Both Motorola and Samsung are still waiting to bring their Droid Bionic and Galaxy S II to the U.S. market. We expect this to happen sometime in July and that will give them a head start on the iPhone 5 release. All three handsets are a long time coming, but none more so than the Bionic, as this was first announced way back in January at CES 2011.
The reason for this was due to a number of design factors, but we are now very close, although some might be sick of the wait on Verizon and choose the Photon 4G on Sprint instead. The reason we say this is due to two things, it will have a faster 4G service and it is expected to be released first. There were hopes that the Droid Bionic would release on July 4th, but Droid-Life suggests that it will be more like the end of July.
Motorola’s Droid Bionic is much like the original Droid, and is assumed to be the future for Android. It is so hard to compare this handset to others on or coming to market, but we do know that it is right up there and will certainly give them all a run for their money. Even though the smartphone has seen a delay (which now has a few spec bumps) it will still be released before the iPhone 5.
Samsung’s Galaxy S II or S2 as it is more commonly known was announced back in February, and those in Korea and the UK have already had plenty of time to become acquainted with the handset. This is the successor to the very popular Galaxy S, and like its predecessor will be available on all four major U.S. carriers.
Also like before they will all be called a different name and will feature a few design and hardware differences. Verizon will call theirs the Function, Sprint is to name theirs Within and AT&T will call theirs Attain. As yet T-Mobile has not given anything away, but rest assured they will release one — we just have no idea when.
So when you think about it Motorola has two handsets to take the fight to Apple, the Droid Bionic and the Photon 4G. However, Samsung has a potential four, which we mentioned in the previous paragraph. So the iPhone 5 looks to have a bit more competition; maybe Apple already knew this, which is why they have delayed the launch of their fifth-generation smartphone?
However, T3 has to put all of this into perspective, if Apple really wanted they have enough cash to purchase the entire mobile industry, but not LG and Samsung. Apple is said to be worth $70 billion, with Samsung worth $53 billion, and the reason for this is due to the fact that they are about to become the number one phone maker and is already top dog in the television market. So Apple could get rid of a bulk of its competition in one big cull.
There is also an outsider in the mix here, and that is the Nokia N9 — OK you can stop laughing now. The reason we say this is because it has inferior hardware and mobile OS to the S II — one has to wonder why Nokia bothered?
Who is more likely to take the fight to the iPhone 5?