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Droid Bionic release date set as reviews roll in

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(Read caption) The Droid Bionic is set for a September 8 launch.

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On Wednesday, Motorola took the wraps off the long-awaited Droid Bionic, a 4G-ready smartphone which will be sold exclusively through Verizon Wireless stores. And judging by the spec list provided by Motorola, the Bionic is a monster, from the dual-core 1 GHz processors to the 4.3-inch qHD display. The Bionic, Motorola says, will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and include Flash and HTML 5 capability.

Other niceties: a 8-megapixel autofocus camera with flash and 1080p HD video capture, along with a front-facing camera for video chat, and a full 1 GB of RAM. That's more processing power than many computers had a few years back. Of course, with the hardware comes a matching price tag of $299 (with a 2-year contract), which is a full hundred bucks more than the basic 16GB iPhone.

Over at USA Today, Mark W. Smith says he's been testing the Bionic for a week, and he likes what he sees.


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