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Motorola hints Droid Bionic to get new body, more

updated 11:15 pm EDT, Wed April 27, 2011

Motorola Droid Bionic now known changing shape

Motorola gave some clues Wednesday that its 'enhanced'Droid Bionic was actually a new phone. An updated fact sheet page has dropped all the specifications but said it would center on an "improved form factor," not just changes to the inside. Little else was confirmed beyond that the phone would use Android and LTE-based 4G.

Although it stops short of confirmation, it lends credence to beliefs that the original Droid Bionic is being scrapped for the Targa. The phone would share the same Tegra 2 chip and 4.3-inch, 540x960 screen but fit into a much slimmer body. Its camera would scale from the originally planned eight-megapixel unit to a much larger 13-megapixel (possibly 12.6) sensor large enough that the Targa would have to have a Droid X-style 'hump' to house the whole camera array.

Motorola has insisted the changes were the result of feedback from CES but unusually made mention of these over three months later. Rumors have circulated that the switch was due to technical problems forcing the company to scrap the original design, though Motorola initially denied these in January. Talk has persisted and was given support by the decision to backtrack from the original design, which had reached a usable if rough prototype at CES.

by MacNN Staff



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