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Motorola DROID Bionic priced at $587 off-contract with possible August 26th launch?

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Motorola DROID Bionic priced at $587 off-contract with possible August 26th launch?
The Motorola DROID Bionic could be within 2 weeks of being launched according to a source for Android Central who expects to see the long awaited phone get released on August 26th, no matter what Sanjay Jha has said. As if to punctuate how close the eagerly awaited handset could be to being in your grasp, it seems that at least one Verizon location has already received its shipment of the phone. And the paperwork that the store received with the shipment shows that it booked in 2 units of the phone that have a retail value of $587 each. Now before you turn red and start shaking, that dollar amount is before any subsidy or rebate. We would imagine that Verizon will offer the Motorola DROID Bionic for a price of $249.99 with a 2 -year contract. Any higher could price the phone out of the market.

A leaked view of the Tips and Tricks manual for the Motorola DROID Bionic

A leaked view of the Tips and Tricks manual for the Motorola DROID Bionic

That is not the only new Motorola DROID Bionic news today. A tipster for TechnoBuffalo was able to leak the Tips and Tricks manual for the phone and as a result, we can confirm that the device will have a laptop styled dock to connect to that offers a full Firefox browser-similar to what is available for the Motorola ATRIX 4G on AT&T. The DROID Bionic will have new widgets and will offer wireless printing via Wi-Fi which is being called MotoPrint. A bedside mode will allow you to use your phone as an alarm clock and there will be an HDMI-out slot with mirror mode so that your HD television can show what is on your DROID Bionic's display.

Need to access your home PC while on the road? Your Motorola DROID Bionic will be equipped with Zumocast which will let you access and stream files remotely from your PC to your handset. Most of the other specs revealed in the leaked manual have been pretty much confirmed before, like the 4.3 inch qHD display, an 8MP camera with LED flash that captures video at 1080p, a trio of microphones scattered throughout the device and the ability to be a mobile hotspot for as many as 8 devices.

Does all of this quicken your pulse and make you even more hungry for the Motorola DROID Bionic, or has the picture of the Motorola DROID HD that we showed you this morning changed your focus?

source: TechnoBuffalo via AndroidCentral

Note that the unit cost of each Motorola DROID Bionic shows a price of $587

Note that the unit cost of each Motorola DROID Bionic shows a price of $587




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posted on 17 Aug 2011, 21:33

1. dandirk (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


hmmm $587 bit pricey... buy what do you expect.

I wonder since my 2 year is up, don't I get one last full upgrade discount of $100???? I thought I read that you can even apply that to non-contract pricing???

Don't know what I am saying... I know I will wait for some reviews and battery testing.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 00:16

15. Sniggly (Posts: 6946; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


587 is about average for off contract pricing on a premium smartphone.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 00:48

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


No I'd say more around $640 Where I live, Sensation and Galaxy Sll are around $680 unlocked while Atrix 4G and Xperia Arc are around $650 unlocked

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 21:35

2. Chakra (Posts: 120; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)


Where are you getting this date from? Just stop with the speculation already. Must be a slow news day.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 21:39

3. Droid ZEx (unregistered)


$100 NE2 credits were only given to people on pretty big calling plans. You might have a 50 or a 30, but it will NOT apply to non-contract prices. I promise.

I feel that Bionic really is late to the party. I'm excited to upgrade from my Droid 2 (though this is the best device I've ever had), but the bionic is going to be outdated 5 weeks from launch.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 21:45 2

5. qafasf (unregistered)


but 5 weeks from launch the Bionic will be on Amazon for $50

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 13:30

24. Chakra (Posts: 120; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)


How big is "pretty big calling plans"? I'm on the unlimited minutes plans, yet my NE2 is still only $30

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 21:44

4. rex0422 (Posts: 30; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


I really want the Droid Bionic, I have been waiting it for a long time, but I have the Thunderbolt now and it's great. Motorola is not so good with marketing, I suppose, since they don't know how to manage the release dates and they are hiding some things from us (consumers).

