The 2 New Contenders for this Fall
Motorola’s newest entry into the smartphone market has been delayed, which is not exactly new news. The Droid Bionic was originally slated for a Q2 release but has been rescheduled until sometime in August or September. In either case, I’m sure that Motorola will aim to have this phone released before the serious competition hits the market – the iPhone5. Can the Droid Bionic beat out the iPhone5?
This image is reported to be a leaked image of the soon to be released Droid Bionic. If it is, I would have to say that Motorola has to do better than this!
Smartphones are more than just phones these days. In fact, being a phone is probably their least talked about functionality – it’s simply a given. We look at our cell phones dozens (maybe even hundreds) of times per day. They should be designed as beautiful objects to look at and to hold. I would have to say that Apple has long understood this and is ahead of the game on this respect. Get it together Motorola!
As of this writing we know that the Bionic will have or be capable of:
- •4G LTE
- •HDMI output (TV out)
- •a 4.3 inch display (quite large)
- •3G wireless hotspot connectivity
- •8 MP camera that will work in low light (yeah!!)
- •720p HD video capture and a front-facing camera capable of Video Chat
- •a 1Ghz Tegra Dual core processor
The processor may be switched over to a dual core Texas Instruments OMAP processor rumor has it. The Droid, Droid X and Droid 2 all use the OMAP processor but obviously if the Bionic were to be released with one it would be the most recent version.
Skype will be able to run in video chat mode with the Bionic. The Droid Bionic will also support the Android Netflix app. It will be one of only a few select phones to have this capability. This makes sense seeing as how this phone will have an HDMI output so that you could watch movies on your large screen television. Also important will be the support of Adobe Flash and HTML 5 out of the box. It will also have built in support for Facebook, Picasa, Twitter and the Android Marketplace.
It’s difficult to say at this point if the Bionic will be released with Android 2.2 or 2.3 as the latter is slated for release in Q3 2011 which would coincide with the launch date of the Bionic.
As far as the new iPhone5 release date, Katy Huberty (from Morgan Stanley) has claimed that “Apple’s next iPhone will begin production in mid-to-late August and ramp aggressively”. I think it’s safe to say that September will be a very interesting month!