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

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.

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

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I going with what ever comes out first at this rate as the 1st gen LTE phones have too poor batterylife and outdated hardware for me to consider them. I was holding out for the bionic but will know get whatever comes out first wether it be iPhone 5 or another 4g phone from verizon. In my opinion unless the delay was necessary to refine the software then it was a very bad marketing idea. As the iPhone 5 will take a huge amount of potential Bionic customers away if it launches first.

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I going with what ever comes out first at this rate as the 1st gen LTE phones have too poor batterylife and outdated hardware for me to consider them. I was holding out for the bionic but will know get whatever comes out first wether it be iPhone 5 or another 4g phone from verizon. In my opinion unless the delay was necessary to refine the software then it was a very bad marketing idea. As the iPhone 5 will take a huge amount of potential Bionic customers away if it launches first.

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For most people, getting a new phone means you are stuck with it for the next two years.  I want a dual core 4G LTE phone that works well.  It doesn’t matter who the manufacturer is.  I don’t know that the Galaxy S II or the iPhone 5 will be 4G LTE.  If that doesn’t happen soon, I will get a Droid Charge.  

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Motorola, I hope you read this!  I have never waited for a phone before.  My contract has been up for quite sometime and I am tired of your lousy viral campaign.  I am an original droid owner and faithful to your your brand up until now. I am not sure if the rumors are true and you are delaying yet again.  With all of the leaks (true or not), don’t you think it is about time that you come clean.  Where is your loyalty to the consumer.  Mark my words, if your phone is delayed again, I will leave your… Read more »

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