Motorola and Verizon announce the Droid Bionic

first_imgThere’s quite a bit of controversy surrounding the Droid Bionic. When it was originally announced, it looked like it would be a pretty decent phone on Verizon’s budding LTE network. Hailed as Big Red’s first LTE phone, the Bionic was supposed to start off the rush to LTE, with the Thunderbolt and the later-to-be-dubbed Droid Charge in tow. Somewhere along the way, however, plans for the Bionic just sort of… stopped.Radio silence about the device from Verizon led the tech world to assume something went wrong, and we began to question whether or not it was coming out at all. Then, about 2 months ago, details began to surface for the Droid Bionic again. Only now, the phone appeared to have completely different internal hardware. Confusion grew as the weeks passed, when Verizon began to show confusing commercials on TV with some stunningly beautiful samurai of some kind battling robots for a brief moment, and then cutting to the Droid Bionic splash. Well, the confusion is now over, and the phone is finally here. So, let’s meet this Droid Bionic.This is the first LTE device to be sporting a dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. If that weren’t enough to make you want one, the Gorilla Glass 4.3-inch qHD display, 8 megapixel camera with a flash capable of 1080p video recording, and support for Motorola’s lapdock make for a pretty picture. Though, there’s no information yet on whether or not the Lapdock on Verizon Wireless will require a tethering plan like AT&T, but the option will still be made available at the time of purchase.The Bionic has 32 GB of storage on board with 16 GB removable in the microSD slot, which supports up to 32 GB. The Bionic is also running the Motorola UI over the latest major version of Android, 2.3.4, which means that the front facing camera on this device works with Google Talk video chat.For $299 on a 2-year contract, the Bionic can be yours either online at Verizon Wireless or in stores from September 8. 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. If you purchase the Bionic and the Lapdock at the same time, there’s a promotion in Verizon Wireless stores where you can get $100 off the Lapdock in rebates.As the first dual core LTE phone, the Bionic is sure to make some waves and turn some heads. Motorola including the latest version of Android on this device is a good sign for the future of this device, given Moto’s history of lagging just a little bit behind in Android versions. The Bionic marks the first of the “superphones” predicted to be coming to Verizon this fall.Will you be picking one up, or are you hoping for something more?More at Motorola [image via TechCrunch]last_img

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