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Verizon Makes September 8th Official for the DROID Bionic, the Wait is Finally Over

We first saw a phone that went by the name of DROID Bionic almost 9 months ago to the day back at CES in Las Vegas and were told then that it was “the end of waiting.”  Since then, we have gone through a series of questions on why it wasn’t initially equal in power to its cousin over at AT&T followed by a decision to delay the phone we saw in favor of a new model.  This new model would be known internally as the Targa, and was created to try and compete with the upcoming super phones from other manufacturers – something its predecessor certainly could not do.  So after months of delays, speculation, and leaks, we are finally here.  Verizon has unleashed the beast (well, tomorrow they will) to the world for $299 on 2-year contract or somewhere around $589 without one.

Can it “rule all machines”?  Can its upgraded parts compete with the super phones that are expected to launch in the very near future?  Is it overhyped or are the haters clueless?  I guess we’ll soon find out when the masses flock to pick it up in 1 short day.

There is not a pre-order as Verizon is likely hoping to build up buzz by having customers head into stores for a change.  We still are not sure if there will be lines, but locations selling the phone should be busier than normal as the marketing machine will be revving its engines.

There are zero surprises, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing – we have just seen this thing leak more times than almost any phone known to man.  It’s a 1GHz dual-core OMAP processor, 4.3″ qHD display, 1GB RAM, Android 2.3.4, front and rear cameras, and of course, 4G LTE.  We have heard nothing but positive things from the lucky few that have had their hands on it since devices arrived in stores last week.  Our own testing will take place soon enough.

So, are you ready for it or just glad that the “end of waiting” is finally over with?  


Unsurpassed Power, Speed and Entertainment On the Fastest, Most Advanced 4G LTE Network in America

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill.  – Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced DROID BIONIC™ by Motorola will be exclusively available beginning Sept. 8.

DROID BIONIC is the first Verizon Wireless smartphone to combine 4G LTE with the power of dual-core 1 GHz processors, 1 GB of RAM and a stunning 4.3-inch qHD display – all in a sleek form factor that makes it the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone from Verizon Wireless.  Customers can expect to fly across the Web on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network with download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas.

DROID BIONIC introduces a host of groundbreaking applications and accessories that turn the device into a multimedia hub, a ruler of remote access and a purveyor of virtuality.   DROID BIONIC introduces ZumoCast™ by Motorola, an application that lets customers bring their digital world of videos, music, pictures and documents stored on their computers to their handset via remote access.  With its revolutionary Webtop application, DROID BIONIC can beam a full-featured Firefox® Web browser 4.0, email or documents to a TV or monitor, like the separately purchased Lapdock™ with a 11.6” screen, keyboard and integrated trackpad.

Accessories such as the HD Station let DROID BIONIC users turn the phone into an entertainment center or home office.  Customers can view pictures, video, and content from the DROID BIONIC on any HDTV or monitor by connecting a separately sold HDMI cable.  They can also take a conference call while editing documents and surfing the Web.  And, of course, the DROID BIONIC lets customers share their 4G LTE signal with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices when they activate the Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot.  The device of the future today, the DROID BIONIC also includes the following features:

  • ·         Powered by Android™ 2.3.4 Gingerbread
  • ·         Dual-core 1 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM
  • ·         4.3-inch qHD screen using scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with dual-layer anti-reflective coating
  • ·         8-megapixel autofocus camera with flash and 1080p HD video capture
  • ·         Front-facing camera for video chat over 4G LTE, 3G or Wi-Fi
  • ·         MOTOPRINT app to print via Wi-Fi-enabled printers
  • ·         Mirror Mode with HDMI out (HDMI cable required) supporting 1080p HD video playback
  • ·         Multi-window options for multitasking with ease when using the Webtop application
  • ·         Business Ready with advanced security policies; resizable and scrollable email, calendar and task widgets; device and SD card encryption; and Citrix® GotoMeeting® and Citrix Receiver™ for Android
  • ·         Adobe® Flash® pre-loaded
  • ·         HTML 5 capable
  • ·         32 GB memory: 16 GB on board and 16 GB microSD™ card pre-installed (actual formatted capacity is less)
  • ·         Support for up to 32 GB microSD cards
  • ·         Supports wireless charger

Pricing and availability:

  • ·         DROID BIONIC by Motorola will be available in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com on Sept. 8 for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
  • ·         Customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for 450 minutes per month and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
  • ·         Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot data plans are available beginning at $30 for 2 GB.
  • ·         For a limited time, customers who purchase a Lapdock with the DROID BIONIC can receive a $100 mail-in rebate when subscribing to a $50, 5 GB data plan or higher.

