Sanjay Jha says it will be a September launch for the Motorola DROID Bionic

Sanjay Jha says it will be a September launch for the Motorola DROID Bionic
This news about the launch of the Motorola DROID Bionic could not come from a higher authority. Well, ok, perhaps there might be one authority higher than Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha but that entity probably has more on his/her mind than this handset. Meanwhile, during a conference call to report earnings, Jha told those attending the call and listening via the web that the Motorola DROID Bionic will launch sometime in September. Originally, speculation centered on an August 4th release

You might recall that just the other day we reported that a leaked internal memo for Sam's Wholesale Club reps told them that the heavily awaited device will be pushed back to September. And now, unfortunately, this has been confirmed. The people affected the most are those who took a flyer on the Motorola DROID 3, thinking that if the Bionic launched on August 4th as originally expected, these people could return the DROID 3 with no penalty and exchange it for the LTE enabled DROID Bionic. Now, with the latter's release pushed back a month, that strategy will no longer work.

source: AndroidCentral

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48 Comments

1. WOWWWWW unregistered

Blow me..

2. phonenerd123

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Wow Motorola really blew it this time. They have delayed this phone far to many times now my eyes are set on either the sgs2 or the next iphone. Most likely the sgs2(:

3. achilles

Posts: 54; Member since: May 27, 2010

Pushing the release of the Bionic is only going to hurt its sales. In September both the Samsung Facinate 2, and the Iphone 5 are expected to launch. Why wait until that time to also launch a device? Let's see, the Fascinate 2 is identical to the Bionic, except has a better screen. So people who love Android and are on Verizon will choose the Fascinate 2 over the Bionic. So people who don't love Android, won't buy anyway. Motorola is really good at doing the opposite of how to really blow away the competition.

9. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

The SGS2 for Verizon has a wider display with super amoled plus. And it won't have that crappy Pental(sp) display that Motorola has been using. It kinda beats the whole purpose of using QHD on their displays when the pental makes everything so pixelated. The SGS2 will have a much faster processor, better battery life, a better camera, and will probably be cheaper.

26. dandirk unregistered

I am waiting for confirmation on 4g... Personally I don't care how big or cool the screen is without 4g. The only thing that really bothers me about my droid is internet surfing, 4g will solve that. A bigger screen will be a bonus no matter what I get.

46. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

You will care how laggy your phone is. I don't care if your webpage loads 3 seconds faster than my 3G phone. But when you actually try to use your phone and it lags like crazy and freezes and crashes all the time. LTE won't make that a difference maker. The SGS2 will be the best and most powerful phone on the market despite if it has LTE or not. It does not lag like the Bionic will, the Photon included as we have already seen. The SGS2 is the only android phone with a dual core processor that truely feels like one.

48. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

that's not like you to be completely biased like that RORY. sure the Galaxy S II will be great but the verdict is still out for the Bionic. for all we know the delay could be so Motorola can upgrade it to the 1.5GHz OMAP4440, you just never know and even if my speculation proves to be false the Bionic will still at least make one hesitate before getting a Galaxy S II.

4. nowywouldI unregistered

tell me y I would possibly buy this when there r so many better phones coming out before this?

5. jchdroid

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

i think i was waiting for both the bionic and the SGSII to come out and compare them in store before i actually bought the bionic...and found i dont like it, and are stuck with it for 2 years. so in a way, i think my descion making for the SGSII was made easier. this upgrade has been urging me to just ugrade to anything...even the droid pro. HA! but seeing how the SGSII will hopefully be out within the next few weeks...

6. TheDude884 unregistered

I've been a longtime fan of Motorola, because I've found them to have the most reliable phones when it comes to reception, call quality, and what not. That said, the delays on the Bionic are inexcusable. The Bionic must have gone through months of development if it showed up at CES in January, yet they couldn't figure out that the phone had overheating issues and poor battery performance? I can understand it took some time to redesign the phone but what is taking so long? The Photon 4G for Sprint was announced in June, and is already being shipped for some. What is the deal here? Does Motorola not care about its reputation? I realize by most accounts the Bionic will be better than these, but the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S II have far more publicity and selling power. If Motorola waits too long, the Bionic could flop simply due to more famous competition. HTC and Samsung are not sitting idle, and probably have something very exciting to drop around Christmas or in Q1 of 2012. If Motorola gets too caught up in one or two devices and can't speed up the process, I have doubts to their success. I want to have faith in Motorola, and yes they have a hit with the Droid 3, but they need something new and innovative to refresh their image. My guess based on the quickness of release for the Photon and Droid 3 is that the issues with the Bionic have been largely due to the LTE chipset. Verizon's 4G lineup is sad really. Amazing data speeds, but utilized by phones with 2010 specs, 2010 average size, and pathetic battery life. Whichever manufacturer can fit an LTE phone into a smaller, sleeker dual core form is going to have an edge on the market.

7. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Yeah, you can always count on Motorola or VZW to push back a release date long enough to make the phone obsolete. If this were coming out tomorrow, I'd be all over it. By September I,ll be eithe using a GS2 or looking for something new by HTC. Good luck with it anyway Moto.

