Verizon Launch Dates Leaked for DROID Bionic, Galaxy Tab P8, XOOM 4G, Revolution 2, Others
Yesterday we reported that a leaked document hinted at 4 new Android devices heading to Verizon Wireless. That list, apparently, is only a fraction of a much longer one, which entertainment site IGN acquired from a tipster.
And, by the looks of it, Android devices will be rocking and rolling on Verizon starting in September.
Although Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha recently confirmed a September release date for the Motorola DROID Bionic, he didn’t exactly say on what day. The leaked internal document, however, shows the DROID Bionic’s launch date with more precision–September 8. The document also noted that the device has been “Upgraded to a level one launch.” We are not sure what that means exactly, but we suspect it’s Verizon-speak for “This is one important baby.”
A Samsung smartphone with 4G capabilities and Android 2.3 Gingerbread shares the same launch date as the Motorola DROID Bionic. Referred to on the list as the Samsung Stratosphere (originally called “Aegis,” according to the Verizon document), the device has been rumored to be Verizon’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II. There have been several other rumors floating around regarding Verizon’s version of the Galaxy S II. Some say it’s going to be called the Samsung Galaxy Function, others say it’s going to be rebranded into the Samsung Fascinate II. We can only say one thing for now: we don’t know an iota.
Another upcoming Samsung smartphone on the list is the Samsung Illusion (originally known as the Samsung Viper) which will be coming out on September 29. This one only has 3G connectivity, but it comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Another Motorola device is coming out on September 8, too–the 4G LTE-capable Motorola XOOM. The earlier XOOM on Verizon had 3G connectivity, and Verizon has announced that XOOM owners can get their 3G tablets upgraded to 4G LTE at no cost. No change or upgrade of subscription plan is required either. But, the 3G version of the XOOM will have to be shipped to Verizon and the tablet owner will have to wait for about 6 working days before the 4G-enabled device comes back. The plan, it seems, is to discard 3G on the Motorola XOOM and replace it with 4G. According to the document, the 3G-to-4G upgrade process could start a week earlier (i.e., September 1).
A new 4G LTE Samsung tablet is coming to Verizon in November, too. The document lists the device as the Samsung Galaxy Tab P8. We presume this is the 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 that was rumored to be released in August. This tablet is going to be yummy–a midway size between the original Samsung Galaxy Tab and the more recent (and controversial) Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Forthcoming Devices from HTC and LG
The HTC Thunderbolt is coming off the shelves on October 5. In its place will be the HTC Vigor, a ridiculously powerful handset with 720p HD display, dual-core Qualcomm processor (1.5 GHz), and Verizon’s 4G LTE. Another HTC handset, the HTC Bliss, will be launched together with the Samsung Illusion on September 29.
Two new handsets from LG will make their appearance in October. One is the LG Crescendo, coming out on October 13 to replace the LG Cosmos Touch. The other one will come out a week after (on October 20)–the LG Revolution 2, which will replace the existing LG Revolution.
Granting that Verizon will stick to its schedule, the patient ones among you have a lot of goodies in store for September. Though, we’d understand if you have lost your patience and have decided to go ahead with some other alternative. Are you being patient? Or have you been impatient?