Droid Bionic Release Date SOON [Same for Droid 3, ATRIX Says Verizon]

April 8, 2011
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Whilst traveling through our local strip mall today, we had a chance encounter with a Verizon employee, if you call walking straight up to a Verizon employee and asking a chance encounter, where we learned a few extra small details about three mothership Android phones that are on the 2011 horizon. First, and perhaps most important, the Droid Bionic was on the list for requesting. Upon asking the release date for said phone, the rep smiled knowingly* and said, "while we don't technically know, between you and me, soon."

I say knowingly, but it may well have been deviously. Either way, it was an odd expression that your humble narrator would call one of the two odd expressions. After this, the employee noted that he was also "unsure in the same way, but could definitely confirm," the releases of the Motorola ATRIX and the Droid 3. Whether or not this meant that they'd all be released on the same day (doubtful,) was not all that clear - and he wasn't giving out any more specific specifics than that!

For more information on these telephones, head back to their respective portals: Droid 3, Motorola Atrix 4G, and Droid Bionic. Then check out a post that's basically been beating up our post-view charts for the past week: Droid Bionic Release Now Mid-April [Says Verizon]. Can't wait!


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  • Larry

    Wait…what? Verizon is getting the Atrix 4G? This is huge news!!!! We need more info!!!

  • http://twitter.com/TommyDaniel Tommy Thompson

    The Bionic is Verizon’s version of the Atrix…

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      different size, different weight, different camera, different chasis

      • Anonymous

        They changed a few specs, doesn’t mean its not based off the Atrix and when this doesn’t happen I will be sure to come back here and tell you “I told you so.” the fact that you believe what a random store employee is telling you tells me you know anything.

      • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

        I never said I believed him – I’m reporting what he said.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mikron24 Dan Raffanello

    I agree with Larry Verizon getting Atrix 4g WOW that is amazing

  • http://twitter.com/mikedonatello Mike Donatello

    Any info on the Galaxy S II? I’d like to compare that wide-by-side with the Bionic.

  • http://twitter.com/mikedonatello Mike Donatello

    Any info on the Galaxy S II? I’d like to compare that wide-by-side with the Bionic.

  • Anonymous

    These local Verizon store employees don’t know anything about future models and release dates. Soon could mean within the next two months. I doubt we’re going to get the Bionic until mid May at the earliest, all the signs point to a last minute delay, why do you think Oppenheimer lowered their Motorola price target? It’s because the Bionic will not be released as early as expected and that’s going to cost them to lose a lot of customers to HTC Thunderbolts. Motorola needed to launch the Bionic within weeks of the Thunderbolt or lose out. Lots of VZW customers have been waiting since the fall for these two devices and now that Motorola can’t even announce a release date many are jumping on the HTC. I’m waiting for the bionic, but I’m not really expecting it until late May/early June. Hope I’m wrong.

    • Bachinphx

      And then there are those of us who will wait for a 1930mah battery and dual core instead of SETTLING and determining that in the grand scheme of things, a month or 6 weeks even is minutia amount of time in your total life span. Patience my ass the vulture said to the other vulture, I’m gonna kill me something!

    • Mike

      Ive been waiting on the Bionic.. and I think you’re right the more and more they wait, the more customers they are going to loose. Ive been waiting, but I have my limits!

  • Jj

    clearly the guy had no clue what he was talking about

  • Mike

    Shit. I wasted my time reading this stupid article!!!

  • Sob157

    Anything that starts off by saying I was talking to a vzw employee at a local strip mall loses all credibility.LoL

  • Yewslus

    I call BS. Show me your source that says the Atrix is coming to VZW.

    Hey androidcommunity, next time ask me for the info, my 3-year-old daughter gets all the inside info about Android handsets.

    Frigging mall employee. Give me a break.

  • come on

    Wait, you’re listening to the opinion of a strip mall employee and reporting it as if it has some kind of weight? Come on.

  • Rpalamara

    Great article. Do you also get your stock tips at the same strip mall from tellers at the bank?

    And such a definitive timeline, “soon”.

    First the Atrix is for Apple, the Bionic is the Verizon version. So right there this guy you were talking to is a bag of rocks.

    There has already been much more reliable information released about the release date. Search online and you will see that a supposed Verizon document saying that the Droid X2, Bionic, and Galaxy S2 will all be out in May. However there are now rumors that the Bionic may be delayed to early June due to the issues with the Thunderbolt.

  • Rpalamara

    Great article. Do you also get your stock tips at the same strip mall from tellers at the bank?

    And such a definitive timeline, “soon”.

    First the Atrix is for Apple, the Bionic is the Verizon version. So right there this guy you were talking to is a bag of rocks.

    There has already been much more reliable information released about the release date. Search online and you will see that a supposed Verizon document saying that the Droid X2, Bionic, and Galaxy S2 will all be out in May. However there are now rumors that the Bionic may be delayed to early June due to the issues with the Thunderbolt.

    • Anonymous

      That document was a fake. It had also said the Droid Charge was coming out yesterday, which didn’t happen.

    • Anonymous

      That document was a fake. It had also said the Droid Charge was coming out yesterday, which didn’t happen.

