Verizon roadmap confirms September 8th launch for the Motorola DROID Bionic

Verizon roadmap confirms September 8th launch for the Motorola DROID Bionic
A person who claims to be a Verizon employee has leaked a roadmap for the carrier. The information covers 9 devices from September to January and let's start with the smartphone on the tip of every Verizon customer's tongue-the Motorola DROID Bionic. Thanks to comments from Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, we have been looking for a September launch of the much anticipated phone, and according to the roadmap it will be September 8th when the beast is let loose. We reported yesterday on the specs of the device straight from Motorola, so now all that is left to surprise us with is the price.

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.

Moving into October, the 6th of the month should see the release of the HTC Vigor. Rumored to have an impressive 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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, Sept 8 is better than nothing. Stratosphere? MUCH better name than the f**king Function.

14. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I feel like someone should have scrolled down a bit more just to show everyone the iPhone launch date.

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Verizon reps will be notified last about an iPhone release date.

2. pete7625

Posts: 86; Member since: Jul 01, 2010

And of course, the iPhone 5 will be released right in the middle. Perfect timing.

13. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 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

Posts: 86; Member since: Jul 01, 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: May 10, 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: May 10, 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: 95; Member since: Nov 24, 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: May 10, 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: May 10, 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: Jul 19, 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: May 10, 2010

what if the Vigor is a tablet like the Flyer? o:

7. Hello111 unregistered

it says "replacing the Thunderbolt"

8. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

ah, i see.

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: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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

23. redleg6

Posts: 25; Member since: May 14, 2011

Does that say the BB Curve is 4G?

25. Nunez20v

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 17, 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: May 10, 2010

RIM is actually getting in on the action, the Torch 2 for AT&T will have HSPA+ enabled.

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