Motorola DROID BIONIC: what we know so far

Motorola DROID BIONIC: what we know so far
Ah, the Motorola DROID BIONIC – easily our best candidate for most delayed device in recent history. From January 5th when it was unveiled at CES all the way until August it has become more and more mysterious.

Let's start with some history – Motorola announced and showcased the phone eight months ago. With the passing of time rumors started appearing that it will be delayed. Motorola silently confirmed this, saying that it will release the phone with improved specifications (and design) - a different device, which we knew under the codename Targa. 

Details remained a secret and with so much mystery we could hardly be certain about anything when it comes to the Bionic. Up until recently that is, when what looks like the final Droid Bionic hit the FCC as Motorola XT875

So after the lengthy wait, the Bionic name has become more of a placeholder for a Verizon-branded device bringing the best of both worlds in one – a dual-core processor and 4G connectivity. And that dream seems to be coming true as a leaked spec sheet lists both a 1GHz dual-core chip and LTE. Droid Bionic has also been redesigned to a sleeker body and slightly better specs. The handset was also confirmed to sport a 4.3-inch qHD display and an 8-megapixel camera, capable of 1080p video recording. Front facing camera, as well as HDMI output for mirroring content to your HD TV are also part of the Droid Bionic spec sheet. 

Quite importantly, the Bionic will feature international roaming as it supports GSM bands along with CDMA. Additionally, you will be able to wirelessly charge it, as it comes with an inductive charging cover on the back.

Initial rumors about August 4th proved wrong as the date came and passed, but Verizon's website still promises that the Bionic is “coming this summer.” Just recently, September 8th appeared in a leaked Verizon roadmap, rejuvenating hope about a launch just around the corner. With little imagination it could still go for summer, so we can't do much but wait, can we?

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1. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Wow. So many errors, so little time. There is no GSM radio in the Bionic. If you check the FCC docs, you'll see that. The manual appears to have been cobbled together from various other phone manuals on or before March 29th. You'll see a lot of errors if you look through it. Hard to be a world phone without a GSM radio though. Second, the cool down mode is a common feature and nothing unique to the Bionic.

5. Victor.H

Posts: 1095; Member since: May 27, 2011

Thanks for your comments, Immolate! The manual lists the support of the European GSM 900/1800MHz and UMTS 2100 MHz bands. As they are not USA-friendly, FCC does not test them. As to the cool down mode, we seem to have overplayed the way it was mentioned in the manual and we stand corrected on that.

9. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Compare SAR Report Rev B for Droid 3, which is a global phone: to the same report for the Bionic: My apologies if I brought too much sassy.

7. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

Victor kinda made you look like a dbag. lol

2. bubba78

Posts: 57; Member since: May 23, 2011

Who would want a phone that overheats that bad that it has to have a cool down mode? Sorry boss I couldn't call in to tell you I was going to be late my phone was in cool down

3. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011 "Motorola phones manufactured in 2009 or later have a "cool down mode" function. This feature is designed to protect the battery and circuit board. If the internal temperature of the phone exceeds a certain temperature, the device will shutdown all functions except emergency calls. When this happens it will display a cool down mode message. " DId you know that? No? Why do you think that something that has been present on every Moto phone since 2009 wasn't known to you?

16. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

Immolate, could you be any more condescending? Not everyone is as smart as you.

19. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

Immolate seems like someone who needs forums like these to make herself feel smarter than she actually is. Oh, and Im assuming Immolate is a she because she used the word sassy.

17. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

oddly enough my OG droid cooks itself to the point of ridiculousness. The only thing it does it turn off battery charging.

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

No one says that it will overheat or that it should take "cool down" breaks. It is just a protection from overheating (justr in case). It is good feature.

6. dandirk

Posts: 187; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

Yeah the over-heating and cool down mode is definitely something to investigate. If this is in other phones, is this mostly a "Just in case" feature to ensure hardware isn't permanently damaged? If so what would it take to kick off on the Bionic? If is just goes into cool down mode being in your pocket or after playing a game, that is a SERIOUS issue. If it kicks off when sitting out in 90 degree weather running a 3d game on the blacktop... not such a big deal. It would be nice to be a world phone. Inductive charging built right in! That is a cool feature imo. This electricity delivery is really cool, it's exciting to see products actually come out that supports it natively. Only a few years now where you can get inductive tables/countertops and be power cable free!!!!

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

@dandirk "It would be nice to be a world phone." Agree.

8. dudemanrod

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lets get past this phone already... on to the Nexus Prime rumors/leaks... the Bionic has taken too long... i'm not even interested anymore

12. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Oh, do not worry. Months and months of rumors, corrections, misstatements, incorrect release dates and blurry photo's - all of which will be taken with a grain of salt- are forthcoming on the Nexus Prime. It's just not it's turn until the Bionic and GS2 are on the shelves.

11. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

my interest is split between the bionic(Targa) and my hopes the Samsung GS2 will be coming to Verizon as rumored. Or might just wait till January to see what the post-Christmas phones have in store for us. But, the Bionic has been a thorn in my side all year.

13. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Not hating but the Nexus 3 could be out at the same time or shortly afterwards of this phone.... so just skip this phone.

15. ATsynack unregistered

the nexus 3 might not be able to outperformed the gs2- the rumored spec is ti omap 4460 with a powervr sgx 540 clocked up. Also the phone might go to atnt which most people don't want. There is still no confirmation on release date nor the final specs so who knows, if your going to wait for the nexus than something EVEN better might be out by then.

14. Chakra

Posts: 136; Member since: Dec 02, 2009

It's funny how people perpetually look towards "the next phone". If you're always going to do that, you'll never buy one (and I personally hate how quickly phones are obsolete). I say if it's today's hotness, but it if you want it. Let the next buy the next great thing next year, and in two years, get yourself a new phone, and that person who bought the latest bad ass a year from now, will have a phone that one-year behind. Now as far as this bionic; I like many of you have a new-every-two burning a hole in my pocket, and have been patiently waiting for this phone. I wasn't too impressed with the 1st 3 LTE phones to buy them or I would have. If it was out now, it'll probably already be in my pocket. If it's out at the same time as the sgII and iphone5, well, nothing wrong with having options. I don't know what Motorola is thinking, but obviously grabbing a large share of the pie while they can isn't it.

18. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

It's not funny how we are looking to the next phone all the time. Go back in time to the 80's and tell me how many people leased cars. Now I believe there are almost as many auto leasers as auto buyers. Get rid of it before it gets old and get something new. Only with cars you end up owning nothing and with phones you end up owning too many. LOL

20. er unregistered

I do not think that this will be a world phone. Take a close look at the FCC report.

21. snaggly

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

I think I came in my pants. A boy can dream

22. sms_327

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 02, 2010

The one thing that makes this seem a bit bogus to me is the photo showcasing programming. An LTE device simply does not require the traditional *228 call. Pop in any valid Verizon SIM and you're good to go. That device cannot be the Bionic. I think whoever got this device simply "placed" the Bionic's battery cover over the back of another CDMA-only device due for release.

23. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

At this point I dont care anymore... Personally... It all sounded good and WOW back in January... IT'S MID AUGUST. Meanwhile, my HTC Trophy is WAY better than I imagined. I was thinking I'd use an upgrade on the Moto Bionic, but all I want to wait for is the next wave of WP7.5 devices.

24. Superbuddy

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

Nice Blackberry charger there. Good stuff.

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