer or something, there are people who want a more pocketable device and I think 4.3 is the limit for that

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 22:39

47. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


it's screen size, not phone size.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 23:04

48. Goldeneye (Posts: 354; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


That's what I'm saying the bigger the screen the bigger the device or do you really expect MOTO to fit a 4.5 screen in this same dimensions, I don't think so

posted on 08 Aug 2011, 11:56

62. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


they can and you've seen the pictures with it next to the Charge and if you're gonna whine about THAT kind of difference then you're either just trying to get attention or you're really a peculiar individual.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 12:51 1

6. zhieson (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Jun 2011)


Bigger isn't better IMO. 4.5" just means that much more mass in my side pocket. Hopefully its not too thick and the battery life isn't too crappy.

But it'll def be compared to the Samsung Stratosphere that's coming out. Hopefully the Strato is the SII w/LTE.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 15:41

20. KParks23 (Posts: 452; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


4.5 would be good they waste alot of space around the screen so they could make a phone the same size as the 4.3 screens

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 13:03 6

8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Sgs2 anyone? Yes please.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 13:35

12. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


If both come out the same day like previously speculated, it'll be a long half hour at a verizon store. Though i cant shake this feeling that the first time i see the SGS2 in person it'll make the decision for me.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 18:58 2

37. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


Come up to Canada and feel the SGSII in your hands. IMO I wish they'd take a lesson from HTC or Apple for their back covers even at the expense of a bit of weight, but I guess their goal was minimal weight for the size and they did achieve that so I can't really complain.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 13:35

13. wowREALLYmoto (unregistered)


Oh yes! but I might get the sprint version because they have a great promo where I live. Verizon's not even giving me my $50 upgrade credit that I was entitled to anymore. Also I bet the bionic will be $299 with 2 year!

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 13:32 1

10. wowREALLYmoto (unregistered)


wow if the g2 have lte and gets released the same time as this phone, the bionic will lose hands down. Also from the fcc leak the sprint version of gs2 might even come with a 1800mah battery so that is plus. But do you guys think the exynos with mali400 is faster than the upcoming nexus with most likely a ti omap 4460 powervr sgx 540? The 540 is kind of old but according to wiki the clock speed is increased to 384mhz...

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 13:39

14. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


now im just worried about the battery :/

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 13:45 4

15. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


This phone is nothing more than a droidx2 with the addition of Lte...and thats it....nothing special...a lot of anticipation for nada.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 16:38 1

21. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I could see comparing it to the Droid 3....

Compared to the DX2 it has more ram, a different cpu/gpu combo, front camera, webtop...and LTE like you said.

Only thing you can say it shares with the DX2 is the size and 3 mics.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 13:55 2

16. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Ok I've used the S2 and it really is amazing. Doubt Moto can really pull anything off that can make users consider the BIONIC over it. If you put it into perspective than the only advantage the Bionic has over the S2 is the qHD screen. I've used an Atrix, Sensation, and S2 side-by-side and it really doesnt make a huge difference in qHD vs WVGA. I do hope the SGS ll comes with LTE in the US!

So here it is for all' you too stupid to make a decision:

Bionic over S2:

1.More screen resolution
2. Bigger battery
3. LTE connectivity is certain.


S2 over Bionic:

1. AMOLED screen vs LCD. (Much better)
2. Sammy has better after-market support.
3. Thinner
4. Lighter
5. Exynos chip is better than EVERYTHING else and will be for a while.

If it were me, I'd prefer something like the SGSll, Thrill 4G or EVO 3D to something like the Bionic. Of course, you could all wait for the S.E.X. Duo (lol) and it will beat them ALL!

I'm gonna be locked with the Sensation for 2 years so this doesn't concern me but if I were you, I'd get an Sll or wait for S.E's Duo. Hey, maybe even wait for the iPhone 4S, Although you'd be considered an iSheep among fandroids you can't doubt that Apple knows how to please customers and serve up good hardware coupled with all the wonders of the app store!