Available accessories:

  • ·         The Lapdock will be available for $299.97, the HD Station will be available for $99.99 and the Adapter for Webtop Application will be available for $29.99.
  • ·         Vehicle Navigation Dock delivers easy access to maps, favorite contacts, hands-free calling, music, navigation and more and supports streaming of audio and music via the 3.5 mm audio jack, if available, to play through vehicle speakers. The Vehicle Navigation Dock will be available for $39.99.
  • ·         The Battery Dock with standard battery is a pocket-sized accessory with an extra battery included to charge both DROID BIONIC and an extra battery at the same speed as a wall charger. The Battery Dock will be available for $49.99.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.  For more information on accessories, visit www.verizonwireless.com/accessories.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Motorola Mobility

Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC.  Android is a trademark of Google, Inc.  Adobe and Adobe Flash are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. Citrix is a trademark of Citrix Systems, Inc. and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, and may be registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.   © 2011 Motorola Mobility, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • bcahill

    Guy’s don’t buy it! In practically 2 months the Droid Razr comes out!

  • Josue

    i got my bionic today…and its great…. FAST AND SUPER RESPONSIVE!!!! NOTHING BUT GOOD COMES FROM IT!!! great pictures, and 15mbps dl/ 3mbps ul…. i was impressed 

  • Djstar2k2

    i wasnt trynin to get this at all but im curious of what 1st days sales will be at that price point. i think vrz is setting a standard for which all lte phones will sale at.  so by the time lte is completely rolled out everyone will be comfortable with the price point.  and 300 aint much if you really want something

  • Anonymous

    CNET give the Motorola Droid an Editors Choice Award.


    And look at that… they don’t see the display problems that everybody “claims” they can see (even though they haven’t seen the phone).

    “The 4.3-inch qHD display on the Droid Bionic is similar to the one we saw on the Droid 3. It’s crisp, clear, and colorful. We enjoyed the vibrant graphics and sharp 960×540-pixel resolution. It doesn’t pack as much pixel punch as a Super AMOLED display, but we still liked it. The Droid Bionic uses Corning Gorilla glass, which boasts a dual-layer antireflective coating. While it did appear a little washed-out under bright sunlight, we were still able to see what was on the screen.”

    Sounds a lot better than the alleged “hideous” displays some people have allegedly seen.

  • Coriolis

    Im ready to roll in there tomorrow drop my droid charge and pick up my bionic. I honestly couldnt care less about phones that aren’t out. Best of luck to everyone goin in to buy or check it out!

  • Larry

    I called the three costcos in Pittsburgh and none of them know anything about the bundle.  They all said the only bundle they know about is a free car charger and screen protector.  Any know where to get a confirmation on the bundle?

  • Youmansk

    just ordered one off the phone…

  • docking

    Suggestion All: Don’t buy this thing tomorrow or during the month of September!  Lets boycott it and its accessories for the freaken price tag.  Just think, we all stick together, it may drop to $149 and under 200 for the lapdock. (Just a thought)

  • Anonymous

    Well looks like moto fixed the patch used to root with an update. And everyone said they would not patch it. Looks like I’ll be waiting.

  • Jeff

    Getting mine at 9am tomorrow. My OG Droid is dying in a painful way. Need a new phone and can’t wait any longer for the next best thing.

  • Anonymous

    What about the other accessories?

  • Anonymous

    Only thing really turning me off at this point is no global capabilities from what I know so far 🙁 

  • Ryanbimmer

    Goodbye Eris!

    • Anonymous

      You should get a special discount for surviving with an Eris this long.

  • Yawnfest 2011 continues…….

    • Anonymous

      No one cares what you think.

  • Yawnfest 2011 continues…….

  • Anonymous

    I signed up to get e-mail notifications from Verizon about the Bionic and they have not sent a single thing so far (besides a thank you for signing up). Anyone actually gotten an e-mail about this yet? Obviously it’s coming out tomorrow, but seems like a bit of an oversight.

    • Anonymous

      YEAH!!! me too I signed up and got nothing thus far about the Bionic… What the hell???!!!!

  • Dshudson

    Nothing my Thunderbolt can’t do. 

    • Anonymous

      What about last more that 7 hours on a single charge?

