updated 12:15 pm EDT, Sat May 28, 2011
New Motorola Droid Bionic hits benchmark
Allusions to a completely redesigned Droid Bionic have been supported by a new benchmark run. A device identifying itself as the new Motorola phone has shown up at NenaMark using PowerVR SGX540 graphics attached to a 1GHz processor, a giveaway that the phone has changed over from the original NVIDIA Tegra 2 to a TI OMAP chip, most likely the 4430 or 4440. Its presence helps confirm Motorola's comments that 4G was delaying the Bionic and Xoom and that the issue was a major conflict between the Tegra 2 and Motorola's choice of 4G hardware.
The decision raises doubts that the Xoom will get the 4G that was promised for the summer. A decision to swap processors outright in the Bionic suggests Motorola wasn't certain it could fix the conflict in time for the summer.
Apart from the processor, the test shows that the design will still have a 540x960 display and that it's now due to ship with at least Android 2.3.3. The tests themselves aren't an indicator of performance, though, since they show an unusually all-flat and low score. Motorola's upcoming Droid 3 tested better using similar hardware.
Motorola has tried to cast the delayed Droid Bionic as an upgrade to the existing design headed to Verizon, but the tests along with earlier hints have pointed to it actually be the Targa, a completely new phone with a slimmer profile and up to a 13-megapixel camera. [via Blog of Mobile and Droid-Life]