After nearly a year of anticipation, the Droid Bionic will finally see the light of day. A teaser video posted on Verizon Wireless’ official YouTube account yesterday hinted at a September 8 release.
Verizon has a history of teasing consumers with videos but what separates this one from others is the text “2011.9.8” at the end of the Korean clip. Yesterday a leaked product guide showed up at Droid Life detailing the phone’s updated specifications with a launch date for all channels of September 8.
According to the product guide, the 4G LTE-capable Bionic will feature a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 4.3” 960x540 display and an 8MP rear shooter capable of 1080p HD video capture. The phone is said to ship with Android 2.3. If the handset does launch on next Thursday as anticipated, it would be Verizon’s first dual-core 4G LTE smartphone.
Verizon initially debuted the phone at CES in January and many crowned it the iPhone killer. Delays in the release have allowed other handsets to steal the spotlight, however.
One example is the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is coming to the US on September 16. The Galaxy S II features a faster 1.2GHz dual-core CPU with otherwise very similar specs. Had the Bionic been launched earlier this year, it likely would have been the most powerful smartphone on the market for some time.