    • Anonymous

      That document was a fake. It had also said the Droid Charge was coming out yesterday, which didn’t happen.

    • Bpla

      “The Atrix is for Apple”, wow either seriously uninformed or just confused. The Atris is for ATT and is released.

  • http://webhostingreview.info/cloud-hosting/ Cloud Hosting Reviews

    Another good phone from motorola, I am sure droid bionic will rock big time!!..

  • Iknowmorethanyou

    Wow,
    What a bunch of retards posting crap just so they can get more advertising money.

  • Bob

    My son manages a very large Verizon corporate store. Even he doesn’t know release dates for phones until they are announced. Verizon announces their new phone on Fridays and then the release date is the following Thursday.

  • G_Chicago

    I was talking to a guy who worked for a Cellular One 18 years ago and he said the Bionic will be out soon simply because they do something to your DNA when you are employed by a cellular company and you can “feel” it coming. So there you go.

    • Anonymous

      Or maybe he received a page about it on his suhWEET beeper

  • http://profiles.google.com/drftsld David Alvarez

    I hate posts like these. I’ve been to many verizon stores and talked to many different employees and let me tell you they know absolutely nothing about the products they sell, now having said that the product support over the phone is excellent and they do know their products and features.

  • http://profiles.google.com/drftsld David Alvarez

    I hate posts like these. I’ve been to many verizon stores and talked to many different employees and let me tell you they know absolutely nothing about the products they sell, now having said that the product support over the phone is excellent and they do know their products and features.

  • Tech Support

    I work for Verizon Wireless doing tech support and the stores don’t know anything more than we do. Which is nothing, if anything tech support gets the training on new devices first. We have yet to get training. Don’t take anything the store tells you as fact even if they pretend to know something. In my experience the store hardly knows anything about the phones they sell and just want the commission from selling the most expensive phones.

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      well said

    • ted

      uh. Not so fast *228. In your experience, which is TECH support; the act of reseting an down email account, troubleshooting voicemail. Not dealing directly with vendors such as motorola which stop by these such stores every two weeks to check in. Silly article agreed, your experience though, I personally know, isn’t exactly knowledge-based….outside of a call center

    • ted

      uh. Not so fast *228. In your experience, which is TECH support; the act of reseting an down email account, troubleshooting voicemail. Not dealing directly with vendors such as motorola which stop by these such stores every two weeks to check in. Silly article agreed, your experience though, I personally know, isn’t exactly knowledge-based….outside of a call center

      • mytwocents

        FYI ted, all vendors visit the call center as well with the new devices before they are even released. Apparently both groups don’t really have a leg to stand on to fight each other since neither have been in each others position to do so.

    • http://profiles.google.com/humitz5 Chad Humitz

      I work as a Retail Rep for Verizon I agree with the fact that we dont know the launch date for anything until about 2 weeks ahead of time. As for the other stuff…he can kiss my butt each retail rep is diffrent and I apologize if he has had a bad experience before.

    • Doyou200723

      It’s funny to me that you said reps just want to sell the most expensive phone! If you truly know how our commission structure worked then you would know that we don’t make money on the cost of the phone. Therefore we could care less if we sell you the thunderbolt for 249.99 or the motorola citrus for $0.00 because we make the same amount of commission on either one. So please ppl do not listen to someone who obviously has no clue how Verizon reps get paid

    • Tech Support

      Alright I see you are all pretty offended that I took a stab at store reps. This is just my experience I get old ladys calling in all the time who need assistance setting a wallpaper or getting to there contacts saying I don’t know why I bought this phone the guy said I needed it. Keep in mind what I know of store reps is what I get from customers who need help. I’m sure that there are alot that know what there doing and wouldn’t push top of the line phones onto people who really just wanna make phone calls.

      As for the release date of the Bionic and Charge I have a more than educated guess that the charge is coming out on 4/28 and the Bionic on 5/12.

    • Salem87

      what is wrong with you!!!!!!!!! you have no clue about anything to do with commission sales

    • Salem87

      what is wrong with you!!!!!!!!! you have no clue about anything to do with commission sales

  • http://openid.aol.com/pscadogan pscadogan

    Tech Support said this perfectly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mcdeeda Bernard Edan McDevitt

    verizon atrix is enough to make me leave sprint and my beloved evo

  • Chazzman

    Atrix is only on crappyt&t i mean at&t or else i would have to go with it….Bionic is the Motorola for
    Verizon .
    I perfer the atrix but there is no way I’d ever switch back to att I’m sticking with
    Verizon and the bionic!

  • Chazzman

    Atrix is only on crappyt&t i mean at&t or else i would have to go with it….Bionic is the Motorola for
    Verizon .
    I perfer the atrix but there is no way I’d ever switch back to att I’m sticking with
    Verizon and the bionic!

