At CES this year, there were numerous Android handsets announced that were bound for Verizon's network – for those keeping count, that was over six months ago. Since then, only some of them have released. First came the ThunderBolt in March, which was closely followed by the Charge. The LG Revolution then came with little to no fanfare. But there is one device that is still missing from the lineup … the Bionic my Motorola.

As per usual, we were given an extremely broad time frame in which the Bionic would launch at the year's opening trade show. We were told to expect it “early second quarter." Toward the end of April, they updated us to confirm that it hadn't been axed but may land in Q3 instead.

With what seems like several Android phones hitting shelves and just as many slipping into obsolescence each week, untimely delays and taking forever to bring a device to consumer hands can be the difference between selling out and being a flop on launch day. The Bionic, although it sports somewhat better specifications than its current Android counterparts on Verizon, is no exception. Not only have all of the CES phones already released (mostly) on schedule, several that weren't announced at CES (DROID 3, DROID X2 and Xperia Play) have, too.

On top of that, yet another rumored device made its grand appearance around the web today. The Dinara, outed by Droid Life, should be one of the first Android superphones which will be made by Motorola and may hit Verizon's shelves sometime this holiday season. What will the Dinara supposedly entail? Only a larger, HD display (the device will be the same size as the Bionic, the display tighter to the edges), 1GB RAM, TI dual-core processor, 13-megapixel camera and an internal, non-removable battery.

This leads me to ask, why is Motorola even fooling with the Bionic anymore? Moto has obviously gotten ahead of themselves and promised a device long before it was ready for consumers. Now that device is no longer ahead of the curve like it once was and they have to work "on some new updates,” which may push this device back into the Fall. At that point, I don't see why anyone in their right mind would purchase the Bionic, knowing there should be a similar but much better phone right around the corner. (Then again, there's always a bigger, better phone right around the corner, no?)

What say you, guys and gals? Has the Dinara caught your eye over the already-aging, elusive Bionic? Should Motorola simply skip the Bionic and focus on its bigger, better brother? Or should they keep stutter stepping until they eventually trip themselves over all of their remarkably similar phones?

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James Adelan Cowie
James Adelan Cowie Motorola should give up. There products are terrible
Nirav Insomniac
Nirav Insomniac Companies should rather release 1 xtreme phone with all features like...16mpx cam with xenon flash and dual video led,2ghz dual core tegra,2 gb ram,500 gb ROM,5" touchscreen,usb&hdmi ports,android & windows dual boot...and most imp unlocked bootloader
Jordan Acosta
Jordan Acosta Samsung galaxy s2 the best phone in the market that it......
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Samsung is garbage no matter what they release.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline @george. HTC is locking there bootloaders also.
Christopher Tyrone Truitt
Christopher Tyrone Truitt Well the Dinara sounds like its going to be a nice phone but I'm gonna see what the (Samsung Hercules) has to offer so many phones coming out way to fast
George Deleija
George Deleija I could care less with Motorola's locked bootloader policy. Ill just stick to HTC future phones
Terrence Dc York
Terrence Dc York Or*
Terrence Dc York
Terrence Dc York Bionic is my choice on next generation iPhone
Ryley Heller
Ryley Heller motorola should forget about my brotha from anotha motha lol.
Robert Skeen
Robert Skeen Once the Sampsung G2 comes out nobody will care.
Brandon Worley
Brandon Worley Diana? Sounds like u should get a shot before u use it
Eli Claiborne IV
Eli Claiborne IV Well whatever they do, I hope it doesn't end up getting put on the back burner like my Thunderbolt. It took forever to come out & with that time they could've added better specs & gingerbread. @eze4 on twitter
Daniel Pintor
Daniel Pintor No it been way to long of a wait for anything about the bionic and now they want to release something else. All this waiting just to say there something else they been working. If that is the case they should of laucher the bionic around the same time as the atrix and then sent the dinara out. Motorola love to send out devices right after another so right when you think you get a good one another some out with better specs months later. But I'm still waiting for the bionic.
Tommy Klein
Tommy Klein It doesn't really matter for me cuz I just got the Samsung infuse 2 days ago
Chris Hagood
Chris Hagood I'll take the Dinara. But, man... just crank out a phone that I will want to buy SOON. I'm still rocking my OG Droid, and I will not switch until something truly awesome comes out.
Dominic Jessup Reid
Dominic Jessup Reid Yup
Truly Nice
Truly Nice They should bring out both phones
Dre Day
Dre Day Hell nah!
David L. Clark
David L. Clark Motorola should forget about making phones, period.
TJ Hahn
TJ Hahn again, they wont. like every other phone it will get hype for 3 weeks until something new and better comes out. this article is a joke if you think there going to throw there flagship(granted it will only be for 3 weeks) device out the window to wait 4-5 months down the road for something that is only being "rumored". ill wait for the gs2 on verizon
Micah Lennon
Micah Lennon Nah i wouldn't it has nothing that pops out at you even the name is lame and the camera on a phone isn't enough for me to run for it even if its 13mp , I would pay for real camera like DSLR , the 5 and 8 mp do just fine
Tham Ye Yang
Tham Ye Yang after the razr
Tham Ye Yang
Tham Ye Yang they should stop making phones.
Aaron Couts
Aaron Couts Instead of popping out multiple phones, hey should put a few great phones. It should be about quality not quantity.
Jones Robert
Jones Robert ...SAMSUNG GALAXY S2.
Stephen Wagner
Stephen Wagner I love how everyone wants this phone but then will just hate it when they get it cuz it will have a locked bootloader
Alexander Rojas
Alexander Rojas so yes
Alexander Rojas
Alexander Rojas too long
Gabriel Fernandez
Gabriel Fernandez No.. they can release both.
Jordan Acosta
Jordan Acosta Yeahh....

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