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The Droid Bionic. You've heard the name for about three-quarters of the year now, and the hype surrounding the world's first dual-core Droid has seen its fair share of ups and downs. Last week we found out that the device would finally be hitting the streets in September -- too little too late, if you ask me. I'm not entirely sure what market Motorola plans on competing with at that point, as the beastly Galaxy S II should be available on Big Red by then, along with the new iPhone.

Despite all that, there are some people still interested in the Droid Bionic, albeit not many. So, for those who still plan on picking this device up, here are the official Bionic specs, courtesy of the MotoDev site:

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  • 4.3 Inch qHD PenTile display
  • 1Ghz OMAP4430 dual-core processor (yep, the same one that's in the Droid 3)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear camera
  • VGA front camera
  • Android 2.3.4
  • Webtop
  • 4G LTE

...yeah. Are you as underwhelmed as I am? Had this landed around the same time (or before) the Droid 3, it would've smoked the face off of everything else on the market. But as it stands, by the time we actually see, it will be too late. It's far from revolutionary and way overdue.

Motorola, you really dropped the ball on this one.

[MotoDev via Droid Life]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Germian

    What did you expect? A OMAP4440 would have been nice, but well, you can't have everything.

    October/November will be the time for the new generation of "Superphones", not only because of the new iPhone, but I'm really looking forward what LG, Motorola, Sony and especially HTC with their Vigor are going to serve us. Lets hope it will be some delicious Ice Cream Sandwich ;)

  • oddball

    What happened to the keyboard or was that scrapped in the redesign?

    • george

      dont know where you ever heard that but it never had a keyboard

      • oddball

        During CES I read a hands on review that showed it having a slide out keyboard. The only reason I remember it is my wife refuses to use a phone without a physical keyboard and for a while she was asking about upgrading to "that bionic thing" that I was talking about.

        • Gorgon

          That was the CLIQ2 with the sliding keyboard at CES.

  • jnt

    It's a slightly souped up Atrix... that's all... been overhyped for months.

    • Eric

      The phone itself is okay. The point is first 4G LTE dual core phone. I would rather it be delayed and polished, than rushed and buggy.

  • mugsy

    I think you're just mad because of the delay since being hyped at CES. With those specs it's still a top tier phone on any network. I'd trade my bolt for one in a heartbeat.

    • Cameron Summerson

      Mad? No. Disappointed in a phone that has been hyped for more than six months, but still manages to come out little better than competitor's devices that have already made their way into the market? You bet.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      They delayed it for so many months and for what?

      • http://mgamerzproductions.blogspot.com Mgamerz

        It's Motorola. How about the 6 month delay for Gingerbread on Atrix? Do you ever expect Motorola to get things done in a timely fashion?

        • Gorgon

          Huh? The Atrix hasn't even been on the market 6 months. Where do people come up with this stuff?

        • Yebra21

          Atrix came out in February, We're in August now. That's 6 months

    • Codexx

      Yeah, except you can get the Droid 3 now with as physical keyboard.

      • Ross

        Droid 3 has 512mb or ram and doesn't have LTE (of course it doesn't have that horrid pentile screen either)

        • Cameron Summerson

          Actually, the D3 does have a PenTile display.

  • piratebot420

    All motos are going with pentile display. Its absolutely horrible display technology. Fuck you moto, you make horrible decisions.

  • JayMonster

    Yeah, Motorola should have just shipped a half baked phone like HTC (Thunderbolt) and Samsung (Charge). What the he'll we're they thinking. Now everybody will forego 4g to get that iPhone Clone GS2, or wait around for whatever is coming next (except by the time it comes out, there will ne something better)

    • http://mgamerzproductions.blogspot.com Mgamerz

      A half baked Thunderbolt will have a better lifespan than just about any Moto product. I own an atrix and with their locked bootloaders, horribly slow update process (atrix was a flagship phone and just got gingerbread... that's totally BS!). The Desire (not sure which version) went from 'no Gingerbread' to 'here's gingerbread' in about one month.

  • madhaus

    Umm... Is there any other LTE phone with dual core out there? Yup, I thought not.

  • NYC_Dave

    Isn't the Photon technically a Droid series anyway, but just on Sprint?

    • Simon Belmont

      It's basically a Motorola Droid X2, but for Sprint and it has Wimax. Droid nomenclature is only for Verizon though.

      You will never see the name "Droid" used on another carrier. Never.

    • JayMonster

      No,the Photon is an oddly shaped Atrix.

  • ME

    Not impressed at all anymore, tired of waiting on it. Samsung Galaxy S2 is looking better and better and won't have the stupid pentile screen. I'm bout ready to jump ship to the Iphone. I just hope my OG holds up until something better than the TB comes out.

  • RockingmyEvo3D

    I love my up to date speedy and snappy EVO 3D...It rocks....

  • Sirjacksinurbox

    Looks like its SGS2 for the win... not that I'm complaining or anything. Exynos processors absolutely rock the pants off of just about anything on the market, for now.
    I really can't understand why everybody gets so excited about Motorola android products. The OG Droid set the bar, but ever since that orginal piece of sweet android lovin, they have dropped the ball on every product they have brought to the market.
    Their business model reminds me of RIM: all the fan boys talk them up, but they really have nothing to show against other companies.

    • JayMonster

      The Droid X, which seems to be long forgotten was a more than average device and blazes the path for the 4.3" devices that are out now.

      Does Motorolajave some stinkers? Yes, the Cliq and Devour come to mind. But none of the manufacturers are impervious to this. For every Galaxy S, there is a Samsung Moment. For every Incedible, there is a MyTouch.

      In 2009 Motorla had the OG Droid, 2010 the X, and if the Bionic does claim the mantle for best 4g LTE phone (not difficult considering the Thunderbolt, Charge and Revolution are not setting the world on fire), then that will be 3 hits in 3 years. When was the last time RIM could claim that? Or Samsung for that matter? Only HTC could claim as good a run.

  • http://Tboy72.wordpress.com Troy

    I'll take my Droid X2 any day over anything currently out there. As well as anything soon to be released. I just got the gingerbread update as well as the update to fix a lot of the bugs. The nvidia tegra 2 proc is the most powerful proc you can get on a phone right now and games from Nvidia's tegra zone look just as good as a console. The display is way better than people are giving it credit for as well.

    I'm getting quadrant scores in the 2700 range and am loving the speed of everything this phone does.

    • Ashish

      The Droid X2 is one of the worst phones on the VZW network. I've had both the DX and the DX2 and the DX set a much higher bar. I just got GB on the DX2 and I would say the gap has gotten smaller, but DX seemed on par with its time, while the DX2 is significantly behind. Their is no reason the DX and DX2 should have similar performance. Sure it benchmarks high, but real life performance screams the complete opposite. These are my biggest gripes with the DX2: Screen on delay when hitting the power button, horrible pentile display, incredibly jittery launcher. I'm rocking a charge now and if Moto keeps on this path, I might never go back. None the less the DX2 still has incredible battery life that the DX had.

  • Aaron

    Motorola just took the Bionic specs off their site. Those sneaky bastards!

    http://developer.motorola.com/products/compare/?items=18644,18753,18564

  • Tom Barrister

    Another spot-on review by the go-to site. Thanks for your no-nonsense reviews.

  • Dave

    Lol @ quadrants, my tbolt scores over 3000 when overclocked on CM.. You should be pulling like 6k with 2 cores