Droid Bionic

The Motorola Droid Bionic is an Android-based, 4G LTE-capable smartphone designed by Motorola. It was originally scheduled for release in Q2 2011 but was delayed, eventually being released on 8 September 2011.[5]

Droid Bionic
Droid Bionic Android 4.1.2.jpg
SloganControl it, and you control everything, and Droid Does
Compatible networksCDMA 800/1900 MHz EVDO Rev. A, 700 MHz 4G LTE, 802.11b/g/n,
Availability by region8 September 2011
PredecessorMotorola DROID X2
SuccessorMotorola DROID RAZR
Dimensions127.5 mm (5.01 in) H
66.9 mm (2.63 in) W
10.9 mm (0.42 in) D
Mass158 g (5.6 oz)
Operating systemOfficial: Android 2.3 Gingerbread,[1] upgradable to Android 4.1 Jellybean[2][3] (with Motorola Application Platform)
Unofficial: Android 7.1 Nougat via LineageOS 14.1[4]
CPU1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 SoC processor; TI OMAP4430 (1.2 GHz after ICS update)
GPUPowerVR SGX540 @ 304 MHz
Memory16 GB flash memory, 1 GB LP DDR2 RAM
Removable storage16 GB pre-installed micro SD card. Supports up to 32 GB Micro SD
Battery1735 mAh
Data inputsMulti-touch capacitive touchscreen display
Display4.3-inch 960 × 540 px qHD at 256 ppi
Rear camera8-megapixel with 1080p HD video recording
Front cameraVGA
ConnectivityBluetooth v2.1 + EDR, HDMI, 3.5 mm TRRS audio jack, Micro USB, DLNA
Hearing aid compatibilityM4/T3[1]

It was introduced at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show along with the Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Xoom, and Motorola CLIQ 2.


According to several sites there have been early complaints of a high-pitched whine during audio playback through the headphones. With the first officially available update, released to testers on 9 December 2011, this issue was solved.[6]

Software updatesEdit

Verizon Wireless announced the first firmware upgrade for the Droid Bionic, version 5.5.893, on 8 December 2011. The update was pushed to a limited test group on 9 December 2011, with plans to release it as an over-the-air (OTA) update package at a later date. The patch fixes many of the issues users reported at the Bionic's launch, with improvements including a smoother hand-off between 4G (LTE) and 3G (eHRPD/CDMA) data networks and software attenuation to eliminate the high-pitched transistor bleed ("hum") previously noticed in sound from the 3.5 mm jack.[7]

On 19 December, some owners began receiving yet another OTA update to version 5.9.901. It was later provided as a download for manual installation.[8] Later on, the changelog, or list of improvements was released.[9]

A Motorola employee later confirmed the update was released to some by accident, and will be later released to all other DROID Bionic users soon.[10]

In April 2012, an OTA update to version 5.9.902 was done, followed by one in June to version 5.9.905.

In June 2012 Ice Cream Sandwich builds 6.7.2231, 6.7.2233, 6.7.232 & 6.7.235, were pulled from Motorola's servers through cheesecake. It provided users with Android 4.0.4, with many features such as overclocking the CPU from 1.0 GHz to 1.2 GHz and including Webtop 3.0. However, the leaks included many bugs, such as the webtop launcher causing systemUI to crash, white text in the widgets menu (In custom launchers), and facelock not enabling correctly. Leak 6.7.235 will not let users FXZ back to OTA 5.9.902.

In October 2012, Verizon officially pushed Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0.4 out to users.

In April 2013, Verizon officially pushed Jelly Bean Android 4.1.2 out to users.[2][3]


The smartphone includes 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, HDMI output, 1 GHz OMAP dual core processor, a 4.3" qHD display, 3G/4G wireless hotspot capability, GPS, an 8 MP low-light–capable camera with 1080p HD video capture and a front-facing camera capable of Video Chat. In the United States, the handset is distributed exclusively by Verizon Wireless.[11]


Motorola Droid Bionic (also known as Motorola XT875) was the first dual core Android handset to use Verizon's 4G LTE network. It comes with a 4.3 inch qHD (960 x 540) display, a 1 GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor from Texas Instruments, and 1 GB of LP DDR2 RAM. It also has an 8-megapixel camera capable of 1080p HD video and a front-facing camera to support video calling. The phone comes with Adobe Flash and HTML5 support, as well as with HDMI output to an HDTV.

