Oct 30 AT 2:22 PM Nick Gray 14 Comments

Motorola Droid Turbo speed test and benchmark results


Based on specs alone, Verizon’s Motorola Droid Turbo is one of the most powerful Android phones ever built. The fact that the Droid Turbo is only available on Verizon will keep it from being a smash hit, but that has no impact on the experience the phone delivers. Motorola’s software is clean and thoroughly optimized, but the phone’s overall usability is mainly determined by the network it’s on and its internal components.

LTE speed test

Verizon is known for having the most reliable LTE network in the US. It’s had its ups and downs, but Verizon has been committed to improving its network on a regular basis. We’ve been using the Motorola Droid Turbo for a few days now and have not had any issue with reception and network speeds for web browsing, and app downloads have been good too. To see how fast we would pull data over Verizon’s LTE network, we ran the Ookla and the FCC speed test apps and consistently saw download speeds between 32Mbps and 35Mbps, with upload speeds ranging from 23Mbps to 29Mbps. The Droid Turbo is classified as an XLTE device by Verizon, but have yet to see a real difference in performance between XLTE and LTE devices on Verizon’s network.

Benchmark performance

We know that benchmarks don’t accurately represent how a phone performs in day to day use, but the numbers do shed light on a device’s peak performance. Most of today’s flagship phones perform admirably and you’d be hard pressed to find a game on Google Play that requires a Snapdragon 805 SoC and three gigs of RAM to perform optimally. However, we’re sure many of you still want to know how much performance you could squeeze out of the Motorola Droid Turbo if you really had to. Yes, the number don’t really mean much, just like a Bugatti’s 0-60 time or top speed aren’t really relevant since the only time they come into play is when you’re using the car on a race track.


Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Chuck D

    This is a very helpful message re speed of Droid Turbo. Thanks for the post.

  • Tina

    I have a question. My sister is flying to San Francisco next week.
    I heard that San Francisco has won the Basketball championships and that there are riots with hundreds of wunded, dead people. I remember Ferguson. So, is it safe to fly to america (a very violent country with a high crime/murder rate)?

    Anyone from California can answer?

    • MSmith79

      Think you made a left turn in Albuquerque.

    • James

      San Francisco is safe. That was a small, one day affair with celebrating baseball fans. Absolutely no relation to Ferguson, Missouri.

    • pierre

      The riots have calmed down now but there are still roving packs of wild dogs in the street hunting for food at night. The homeless people have resorted to eating each other and the police try to keep order by driving around in armored vehicles with machine guns to disperse crowds. Meanwhile in the rich neighborhoods private armies protect the streets on patrol and from sniper positions as well as checkpoints. The football stadium is being used as a reeducation camp for conservatives and those not a part of the “union of free thinkers” It is a mess as it reminds me iraq a few years ago when i was there. If your smart you should fly into a safe city like either detroit or oakland if you can. Should you come to san francisco you can hire an armed vegan mercinary with an armored vehicle to escort you around or use a chinatown tour bus to get you safely from place to place. dont stand near windows of your hotel in case snipers are in the area.

  • Burt Reynolds

    Tina you are correct “Merica” is very violent country with a high murder rate I would not come here. Stay in your own country.

  • steelew

    I really hate it when manufacturers and carriers get together and produce a phone for ONE carrier. This is ridiculous. Make a GSM version!…and get rid of the capacitive nav buttons.

  • ChazzMatt

    The USA AT&T version has already passed the FCC and will probably be called “Moto X Play”. “Droid” may be “exclusive” to Verizon, but the same model under a different name often shows up at other carriers.

    “Droid Turbo” will become the “Moto X Play” for AT&T.

    Droid Turbo (Verizon: FCC ID IHDT56PK1)
    Moto X Play (AT&T: FCC ID IHDT56PK2 )

    Has AT&T bands, and the documentation also states that the new device “is electrically equivalent to the certified device carrying FCC ID IHDT56PK1.”

    What I’m REALLY waiting for is a “Pure Edition” of the “Moto X Play” — like Motorola has done for the 2014 Moto X. No carrier branding, no bloatware, unlockable bootloader.

  • austindroidman

    have you tried using gamebench to measure the true performance of devices using real apps? there is a free version available on google play

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  • dave

    why tell us something really useful, like how long the battery lasts?

  • Raymond Roshan

    i have doubt about its display size..
    is abouve display size is true???

  • Raymond Roshan

    Nice article…