(P.S. Don't accuse me of being an iTroll in disguise I'm just trying to see through the eyes of an unbiased consumer :)

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 14:18 2

17. adrenoFAILS (unregistered)


the gs2 battery could be 1800mah and can you really say exynos is the best for a while? the nexus might come out with the ti omap 4460 soon. Some people say that 4460 is faster IDK. But yeah I do agree that between bionic and gs2 I would have to go with the gs2.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 14:57 1

18. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


The bionic might have higher screen resolution on paper but compare them two side by side and the sgs2 will actually be better. Don't know if you have heard about it but Motorola has been using the pantel*sp display and it makes everything look way more pixelated.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 17:44

29. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i barely even notice it anymore and if it gives me a break on battery usage and still gives me the perceived resolution of qHD then the barely noticeable pixelation is a fair trade off.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 15:40 1

19. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


The OMAP 44300 and Exynos are so close its almost a moot point. It doesnt destroy the D3 in benchmarks like some ppl claim....and thats with 1/2 the ram, lower clocked cpu and higher screen res.

When you say better after market support, is that accessories or support form Samsung. If its accessories...there is a chance the Bionic comes with the inductive charging back, it will have webtop feature.

If its support from Samsung...you must be talking about support for overseas users. Cuz in the US Sammy has a very shaky track record. Moto's better in the US.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 16:52 1

22. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


The Droid 3 only gets 2500+ with benchmark while the SGS2 gets 3500-4000 on the same benchmark. I guess maybe you don't think that's a big difference apparently but when you look at a single core like the Droid X for example, it can get 1800.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 17:35 1

25. Immolate (Posts: 288; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


D3 has half the RAM, more pixels than the SII and is clocked 20% higher. Were you expecting similar benchmarks?

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 19:02 1

39. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


course not I'm just responding to his claim that they have very similar benchmark scores when they really don't.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 17:49

30. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


the Galaxy S II gets 3500-4000 on a GOOD day, on average it stays around 3000 from where i'm seeing the benchmarks and i've gotten my Droid 3 as high as 2700 and like he said that's with half the RAM and it's clocked at 1GHz vs. 1.2GHz on the Galaxy S II. you'd be a fool to not realize the OMAP4 is the best thing to go against the Exynos.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 17:32 1

24. Immolate (Posts: 288; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


SGSII is lighter because it uses much cheaper materials in its construction (ever own a Samsung before?) is much thinner because it does not have to make room for an LTE radio and it has a smaller battery for the same reason.

AMOLED+ screens are more pleasing to those whose eyes are drawn to saturation. To others, it seems garish. Both screens are reputed to have low power consumption and better visibility under sunlight. I can vouch for the D3 in that regard.

I have seen nobody of authority or reputed authority claiming Verizon's SGSII will have LTE. I guess the good news is that all of the SII's that we're starting to get information on for the various carriers in the US look to be completely different phones. Different screen size, battery size, processors, etc. Do you really think that the Herc is going to look or feel anything like the SII in Europe? It may be a fine phone in itself, but it isn't the phone that the Koreans launched earlier this year. Nothing like it. We don't know much of anything about the Verizon SII, but that's probably a good thing. The only way you'll get an LTE radio on your SII is if they completely redesign it.

Oh, and Samsung has better after-market support? Really?

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 17:52 3

31. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


thanks, that's what i've been trying to tell these people exactly. it's unlikely Samsung will compromise the design of the Galaxy S II for LTE and we don't even know if they can make Exynos and LTE play nice either and if the Galaxy S II doesn't have Exynos it almost completely loses it's appeal.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 17:42 2

28. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


don't forget about Webtop with the Bionic, that's a selling factor for me being someone that travels a lot and wants versatility.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 21:42

43. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)


Why are SGS2 fans starting to sound more and more like Apple Fanboys sound when they go on and on about the iPhone?

