updated 10:25 am EDT, Wed July 27, 2011
Droid Bionic may push back to September
Motorola's new Droid Bionic might ship a month later than expected. Although most recent clues have pegged it for August 4, a new leak from Motorola and multiple other sources have instead put the delayed Android flagship in early September. Droid-Life had heard September 1, which lines up with Verizon's preference for Thursday ship dates.
One of the same sources also suggested that there were more improvements to the design than raw specs suggested. It still had the same 4.3-inch, 540x960 screen of the Droid X2 but had "far less" ghosting artifacts. The Bionic was considerably lighter and was faster than expected, in part because of the leap from the originally planned 512MB of RAM.
The timing will make the Bionic one of the most heavily delayed smartphones in recent memory. Motorola showed its initial design to us at CES in January but scrapped it weeks later for what was ultimately discovered to be a completely new design. Although never confirmed, some have suggested that there was an inherent conflict between the NVIDIA Tegra 2 and Motorola's LTE hardware, forcing the switch to a TI OMAP chip.