Motorola Droid Bionic specifications:[1][12]

General info:

  • Phone type: Smartphone

Network technology:


  • Form Factor: Candybar
  • Dimensions: 5.01 x 2.63 x 0.42 (127.5 x 66.9 x 10.9 mm)
  • Weight: 5.57 oz (158 g)


  • Resolution: 960 x 540 pixels
  • Physical Size: 4.30 inches
  • Colors: 16,777,216
  • Touch Screen: Yes (Capacitive)
  • Multi-touch: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light sensor: Yes
  • Battery Capacity: 1735 mAh



  • Processor: OMAP4 Dual-Core
  • Processor speed: 1000 MHz (Overclocked to 1200 MHz from ICS update)
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM / 16 GB flash storage
  • 3D Graphics hardware accelerator: PowerVR SGX540


  • Resolution: 8 megapixels
  • Flash: Yes (Dual LED)
  • Features: Auto focus, Digital zoom
  • Video capture: Yes
  • Resolution: 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 frames per second)
  • Additional camera: Yes (VGA)
  • Video Calling: Yes


  • Music Player: Yes
  • Supports: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI
  • Video Playback: Yes
  • Supports: MPEG4, H.263, H.264
  • YouTube player: Yes

Internet browsing:

  • Supports: HTML, Flash
  • Built-in online services support: Facebook, Picasa, Twitter, Google Play


  • Type: S-GPS
  • Navigation: Yes
  • Phonebook Support: Yes
  • Capacity: Capacity depends on system memory
  • Features: Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer Calendar: Yes
  • Alarms: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Other: Calculator
  • Messaging
  • SMS: Yes
  • E-mail: Yes (IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange)


  • Memory Expansion: Yes
  • Slot Type: microSD, microSDHC
  • Maximum card size: 64 GB
  • Built-in: 16 GB


  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Version: 2.1
  • EDR: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes, 2.4 GHz only (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)
  • USB: Yes
  • Type: microUSB
  • Version: USB 2.0
  • Features: Mass storage device, USB charging
  • Headphones connector: 3.5 mm
  • HDMI: Yes
  • Version: 1.4
  • DLNA: Yes


  • Service lights: Yes
  • Colors per light: Multiple

Other features

  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Compass, Proximity


  • Officially announced: 5 Jan 2011
  • Officially released: 8 September 2011


Similar to the Motorola Atrix 4G, it has the integrated Debian-based 'Webtop' application from Motorola. The Webtop application is launched when the phone is connected to the external display through Laptop dock or HD multimedia dock. In Webtop mode, offering similar user interface of typical Ubuntu desktop, the phone can run several applications on external display such as Firefox web browser, SNS clients and 'mobile view' application enabling total access to the Bionic and its screen. In September 2011, Motorola released the source code of Webtop application at SourceForge.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Droid Bionic Tech Specs". Motorola Mobility. Archived from the original on 13 September 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Motorola DROID BIONIC will be full of beans, Jelly Beans that is, starting April 15th". Phone Arena. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Barranger, Kellen (18 April 2013). "DROID Bionic Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out Now!". Droid Life. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  4. ^ "LineageOS Downloads". Archived from the original on 5 October 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  5. ^ Boulton, Clint. "Motorola Droid Bionic Delayed as iPhone 5 Looms". eWeek. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Droid Bionic emits high-pitched whine, say owners". Cnet.com. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  7. ^ "DROID Bionic Bug Fixer Update Rolling Out To Some, Start Checking Your Phones". droid-life.com. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  8. ^ "DROID Bionic Receiving Mysterious 5.9.901 Update?". Droid-life.com. Droid-Life.com. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Here is the Changelog for the Mystery DROID Bionic 5.9.901 Update". Droid-life.com. Droid-life.com. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  10. ^ "5.9.901 Pushing to some. What's the OFFICIAL STORY on this OTA??". Motorola Support Forums. Motorola. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  11. ^ Topolsky, Joshua (7 September 2011). "Droid Bionic review". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  12. ^ "DROID BIONIC Fact sheet". Motorola Media Center. Motorola Mobility LLC. 7 September 2011. Archived from the original on 24 September 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  13. ^ Matsimanis, Peter (2 September 2011). "Announcing the new Motorola Webtop source project". SourceForge. Retrieved 4 October 2017.