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 22:18

6. maybeNotbionic (unregistered)


you guys should confirm with your verizon rep about the $50 credit for a new 2 year because mine was forfeited in like June. Verizon gave me a deadline that if I didn't use it by than it will be forfeited. Even though I am grandfathered into a unlimited plan with verizon I might change to sprint because they have some great promos. Now I'm just waiting for the gs2... But for bionic I think I'll pass since it's heavy, clunky and ugly UI, most likely will be out performed by the gs2, and may have some serious potential of overheating. Gs2 at least MOST everyone else in the world has said that its alright.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 23:06

10. dandirk (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


Yeah I thought I read that too when the whole discontinue thing happened.

Worth a shot.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 22:31 2

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


$587 isn't so bad. i might sell my Thunderbolt on Swappa to get one but i'm hoping Verizon will let me trade it back because i just got it on the 13th. o:

i hope now that Google has bought Motorola that they decide to replace the Firefox browser on Webtop with Google Chrome. Google Chrome is the best.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 00:25

16. WM6.5Sucks (Posts: 42; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Ha I like your sarcasm??? shouldn't there be like 30, 60 or 90 day return policy?

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 00:37

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


it's 15 days on Verizon.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 11:37

33. FirefoxSucksChromeCopiedOpera (unregistered)


I hope I can get Opera to work instead

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 22:44

8. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


thats more than most tablets, then again, its the size of a tablet......

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 22:56

9. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Why would I waste $587 on a bloat magnet? And lol, eBay or Craiglist. Honestly, Android fans waste too much money chasing after the next shiny Android phone.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 23:06 3

11. xmrrushx (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


and isheep dont?

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 23:11

13. dandirk (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


dunno cause you would rather waste $600 on a pretty apple with android notifications that Apple innovated but failed to implement in the 2-3 years android copied it from them. Also don't forget the ~4" screen Apple innovated but didn't implement that either til the 5.

I also noticed you did not show your "iphone is better at EVERYTHING" face at the camera comparison. Where not only was the iphone NOT the best but actually the worst for indoor pics.

I was thinking about it to avoid a contract. Doesn't mean I will. Maybe something else will come out by the time I get around to replacing my reliable Droid.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 01:57 1

21. spectre1006 (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Can you remind me how long it took apple to get flash on the camera?

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 23:11

12. Droider (Posts: 24; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


droid bionic or droid charge? idk which is worth it more...please help

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 00:02 1

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


DEFINITELY the Droid Bionic.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 00:48 1

18. spectre1006 (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


bionic by far. it will be the first dual core lte phone. do not mind the processor speed. ti omaps are great for overclocking. the memory is ddr2 and people think moto made their own lte radio so it would be thinner as well as hopefully power efficient.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 00:57

20. j405 (unregistered)


Next to the word "hater" or the phrase "you hating"...."outdated" is probably the other word that people misuse or overuse.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 14:22

25. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


wait for something better first 1/4 2012 or get bionic in november? I just dont want a bionic killer to come out in less than 6mnths after I buy it, if I do that is :(

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 14:27

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


there will always be a new killer 6 months from every release, i promise you. the only factor should be how much you want from the phone that you can't get from your current phone.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 15:04

27. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I guess I'll just wait for the holidays and get the best phone out at that time for verizon. You have to hate and love the quantum leap era we're in lol.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 16:40

28. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


anyone hear of the specs of the frontal camera on the bionic? 1.3 or 2.0?

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 00:42

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


it's probably 1.3MP.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 11:51

30. h4n1 (unregistered)


For all of you that do not understand Verizon pricing. The 500-600 dollar pricing on these phones is for no contract. If you go into a Verizon store they will offer it to you for probably 300 in exchange for a 2 year contract extension. This is what the average customer does. New Every 2 credits that you guys are talking about are additional credits that get added on to the 2 year upgrade for phones with high price plans. These were done away with in June. They used to come in 30, 50, and 100 dollar amounts.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 12:08

31. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


If its 1.3 I probably wont get it. I want the best out during the holidays!

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 17:30

32. Tara (unregistered)


Pretty much every other source says September 8th, and the leaked Droid Bionic commercial says [September] at the end. Not to mention the fact that Verizon launches new devices on Thursdays, and the 26th is a Friday, so...

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