Droid Bionic hostility with release of Sprint/Verizon 4G Galaxy S II

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Earlier today we gave you the news that the Motorola Droid Bionic will finally be released in September according to Motorola. But since the handset was first announced at the beginning of the year times have changed, and the mobile market has moved on. New handsets are coming thick and fast none more so than the Samsung Galaxy S II that finally nears release in the US, while the rest of the world have enjoyed it for a while now. But will the Droid Bionic be met with hostility with the upcoming release of the Sprint/Verizon 4G Galaxy S II?

It is not known for definite if the Samsung Galaxy S II will support 4G LTE but it is a possibility which will give consumers an interesting decision to make. The guys over at DroidLife recently run a poll asking readers if the Motorola Droid Bionic was still the device to have. The biggest response by respondents was yes, but only if the Samsung Galaxy S II doesn’t support 4G LTE. It beat responses from people who were still going to get the Droid Bionic by five percent.

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Now Verizon are not the only network who may be getting the Samsung Galaxy S II with 4G LTE, as GottaBeMobile are reporting that the Sprint version has passed through the FCC with WiMax on board. The FCC filing shows a device called the SPH- D710 which got approval for CDMA/EvDO as well as WiMAX. The design of the device falls in line with images seen recently which means Sprint are close to releasing their next WiMax handset to consumers, and it looks like there is to be some subtle changes to the device which can be found in Europe,

While the Galaxy SII has been enjoyed across most places in the world, and some even look to be shortly getting a white version, consumers in the US continue to wait. The wait looks like it is almost over as a sign up page has recently gone live, and Verizon customers are rumored to be getting the handset first.

But unfortunately it is not known yet if the Galaxy S II will come in 4G LTE flavor on the carrier, with many Verizon customers will be hoping it will. With Sprint there could be some bad news for the Galaxy S II, as the carrier may be moving to LTE from WiMax eventually. But surely they won’t be planning this in the short term after releasing handsets that are compatible with WiMax.

Will you think about getting the Samsung Galaxy S II instead of the Droid Bionic if it has 4G?

  • Iluvduluth

    Thanks for the article. Lots of good info. I don’t mean to be a snob or anything, but there are numerous typos in this article. You may think about have someone proofread before posting. 

  • http://twitter.com/leatherneck111 Devil Dog

    Samsung Galaxy S II  is rumored to be bumped up for Verizon to 1.4GHz per core.  That would make the clock speed of the Galaxy S II 800MHz faster than the Bionic which will be released with 1.0GHz per core. Samsung Galaxy S II is tried and tested having sold more than 5 Million units in Europe and Asia.  It’s reputation obviously precedes itself.  The Bionic will be new and no one knows how it will actually turn out especially since Motorola has made it policy to keep “secret” anything and everything about it’s phones.  Who want’s to play games with a phone that has NO legit specs sheet when a stellar juggernaut such as the Samsung Galaxy S II is hitting the shelves first.  I am an OG Droid owner.  And really do like the hardware.  But I’m tired of the games!  The only reason I would wait for the Bionic now is if the Samsung Galaxy S II doesn’t come with 4G.  

    • Manny Subia

      +1

    • http://profiles.google.com/reirab Ross Binkley

      Yeah, I’m with you on this one. I probably won’t even wait for Bionic to release if SGS II has LTE and decent battery life.

  • http://twitter.com/leatherneck111 Devil Dog

    Samsung Galaxy S II  is rumored to be bumped up for Verizon to 1.4GHz per core.  That would make the clock speed of the Galaxy S II 800MHz faster than the Bionic which will be released with 1.0GHz per core. Samsung Galaxy S II is tried and tested having sold more than 5 Million units in Europe and Asia.  It’s reputation obviously precedes itself.  The Bionic will be new and no one knows how it will actually turn out especially since Motorola has made it policy to keep “secret” anything and everything about it’s phones.  Who want’s to play games with a phone that has NO legit specs sheet when a stellar juggernaut such as the Samsung Galaxy S II is hitting the shelves first.  I am an OG Droid owner.  And really do like the hardware.  But I’m tired of the games!  The only reason I would wait for the Bionic now is if the Samsung Galaxy S II doesn’t come with 4G.  

  • http://twitter.com/leatherneck111 Devil Dog

    Samsung Galaxy S II  is rumored to be bumped up for Verizon to 1.4GHz per core.  That would make the clock speed of the Galaxy S II 800MHz faster than the Bionic which will be released with 1.0GHz per core. Samsung Galaxy S II is tried and tested having sold more than 5 Million units in Europe and Asia.  It’s reputation obviously precedes itself.  The Bionic will be new and no one knows how it will actually turn out especially since Motorola has made it policy to keep “secret” anything and everything about it’s phones.  Who want’s to play games with a phone that has NO legit specs sheet when a stellar juggernaut such as the Samsung Galaxy S II is hitting the shelves first.  I am an OG Droid owner.  And really do like the hardware.  But I’m tired of the games!  The only reason I would wait for the Bionic now is if the Samsung Galaxy S II doesn’t come with 4G.  

  • http://twitter.com/BrianB13 BrianB13

    How can anyone make a choice here without knowing the full specs for these phones?  We don’t know what the Verizon incarnation of the SGSII will be like.  It could have a slider keyboard.  Talk is cheap.  Let’s see what people are saying/doing once both phones are out.

    • http://profiles.google.com/reirab Ross Binkley

      The main spec we don’t know about the Verizon SGS II is whether it will have LTE. Most likely, it will. Most of the other specs of the phone can be reasonably assumed to be the same or nearly the same as the SGS II’s that have been selling all over the world for 4 months now. Sure, it could have a few differences, but I’d be surprised if it’s anything major other than the LTE radio. Of course, much less is known about the final incarnation of the Bionic at this point, other than that it better release really soon if Moto wants to stand a chance against the SGS II.