May 28 AT 5:02 PM Edgar Cervantes 44 Comments

Droid Bionic to have an OMAP processor instead of a Tegra 2?

The Motorola Droid Bionic has been hiding since we last received word that it would be delayed and improved. This device will be the first dual-core, 4G LTE device on Verizon’s network, and many of you are very excited to see it coming. Though we know improvements are being added to this device, details about these upgrades have been well hidden. Today, the Droid Bionic has peeked its head out of its cave again – Benchmarks of the Bionic have shown up at NenaMark, revealing some interesting specs.

If this report stands true until the release of the Droid Bionic, it would mean that Motorola is not making minor changes to this device. Though the Bionic was expected to ship with a Tegra 2 processor, this report shows that it will carry a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU, which only comes with the new Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processors. It seems almost impossible that Motorola would go as far as changing something as important as the processor. Past reports show that the Droid 3 will also have an OMAP 4 processor, so Motorola may be turning to Texas Instruments from now on. We will simply have to wait and see. As the NenaMark reports, the dual-core processor would be clocked at 1 GHz.

Other details include the fact that the device now has Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, which is good, since it was supposed to ship with Android 2.2 Froyo. Considering the fact that the device was delayed until the summer, it only seems fair that Motorola would ship the Bionic with Gingerbread. The NenaMark results also show that the device has a qHD display (960×540), which we were actually expecting, so it seems like there will be no changes to the display.

Compared to the Motorola Droid 3 NenaMark benchmarks, the Bionic doesn’t seem to be performing very well. Both devices have the same processor, and overall similar specs, but the Droid 3′s score is of 45.70, almost twice the score of the Droid Bionic (at 24.00). Let’s just hope that it was a test error, and the Bionic delivers the performance we are all expecting.

For now, let’s just wait more (even though Motorola said this device would be the “end of waiting”) and keep our eyes open for more details. What do you guys say? Are you still hoping to make this your next smartphone? Do you guys like the idea of it having a Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processor, or would you rather it be a Tegra 2?

Via: Droid Life

Source: NenaMark

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  • http://Website DroidCLH

    I wanna OMAP

  • http://Website niftyjack

    Any word on a release date?

  • http://Website JAG

    Please, release date!

    Im assuming that now the release is for real!

  • http://Website kevin

    I read the title as “Droid Bionic to have no reason for me to purchase it.” And it made me sad.

    • WickedToby741

      Why is everyone suddenly dismissing this phone now because it doesn’t have a Tegra 2? How about what it does have now that it didn’t have with the Tegra 2: an actual working dual core/4G LTE combo. If you really really want the Tegra 2 that bad, go buy a Droid X2. I mean really, if you plan on sticking with Verizon, what else do you plan on buying if you decide to avoid the Bionic? The Charge, Thunderbolt, and Revolution are all single cores and the Droid X2 is stuck on 3G. Its not like you have another Tegra 2/LTE option to jump ship to. I’m just happy to see it back on track so that when its time for me to upgrade this summer theres hope for me landing a dual core LTE device. I’d take a dual core LTE phone any day over a single core LTE phone or a Tegra 2 3G phone no matter who made the processor. You guys are just being downright irrational.

      • http://Website MicroNix

        How about the Galaxy S2 for starters? Or even the next HTC dual core. I’ve been less than impressed with Motorola lately with the X2 release being nothing exciting. With the little leaked info, the Bionic still seems MONTHS away from release which is telling me Moto is still having issues. These phones should be a slam dunk for these guys who have many Android devices under their belts but seems to be proving an issue. At this point if LTE is going to be THAT much of an issue, screw it.

        • WickedToby741

          Theres been no announcement of when or if the SG2 or any upcoming HTC dual cores phones will be making their way to Verizon. It can almost be safely assumed that at least the SG2 will make it to Verizon sporting LTE, but who knows when. At least the Bionic is in the testing phase. My point is that people are complaining about this switch like theres a whole list of phones currently on Verizon that suddenly become better than the Bionic with this switch. People fail to understand that this big of a switch wouldn’t occur if there wasn’t a real good reason to. People are disregarding this phone simply because it doesn’t have Nvidia tied to it anymore and aren’t really giving the new design a chance.

