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You saw some of the leaked Bionic pictures earlier today, but now thanks to PhoneHK we can give you even more information about the upcoming monster of a Motorola handset. First and foremost, this thing will (at least according to this test unit) be running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread right out of the gate:

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That's a relief. If the Bionic had shipped with Froyo, Motorola might have had a user rebellion on its hands. What other goodies were revealed by the generous leaker about the Bionic?

  • 4.5" qHD display
  • 8MP rear camera, 1080p video recording, plus front-facing camera
  • WebTop dock accessory
  • Brand-new BLUR
  • 1750mAh battery (that's large)

You can see some of the new BLUR in action below in various screenshots, including a translucent notification bar and 3D homescreen previews:

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Not bad, Motorola, not bad. I really like the direction Motorola's BLUR is going in terms of look and feel, it's a lot more polished than the austere and industrial look of BLUR on previous handsets, including the DROID X2. But a 4.5" screen? That's getting into Infuse territory, and that's a whole lot o' screen to stomach. But 4G LTE and dual cores with Gingerbread? This thing could be hard to resist. Watch out, Galaxy S II.

PhoneHK via Droid-life

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • L boogie

    Interesting so far, can't wait to see the final product... maybe I might hold off on galaxy s2

  • Josefina

    Loving it can't wait getting two

  • ocdtrekkie

    Release date! :P Yeah yeah, I know, but I want one. My Droid 1 is slooooow.

  • Father Phoenix

    Interesting but I have one MAJOR question. Will it be bootlocked? If so then who cares. I have the original Droid and love it but it's also unlocked. My next phone will be as well. I like the way it all works and would prefer to stay with Moto but if I can't do what I do with my current phone then it's a non sell to me.

  • http://unforgivendevelopment.com/ Gerad Munsch

    Any word as to whether this will contain a Tegra2? I'm sure hoping so, it'll be nice to pull GTalk w/ video chat out of here for the G2x :)

    • David Ruddock

      There has been evidence suggesting Tegra 2 has been dumped in favor of a newer TI OMAP dual-core processor (either the 4430 or 4440) which, frankly, will probably be significantly better than a Tegra 2.

      • http://unforgivendevelopment.com/ Gerad Munsch

        Oh, I'm not interested in the phone itself. I can imagine that the OMAP will be a better performing processor. I'm just interested in a 'Talk2.apk' that'll work on Tegra2 (ie without NEON extensions)

        • David Ruddock

          Ah I see. Well, it's looking like OMAP at this point, but we shall see.

  • YeomanDroid

    very cool indeed. Android is really making some vast improvements and the makers such as Motorola, Samsung, HTC, Sony-E, LG, etc. are really making some cool stuff.

  • http://GoneGoogling.com Moids

    4.5" screen AND LTE? Battery drain, here we come!

    1730 mah battery? I thought it had a larger battery, like 1930 man?

    I'm not happy about the 4.5" screen but it might work if all else is good, ESPECIALLY if bootloader is unlocked.

  • jamezelle

    had to fucking put blur on it....

  • Joe

    i will never purchase another moto device so long there is blur and a locked bootloader. but thats just me.

    • Mrwirez

      Amen... Motorola came out big with the D1... every effin phone since sucks. Locked? No thanks!

  • Sako

    does anyone else think this phone is going to be released just after verizon gets rid of their unlimited plans? whats the point of LTE if you only have a couple gigs worth of it?

    • blackmar

      i'm hoping they don't get rid of unlimited data until after the bionic is released. seeing how this is one of the most anticipated phones for big red, they will axe unlimited data and then announce the bionic release date the day after.

  • JAG

    Nice beautiful song!!

    @Sako
    And it is LTE!!!

  • Modi

    qHD? Damnit. That's pentile. On the picture of the app drawer in landscape mode, you can easily see the diagonal grid. Motorola has made a superphone with another pentile screen that will ruin it.

  • TBDF

    The thing is, what is the point of getting a dual core device, when in the second half of this year, NVIDIA is going to be releasing their quad core Kal-El processor. Makes no sense spend on dual core when quad is literally coming to Android right after this device releases.

    • JayMonster

      Nothing had yet even been optimized for dual core, let alone quad. Has any Tegra 2 device proven to be anything special yet? Sure, maybe you Van have bragging rights that you have a Quad for phone, but what good is a mobile phone if you are always in search of an outlet to plug into?

  • Mrwirez

    I'm waiting on ice cream sandwich/nexus/quad core/hdmi out.

  • Sako

    @ TBDF
    kal-el is most likely going to come in tablet form. smartphone kal-el won't be here till next year.

  • dont know my name

    This is the DROID 3

    • Chris

      I'm thinking the Droid 3 had a keyboard shoved in there somewhere.

  • Mike

    Well I know I am interested in it. Locked or not locked it doesnt matter to me. Sure I would like to have an unlocked BL just to have it but my DX is locked and Ive got it rooted, overclocked and between Launcher Pro and TiBu, I can remove or freeze whatever app or icon and clean up the UI. My DX kicks ass at a steady 2400-2500 Quadrant score.