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 22:05 1

44. Immolate (Posts: 288; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


Part of it is because the SGSII is a singular device, much like the original droid was. Mostly though because those who want one have been forced to make do with a fantasy. What is odd to me is that these fans are transferring their desires unchanged to the phones that Samsung is planning to release in the US even though they seem to be entirely different than the classic, svelt beauty that they've been dreaming of.

posted on 08 Aug 2011, 00:08 1

51. stanc (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


Actually, the Nvidia Kal-el chip being release next month will beat Exynos. It is 5x faster than the TG2 with 4 cpu cores and 12 gpu cores.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 17:18

23. justj (unregistered)


Why is it that almost EVERY article, no matter what it is about, turns into a discussion about the SGS2?!? But i do think the Bionic has a MUCH stronger chance of ACTUALLY being around and for purchase LONG before samsung/AT&T/Verizon/Sprint/TMobile, ever get around to making the SGS2 available! I wanted and have been waiting for the SGS2 but I have to let go and buy somthing before a trip, if anyone has any suggestions, that would be great!

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 17:37 1

26. Immolate (Posts: 288; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


People do like to compare the relative merits of their favorite unicorns.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 17:56

32. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i have a feeling this is fake. the picture looks like an edited Droid 2 with a slightly dated interface (i know the Bionic looks SIMILAR to the Droid 2 but this looks more like the Droid 2 than what we've seen of the Bionic, trust me, i've owned the Droid 2 for almost a year.) plus we've seen real pictures of the Bionic and it's clearly got a bigger screen than that on the Droid Charge sized at 4.3". this says it's the same size. i call fake! fake, fake, fake!

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 18:09

35. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


and on top of THAT it has the Droid 2's unique wallpaper. that doesn't come on any other device than the Droid 2.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 18:08 1

34. Whateverman (Posts: 3223; Member since: 17 May 2009)


After owning the Droid and the DX, I was hoping for something that would look just a little different. Instead, they gave us yet another rectangle... The performance bump and 4G sound great but there isn't much here that sets it apart from the DX. It looks almost identical IMHO. The Photon looks different, so does the Atrix, why does VZW keep getting the same phone with little tweaks? Sure the gs2 is a big rectangle as well, but at least it has a SAMOLED screen. Motorola, get it together.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 20:42 1

40. bossmt_2 (Posts: 434; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


if the Verizon Galaxy S2 has as much bloatware as the fascinate I'd much rather have the Bionic. Bing as the default search engine on an android device is wrong.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 22:19

45. ken (unregistered)


I have Atrix and SG II, trust me, you aren't getting real advantage by having qHD screen, and in fact when you put them side by side and compare (of course its a matter of personal taste), AMOLED sure prevails and colors so vibrant, and its easy to choose between them. Having said that, handgrip, build and call quality are of Moto's best offerings, and for that i wont give Moto up, let see where moto is going to lead us in this tech world.

posted on 08 Aug 2011, 01:29

52. cr8tive007 (Posts: 53; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Ive been waiting since ces in Vegas for this phone... I can't tell you how dissapointed I am in the design hump that looks to occupy almost a third of the phone. Samsung looks cool but all plastic. 13 megapixel moto dinara going to att... I dont like iphone... Oh well looks like ill just keep my droidx. If droid 3 was lte id go for that.. I like the 5 row physical keyboard. Nice job moto on that!

posted on 08 Aug 2011, 02:07

53. k_steel (unregistered)


MOTO is going Steve Jobs on Bionic.......Hiding it from the world and letting all speculations go rife.......But with SG SII LTE and Iphone 5 around the corner I wonder if MOTO Bionic will hold ground when the powerhouses finally make their grand appearance....
Having used SG SII I must admit its an amazing device.....but when it comes to build quality Samsung is far behind MOTO,HTC and far far off from Apple.....
But Exynos has so far has beaten every other processor to the dust.......

posted on 08 Aug 2011, 11:05 1

61. whatdah (unregistered)


Samsung's build quality sucks
HTC's battery life and screen suck
Apple's itunes and all "i"'s suck
Sucker Ericcson starts with suck

The best phone out there is Droid X3 and soon Bionic will take the flag and move one step forward

posted on 08 Aug 2011, 06:05

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