Growing Hardware Issues Turning Motorola Bionic Into Vaporware?

  • April 14, 2011 7:29 pm

If you were hell bent on selling your soul for Motorola’s upcoming dual-core, LTE-packin’ Bionic superphone, you’re going to want to find a new hero. Growing reports are that the Bionic will forever remain vaporware.

Initially shown off at CES, the promising smartphone was easily one of “the” hot items at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. With a dual-core 1GHz processor and gorgeous 4.3″ qHD display, things were looking good. And then Motorola announced the original Q2 release wouldn’t happen for the Bionic and it’s very similar cousing, the AT&T-bound Atrix. The reasoning was power management issues. But the Atrix ended up getting it’s ducks in a row and hitting store shelves.

The Bionic has proven to be a completely different beast, however…

The issues reportedly center around the same power management issues we’ve heard about before. The Nvidia Tegra 2 processor can be quite a furnace. The heat combined with the poor power management software mean excess heat builds up and wreaks havoc on the cellular radios inside the phone’s enclosure. But even more recent articles are singling out the complicated hand-off between the various cellular radios and apparent incompatibilities with the Tegra 2 processor, especially when going from LTE -> 3G.

With a constantly moving release date being pushed further into 2011, it recently became apparent that releasing one “has been” phone so close to the next latest and greatest, the Motorola Targa. This new device is said to sport the same dual-core 1GHz processor and 4.3″ qHD display, albeit with an upgraded rear-facing camera (12-megapixels).

Nonetheless, people who were hoping for the Bionic now aren’t going to be too enthusiastic about waiting 2+ more months to wrap their hands around a nicely chiseled Motorola device complete with a dual-core processor and LTE.

For now, stories of the Bionic’s demise are just that — stories. Motorola nor Verizon have officially come forward and acknowledged any of the rumors above. Along those same lines, it is unclear if Motorola will try to preserve the Bionic name by giving it to the upcoming Targa, or if it will come up with something entirely unique. In the end, the name doesn’t really matter all that much — as long as the software and hardware come together in digital harmony, consumers are happy. Hopefully Motorola can pick up the pieces and knock one out of the park later this summer when the Motorola Targa is slated for release. Otherwise, we could witness another breakdown of the on again/off again company.

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