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Motorola DROID Bionic vs. Motorola Atrix 4G Comparison

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January 7th, 2011

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This year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has supplied a flood of announcements about new cell phones. Two intriguing new phones are the Motorola DROID Bionic and the Motorola Atrix 4G. Destined for two different carriers, both the DROID Bionic and the Atrix 4G are 4G phones, but use different technology to get there. The DROID Bionic connects at 4G speeds to Verizon Wireless’ LTE network, while the Atrix 4G streams data using AT&T’s HSPA+ technology. Once the data arrives at the phone, it will be processed and displayed by more powerful hardware than what is currently on the market, including LCD screens with 540 x 960-pixel resolution. These two phones have all sorts of power up their sleeves, including an expansion docking keyboards and dual-core processors for both phones.


Motorola DROID Bionic Motorola Atrix 4G  
Motorola DROID Bionic Motorola Atrix 4G
Wirefly’s Price
(as of publish date)
Not yet available Not yet available
Carrier Verizon Wireless AT&T
Operating System Android 2.3 Android 2.3
Interface Modified MotoBlur

MotoBlur

Display 4.3″ TFT LCD, 540 x 960 pixels 4″ TFT LCD, 540 x 960 pixels
Data Speed 4G LTE 4G HSPA+
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
GPS S-GPS aGPS
Mobile Hotspot Yes – Optional Yes – Optional
Camera 8-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus 5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
Front-facing Camera Yes; 640 x 480 pixels Yes; 640 x 480 pixels
Video Capture Yes; 1080p HD Yes; 720p HD
Apps Android Market Android Market
Music Player Yes Yes
Adobe Flash Support Adobe Flash 10.1 Adobe Flash 10.1
Storage Space 16GB onboard; microSD slot for expansion 16GB onboard, microSD slot for expansion
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY, optional docking keyboard Virtual QWERTY, optional docking keyboard
Battery 1,930 mAh, lithium-ion 1,930 mAh, lithium-ion
Processor Dual-core 1 GHz processor Dual-core 1 GHz processor
Memory RAM: 1GB RAM: 1GB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 5.6 oz 5.0 oz
Dimensions 5″ x 2.6 ” x 0.5″ 4.6″ x 2.5″ x 0.4″

Key Differences

  • Display: The Motorola DROID Bionic will have a 4.3-inch LCD display, while the Motorola Atrix 4G measures in at 4.0 inches even. Both have 540 x 960-pixel resolution, which is higher than any currently sold Android cell phone. In addition, both have optional docking keyboards with netbook-sized LCD monitors, letting either cell phone work as the brains of a compact and lightweight travel computer.
  • Operating system: Both the Motorola Atrix 4G and the DROID Bionic run Android 2.3.
  • Processor and RAM: Both phones feature dual-core 1GHz processors. Both have 1GB of RAM, which is more than any currently available Android phone.
  • Keyboard: Both the Motorola DROID Bionic and the Atrix 4G have on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboards. Both promise the ability to dock to a full-size physical keyboard.
  • Storage Space: Both phones will ship with 16GB of onboard memory, and both will have microSD slots that will accommodate memory cards up to 32GB.
  • Camera: The Motorola DROID Bionic will have an 8-megapixel still-image camera, while the Atrix 4G will have a 5-megapixel camera. The Motorola DROID Bionic can record video at 1080p resolution, while the Atrix records HD video at 720p resolution.
  • Battery life: Both phones have the same size battery: 1,930 mAh. This is substantially larger than the batteries currently available in Android phones.

 

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14 Responses to “Motorola DROID Bionic vs. Motorola Atrix 4G Comparison”

  • The data on the Bionic is flawed. It does have a gig of RAM (dual channel) and does have hdmi mirroring via micro hdmi. And it has 1080p recording/playback on the vid cam. I don’t think I’ll bother with this site anymore…no reason for this faulty data.

    • Donny, thank you for the corrections. These charts were put together long before the phones launched and well before the specs were finalized. It was the best information that I could find at the time. There is just one of me, and I make all corrections that are pointed out to me. However, there is not enough time to comb through old charts and make them current.

      Thanks for letting me know about these items, however.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Bionic features lithium polymer battery, greatly increasing battery life. Also captures video in 1080p high def. Also features “web-top” accessory allowing users to acces and use phone on any laptop computer. Pre loaded with zumocast application, this allows users to access any document or file saved on their computer, wirelessly over 3g or 4g or wifi. Allows hdmi mirroring for netflix and any other application. With dual core processor and 1gb of RAM this thing is blazing fast!!

  • Something not mentioned here is that the Atrix is going to be the first smart phone to be powered by Nvidia Tegra 2!

  • Shane
    May 3, 2011

    I think the atrix requires more RAM because it has to hook up to the external computer. The bionic does not have this hookup feature.

  • I’ve read the battery on the bionic is going to be a Li-Po which is the next evolution of lithium ion. Increasing the battery life. The ram is ddr2 i believe as well which will be quicker than most phones. packed with a dual core processor. Battery life on this monster will a lot longer than the TB from what I’ve read. given the dual core processor would also help regulate power management.

  • csrorke
    April 1, 2011

    Is there any way to attach a Droid Bionic to any kind of exernal keyboard or display?

  • Moto Bionic has to be 5.0″ long for 4.3 display? Atrix is a stronger package and 4.6 x 2.5.
    Packed with features and a better size.

  • Please respond to Sam.

    • AB, the most reliable specs I’ve seen so far for the DROID Bionic say that it will have 720p video capability. If I find a reliable source that shows a different spec, I will update the chart here on Wirefly Learn.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • does anybody know when the atrix will be available on the wirefly site?

    • Adi, Wirefly will not be selling AT&T phones as of March 1. Therefore, you won’t be able to get a Motorola Atrix at Wirefly until further notice.

      Wirefly

  • All of the other specs show the Bionic records at 1080p and has HDMI out for mirror play back.
    Are you sure your specs are right.

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