When Motorola unveiled the Droid Bionic at CES in January, one of the central focuses of the device was its NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. We know the story since then. Rumors began swirling that the phone was to be cancelled in favor of a different device, to which Moto responded that the Bionic would still ship, albeit after some modifications. Which brings us to a recent benchmark test submitted to NenaMark purportedly from the dual-core handset. Curiously, the benchmark indicated an Imaginations Technologies PowerVR SGX 540, a graphics processor not found in the Tegra architecture. It is however part of TI’s OMAP 4430 platform. Could this be an indicator of one of the changes Moto has made to the Bionic?
Other than the benchmark, we have nothing to support the notion the Motorola has switched to a TI chipset, but it would not be unprecedented. TI’s OMAP series has featured heavily in Motorola’s high-end handsets beginning with the original Droid. The upcoming Droid 3 features the dual-core 4430. Could the Bionic eventually feature the same chip? It’s definitely possible, definitely food for thought. Take it as a rumor for now.