Android Phones

Verizon Droid Bionic coming tomorrow for $299

September 7, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

Motorola, Verizon


Yes, it’s official. No more rumors about specs, no more snooping and interpreting Motorola comments, and no more false starts about release dates. The Motorola Droid Bionic is landing on Verizon September 8, 2011 (tomorrow), and it will cost $299 on a 2-year agreement.

Verizon finally confirmed the Droid Bionic’s release in an announcement. The carrier also confirmed many of the specifications that people have been drooling about since this phone was first introduced in January, only to be whisked away and retooled before release in September. For starters, the Bionic can access Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Like other Verizon LTE phones, it has 5 to 12 Mbps downloads and 2 to 5 Mbps upload speeds.

Unlike other LTE phones, the Bionic has a dual-core processor (1 GHz) to go along with 1 GB of RAM, and a 4.3-inch qHD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass and anti-reflective coating. It also supports the Lapdock mode that can connect to a shell and launch a special web-only laptop (sold separately). There’s also a Motorola skin on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, but it is not as bad as the previous incarnations of Blur that we’ve seen.

Motorola and Verizon have already sent out review units of the device. We joined the queue, but the amount of excitement surrounding this phone makes me think it might take a while to get some time with it. Here’s a list of some of the specs announced.

Motorola Droid Bionic Specs

  • 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

Accessories available at launch

  • 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. 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.
  • 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.