Usually Apple devices tend to hog the limelight when compared to their peers, a phenomenon which can be underscored by the sheer volume of content already written about the upcoming smartphone iPhone 5.
As Apple continues to delay the release of its iPhone 5 -- which is now touted to arrive in September -- other devices like Samsung's Galaxy S 2 and HTC Sensation are now receiving a share of the limelight. However, another phone that's gaining steam is Motorola's Droid Bionic, as it is playing hide-and-seek with the media since it first appeared in January at CES 2011.
The phone was spotted on Best Buy with a promo which called it an an all-powerful, unstoppable machine and is slated to be released for the Verizon 4G LTE network. Also recently it was reported that Droid Bionic recently passed the FCC certification test. It is surmised that the phone will arrive in August. Droid Bionic also showed up at its hosts' Web site with an ad stating Droid Bionic coming this summer. The banner also requested users to sign up to receive e-mail notifications about launch details.
However, in spite of the hoopla surrounding the phone's release, Droid Bionic is not the only phone that will grace the Verizon 4G LTE tag. Other top-notch phones it has to compete with on Verizon 4G LTE are Samsung's Droid Charge and HTC Thunderbolt.
Here's a comparison of the rumored Droid Bionic with the established Samsung Droid Charge and HTC Thunderbolt:
Though, both Samsung Droid Charge and HTC Thunderbolt feature a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with 800x480 screen resolution, Thunderbolt has a WVGA screen. It is expected that Droid Bionic will feature a 4.5-inch display with QHD TFT capacitive screen which offers 960x540 screen resolution.
HTC Thunderbolt is powered by a single-core 1GHz Qualcomm chipset while the Droid Charge optimizes a single-core 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Droid Bionic first showed up with a Tegra 2 dual-core processor; however rumors now suggest that the Bionic will be fitted with a TI OMAP 1.2 GHz processor.
HTC Thunderbolt offers 768MB RAM with 8GB internal memory. Droid Charge has 512MB RAM and features 2GB ROM. Droid Bionic initially showed up at CES with 16GB internal memory and 512MB RAM. It is rumored that it will feature 1GB RAM in its latest avatar.
Both Samsung Droid Charge and HTC Thunderbolt sport an 8MP rear-facing camera with 720p video capture. However Thunderbolt compared to Droid Charge offers dual-LED flash. Droid Bionic is also expected to don 8MP camera with dual-LED flash and is expected to feature 1080p video capture capability.
HTC Thunderbolt runs on Android 2.2 wit HTC Sense UI. However it was reported that Thunderbolt will receive an OTA Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update. Droid Charge features Android 2.2 or Froyo as well which is upgradable to Gingerbread. However, Droid Bionic may ship with in-built Android 2.3 or Gingerbread.
The Samsung Droid Charge has standard Li-Po 1600 mAh battery and HTC Thunderbolt features 1400 mAh battery. The Droid Bionic is surmised to feature Li-Po 1930 mAh battery.
Dimension and Weight:
Droid Charge is .46-inch thick and weighs 5.04oz, while Thunderbolt is 0.52-inch thick and weighs 5.7oz. Droid Bionic was released with 5.5oz weight and 0.52-inch thickness.
In the light of the above stated comparison the Droid Bionic certainly looks like a super phone in the cadre of Samsung Galaxy S 2 on a 4G LTE network which leaves the rivals Droid Charge and HTC Thunderbolt behind by a huge margin.