Starting tomorrow, Verizon Wireless users will finally be able to purchase a Android-based smartphone that's been delayed for months. The company issued a press release today announcing that the Droid Bionic mobile phone will go on sale on Thursday. The phone, made by Motorola, was first announced back in January at CES 2011 for a launch this past spring. However the phone's release was delayed, reportedly due to issues of getting its 4G LTE based technology working properly.
The phone supports Verizon's LTE wireless network while also having a dual core processor (a Texas Instruments-based OMAP 1 Ghz chip with 1 GB of memory). The Droid Bionic runs on Android 2.3.4, has a large 4.3 touch screen, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, a front facing camera for video chats, and an HDMI port. It also has 16 GB of on-board storage and Verizon also adds a 16 GB microSD card for a total of 32 GB. The phone also allows its users to turn the Droid Bionic into a WiFi hotspot for up to five devices for an additional fee.
All of those features do not come cheap. Verizon will sell the Droid Bionic for a whopping $299.99 with a new two year contract when it goes on sale on Thursday. The phone also supports being attached to the optional Lapdock, which turns the phone into a laptop computer with a full keyboard and an 11.6 inch screen. The Lapdock sells for $299.97.