Another Droid Bionic release delay, same week as iPhone 5?

By Peter Chubb - Jul 25, 2011

The Motorola Droid Bionic has been delayed on countless occasions, so does not come as any surprise that there is yet another delay. There seems to be mounting evidence that the Bionic will not be released in the US in August, instead a month later. If this is the case, then we could see Motorola heading for a showdown with Apple and their iPhone 5.

Now we cannot be certain of this delay just yet, but it looks as though Sam’s Club will not be getting the Bionic until September. Now there could be more to this than meets the eye, as it is not as clean cut as you would think. This could only mean that Sam’s Club and other similar retailers would have to wait a month, while the likes of Verizon will still get the Bionic on time?

It is hard to say which of the two we should believe, but this is not the first time that September has been suggested. This puts Motorola between a rock and a hard place; they can still launch in August and go head-to-head with the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is also due in the same month. However, they could wait a month and then battle it out with the iPhone 5, which as we already said is due early in September – well supposedly in the US first then a month later elsewhere.

One Gotta Be Mobile reader had an interesting chat with a few staff at his local Best Buy, who practically told him that he should come back in September for the Droid Bionic, well a decent LTE 4G handset, which as we know is the Bionic. This still does not rule out Verizon still getting it month earlier, as this is what the FCC points to.

Motorola has been trying to play the Apple game with the Droid Bionic, even though we have known about the handset since CES this year, what we knew back then has been binned. We now know that the design has changed, but its release date and specs have all been speculation. Apple gets away with that because we expect it from them, but not from Motorola.

The fear is that sales could be affected, as consumers will not want to wait around while rival handsets come to the market. They will not just holdout, along with the fact that they know that the Galaxy S II is just round the corner, and a rumored Galaxy 3D as well.

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