The Motorola Droid Bionic Android smartphone is the first dual core handset to arrive on Verizon’s 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless broadband network. With phones like the HTC Thunderbolt setting best-ever upload and download speed records on the LTE with only a single core processor, the dual core promise of the Droid Bionic is something we’ve been hearing about since CES 2011 in January of this year.
However, due to internal reworkings and other setbacks, the Droid Bionic didn’t arrive in a physical form until September 8. Aside from being the first dual core Android smartphone on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, Motorola has designed the Droid Bionic to access some of the same multi-functional accessories they built for their Atrix 4G smartphone.
The processor on board the Droid Bionic is a dual core 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor with a ULP GeForce graphics processing unit and TI OMAP chip set, which is supported by 1 GB of RAM memory and 2 GB of ROM memory. 16 GB of storage space is built in, with the ability to upgrade to 32 GB through the built-in microSD slot. That processor can also be used to power the WebTop dock and Lapdock laptop dock that effectively transform the Droid Bionic into a desktop computer and 11.6 inch screen laptop respectively.
The WebTop dock is actually a docking station with three USB ports as well as an HDMI port which allows for video out and video mirroring on a larger screen HDTV or monitor. Obviously, the three USB ports can be used to hook up a keyboard, mouse and monitor, thereby allowing connectivity to the TI OMAP chip set and processor on the Droid Bionic to access the internet on a much bigger screen than the 4.3 inch 540 x 960 pixel display on the handset. Buy the Motorola Droid Bionic starting at only $119.
The Lapdock feature basically turns the Motorola Droid Bionic into a notebook with an 11.6 inch screen and full Mozilla Firefox web browser. This laptop shell weighs about half as much as a comparable laptop. The Lapdock accessory also delivers an 8 hour battery, extending usage of the handset, as well as making text intensive activities much easier on the full QWERTY keyboard than the virtual keyboard on the smaller handset screen. The Motorola Droid Bionic 4g recently received a retail price reduction to $119 at select AT&T authorized retailers with a new two-year activation, and is exclusive to Verizon’s 4G LTE mobile broadband network.