By Stephen Schenck | April 15, 2011 1:26 AM
Up until this point, things have been looking pretty good for Motorola’s Droid Bionic. It was on-track for a Q2 release, and we had even seen it pop up in a few databases. Apparently not all has been well, however, with whispers in smartphone circles talking about problems with the phone, culminating in claims that the Bionic may be cancelled altogether, to be replaced largely by the Motorola Targa.
The dual-core Bionic, essentially an Atrix-lite, has been reportedly developing numerous issues during testing, causing insiders with access to that testing data to begin to doubt whether or not Verizon would go forward with releasing the smartphone, or cancel/delay it in favor of a more stable LTE model. Things sort of snowballed from there, to the point where several forum posters, ones known their for insight into Verizon happenings, started posting warnings of a Bionic that may never arrive.
On the flip side, others are saying that this is all an overreaction, and that the supposedly large number of testers with Bionic issues is just a consequence of the testing group being so large itself. Then there’s also talk that these “problems” are the same kinds of power consumption issues that previous LTE phones have faced – phones that have been released in spite of earlier bumps in the road.
We’re seeing support for both sides of the issue, and barring any evidence one way or the other, it doesn’t seem appropriate to lose all faith in the Bionic’s scheduled release. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see what develops.