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Motorola hints that the DROID Bionic will be a new phone

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Motorola hints that the DROID Bionic will be a new phone
Motorola dropped some hints today that the upcoming DROID Bionic will be a different model than the phone that was originally given that name, the Motorola Etna. As the DROID Bionic, the Etna was widely promoted during CES as being Verizon's first dual-core handset and many of the carrier's customers had already penciled in the device as being their next smartphone.

Motorola has updated the device's fact sheet and now says that the Motorola DROID Bionic, expected to launch this summer, will focus on a "improved form factor" besides changes that have been made inside the model. The manufacturer has not come right out and admitted that the original DROID Bionic had suffered through a series of technical problems that led to the device being pulled. Instead, the public is simply being told that changes have been made to make the DROID Bionic a better customer experience. The original specs have been removed from the fact sheet site. The upgraded fact sheet reads, "Based on compelling feedback since the show, we are incorporating several enhancements to make this an even better consumer experience. This includes expanded features, functionality and an improved form factor." The words are  similar to a statement made by Motorola to the Wall Street Journal last week.

As we reported, the model widely expected to become the Motorola DROID Bionic is a DROID X look-alike called the Targa. Like the now defunct Etna, both models have a qHD 4.3 inch screen, and a Tegra 2 processor under the hood. The Targa brings a jump to a 13MP camera from the 8MP shooter that was on the Etna. The result is a slimmer unit getting the Motorola DROID Bionic name, with a hump for the improved camera sensor on the back.

Now that Motorola has hinted that the DROID Bionic is a completely different handset than the phone seen at CES, it would behoove them to start releasing the new specs as soon as possible because all those customers who had planned on upgrading to what they thought was the DROID Bionic are potential free agents who might start looking elsewhere for the dual-core 4G lovin' they were hoping to find. A phone like the T-Mobile G2x would certainly fit the bill.

source: MotorolaMobility via electronista

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posted on 28 Apr 2011, 07:41 5

1. cheetah2k (Posts: 859; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Why on earth would one buy the G2x over the bionic??

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 09:52 2

9. sitruc (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Not to mention LTE and the network matter.

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 12:07

20. saberwlf (unregistered)


I did. I got tired of waiting on a replacement for my Droid Eris with a CM7 and the Thunderbolt was too big and bulky and yesterday's technology. While TMobile's service is not quite as good as Verizon, it is working great for me. In fact I've already travelled with it and service was good. Verizon needs to step up and start releasing current phones. I got tired of waiting and the rate plans on TMobile blow Verizon away. The G2x is an incredible phone and I'm glad I made the switch. Besides, I really like the 4" screen form factor as it is my pocket phone. Also, the G2x is a pure Android phone without all the bloatware and locked bootloaders Motorola phones have.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 07:41 1

2. evan5000 (Posts: 5; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


Called it!

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 07:49 2

3. Flunder (unregistered)


Think John Belushi in Animal House targa....targa.....Targa...Targa...TARga..TARGA.TA RGA.TARGA.TARGATARGATARGATARGATARGATARGATARGA

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 08:07 1

4. snowgator (Posts: 3276; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


:-p Makes me smile .....

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 08:21 2

5. PhoneLuver (Posts: 468; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Why are all companies calling their devices droids? It's starting to become rather confusing!

Motorola Droid, Droid X,
Samsung Droid Charge,
HTC Droid Incredible etc..

I think it was easier when phones had numbers.
You knew that Nokia the "3" series and that 3410 was better than the 3310.
With the "8" series 8310 was better than the 8210 etc..

I'm a tech guy and if I can get confused, imagine what the layman is going through!

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 08:43 1

6. fleanote (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Jan 2011)


I agree. My non techie friends think all devices that run Android are Droid's.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 09:16 3

7. beatlesfan (Posts: 150; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


I disagree. I think the names were so non-techies can remember the name better. Its simple marketing. Rather than a customer having to remember a 2 letter and 4-6 digit code for the phone it is much easier to remember 'cool' names. They still have model numbers associated with them anyway.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 10:28 1

11. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


besides "Droids" seem to be updated a lot more. then other android devices on the verizon network. it just seems they get more attention then all the others. granted the TB with its release and hype could have been the HTC Droid Storm or something if they had decided that it was droid material. my only guess as why they didnt was the battery and connectivity issue they are having.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 13:06

16. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 302; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Its a trademark that Verizon bought and paid for when the Motorola DROID and etc DROID eris first came out. Notice all those phones are Verizon.

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 10:53

19. Preach2k (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Aug 2010)


Droid Is a Verizon Brand Name Only.. You will not see any droids on any other provider.

posted on 02 May 2011, 08:41

21. Weston (unregistered)


Every android powered phone on Verizon has the DROID moniker. Any android powered phone on all other networks are not identified by the DROID name.

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 21:40

22. shaneo (unregistered)


No, not all Verizon android phones have the DROID moniker. Only those which they deem meet the criteria to be called a "DROID". They have several other android phones that aren't DROID phones.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 09:46 1

8. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


Is this article telliing us anything that has not already been stated ad nauseam?

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 10:28 1

12. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


its only telling us that its the "semi-Official" announcement. we knew the info already this just confirms.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 10:02 1

10. mmgbmt (Posts: 18; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


why the hell would you need a 13 mp camera? theres no reason for that except to raise the cost of the device

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 10:30 4

13. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


for prettier pictures from farther away.. my canon is 13 mp and i love the zoom on it. my fiancee and i go bird watching and it takes some nice pics maybe this will kill the need for my camera when we go. ... i doubt it.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 12:11

14. deezy (Posts: 46; Member since: 10 Feb 2011)


"A phone like the T-Mobile G2x would certainly fit the bill."
Way to turn that from a Motorola/Verizon based article to a T-Mobile ad...I'd never go to T-mobile

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 12:42

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


the only thing keeping me from getting the G2x is HSPA+ vs. LTE.
LTE is VASTLY superior to HSPA+ so i'm gonna make myself wait for the Tegra 3 phones coming later in the year but i gotta say the G2x is a really hard one to pass up.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 13:10

17. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 302; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Its unfortunate that T-Mobile, although potentially selling out to AT&T with THE WORST data service ever does actually have better android offerings as of late than Verizon or spring. Let us not forget about the etc pyramid that will be coming out soon.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 14:31

18. MorePhonesThanNeeded (unregistered)


Last time I checked there aren't many Android phones out there that can out pace the one's at Verizon, especially the Droid lineup. Verizon's Droids are usually a step above the vanilla Android crop of phones, with a few exceptions of flagship phones on other networks. Many boasting higher specs but as a whole are on par or slightly better, go figure.

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