Aug 17 AT 11:30 AM Sean Riley 23 Comments

Will Motorola Droid HD upstage the Droid Bionic?


Oh Droid Bionic, you haven’t even managed to make it out of the starting gate yet and already some uppity youngster is parading around trying to show you up in front of your fans.

The Droid HD name has shown up at least once before in some flickr images snapped around the Motorola campus, but it’s finally getting out from behind the lens for a little modeling session of its own courtesy of an Engadget tipster.

Based on these pictures alone, the Droid HD should have a 4.5-inch screen at either 960 x 540 or 1280 x 720. It is approximately the same thickness as the Galaxy S II and has capacitive buttons, a 1080p capable rear-camera, a front-facing camera, 4G LTE, externally accessible sim and micro-sd slots, micro-HDMI and micro-USB ports.

These specs line up closely with the Motorola Dinara we told you about last month. If you’ll recall, the rumored specs for the Dinara included a TI-OMAP4430 or 4460, a 13 MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, an HD screen,  1 GB of RAM, a non-removable battery and a lock button on the side.

Now I’m sure you’ll be quick to point out that there’s a fairly substantial red tag that says “battery removal” on the back of the phone. But that doesn’t necessarily mean users are going to have access to that compartment; just a squeeze of glue and that door gets slammed shut to most users.

The rumored release for the Dinara is “Winter,” which could place this beauty in your hands anywhere from December to February if the Droid HD is indeed what the Dinara has become.

So what are your thoughts on the as-of-yet unreleased Droid Bionic’s successor?

Update: Droid Life’s tipsters are telling them that this isn’t the Dinara, although that doesn’t rule out this being a variant of the Dinara for Verizon with the actual Dinara going to AT&T. I’m sure we’ll have more information soon enough.

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Source: Engadget

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • Interpol91

    Definitely would’ve been on my list but like I say over and over, I’m waiting for the next Nexus. Gosh I feel like those crApple fans who already want to buy the next iPhone without even knowing what it will look like or its specs.

    • tehsusenoh

      The thing about the iPhone is that specs don’t matter. There’s only one iPhone, so you can’t compare like you do with Android. I still love Android more, of course.

  • WhyHelloThar

    What makes you think it has 4G LTE? There’s no separate 4G LTE sim slot, and it’s global phone – that SIM slot on the side is for HSPA SIM cards, not LTE. Also, it looks almost finished – and Motorola would have to be massively stupid to release a 4G phone that is in every way better than their flagship 4G device (the BIONIC) within even 6 months of it.

    It’s 3G, I have no idea why everyone assumes it’s 4G, that’d make zero sense.

    • Sean Riley

      Where are you getting that it is a global phone? I could have missed it, but I haven’t seen any official documentation on the Droid HD which would indicate one way or the other that it is a global phone.

      I wouldn’t try to predict Motorola’s release schedule based on the Bionic which was supposed to be out months ago.

  • Johnny

    At the rate it’s going now come december you’re see a quad core phone running at 1.7ghz with 1.2gb of RAM. These phones are moving way to quick.

  • Nate B.

    I have a feeling the camera Is why they call it HD and not the screen.

    • T1392

      It shouldn’t be called Droid HD for the camera since both the Droid 3 & Droid Bionic both already have 1080p HD cameras.

      • cb2000a

        It’s called the HD for the 720 screen. And there is no way I am buying the long overdue Bionic.

  • T1392

    Droid Life stated there sources who told them first about the Dinara that this is not the Dinara we heard about a while back. I hope this has 4g as it has the potential to be a true sexy thin beast(spec wise) of a phone.

    • Sean Riley

      Thanks for the tip, I’ll update.

  • Nathan

    Complete beast but if it comes out next to the next nexus I’m picking the nexus.

    • T1392

      As will I dont get me wrong the phone I do like but I will take a Verizon Nexus device over pretty much any phone on any day.

  • droidaroid

    Seeing all these leaks for new phones with 4.5″, 720p screens. . .I’m thinking these are all the phones that were submitted to google for the nexus prime (ice cream sandwich). I would assume if they weren’t picked, they’d still be released as stand alone phones since they already put all of the work into creating the phones. Depending on oem they just tweak a little for the various wireless carriers and boom, a new sexy device that’ll come equipped with ICS.. . sometime. . .maybe next year.

  • aj

    There is one major thing bothering me though. I know its minute but it bothers me greatly. NO REPLACEABLE BATTER???!!! Come on now apple might sue for copying there bad ideas. But seriously i want replaceable batteries. If Sammy can make a super slim phone with a replaceable battery why cant moto. Honestly this might be a deal breaker for me.

    • Sean Riley

      I wouldn’t call that a done deal as there is nothing about this design that would force them to seal the back, but it’ll be something to keep an eye on.

      I have to agree that I would definitely miss the ability to replace the battery as I often keep a spare around and I love the battery pull as a last ditch option in case my tinkering has gone awry.

      • aj

        Hmmmm your right. Just when i heard that i got a little upset and eccentric and didint think about the possibility of it not happening. Really hope your right sean.

  • pekosROB

    Totally going to piss off those who get a Bionic that waited all this time and then out comes this… oh well, at least technology keeps pushing forward!

  • Marcus

    I really hope the battery ends up being replaceable. I mean with all this technology improving, battery ia the only one not improving. So the mew processors might kill the battery faster, and if it isn’t replaceable, then when you’d phone dies for good… it dies for good

  • boltcrazy

    Two problems I have. 1, oddly shaped, and 2, VGA front camera? On an HD screen? It will look terrible. The front cam should be at least 2 megapixels.

    In terms of form factor, Droid Bionic looks a lot better IMO.

    Another gripe with Moto: When you turn the camera in portrait mode, the peripherals, options, and soft shutter do not turn with it. Nor does it work when you turn the phone upside-down.

    HTC Sense, Froyo, and even the iPhone can do that! Moto and Samsung need to pick up the pace, though the SGT 10.1 does have that feature, I don’t know about the SGS 2 seeing as I am a lowly American.

  • gbush

    I got tired of waiting for the Bionic and bought the Charge about 2 months ago. Sure am glad I did! I love 4G!!! I did a road trip from MN to CA and turned on mobile hotspot (then turned it off when I got back so I only paid $7.00 for 9 days). It sure was sweet having a connection for my laptop that was faster than most hotels!. Also, being able to be connected to the i-net while my daughters were driving on those 16 hour days was totally cool.

    I was still considering buying the Bionic and giving my Charge to one of my daughters until yesterday when I pulled the trigger on a pair of Moto Droid 3′s–one for each of my daughters. The second one was FREE from Verizon! Sweet! The only problem is I used up both my upgrades so now I am FORCED to wait for the Bionic. Now I am hoping the stupid thing doesn’t get released until 2012!!!


  • li

    can you tell me The mobile phone of how much is the thickness of the thinnest?