    • Brian

      The TI Omap 4 and 5 are both superior to the Tegra 2 processor in almost every way. I owned a GX2 the battery life was terrible, it could never hold communication longer than half a day, I had 3 sim cards in the 6 days I had it. The graphics were not really much better than my Sprint Epic had with a single core processor. Omap 4 and up TI processors have scored higher and been better all around devices than anything up until now from everything I have heard except maybe the Samsung CPU’s. The Tegra 2 is beaten by the snap dragon dual core, and the Samsung beats the snapdragon look at any Sensation/Galaxy s2 review, the Omap 4 is supposed to e better than the Samsung processor so Tegra 2 is bottom of the pile really, and I have personal exp with it that says it sucks. It is not a Nvidia GPU everyone it is a smart phone processor.

  • http://Website brain

    From my understanding Qualcomms 1.2 dual core is the nicest out atm. That being the case, might skip the bionic since I’m waiting already!! Why wait for something forever to get it when its released with better stuff out there around the same price?

  • http://Website Kevin

    I was holding out on the droid bionic as one of my few reasons to stay with VZW… this losing its tegra plus teired data is making me think an evo 3D is looking pretty nice.

  • http://Website Djembeman

    I got sick of waiting and got an LG Revolution. Even without rooting I’ve mannaged to get most of the Bing and VZ apps out of use. I only have to figure out how to reprogram the capacitive search button.

  • http://Website cpuking

    No tegra= NO SALE! why? Why would you mess with it?

    • WickedToby741

      Uh, probably because the whole Tegra 2/LTE thing just wasn’t working out. Why do you think people with XOOMs are still waiting for their 4G upgrade? If you want this phone to be released sometime this year, the Tegra 2 had to go because it doesn’t seem like they were getting very far with it. The TI appears to be a better processor anyways, Tegra is just being marketed better right now with the Tegra Zone and PlayStation certification coming. Don’t completely abandon this device though just because its lacking a Tegra 2. Its still going to be the first dual core device with LTE, which is sweet no matter who made the processor.

      • http://Website MicroNix

        I still wouldn’t be sure this will be the first Verizon LTE/dual core device until it is actually released and purchasable…

        • WickedToby741

          While this is true, its still likely to be the first.

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    • http://Website FU_R.Yarrell

      Shut your greasy ass up! You stay talking nonsense, I’m on Sprint and I don’t give a damn about the EVO 3D.

      • http://Website Richard Yarrell

        NOBODY cares about what you think or how you feel….Your an ASSHOLE and sprint should SHUT OFF YOUR SERVICE….Go someplace else YOU MORON…..

        • http://Website Mark

          Children like you make Android users look bad.

          • http://Website snowbdr89

            @Mark….you stink anyway get lost…

  • http://Website Arber

    I honestly don’t know why a company would choose a OMAP processor instead of tegra. Tegra has all these exclusive games and you can play any other game that plays on a regular arm phone

    • WickedToby741

      Probably because they may actually be able to make the phone usable with a TI processor. If the Tegra 2 and LTE just plain weren’t playing nice with each other, it doesn’t really matter how many exclusive games Tegra 2 has now does it? I’d certainly rather have a usable phone as opposed to one that “could” run all those exclusive games if it actually functioned properly. Whether it was poor battery life or just plain incompatibilities, the performance of the device before was just not acceptable. Moving to a TI dual core may mean the loss of that Tegra 2 exclusivity, it will actually probably result in better performance since the TI seems to be outperforming the Tegra 2 and a processor and LTE radio that play nice together.

