Motorola DROID Bionic Specs Finally Out

August 8, 2011
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Many people have moved on and have struck the Motorola DROID Bionic off their lists. But, those who have been patiently waiting for nearly 8 months for the DROID Bionic’s arrival just may find their painful waiting vindicated by some of the yummy stuff that the DROID Bionic has in store for them. Mark your calendars for the release date of the Motorola DROID Bionic: September 8 (according to a leaked Verizon spreadsheet).

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) exhibits for the Motorola XT875 (model number for the DROID Bionic) are showing more details about the handset. The details revealed by the FCC documents seem to put all previous rumors and speculations about the DROID Bionic to rest.

For one, the FCC documents confirm a 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen. Earlier reports hinted at a bigger, 4.5-inch screen.


The FCC documents also confirm the presence of a dual-core 1.0-GHz processor and 1080p HD video recording capability. That’s not the delicious part, though. Here’s the delicious part: the DROID Bionic not only has 3G capability, but also 4G LTE capability and global roaming (in over 200 countries, according to the user manual submitted to the FCC). Netflix is also preinstalled.

Global roaming functionality (using GSM frequencies) on the Motorola DROID Bionic simply raises it one notch higher than the Samsung DROID Charge or the HTC Thunderbolt, both of which are incapable of global roaming. According to the user manual, switching from one network type to another (CDMA, GSM 900, GSM 1800, and UMTS 2100) should be a breeze.


You will also be able to power up the Motorola DROID Bionic without having to use power cords. Thanks to an inductive battery charging door slapped onto the back cover.


Another handy feature is the “Cool Down” mode, which notifies the user that the phone has reached dangerously high temperatures. When “Cool Down” mode is activated, only emergency calls are allowed on the phone. The user manual states that exposure to extreme heat may occur “in very limited circumstances,” in which cases “Cool Down” messages will appear on the handset. I am seriously hoping that the “extreme heat” mentioned here refers to external sources, not from the handset itself. Otherwise, the Motorola DROID Bionic can get potentially–and literally–very hot.

The Motorola DROID Bionic seems to be bringing together the best of currently existing powerful Android smartphones. It has the dual-core power vis-a-vis the 4.3-inch screen of the Motrola DROID X2, radio transmitters for global roaming compatibility just like in the Motorola DROID 3, and 4G LTE connectivity just like in the Samsung DROID Charge and the HTC Thunderbolt. The DROID Bionic just may truly be Verizon’s centerpiece Android smartphone for the year.

Do these features still make September 8 too far away? Or have you changed your mind and decided the Motorola DROID Bionic is worth waiting for after all?

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