July 28, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Motorola Mobility shared plenty of figures and numbers during its quarterly earnings call today. Motorola shipped 4.4 million smartphones to retailers in the previous three months, as well as sent off 440,000 tablets (Motorola Xoom) during that same time period.
The number that likely matters most to you is 9, which is the month in which we’ll finally see the Motorola Bionic released. Recent rumors and leaked place-holder websites have pegged the Bionic at a possible release date of August 4. However, during today’s earnings call, Sanjay Jha said that the Bionic will be released “sometime in September.” Our friends over Droid-Life, who are often on the pulse of Moto’s Android dealings, are already churning a rumored date of September 1.
We won’t put much stock in rumored dates at the moment because the Bionic has had a ridiculous run-up of on-and-off dates floated. Motorola unveiled the device at CES and said that it would be a flagship phone for Verizon, but we’ve seen several rumored dates come and go since then with no sign of a confirmed release window until today. Jha did not give an exact date, but he at least promised that the phone would be available in September.
Keep in mind that people have had their eye on this phone since January. The Bionic is said to have been delayed for so long because Motorola wanted to make changes to the hardware so it would be a more competitive phone in today’s crowded market. Based on Jha’s prepared statement today that Motorola has “a focus on profitable growth and delivering differentiated LTE smartphones and tablets,” I hope it’s worth the wait.