Motorola DROID BIONIC to Arrive This Summer (Finally, or So It Seems)

June 24, 2011
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It has been about 5 months since Motorola told the world about the coming of its superphone, the Motorola DROID BIONIC. Since that time, the Motorola DROID BIONIC’s final form has been morphing and changing, and eluding thousands of expectant users.

Just a couple of days ago, a Motorola tweet confirmed the “summer release” of the Motorola DROID BIONIC and also vaguely referred to the developer team’s work on “some new updates.” Whether the new updates refer to changes in form and specs, no one knows for certain, since the DROID BIONIC has had several rumored facelifts ever since its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011.

At CES 2011 in January this year, Motorola announced that it would be releasing the Motorola DROID BIONIC for Verizon Wireless. The announcement made the blogosphere and social media sites come alive with excitement and anticipation for the superphone, primarily because of its 4G LTE capabilities on the Verizon Wireless network.

This was how the Motorola DROID BIONIC looked like at CES 2011:

That form of the DROID BIONIC was supposed to come out in May (but didn’t, of course) and packed a 4.3-inch hi-res qHD display. It had 512 MB RAM, an 8-MP back camera, and 4G LTE access through Verizon. It was to run on Android 2.2 Froyo.

Sadly, the frozen yoghurt melted in the cup as Motorola ran into some trouble with Verizon’s 4G LTE, and the CES version of the DROID BIONIC was thrown off-track as collateral damage. But, Motorola also announced that the DROID BIONIC will resurrect in a new, even better form factor and that the resurrection will occur some time this summer.

The delay of the DROID BIONIC caused the whole Android world to produce gigabytes of rumors and speculations about what the resurrected body of the DROIC BIONIC might look like. The most popular guess was the Motorola Targa:

The leaked photos, however, bear no confirmation. Nor has Motorola made any official statements regarding the Targa theory. Some tech bloggers speculate that the Motorola Targa may be a redesigned replacement for the DROID BIONIC, while others say the leaked photos of the Motorola Targa may be those of the Motorola DROID 3. Whatever, the replacement for the DROID BIONIC will still bear 4G LTE capabilities.

And, just as almost everybody was about to say, “Okay, it’s the Targa, then,” new leaked photos appeared in the wild again, said to be the up-to-date form of the still-being-resurrected Motorola DROID BIONIC:

The leaked photos, if genuinely they were of the DROID BIONIC, showed impressive improvements to the CES version: 4.5-inch qHD screen, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, WebTop, improved MOTOBLUR user interface with 3D support, and 4G LTE capability. The new photos, however, showed that they are not the same as the rumored Motorola Targa.

And, then, we had this just a couple of days ago:

As of today, we only have three things certain:

  1. The Motorola DROID BIONIC is coming (supposedly this summer). As to when exactly, no one can tell for sure. As to what specs it will carry, no one knows.
  2. The DROID BIONIC will have 4G LTE capability for Verizon.
  3. Motorola has succeeded big-time in keeping the Motorola DROID BIONIC mysterious and elusive.

Do you hate Motorola for that last one? I certainly do.

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