Rumor: Motorola Dinara to follow Droid Bionic in late 2011

Verizon and Motorola are rumored to be working on an Android phone due in late 2011 with features that include an HD screen and 13-megapixel camera.

It's time to put yet another Verizon and Motorola smartphone on your radar. Even as we're still waiting for the long-anticipated Droid Bionic to arrive, rumors have started swirling for the next super phone, the Motorola Dinara.

According to sources close to Droid Life, the Dinara will arrive in late 2011 with a form factor that closely resembles a thinner and lighter Droid Bionic. Specifications are said to include a rear-facing 13-megapixel camera, a front-facing VGA camera, a non-replaceable internal battery, and an "HD" screen. It's possible that the display will be qHD (960x540) as Motorola has been using the screen technology for recent handsets.

The processor and memory situation isn't clear, but I wouldn't look for less than a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 16GB internal storage. Although DroidLife's tipster didn't indicate either way, I also anticipate the phone will support Verizon's 4G LTE network. The Dinara is said to be running Gingerbread at this point; however, it may ultimately have Ice Cream Sandwich when it arrives this winter.

The next question you might be asking is "what's a Dinara?" According to Wikipedia, it's a mountain located near the border of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Android enthusiasts will recognize that this follows a recent pattern of Motorola code names. The Olympus went on to become the Atrix 4G, while the Etna debuts next month as the Droid Bionic. Let's also not forget that the Xoom carried the internal code name of Everest .

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Scott Webster has spent the better part of his adult life playing with cell phones and gadgets. When not looking for the latest Android news and rumors, he relaxes with his wife and son. Scott also is the senior editor for AndroidGuys. E-mail Scott.

 

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