Motorola Confirms DROID Bionic for September, New Phones and Tablets

Yesterday, mobile phone maker Motorola Mobility announced its financial results for the second quarter of the year, and also unveiled some of its plans for upcoming mobile phones and tablet PCs.

One of the handsets that will be brought to the market in the not-too-distant future is the DROID Bionic, the first Android-based smartphone from Motorola to pack support for Verizon's 4G LTE network.

During the earnings call, Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha said that the mobile phone will become available for purchase sometime in September, in line with some of the latest rumors on the matter.

The device was initially unveiled in January during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and was expected to land at Verizon in spring, but got delayed due to a design refresh.

Verizon's fourth Android-based LTE smartphone will hit shelves only in September, although some expected it to become available during summer.

However, it will not be the only new smartphone that Motorola plans on bringing to the market before the end of 2011, it seems.

A new flavor of Motorola Defy should be released in the fourth quarter of the year as well, under the name of Defy+, though it seems that it will not be put for sale on the US market.

Also, Motorola confirmed plans to launch at least one new LTE-enabled smartphone during the fourth quarter of the year, along with two new tablets that will sport the connectivity option. Three other Motorola devices will also be released in Q4.

Motorola will also launch new devices at Sprint, since it already announced plans to make available 10 of them, including the already available Motorola Photon 4G, Motorola XPRT, Motorola TITANIUM, and Motorola TRIUMPH.

During the second quarter of the year, the handset vendor sold a number of 11 million mobile devices, 4.4 million of which were smartphones, while 440,000 of them were XOOM tablets. Following the release of new devices, the sales for the remaining of the year should increase.


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