With the holiday season coming up, there should be no shock that Verizon has a few heavy-hitters coming down the pipe. As is usual, the company will want to make the holiday season worthwhile, and the best way for a wireless carrier to do that (other than making changes (for the better) to their plans) is to release amazing devices. If a recent leak is accurate, then we should be expecting the Motorola DROID Bionic here shortly, and just a little ways after that is HTC’s powerhouse, the Vigor. But, after so many delays, and with the Vigor coming out so soon after the Bionic’s release, can the Bionic really stand a chance?
Let’s have a little refresher, shall we? We’ll start with the device that probably should have already been released by now, Motorola’s DROID Bionic. First and foremost, the device features a 4.3-inch qHD display, with a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor under the hood. It should launch with Android 2.3 running the show. It also offers up an 8MP camera around the bakc, and a VGA front-facing shooter. There’s an HDMI port, just in case you want to watch things on an even bigger screen. And, the kicker, is the device’s 4G LTE connectivity.
So where does the HTC Vigor stand? Well first, I should point out that none of of the specifications for the Vigor have been confirmed by anyone that’s able to confirm them yet. The device is still just a rumored handset heading to Verizon, but if the rumored specs are legitimate, then the Vigor really is impressive. First and foremost, the display packs in an impressive 1280×720 resolution. However, there’s no word on how big the display is quite yet. Additional details include the 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, which is reportedly paired with the Adreno 220 GPU. And finally, it’s set to hit the world with Android 2.3.4 running the show.
So, there you have it. It’s a real shame that we don’t have more specifications for the HTC Vigor, but having something is better than nothing. And let’s be perfectly honest here, what we do have paints a pretty glorious picture. It’s devices like this that make Android stand out amongst the competition, as it shows that brute force within the physical handset can power a beautiful OS, and that creates the perfect package. But, we aren’t comparing the devices against the competition, at least not right now. No, right now I’m posing a simple question: Can the Motorola DROID Bionic, if it does indeed launch on September 8th, be able to stand up against HTC’s Vigor, which is rumored to launch a month later?
It may just come down to how Verizon handles the release information for both handsets. Specifically, Verizon officials already know by now that the majority of customers, at least those who care to know right now, know that the DROID Bionic is coming. While an official release date has yet to be given, people know it’s coming and that’s all that matters. As for the HTC Vigor, that’s a secret device for the most part. Sure, there are rumors, but even the rumors are thin — almost too thin for the general consumer. So if Verizon can keep the Vigor underwraps until well after the launch of the Bionic, then the high-end handset from Motorola may have more of a fighting chance.
This is an unfortunate story about release dates, when it comes right down to it. In truth, if the DROID Bionic had shipped to customers months ago, when it was originally on track to do, or even just a few weeks ago, then this would be a non-issue. The world expects new devices to hit wireless carriers all the time, and so while there may be some buyer’s remorse out there for those who pick up the Bionic after the Vigor launched later in the year, it would be expected. However, now that the Bionic is rumored to launch on September 8th, and the Vigor less than a month later, I expect quite a few people to hold out and wait to see if the Vigor is the real deal.
Obviously the Bionic is a high-end device, and anyone who wants to get their hands on the latest device from Motorola, it’s the go-to device. But HTC’s name in the Android realm is prominent, and quite a competitor. So what do you think of the match between the Vigor and Bionic? Can the handset from Motorola’s corner make some heavy swings? Or will HTC’s prize fighter come right out with the haymaker? Let me know what you think in the comments below.