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

That's not really true. The Droid, Droid X and Droid 2 were all released on good schedules.

8. PushPop unregistered

Looks like I will officially hold out until the holiday season and see what this HTC Vigor is all about instead of getting this phone.

10. Chakra

Posts: 136; Member since: Dec 02, 2009

Motorola and Verizon should just say, "Right now, we don't have the technology to build a great dual-core LTE phone." and just get on with it. By the time this comes out, (if it comes out), it's going to be a mid-tier phone that Verizon is going to charge most likely $299 for. This is how the conversation at Motorola Headquarter in September is going to play out... Exec: Why isn't the Bionic selling like it should? Janitor (only person at with Motorola common sense): Well you do realize that the iphone 5 is coming out, and the SGII, the world's 2nd most widely sold phone, is coming to the US very soon? Exec: Where did you get this information. Do you know people with inside trade secrets? Janitor: Ummm.. No, it's called the internet, you do know the consumer is no longer the idiot you think they are, right? Exec: psssh... Whatever. They'll believe whatever we tell them to believe, because I make money and bonuses even if the company sucks wind... LOL

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

You should be a playwriter....

37. Clownface

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

HILARIOUS!!! And sadly true.

11. ecml490 unregistered

And I'm sure due to this being the first dual-core LTE (I think the SGII will actually be the first, just not sure) phone for Verizon, it's going to carry a higher price tag than the other 4G LTE phones ...

12. Sjones765 unregistered

Nexus prime anyone?

13. Ben unregistered

You know maybe we should be excited about a september release, perhaps (doubtfull) they have really made some huge improvements and the the improvements that they have made are leaps and bounds above the competition (fascinate 2 and I phone 5) 1.5ghz dual core processor 4.5 inch screen built in oral stimulator who knows, however short of these things I think the bionic and motorola are in trouble, because many including myself will wait a bit longer to see what the competition comes out with and make my choice then.

15. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

well there goes my plan of returning the Droid X2...anyone want one for say...$400-450? we might see the kind of improvments Samsung has taken time to make with the Galaxy S II. faster processor, better screen, better LTE technology, it's all very possible.

18. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

hahaha sorry but thats the same price as buying it full retail. I'm not saying your phone isnt in good shape. But lets face it, once it's used...its used. Just like buying a new car, the value drops big time as soon as you drive out. I'll buy it for $250.

29. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

xD i thought i should've specified this at first but i didn't. it's new in box. i haven't opened it. i was planning to trade it for the Bionic from the get-go.

40. koutrelakos

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

Look on ebay, they go for $360 USED, not brand new in box. $400 is what they go for. Phones are nothing like cars. I got my Incredible on the day it came out, sold it for the Inc2 a few months after it came out and got $250 for it. Considering I got it for the $200 upgrade price, things went well. But nice try trying to make a quick $150 ;)

41. koutrelakos

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

Look on ebay, they go for $360 USED, not brand new in box. $400 is what they go for. Phones are nothing like cars. I got my Incredible on the day it came out, sold it for the Inc2 a few months after it came out and got $250 for it. Considering I got it for the $200 upgrade price, things went well. But nice try trying to make a quick $150 ;)

16. boostedIS_300

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

ya im totally giving up on this phone he's so stupid for trying to release this phone around the same time the iphone 5 is going to be dropped for the simple fact that he's gonna lose a lot of business for releasing it the same month and second for pissing everyone of for delaying and delaying and delaying and delaying and delaying and delaying ... oh im sorry i think i caught motos sickness but ya you get the point!

17. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Look at the bright side.... Now no vzw customer will face any shipping delay due to low inventory.

19. ma unregistered

Motorola might as well kept there bionic to themselves Samsung and Apple is September nobody is going to buy a bionic unless it's $150 period. No wounder they a loosing money need to fire that ceo. there day's a number the next to fall.

20. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

*sigh* Moto. I love you. I love your products. In fact, I bought the Atrix because of my love for you. But September is just barely inside summertime. In the eyes of your customers, it's been one f**k up to another. I really hope the Bionic does well for you, Moto. But you need to not do this to yourself. You either need faster turnaround on your products or you need to stop announcing them before you've figured everything about the phone's performance out. I'm still rooting for you, Moto. But your recovery is dangerously close to falling apart now.

22. 14tharoad

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

motorola you s**k!!!! can't wait any longer for this f**king phone,you people should get your sh*t together at this company or fire some dumb*ss before you lose all your customers!! don't forget your not the only company selling phones.............

23. Aphex unregistered

It is rather unfortunate. When this phone was first announced it was amazing sounding. Note that every other carrier out there has phones with better specs than this was announced with and lower prices than what is expected of this it just seems pointless. Even the photon which is believed to be the same specs is coming in $100 cheaper than this us expected to be. Maybe if all these dinera rumors turn out to be the bionic it'll be worth it but how it seems now even if it did come out today it would just be an average higher level phone. Nothing groundbreaking like it was supposed to be and what ask this hype was built around.

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