Oct 28 AT 11:07 AM Nick Gray 3 Comments

Verizon’s Motorola Droid Turbo unveiled


It turns out that the rumors about the Motorola Droid Turbo were true. The Droid Turbo has been unveiled, featuring an impressive spec sheet that puts many of this year’s flagship Android smartphones to shame.

The phone comes with two different material finishes (ballistic nylon and metalized fiber), a 5.2-inch 1440 x 2560 QHD AMOLED display (that’s 565ppi for those keeping count) with Gorilla Glass 3, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC clocked at 2.7GHz, 3GB of RAM, 32GB and 64GB storage options, a 21-megapixel main camera with an f/2.0 aperture lens and 4K UHD video capture, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera and a truly impressive 3,900 mAh battery. Yes, we’ve seen a few other phones with many of the same specs, but this is the first time that all that power has been coupled with a battery with enough juice to keep many people powered up for two full days.

The Motorola Droid Turbo will be available in Metallic Black, Metallic Red, and Black Ballistic Nylon for $199.99 with 32GB of storage,  while the 64GB Black Ballistic Nylon model will be listed at $249.99 with a two-year contract. As with all Droid phones, the phone is slated for an exclusive online and retail store launch on October 30.

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A New DROID Experience Arrives in 48 Hours There’s a certain expectation when a smartphone carries the DROID name – strength, endurance, intelligence, and detail. The new XLTE-ready DROID Turbo by motorola carries all these traits and will be available exclusively on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. Coming Oct. 30 with exclusive offers for DROID Turbo customers  PRICING The DROID Turbo by Motorola will be available online and in Verizon Wireless stores starting Oct. 30. The 32GB model will be available in Metallic Black, Metallic Red, and Black Ballistic Nylon for $199.99 with new two year activation or $25 per month on Verizon Edge. The 64GB Black Ballistic Nylon model will also be available for $249.99 with new two year activation or $27 per month on Verizon Edge. And being a DROID Turbo customer has its perks

  • Get $100 or more when you trade in your old smartphone and purchase a DROID Turbo by Motorola with new two year activation. Trade-in must be in good working condition.
  • From launch until the end of this year, upgrade and activation fees are being waived for customers who purchase the DROID Turbo. Waived activation and upgrade fees will be credited to the customer’s bill, and may take up to two billing cycles to process.
  • Verizon Edge pricing is also available for DROID Turbo – and from launch through the end of the year, Verizon has aspecial early upgrade to Edge for anyone who upgraded prior to July 1, 2014 and wants to purchase the smartphone
  • DROID Turbo customers who experience a damaged screen during their 2 year contract can replace it once for free. Customers who purchase through Verizon Edge are also eligible.
  • Upgradable to Android 5.0 Lollipop

Strength Think about what you put your phone through on a daily basis – it’s in your pocket with loose change, tossed into a purse with keys, sat upon if it’s in your back pocket and the accidental splash when it’s just one of those days. The DROID Turbo is designed with all that in mind with its Ballistic Nylon or Metalized Glass Fiber reinforced with DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber, scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, and water-repellent nanocoating protecting the inside and out against spills. Endurance That “low battery” alert is something many of us dread, and it usually happens at the worst times. DROID Turbo has a battery that lasts up to 48 hours, so that means it’ll be a while before you see that low battery alert. Eventually, the alert will appear,   but it might be at a time when you don’t have the time to do a full charge of your phone. Only having a few minutes before heading out with friends, layovers in between flights, and many other countless scenarios – we’ve all been there. The new DROID comes with a turbo charging feature so when you’re low on battery, a 15 minute charge can get you up to 8 hours of use. DROID Turbo comes with the Motorola turbo power charger in the box at no additional cost. And for added convenience, the new DROID is wireless charging capable. Intelligence A smartphone is exactly that, a smart phone. And DROID Turbo has smart features that make the most used features on the phone better. Moto Display wakes up the phone to show the time and notifications when you reach for the phone. You can also wave your hand over the screen to dismiss a phone call or silence an alarm. The Droid Zap app has also been enhanced with the Zap Zone feature that makes it easy to share pictures and videos with nearby friends you invite to your zone. Plus, Zap to TV uses Google Chromecast to create a slideshow on a big screen. Smart features like these are best paired with a powerful processor. DROID Turbo has a 2.7GHz quad-core processor and has 3GB of RAM for multi-tasking and running your favorite apps very smoothly. Detail DROID Turbo has a 21-megapixel camera with 4K video capture and features a 5.2-inch Quad HD display meaning you will want to show off your photography to friends any chance you can whether it be in person or on social media. And when a picture moment happens you want to be fast enough not to miss it. Quick Capture feature lets you twist your wrist twice to launch the camera – no need to press any button or unlock any screens. Additional Note: Droid Turbo is Simultaneous Voice and Data Update ready, which means it will require Advanced Calling 1.0 to enable Simultaneous Voice and Data. The Droid Turbo will get Advanced Calling 1.0 by end of year.  (Advanced calling is our name for VoLTE)

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Lawrence Hall

    So this phone specs better, than the Nexus 6 in most aspects, most importantly battery and size. And VZW is going to release it before the Nexus. WTF was google thinking why is this not the nexus.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Google’s Nexus program isn’t about phones for consumers. Google is using Nexus devices to push developer to think about apps in a different way. Since phones with 5.5-inch displays are becoming more popular, Google is pushing that boundary even further, forcing developers to think about how their apps lay out when they are used on devices of this size.

      This is the same reason why Google is changing things up with the Nexus 9′s aspect ration. A 7-inch tablet with a 16:9 aspect ration is probably the right size for most consumers, but app developers and even Google have found it hard to create compelling and functional tablet apps. A 4:3 ratio is much better for laying out content on a large display even if it offers an inferior experience when consuming media.

      • Floorman63

        Spot on, Nick!!!