      • LionStone

        Yep…no problem…stock TB 🙂

        • Anonymous

          What about when you actually USE the phone?  Have had a Thuderbolt for work now for the past 3 weeks, and the only time I came close to 7 hours was when it was on standby all day.

  • Anonymous

    Thank goodness this is official now.  We can move onto the next hypebeast’ed phone.  What is it going to be Kellex?

  • Anonymous

    Totally, not worth the wait… Sorry Moto

    • Anonymous

      Would have been nice 6 months ago. No reason to upgrade from the DX2 now.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    benchmark wise on phonearena they are reporting about 2200 to 2500 quadrant so how much higher can the nexus prime give with the 4460. The 4460 chip is essentially a overclock version of this one so I am guessing about the same quadrant score as the GS2?

  • Sparking22

    Will we be able to order this online after midnight tonight?

  • Anonymous

    “rule all machines” lmao the gs2… no even the LG optimus 2x has it beaten

    • Tiller47

      That is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard.  You are way off on that one!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      You’re a failure.

    • Str8RippinEm


    • Anonymous

      I’m sorry, you may be confused, we are not talking about the Droid Charge.

  • Unconvinced

    Costco…Trade it back in for a better phone in ninety days!

  • RonsterWVU

    Praise the lord! Back to being a good blog again!

    • Anonymous

      Why?  To talk about the pos Vigor?

  • Joshuarossi

    I just called and ordered my Bionic along with the 100$ gift card (I used a line that had an old LG flip phone on it)

  • Anonymous

    Finally, now we can all STFU about this phone… Thank you Jesus!

  • Anonymous

    When rumors of the Prime are starting to leak, I’m going to troll so hard on how the next best thing is coming out in a couple of months and how I’m going to wait for it!

    • Anonymous

      You are going to have some time to wait.  With Eric Schmidt saying today that ICS will ship in “october or November” and figuring the Prime will come, MAYBE a month after that, you will almost certainly have to wait until Xmas to get the “present” of having the opportunity to return the trolling.

  • Dominick

    Went to Verizon this morning to make sure it was worth keeping my Droid X on Ebay for sale.. and the answer to that would be a NO. The screen for the Bionic just, well, kinda SUCKS. Its noticeably dimmer, flatter in terms of screen colors and quality, the blacks are not as black as the Droid Xs screen, the whites not as white..you DO CLEARLY see pixels in the screen.. anyone who doesn’t see it is flat out BLIND. Just put a live wallpaper up, say the grass and you can CLEARLY see lines in the background and the pixels, as in abrupt harsh dashes of color and shape where you’d expect it all to look smooth. Besides this when you scroll it it looks like its having a nervous break down.. sort of like when you don’t load the graphics card drivers for your pc and try to move folders around and it all is choppy looking.. you get that same type of feeling from it (not as bad but more subtle) and it makes me feel nervous and uneasy looking at it. The speaker is loud enough, 4g is of course very fast, it’s likely to have a good phone radio, and it will take probably 2 times longer to get lagged from loading and running apps in the background…. but if you are coming from a Droid X and to this type of pentile screen,  you will be disappointed. Having waited this long.. I can say I’m very disappointed with this release.

    • Dominick

       Actually I’m not just disappointed, I’m pissed off.. blah. Btw in case anyone else think I’m not being objective, someone walked in right behind me also wanting to check out the Bionic, who did so along with me, and we both had the same findings. He said he’ll likely get it regardless of how it very much feels like settling, but he’s doing it because he needs a better phone radio than his HTC Incredible has. Motorola is the way to go with that, but we both observed and interpreted things the same exact way.I had never met him before but he also has followed the forums and video posts on it.

    • Anonymous

      I made the mistake of going from a DX to a DX2. I agree – the pentile screen is terrible. It is so pixelated it made the text on a lot of my widgets illegible!

  • Anonymous

    Positive we can upgrade and keep our unlimited data?

    • Anonymous


      • Anonymous

        every verizon store rep i talk to says i have to get tiered data… wtf

        • Anonymous

          I upgraded my work phone from a Pre (don’t ask) to the Thunderbolt and had zero problems with the switchover.  I still have unlimited data, but my tethering plan went from $20 to $30 per month for “unlimited” 4G tethered data.

      • Anonymous

        every verizon store rep i talk to says i have to get tiered data… wtf

  • rob

    I froze myself on a mountain top 6 months ago waiting for this day. Thank God Butters used his OG droid to get a GPS on my location..or I might have been up there for 500 years!!
    Oh wait…its not coming out until tomorrow !! Damn….back to the mountain…

  • mchlkrieger

    Great! So can DL please stop creaming over this device???

