It wasn’t adequate to make fans wait 9 months for any specifics about a Motorola Droid Bionic, Verizon‘s initial dual-core smartphone on a high-speed 4G LTE network.
Now, there are games to play, hints to interpret, and some-more purported leaked info indicating to a Sep 8 launch date.
On Wednesday, Verizon launched an app for fervent fans to participated in an “augmented reality” scavenger hunt, using Sept. 4-7, that gives participants a possibility to win a Droid Bionic.
By a looks of a teaser video posted, that we can check out below, participants will be using around a city gnawing photos of HDTVs, laptops, tablets, and quadcopters, with a possibility to win a grand esteem of “the smartphone that controls them all,” yes, a Droid Bionic.
“Each day for 4 days, 4 propitious hunters will win Bionic and one of a machines—there are adult to 192 chances to win any prize. Good fitness and protected hunting,” a app outline reads.
Verizon didn’t stop there. Also on Wednesday, a conduit mailed passwords to 4 tech blogs—Boy Genius Report, Android Central, Joystiq, and Boing Boing—to punch in during a central Droid website, DroidDoes.com, branch them into a gatekeepers of some-more open information about a smartphone.
As of Thursday morning, all yet Boing Boing had entered a code; a central Twitter comment @DroidLanding reliable that “74 percent” of a sealed calm had been unlocked.
Riling Bionic devotees to no end, Boing Boing blamed FedEx for loitering Verizon‘s delivery, and afterwards Verizon for not verifying a formula punched in.
“So now, of course, all a other sites have finished their bit and Boing Boing is being harangued on Twitter by Droid fans to get with a program. Sneaky, intelligent PR here,” complained Boing Boing‘s Rob Beschizza.
But will unlocking a nonplus unequivocally illuminate us with any some-more information than what’s been reported by a blogs (without Verizon‘s confirmation, of course)? The juiciest new sum about a Droid Bioinic were posted on Wednesday by Droid-Life, that unearthed an alleged, minute spec piece (click right to enlarge) given to Verizon employees.
The piece confirms many of a sum about a Bionic from an earlier leak, like a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 4.3-inch qHD display, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), 8-megapixel back camera, 1080p HD video recording, 1 GB of RAM.
But it also adds to hum about a Droid Bionic being identical to a Motorola Atrix. The Bionic has webtop capabilities (a full apartment of Google Apps, for instance) and a alone sole lapdock that connects your mobile arrangement to a keyboard and mouse.
Droid-Life also posted what looks like an inner Verizon product guide, observant a Droid Bionic will launch “to all channels” subsequent Thursday, Sep 8; a same day that Android Central reported a integrate weeks ago, along with a $299 cost tag.
The Droid Bionic is arguably Motorola’s many rarely expected product this year, maybe given it has been behind since, well, January, when PC Mag had some hands-on time with a prototype during CES. At a time, Motorola pronounced it would launch in February.
Perhaps Motorola should have famous improved than to pronounce before a carrier, Verizon. The Droid Bionic was strike with one check after another, forcing Verizon to recover a statement explaining that it was undergoing some pattern revisions. Finally in July, Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha positive it was on lane to recover a Bionic in September, yet a tangible date is in a hands of Verizon; a Verizon mouthpiece usually reiterated a Sep due date.
Unsure what all a bitch is about? Check out PCMag lead mobile researcher Sascha Segan’s “Why You May Want a Motorola Droid Bionic.”
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