  • NightOwlz1966

    AS for me I am waiting on the Bionoc over the HTC Thunderbolt….. My EX-GF is Verizon store MGR and we are still good friends when I asked about the Bionic her words where WE DON”T KNOW Possible JUNE not to bust anyones bubble but we may be waiting a while. When I personally asked the Motorola REP about laptop dock like the atrix 4g he told me that was Exclusive to ATT so there is a lot of hipe about things I don’t see happening

  • NightOwlz1966

    Sorry about misspell of Binonic

  • Youpeoplesuck

    The Bionic has been cancelled.

    Wow, your people really are in the know!

  • Gonnaeatu

    Here’s the thing:
    I am a VZW Sales rep, and the company does not tell us about any phone release until about a week before the public knows.
    People are just guessing.
    the Internet has more reliable info.

  • Greg

    I dont think the Bionic is cancelled..looks like theres a new Bionic twitter page:)

    check it out!!! twitter.com/droidbionic

  • Charles

    Even though the hardware specs for the Bionic would make any tech nerd get a boner, it’s still a phone that is made for a network that doesn’t exist for 90% of the country geographically. And it was my understanding that the current LTE network was for the USB antennas and not the phones anyway. I could be wrong about that though. Other than that, this article was crap. A shot in the dark claim that provided zero information above any other site claiming to know when the release date is.

  • Androidcommunitysucksballs

    The LTE is for phones also. Yeah, thank god I’m in the 10% of the country that can handle these LTE phones!

    Yes, this article is crap. It’s more fun to make fun of this piece of crap article. Even though we are helping them make advertising money by coming to this page. Oh well.

    Who knows who created that twitter page? Lord knows if it’s on the internet, it must be true….

  • mary

    Is the Bionic going to be coming out or not? Some say it’s scrapped but others say that’s just another rumor….anybody know for sure? Mary

  • Rdpettus3

    Friend of mine just got back from Verizon training event and said it has been pushed back to late June or early July.

    • Hi

      Cool.
      Late June was the original rumor for the release date for this phone anyways!

      • Pizzle

        lol… i heard late second quarter in january. this page is a joke.

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      agreed

  • Yourmommasacrackwhore

    so he didn’t really tell you shit is what you’re saying? thanks for sharing

  • Thisjustin

    Wow I just reread this a second time to confirm the stupidity that was there. This article is terrible for so many reason and whoever wrote it should be fired.

    First, anyone who uses the word ‘whilst’ is a tool, period. This is not medieval times, you are not King Arthur. Just say “while” like everyone else.

    Secondly, you are going into strip malls and talking to random Verizon Wireless employees for your super duper secret inside information. As many others have already pointed out, VZW employees know less than your typical internet blogger about the release dates of upcoming phones and products. If they pretend to know anything about release dates they are either lying or guessing.

    Thirdly, the so-called, “few extra small details” was pathetic. So this rep basically said “I don’t know, but soon!” Stop the fucking presses, what a breaking story. This person told you nothing. What is soon? A week? A month? 3 months? Soon is subjective as hell, that wasn’t an answer. And I think EVERYONE expects it to come out sometime “soon.”

    Next this person goes to to say he was “unsure in the same way, but could definitely confirm,” the releases of the Motorola ATRIX and the Droid 3″ Ummmmm…..what? So he basically confirmed that these phoes will come out? How is that news? Aside from the fact that the Atrix is an AT&T exclusive phone and the Bionic is essentially VZW’s version of said phone, confirming that they will come out is not news.

    And my favorite part, “Whether or not this meant that they’d all be released on the same day (doubtful,) was not all that clear – and he wasn’t giving out any more specific specifics than that!” Awww but he’s given you so much already!!! And I love the phrase “specific specifics” Classic!

    I really hope somebody didn’t get paid to write this shit of an article.

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      tldr

  • guest

    local strip mall lol this guy is as dumb as a box of rocks

  • http://profiles.google.com/scbonduk Simon Bond

    He’s a store assistant, he knows release dates as much as any member of the general public does.

  • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

    lol this post.

  • Yousuck

    lol.

    Fail! Epic Fail!

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  • Tman2795

    As of 6/1/11, what is the latest news on veizon’s newest motorola 4g release date…. Bionic or what ever they will call it? ANXIOUS!!!

  • Tman2795

    As of 6/1/11, what is the latest news on veizon’s newest motorola 4g release date…. Bionic or what ever they will call it? ANXIOUS!!!

  • Jnmorrison3

    ahhhh! im so ready to upgrade and im trying to hold out for this phone. WTF is taking it so long to be released? it better be pretty freaking close to perfection when it does come out. -__-

  • metalhead23

    cant wiat until the droid bionic comes out! =D i hope there will be a keyboard on it

  • Mighteking

    So they say July 2011 this Bionic will come out. OMG!… WHEN IN JULY??? My wife has been bugging me to upgrade our phones, but I’m TRYING to wait until this freaking phone comes out. SHe is Driving me Bananas! She wants to get the NEW IPHONE and I want the Bionic…I hope Its worth the wait!

  • Wcked

    ok I just spoke to a friend of mine that talked to a friend of his who he talked to a friend of a friend of his who talked to a friend who works in the Verizon top secret lab where he saw a date on a paper that was droid B 7/30/2012

    • steve

      i think u might b the only person in the world that doesnt work for verizon tht might b correct