Motorola DROID Bionic vs HTC Sensation: Superphone Standoff

March 22, 2011
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Honestly, it has never been a better time to be a fan of mobile technology. The performance of the latest and greatest Android Phones of 2011 is looking to truly eclipse anything ever released previously. There are some amazing offerings already starting to trickle into the tech-hungry hands of Android Phone lovers already, like the LG Optimus 2X, the Motorola Atrix, the HTC Thunderbolt, and soon, the LG Optimus 3D. With the Motorola Droid Bionic slated to release on Verizon soon, we thought it appropriate for you to know how it would stack up to HTC’s new Superphone – the HTC Pyramid. Both are undoubtedly going to be amazing devices, and the differences between them will be laid out clearly below.

Specs at a Glance:

Motorola Droid Bionic

  • 4.3-Inches Touchscreen, High Quality Display, with qHD resolution at 960×540
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 4G LTE Network Support
  • Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual Core Processor @ 1GHz
  • 8MP Camera with Dual LED Flash
  • Front facing camera at 1.3MP
  • 512 MB DDR2
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n; DLNA
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
  • HD Video Recording 720p @ 30fps
  • Internal Memory: 16 GB, MicroSD Slot Available
  • GPS and A-GPS support

HTC Pyramid

  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm dual core processor
  • 4.3-inch SuperLCD display with qHD resolution at 960 x 540
  • 8 megapixel primary camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing cameras
  • 768MB of RAM
  • 4GB ROM
  • Android 2.4 (allegedly)
  • DLNA for wireless media streaming
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n;
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
  • A-GPS

Connectivity

Really, the fundamental difference for most people right now is the difference of carriers. The Motorola Droid Bionic will be have an exclusive release on Verizon, while the HTC Pyramid will be featured on T-Mobile. In our previous roundup of the HTC Thunderbolt vs the Motorola Droid Bionic and the IPhone 4, we compared the merits of each particular device, performance, size, and other important factors. 4G connectivity represents a significant step forward in mobile download and upload speeds. Verizon’s network has recently been tested by LaptopMag and was dubbed the fastest in America, and was very speedy in both uploads and downloads. The recent acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T, for a cool 39$ billion, is likely to work in the best interests of speed lovers, but it’s still too early to tell. Either way, the combined reach of both company’s spectrum’s will certainly be a boon for mobile broadband lovers stateside. The Droid Bionic has been confirmed to be a 4G handset headed for Verizonโ€™s 4G LTE network while the HTC Pyramid is also said to be a 4G phone, and is supposed to be heading to T-Mobile.

Both phones feature a similar connectivity suite, with both having DLNA, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, and a-GPS. The real difference is the particular set of radios in each device. While we know about the Motorola Droid Bionic, the HTC Pyramid is yet to be released, so it’s all merely speculation at this point.

Spec Comparison

Leaked specifics of the HTC Pyramid and HTC EVO 3D, with juicy details and images to boot, indicates that both of these phones are ones that mobile power users should take very seriously. The HTC Pyramid will likely command significant interest once it is publicly released, for early reports are indicating that most people don’t care about 3D on a mobile device.ย  It’s packing some amazing hardware, that bests even the most tempting offerings from LG, Motorola, Sony, et al. Physically, both phones feature a 4.3 inch qHD screen with 960×540 resolution. Internally, the Motorola Droid Bionic has a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 1Ghz processor, while details about the HTC Pyramid are just beginning to emerge. Either way, they present a very bright picture for the future of consumers, as HTC has once again proven itself to be committed to producing some incredible hardware. Physically, the devices are going to be similar in size, but it is likely the Motorola Droid Bionic will be slightly thinner, despite having a bigger 1930MaH battery.

Display

Both phones are sporting a 4.3-inch qHD display, with 960×540 resolution. The Motorola Droid Bionic features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The good news for HTC fans is that the Pyramid is alleged to have a 4.3-inch qHD 960z540 resolution display and an 8-megapixel rear camera and a much beefier 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. While this might look significant on paper, the real world results could be negligible. Nevertheless, the advantage still goes so the Pyramid in this department, if just by a slim margin. As far as the operating system goes this gets a bit confusing.

 

Performance

Not too long ago, 128MB of RAM was considered substantial for a mobile device. Not anymore. The Motorola Atrix, and the soon to be released HTC EVO 3D both feature 1GB of RAM. The Droid Bionic, having been announced officially,, is known to have 512MB of RAM, while the HTC Pyramid is speculated to have 768MB of RAM. Where things really get interesting is when you consider the difference between the two devices SoC’s, or processors. The Motorola Droid Bionic features the popular Nvidia Tegra 2 1Ghz dual core processor, while the HTC Pyramid packs a 1.2Ghz dual core Qualcomm MSM8x60. Although Qualcomm has not, for reasons still unknown, allowed independent benchmarks to be done yet, early reports are suggesting they might have the fastest mobile CPU on the market, with their dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon (MSM8x60) besting the Nvidia Tegra 2’s performance by anywhere from 8-14%. Unfortunately, it’s too early to tell. Further to this, Google is said to be including significant coding enhancements to the Android 2.4 release to take advantage of dual core processors, so until then, it’s premature to judge what these mobile powerhouses will truly be capable of.

Release Dates & Version of Android

The last we heard, the Motorola Droid Bionic was set to be released sometime in the middle of April. As for the HTC Pyramid, word has it that we can expect it at some point in early May. Either way, these aren’t unreasonable wait times for these cutting edge devices, and for many, are well worth the wait. Unfortunately, the Motorola Droid Bionic will have Android 2.2 on board, while it is rumored that the HTC Pyramid will potentially have Android 2.4. Android 2.4, while similar to Android 2.3 Gingerbread in many respects, is said to have architectural enhancements to truly take advantage of the new dual core processors featured on phones like the LG Optimus 2x, the Motorola Atrix, and others. However, it is likely that the HTC Pyramid will launch with Android 2.3 on board.

Conclusion

While it’s always difficult to say confidently which is the better device, we will have to say our heart skipped a beat when we read about the HTC Pyramid for the first time. The rumors are almost too good to be true, but, with HTC unable to produce a true superphone at either CES or MWC 2011, it’s likely that they will have an answer very soon. We’ve seen the performance of the Motorola Droid Bionic, and it is truly impressive. That being said, HTC has always been great about making it easy for users to mod their phones, root them, and truly take ownership and control of them. Motorola, on the other hand, has demonstrated that it is unwilling to play ball in this respect, with its devices being much harder to root. While we would love to speculate more, it’s really to early to do so. The processor in the HTC Pyramid certainly looks to be quite impressive, but will lack access to Nvidia’s Tegra Zone. Either way, consumes are going to be real winner this year, and we have no doubt that both handsets will be highly popular. As with anything, the ultimate choice comes to down to the carrier you are on, and the design you love the most. And finally, as always, price will be a factor too, but it’s looking like the Motorola Droid Bionic will be available for $149, and it’s likely that the HTC Pyramid will be sold for $199.

HTC Pyramid? Motorola Droid Bionic? Is your head spinning yet? Which of these Superphones will take the performance crown for 2011? As always, we’d love to hear what you think – and remember – the Manufacturers are watching!

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