  • http://Website Djkoz78

    Ok so we finally hear something new about the MIA Bionic & when we do the processor has changed & the benchmark usa pretty pathetic. What happened to the so-called “ENHANCEMENTS?” Granted this may just be a test like the article says but even if it is a test it’s still only a 1ghz dual core processor. All the other devices the galaxy, evo 3d, sensation are 1.2 or higher. & I believe that when they first announced this & when we were (patiently) waiting for this to be released it was originally a 1ghz tegra dual core processor. So I’m still confused as to where the “ENHANCEMENTS” are? I mean it originally was only going to get 512mb of ram which I believe 256mb are already used up from just the using the phone already (someone correct ne if I’m wrong about that). The Atrix had 1 gig of ram & it’s already available to purchase if one were so inclined. I mean you have to switch to at&t but they actually have a dual view device out. So does tmo plus they’re also getting the sensation & everyone who follows this stuff knows that phone is amazing. Then Sprint gets the Evo 3d & VZW customers get the MIA Bionic. With “ENHANCEMENTS” & have no idea when it’s coming or if the “ENHANCEMENTS” are even “ENHANCEMENTS”at all. I know so far imo the so-called “ENHANCEMENTS” that have been shown have not made me feel like the longer & who knows when wait has been worth it. Whoever thought that putting out a benchmark that shows the device performing rather poorly only makes me think I’m going to pass on this device. Maybe Moto will listen to the people who buy the devices. & maybe VZW will stop focusing on last year’s technology for this years phones & stop playing catch up to the other carriers. But you know everybody only cares about the iphone (sarcasm)

    • WickedToby741

      Being that the phone was never really outed in its previous form, its hard to really tell, but the rumor was that there were simply issues between the Tegra 2 and the LTE radio. What exactly this means is hard to say, but in short it means the device was not to an acceptable level of usability. Under this understanding, anything is really an improvement. Also, the TI processor that this is rumored to have has outperformed the Tegra 2 in tests I believe. I’m not sure how it stacks up against the Snapdragon or the Hummingbird dual cores, but “improvement” typically means better than what was there before. In other words, if its better than a Tegra 2, then it qualifies as an improvement. They never said it was going to have the fastest processor on the market, just that it was an improvement.

  • http://Website Um what happened?

    I’m assuming OMAP 4 is not a good thing based on initial reactions. What I’m really interested in is the 24 benchmarking. What exactly does that mean and how bad is it?

    • WickedToby741

      The scores here aren’t an accurate representation of what this device is actually capable of. Go look at the scores of the LG Optimus 3D and the Droid 3 for a better idea. Also, everyone here basically has Tegra fever. Even if the Tegra 2 isn’t the best performing dual core, people are drawn to it due to things like the Tegra Zone and being PlayStation certified. People also fail to realize that any functioning processor is better than any processor not working correctly, which is what the assumed state of the Bionic was with the Tegra 2. In other words, the TI will be just fine if not better and the switch likely means we’ll actually see this phone before year’s end which wasn’t a certain thing with the reported issues they were having trying to get the Tegra 2 to play nice with LTE (good luck XOOM owners). If you really want the Tegra that bad, get a Droid X2 and deal with being stuck with 3G. If you want LTE and a dual core phone, the Bionic looks to be you’re only option thus far no matter what processor it ships with. You may be holding out for quite a while for a Tegra phone of any sort with LTE.

  • Ckamc

    I think many are forgetting how their was initial rumors that the Tegra processor was having issues interacting with the LTE chipset.

    If this is true, which this leak leds us to believe so far then I say this

    “do you want a working bionic or no bionic?”

    the enhancement to me seems to be that it works, Omap4 is supposed to still be a solid setup but yeah we all know Tegra has a nitch overall

    • WickedToby741

      You seem to be just about the only other person here who gets it. I’m just glad theres finally some good news about the Bionic. Those who really want the Tegra 2 have the Droid X2. Otherwise, whatever the Bionic comes out with is just going to have to do for those wanting a dual core LTE phone. You can wait it out for a Tegra device with LTE from someone, but I wouldn’t hold my breath based on the rumored issues out there. Just be glad the Bionic seems to be back on track to a release as opposed to going back to the drawing board again or just downright cancelled.

  • http://Website gee

    The OMAP4 uses a SGX 540 with a higher clock speed than the one found in the Nexus S. Its in fact faster than the Tegra 2′s GPU.