    So to me, a 4.5" screen, 4G, dual core and a front camera? Bring it on baby. Im due for an upgrade already anyway.

  • Lucian Armasu

    I have nothing against 4.5" phones, but I wish they made them ONLY if they cut out the bezel almost completely, and also the physical buttons, and integrate them into the interface a la Honeycomb. Perhaps, we'll see that with ICS. As they currently are, 4.5" phones seem a bit too big.
    Oh, and it would be even nicer to see a 1280x720p HD resolution on a 4.5" display like that, perhaps powered by Tegra 3.

  • Sprintuser

    Oddly, i have been hoping for e phone with this screen size ever since I saw the proposed galaxy media players, I browse a lot, so the bigger screen is perfect for me, hope it comes to sprint

  • The Truth Squad

    If it has NFC and a FM radio, sign me up. I go to a fitness club and it is a pain to carry a radio to watch TV. If it doesn't have NFC, it is a waste of time and money because in a year, you won't have any credit cards on you.

  • IDK

    this is a conversation with a motorola android expert asking him if this pictures are the new droid bionic:
    File attachment upload has started.
    The file d.jpg (85.18KB) was received.
    ***: Hello, how may i help you?
    ***: is this the new bionic
    File attachment upload has started.
    The file d.jpg (85.18KB) was received.
    ***: is it the new droid bionic
    ***: I am sorry, but that is not the Motorola Bionic.
    ***: then what is it
    ***: One moment, please.
    ***: One more moment please, while I find that information for you.
    Ron: Thank you for holding, my apologies for the delay.
    ***: Is this you cell phone?
    ***: Is this your phone?
    ***: no
    ***: As what we have here that is Motorola Droid X phone.\
    ***: Is there anything else?
    ***: the droid x has physical buttons
    ***: The you showed us was for our Engineering test phone.
    ***: What???
    ***: cant be they look nothing alike and this phone is 4G LTE
    File attachment upload has started.
    The file d2.jpg (36.38KB) was received.
    ***: I am sorry, but there is still no 4G phone.
    ***: that other image is the same phone
    ***: thats why i think it is the bionic
    ***: look at the other picture
    ***: By the way, where did you get this pictures?
    ***: all over the internet
    ***: just type in google droid bionic
    ***: Yes, the picture you have is came from our engineering sample.
    ***: but the droidx 2 is not 4g LTE
    ***: and it has a hump for the cammera
    ***: Currently we do not have the updates yet for our Bionic?
    File attachment upload has started.
    The file d3.jpg (49.14KB) was received.
    ***: Yes, just like what I said Sir. The picture you provide us if from our Engineering Sample.
    ***: Currently we do not have phone that is 4G capable.
    ***: BUT YOU SAID IT WAS THE DROID X
    ***: THE DROID X DOESNT HAVE 4GLTE
    ***: I am sorry, I mean that was our Bionic phone because it looks like the Droid X.
    File attachment upload has started.
    The file D4.jpg (52.39KB) was received.
    ***: SO IT IS THE NEW FORM FACTOR OF THE DROID BIONIC
    ***: Yes.
    ***: Is there anything else?

    Im confused but he said it is thee new droid bionic.
    How do the droid x And the new droid bionic look alike? That motorola porson thinks it does
    I also asked it all the info on the one picture with all the phone info and he said it was al true

  • Android Sensei

    When will it launch? More details and more fact than fiction: The Droid Bionic it's about time http://exm.nr/iIYLgl

  • Elvis

    Depends how locked down it is I guess, looks amazing though :o I was resigned to the gs2 after the fiasco with the last version :/ guess we'll see how it turns out... weather or not either phone has 4g will influence too

  • Tommy

    Next time someone gets time with it for photos, it'd be nice to know if it still has only 512 megs of RAM, or if they bumped it up.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Yes IT WILL BE LOCKED....YES YOU WILL BE LUCKY TO GET 3 TO 4HRS AT BEST ON LTE THIS WILL BE A BATTERY DRAINER I PROMISE YOU THAT...The EVO 3D I JUST PURCHASED on June 24th gets 16 to 22 hrs daily and if I leave on my 4g wimax it drains after 12hrs. LET'S SEE THE BIONIC BEAT THAT....IT WON'T......Matter of fact the EVO 3D WILL SLAP THIS BIONIC ALL AROUND THE ANDROID FIELD

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      This is so damn hilarious in hindsight. #SamsungKnightCaptainDickYarrell

    • Nathan Walters

      From two days ago: "It's always been pretty much plain and really simple for me since May 2011. Nothing beats SAMSUNG or the GALAXY NOTE PRODUCTS period. They are android truly nothing else matters."

      This comment on AP was posted in July of 2014. Someone's a little inconsistent.

      • Chahk Noir

        It's OK to change your mind.

        • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

          Are you familiar with Mr. Yarrell?

  • David Foggia

    Lmfaoo #tbt to when 4.5 inch screens were #gigantic