When the Motorola DROID Bionic’s retail price leaked out the other day, we were relatively sure that its carrier-subsidized, on-contract price would leak out soon thereafter. And, true enough, we now have unofficial word for that: US$299.99 with contract and after rebate when the Motorola DROID Bionic rears its head on Verizon on September 8.

The info came through a screenshot of a PDF file showing an updated list of minimum advertised prices (MAP) for devices on Verizon Wireless. A tipster sent the screenshot to Android Central.

Despite the nearly 8-month-long hype surround the Motorola DROID Bionic, a lot of expectant folks were looking forward to a subsidized price around the US$250 mark. The latest leaked price, however, will surely break some people’s hearts.

Considered to be a high-end, top-of-the-line Android smartphone, the Motorola DROID Bionic carries a subsidized price tag substantially higher than what Android users are accustomed to for high-end phones.

Used to paying about US$200 for high-end Android smartphones, potential DROID Bionic buyers may turn their eyes to other upcoming devices that promise an experience more than the DROID Bionic can provide.

One such device is the Google Nexus Prime, reportedly coming out this October together with Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Another possible scene-stealer for the Motorola DROID Bionic would be the HTC Vigor, said to replace the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon and is rumored to come with a 720p HD display and a 1.5-GHz dual-core processor–plus Verizon’s 4G LTE. Previous reports point to October 5 as the release date for the HTC Vigor.

Does the US$300 price tag for the Motorola DROID Bionic crush your heart? Or do you feel that the DROID Bionic is worth every penny of its minimum advertised price?

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