    • WickedToby741

      I think most people could care less about the actual performance of the GPU, they care about the name Tegra 2 has for itself. Its things like Tegra Zone and Sony announcing that Tegra 2 phones will be PlayStation Certified that gets people’s attention more than raw performance.

  • http://Website Martina H

    What a fugly fugly phone, it looks like Queen Elizabeth II

  • http://Website snowbdr89

    Dick yarrell how old are you? Watchin you throw temper rantrums n outbursts id guess a teenager

    • http://Website snowbdr89

      Oopps tantrums. : )

      • http://Website snowbdr89

        I’m sorry for being so stupid but i can’t help it I’m just a dope..

  • http://Website snowbdr89

    thats impressive dick, you can mimic someone so i guess that answered my question on how old you are thanks dumbass : )

  • http://Website joh

    If they Jeep delaying the date by the time it comes out there will be quad cores in smartphones

  • Willard Potter

    Um… for all of those who are just plain stuck on the Tegra 2 and refuse to accept anything else… taking a very quick google search around would show you that these “Tegra 2 exclusives” work on other android devices. They’re just “Optimized for Tegra 2″, which in the current mobile standard, means there’s all of two lines of code that say “Hey… run on both cores”.

    Some of the other chipsets floating around, including the one now rumored to be in the Bionic, out-perform the Tegra 2, which means, not only will you still be able to play your “exclusives”, it should theoretically run better.

    I’ve been waiting all year for the Bionic and the loss of Tegra 2 hasn’t budged me one bit. I WILL get my dual core LTE phone and finally ditch this Droid 1.. it’s served me well, but it’s time for an upgrade… lol

  • Randall Mirabelli

    they should definitley resize the screen on the new droid bionic, or at least just widen it out a little more. that way it kind of sets itself apart from the iphone’s. also im hoping they make the new droid bionic with mobile hotspot capabilities, i see huge room for improvement in that area of mobile development. even still, 3G is difficult and makes for a choppy UX. guess we’ll have to wait and see what 4G brings. great post.

  • Dolores Mcdevitt

    they should definitley resize the screen on the new droid bionic, or at least just widen it out a little more. that way it kind of sets itself apart from the iphone’s. also im hoping they make the new droid bionic with mobile hotspot capabilities, i see huge room for improvement in that area of mobile development. even still, 3G is difficult and makes for a choppy UX. guess we’ll have to wait and see what 4G brings. great post.

  • Droid Bionic Reviews

    they should definitley resize the screen on the new droid bionic, or at least just widen it out a little more. that way it kind of sets itself apart from the iphone’s. also im hoping they make the new droid bionic with mobile hotspot capabilities, i see huge room for improvement in that area of mobile development. even still, 3G is difficult and makes for a choppy UX. guess we’ll have to wait and see what 4G brings. great post.

  • http://Website Allen

    Motorola, I just want the Droid Bionic with 1GB RAM, 1Ghz dual core, 4G LTE, front and rear facing camera, 16-32 GB storage, good battery and Gingerbread. Now can it be released please?

  • http://Website Kandiman1224

    I want this because it looks promising and would run “order and chaos” like a beast from hell, hearing the loss of tegra 2 dampened my enthusiasm but only until I heard it was an actual “improvement” now if they would just release the darn thing, ive been waiting for what feels like forever. Im sure the new processor will eventually *sigh* get recognition for how powerful it is….
    Release this beast damnit!!!

  • http://n/a Josh

    I don’t understand how switching from a tegra 2 to an obviously superior processor(OMAP 4) would effect your purchase in a negative way?? I mean are you stuck on stupid or something? The OMAP 4 is superior in every way from speed to GPU, and let’s not mention the awesome battery life he OMAP 3 procs gave us in the DX!! The OMAP 3 processors beat snapdragon in every way. But it seems that the mainstream Droid community bases decisions off a few crappy benchs that in most cases have no true representation as to how the actual device performs. 90% of the tests out today are optimized solely toward the snapdraon family of processors giving those processors artificially inflated scores in most tests even though OMAP outperforms it in virtually every real world situation. HHEEELLLOOOO!! OMAP4 is superior to TEGRA 2 period. Quit being stuck on the damn name

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