    • Anonymous

      Seriously, I hear the iphone 5 is coming soon. I haven’t heard a peep about that from DL. Who do they think they are covering the next droid phone? 

    • Anonymous

      really??  Are you that dense?  You go to a Droid (not android, DROID site) and complain about the coverage of a DROID phone?  Yes, obviously other phones are discussed here as well, but this site was built on DROID… now please stop with the whining.

  • droidlvr

    hell yea!

  • paul tice

    any word on bundle deals yet?

  • Bert336

    It’s funny how everybody is waiting for the PRIME, but that will eventually be pushed to early next year and then people will complaint that it’s outdated…….it always happens!

    • Anonymous

      Overheard on Black Friday 2011: “1.5 GHz Dual Core?  Only 720p?  Meh.  1080p, 2 GHz Quad-Core Android phones are just around the corner… best wait for one of those and not waste your upgrade!”

    • Anonymous

      Overheard on Black Friday 2011: “1.5 GHz Dual Core?  Only 720p?  Meh.  1080p, 2 GHz Quad-Core Android phones are just around the corner… best wait for one of those and not waste your upgrade!”

  • Anonymous

    Cant wait to start tethering this motherflowe!!!!

  • 600$ for a phone we can get a decent quad core laptop for that price…pass

    • Anonymous

      Not sure if trolling or just confused.  Smartphones have ALWAYS been expensive, especially off contract.  I remember walking into an AT&T store before the iPhone came out and the Windows Mobile 5 phones were going for $600+ on contract.

    • Str8RippinEm

      I’m sorry but that’s a very stupid way to think…oh and btw, This phone is going to cost me 200 bucks

  • Anonymous

    Went into a VZW store yesterday and played with a dummy model. They wouldn’t let me see the actual thing. It is definitely pretty thin, and that hump is really not that bad when you actually see it in person. It looks much better than the stupid extended battery case for the Thunderbolt; I’d take the Bionic curve over that anyday. A little weird for me that the power button is on the left side now, coming from a D1. The guy offered to make an appointment for me to purchase it tomorrow, which is tempting, but I stood my ground and said that I’d like to see what the first couple weeks’ worth of customer reviews say. My D1 still works, just not as well as I’d like it to sometimes. I’m not dying to upgrade just this second (or within 24 hours).

  • Bionic

    Guys here is a link to a FULL review of the phone by a guy who got it a few days ago.  He covers everything from heavy battery use to HD video recording.  He even does a speed test against the thunderbolt on the same LTE server.  the Bionic kills the thunderbolt like you wouldnt believe!!. 

    Start reading from the beginning and you’ll be amazed at how good this phone is. 


    • Bionic

      Looks like youtube removed his videos because of pressure from verizon.  But you can still read his comments about the battery life and everything else.  Its awesome.  

  • Danq07

    Check out http://www.droiddoes.com/mobile/ they have a “buy now” button!

    • Dominick DeVito

      Yes, you can buy it today, it will ship tomorrow.

  • Dominick DeVito

    Not much new here – online videos show the phone to be very fast and smooth, and maybe – JUST MAYBE – there won’t be a need for a home launcher replacement (time will tell). There’s been lines drawn in the sand between the Bionic fanboys and the Bionic skeptics that compare it to the GSII.

    In fact, I actually got banned (BANNED) from another Android fan site (not to be named) because all I did was say how disappointingly low the Bionic’s benchmarks were (from a fan who got his hands on one early). I was labeled a Bionic troll and banned from the site.

    This phone has been so over hyped this year. Yes, it will be a good phone with good specs, but not great. In 3 weeks we’ll be looking at leaked screenshots and videos of the Vigor and (I’m sure) the Prime (or whatever it will be called). I’m sure HTC andor Samsung will love to spoil the Bionic party and give us “skeptics” something else to drool over.

    If I find a great deal on the Bionic I’ll consider it, but I waited this long. I want a game changing device. From the specs and videos I’ve seen the Bionic is nice, very nice – but not a game changer.

    • Anonymous

      and not a single f*** was given

    • Anonymous

      If you got banned you probably deserved it.  It’s unbelievable how much hate this phone gets, anytime there’s an article posted anywhere a bunch of losers come swooning in en mass to trash and belittle it.

  • NowIwantIt

    Confirmation on COSTCO DEAL????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!