Motorola's Droid Bionic has had Android fans pining since it was first announced during the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The 4G LTE smartphone has the specifications to be a serious Droidzilla for some time.
- 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM
- 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) touchscreen with antireflective coating
- 32 GB of storage: 16 GB internal, 16 GB microSD card (included)
- Google Android Gingerbread 2.3.4
- 8 megapixel auto-focus rear camera supporting 1080p video recording
- Front-facing camera for video chat over 4G, 3G or Wi-Fi networks
While its specs should stem obsolescence for the duration of the two year contract with Verizon Wireless required for the $299 price, there are other features Big Red thinks will appeal to its mobile faithful.
The Bionic is the first to get ZumoCast an app from Motorola that lets customers access videos, music, pictures and documents stored on their computers with their handset via remote access.
There are a number dock accessories, but the one that will interest most is the LapDock as seen with AT&T's Motorola Atrix .
But wait. That's not all. Motoprint will let you print directly to a wireless printer.
I should be getting a review unit today and will report back, but until then here is the full press release from VZW:
VERIZON WIRELESS AND MOTOROLA RAISE THE BAR WITH DROID BIONIC™ BY MOTOROLA
Unsurpassed Power, Speed and Entertainment On the Fastest, Most Advanced 4G LTE Network in America
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced DROID BIONIC™ by Motorola will be exclusively available beginning Sept. 8.
DROID BIONIC is the first Verizon Wireless smartphone to combine 4G LTE with the power of dual-core 1 GHz processors, 1 GB of RAM and a stunning 4.3-inch qHD display – all in a sleek form factor that makes it the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone from Verizon Wireless. Customers can expect to fly across the Web on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network with download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas.
DROID BIONIC introduces a host of groundbreaking applications and accessories that turn the device into a multimedia hub, a ruler of remote access and a purveyor of virtuality. DROID BIONIC introduces ZumoCast™ by Motorola, an application that lets customers bring their digital world of videos, music, pictures and documents stored on their computers to their handset via remote access. With its revolutionary Webtop application, DROID BIONIC can beam a full-featured Firefox® Web browser 4.0, email or documents to a TV or monitor, like the separately purchased Lapdock™ with a 11.6” screen, keyboard and integrated trackpad.
Accessories such as the HD Station let DROID BIONIC users turn the phone into an entertainment center or home office. Customers can view pictures, video, and content from the DROID BIONIC on any HDTV or monitor by connecting a separately sold HDMI cable. They can also take a conference call while editing documents and surfing the Web. And, of course, the DROID BIONIC lets customers share their 4G LTE signal with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices when they activate the Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot. The device of the future today, the DROID BIONIC also includes the following features:
· 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
Pricing and availability:
· DROID BIONIC by Motorola will be available in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com on Sept. 8 for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
· Customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for 450 minutes per month and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
· Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot data plans are available beginning at $30 for 2 GB.
· 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.
· 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.
· 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.