Verizon roadmap confirms September 8th launch for the Motorola DROID Bionic
On the same date, the roadmap tells us to expect the Samsung Stratosphere. This phone is expected to replace Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S variant, the Fascinate. This is expected to be an LTE enabled phone, launching with Gingerbread aboard. September 8th also promises to bring the Motorola XOOM 4G LTE to Big Red. It's the tablet you all know, but with 4G connectivity. In addition, an LTE-powered BlackBerry Curve 9370 is listed, which would be an interesting offering for the business, to say the least.
The Samsung Illusion is penciled in for a September 29th launch. A low to mid-end device, this should launch with 3G connectivity and Android 2.3. Also on September 29th, the women get their phone as the HTC Bliss is expected to be launch. Designed for the fairer sex, the Bliss will be powered by Android 2.3.
720 x 1280 hi-res display, the Vigor is supposed to have a 1.5GHz processor under the hood. The roadmap says that October 20th will be the launch date for the LG Revolution 2 which is the sequel to the, well, you can figure it out. The original is LTE enabled so we wouldn't expect less for the follow-up.
In November, we are told to expect the Samsung Galaxy Tab P8 which is probably the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. Finally, in January will come the Samsung Plato. This was originally expected to launch before the beginning of the new year, so it is possible that this will have Ice Cream Sandwich running the show.
No Samsung Galaxy S II? That probably means that we will see the August launch of the phone that we have reported. Or perhaps the Samsung Stratosphere, due out the same date as the Motorola DROID Bionic, is the hottest smartphone on earth. What a decision Verizon customers would have to make on September 8th if that is the case!
source: IGN via DroidLife
1. Sniggly (Posts: 6218; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Well, Sept 8 is better than nothing.
Stratosphere? MUCH better name than the f**king Function.
14. quakan (Posts: 990; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
I feel like someone should have scrolled down a bit more just to show everyone the iPhone launch date.
17. Sniggly (Posts: 6218; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Verizon reps will be notified last about an iPhone release date.
2. pete7625 (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)
And of course, the iPhone 5 will be released right in the middle. Perfect timing.
13. quakan (Posts: 990; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
It will be a clash of the titans...the iPhone 5 versus the Droid Bionic. Great competition between an iOS phone and an Android phone.
18. pete7625 (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)
Agreed, two great devices going head to head. They're both going to be very successful, no doubt.
3. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i see the Stratosphere being the leaked Slider and not the Galaxy S II. i can just about promise you the Galaxy S II won't have LTE, if that were the case why would they put out the Charge?
15. sowhat (unregistered)
Because SGS2 was simply not ready when Charge came on verizon back in early May. I think SGS2 will have LTE but will be released after Bionic since Verizon will always protect, support Moto first. If they release 4G SGS2 before Bionic. Bionic will be DOA.
16. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
no s**t but why waste time and money putting out the Charge when the Galaxy S II would come out a mere 4-5 months later unless the Charge could maintain by having the advantage of 4G LTE connectivity? that's unlikely.
20. jinwons (Posts: 89; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
In these days 4~5 months is more than enough life span for such phone. By that logic, what's the point of Tbolt, Revolution? Why would they go without any LTE phone until SGS2 is released?
Actually that's what Moto is doing with Bionic, so they are still without any LTE device yet. Samsung is smarter than that.
21. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
we'll see whether or not Samsung really intended for the Droid Charge to be bumped down so easily this month but 4-5 months being a more than enough shelf life is really an exaggeration.
24. sowhat (unregistered)
Your logic is funny. Because they put out Charge, they shouldn't make dual core/LTE phone for an year? You simply don't understand phone business. Verizon needed their first LTE handsets early this year and manufacturer had to deliver single core/LTE to them first.
Anyway you are wrong. HTC is also making Vigor to replace Tbolt already. LG is already making dual core sequel to Revoltion according to this roadmap. Whether you believe or not, Samsung is going full ahead for dual core/LTE handset blitz now according to Asian sources.
26. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i'm not saying they shouldn't at all, i'm just saying they wouldn't. to put one of these first generation LTE radios into a Galaxy S II they'd have to compromise the design and make it thicker which i don't think Samsung is willing to do because they'd have the thinnest smartphone in the US otherwise plus there's the matter of battery life, to make the phone of any real use with LTE it'll need a bigger battery, another size increase. without factoring in rumor and just going by the facts and Verizon's track record my logic is the most sound. HTC and LG may very well be making Dual-Core/LTE handsets available by the end of the year but the difference between them and the Galaxy S II is they were built form the ground up to work with LTE not the Galaxy S II.
4. StillStuckWithDroid (Posts: 65; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)
blah blah blah......when it comes to Verizon I have gotten to the point where it is all bullshyte.....I don't believe any of these rumors anymore.
5. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
what if the Vigor is a tablet like the Flyer? o:
7. Hello111 (unregistered)
it says "replacing the Thunderbolt"
6. ecml490 (unregistered)
I somewhat doubt the LG Revolution 2 will be released in October.... a little too soon after the first release ...
9. biophone (Posts: 1877; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
I seem to remember roadmaps of the bionic coming out months ago. These things never seem to have a shred of accuracy. That being said i hope i am wrong
10. 4G Homie (unregistered)
Iphone 5... The secret that is rumored every month and is promised to come out the next... I love my iPhone but its the biggest running gag lol. I'll just enjoy paying for angry birds until google decides to make an os thats more stable. I try every iteration and its just disapointing :(
12. ltr (unregistered)
It makes me wonder how they can make the LG Rev even better,
My upgrade is around Feb, looks like an ice cream sandwich is waiting for me.
22. legendarydog (unregistered)
it's funny how gingerbread is rolling out in the summer, when it's a winter food. and ice cream sandwich is a summer food and it should be out right now. By validation code to post this comment says "litskn GSII." Bionic vs. GSII vs. 5
25. Nunez20v (Posts: 14; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)
BB is not in the 4G race... The only thing that has come up has been speculations on the BB Triton; never seen it. Makes you wonder about this map. =0/
27. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
RIM is actually getting in on the action, the Torch 2 for AT&T will have HSPA+ enabled.