Introduction

This is the Motorola Droid Turbo - Motorola's strongest claim at the high-end throne yet. Built around the strong foundation of the Moto X (2014), Nexus 6 and Motorola's previous Droids it pools together a premium build, pure Android with exclusive features and impressive battery life.


Motorola Droid Turbo

The Motorola Droid Turbo is everything we were hoping for with a 5.2" display of QHD (1,440x2,560px) resolution and massive 565ppi density, a top of the line Snapdragon 805 chip, 3GB of RAM, 21MP main camera. To add a bit of character the Droid Turbo comes in Ballistic nylon or Metalized Glass fiber reinforced with DuPont Kevlar fiber and a water-repellent nano coating.

Think of this as the powerful middle ground between the Moto X (2014) and Nexus 6 - smaller but also much, much bigger. Here are the highlights Droid Turbo's crossbreed specs:

Motorola Droid Turbo at a glance:

  • Dimensions: Ballistic nylon: 73.3 x 143.5 x 11.2mm; Metalized fiber: 73.3 x 146.5 x 10.6mm; Weight: Ballistic nylon: 176g; Metalized fiber: 169g
  • Display: 5.2" AMOLED touchscreen, 1,440 x 2,560 resolution; around 565ppi; Gorilla Glass 3
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 805 chipset: quad-core Krait 450 @2.7GHz; Adreno 420 GPU; 3GB RAM
  • OS: Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • Camera: 21MP main camera with 2160p@24fps video capture, dual-LED flash
  • Front camera: 2MP front-facing camera with 1080p video capture
  • Storage: 32GB/64GB built-in
  • Connectivity: LTE Cat. 4, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS + GLONASS; microUSB 2.0
  • Battery: 3,900mAh, Motorola Turbo Charger
  • Misc: DuPont Kevlar on the back, infrared

Motorola is going for the gold this year. It brought us a new, truly flagship Moto X, its first Nexus (which braves crowded phablet realm) and now it tops both (in a way) with the Motorola Droid Turbo. And while "turbo" monikers are outdated, the word perfectly describes the fire-breathing nature of this device.

What the Moto X (2014) lacked, the Droid Turbo has in reserve. Snapdragon 801 is still worth its salt nowadays but Snapdragon 805 is the new champ. Motorola isn't taking its chances with mediocre battery life here - the potent 3,900mAh capacity promises insane, Droid Maxx-worthy longevity.

The Motorola Droid Turbo comes with nearly stock Android, ensuring a snappy performance. It should offer timely updates (that is if Verizon obliges), but it's starting a lap behind the Nexus family with 4.4 KitKat out of the box.


Motorola Droid Turbo

There's every chance that the Droid Turbo might sway Moto X (old and new) onlookers and shift their affections towards Turbo's direction. Hopefully Motorola won't keep the Droid Turbo confined to just one carrier in one country, otherwise they will be left with just looks of envy.

Wishes not withstanding, the Motorola Droid Turbo will make its way exclusively to Verizon customers starting October 30. It will cost $199.99 for the 32GB and $249.99 for the 64GB with a two-year commitment. There will also be a monthly option at $25 or $27 per month on Verizon Edge, respectively. The 32 gig model will come in Metallic Black, Metallic Red, and Black Ballistic Nylon while the 64GB will launch only in Nylon garbs.

Now we need to show you the Motorola Droid Turbo and believe us, you want to see it. Next up is a look at the hardware.

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First impressions

The Motorola Droid Turbo is basically a Moto X 2 on steroids dressed in a military apparel. It's tough and built to last with the company offering two flavors of the _phone_ - one with ballistic nylon and the other with metallized glass fiber. The latter is reinforced with Kevlar back, akin to previous generation Droids.

Sounds exotic and we're yet to see the ruggedness of the _phone_ in action. In addition, the 5.2" QHD display is covered with a protective coating of Gorilla Glass 3 to ensure that scratches don't occur too easily. The Droid Turbo also isn't afraid of water as its innards are covered with water-repellent nanocoating and it can last up to 1 minute under 6 inches of water.

Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo

The Motorola Droid Turbo in person

Visually, the two versions of the phone look cool and we definitely dig the Kevlar back. If you are a fan of the color red, there's such a version as well and it's quite aggressive looking.

Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo

Looking sexy in red

It feels great in hand thanks to the curved design. At its thinnest point, the black nylon version measures 8.3mm and weighs 176 grams and the metalized fiber is a bit thinner at 7.8mm and lighter at 169 grams. Because of the slightly more than average weight, both units feel very substantial in hand. The build is solid and you'll feel safe that the phone will last long.

Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo

Taking a tour around the phone

And while doing it, the Droid Turbo will blast through anything thanks to the Snapdragon 805 chipset with a 2.7GHz quad-core Krait 450 CPU and 3GB of RAM. The 5.2" QHD Super AMOLED display with 565ppi pixel density also won't be a problem for the Adreno 420 to push around. The GPU is clocked at 600MHz and Android 4.4.4 KitKat absolutely flies. Everything is smooth and responsive. We feel that the Droid Turbo could've packed Android 5.0 Lollipop, but still Motorola is promising the phone is bound to receive it.

Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo

A peek at the circuit board

Motorola promises the Droid Turbo will last up to 48 hours of mixed usage thanks to the large 3,900mAh battery. In the package, the company includes a Turbo Charger which will give you up to 8 hours of usage only after 15 minutes of charging.

You know that Motorola likes to keep things as close to stock as possible while sprinkling some nice features here and there. The Droid Turbo benefits from this recipe and features Moto's Display app, which wakes the screen when you reach for the phone and shows you the time and pending notifications. Verizon has also added its Droid Zap app for easy picture and video sharing. You can use it to cast to a TV using Google Chromecast, too.

Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo

The Motorola Droid Turbo family

In terms of connectivity, we get NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 4G LTE Cat 4. It comes with quad-band GSM and quad-band HSPA+ support, as well.

The 21MP camera offers 4K video recording at 24fps. We would've liked to see it record at 30fps, though. On to the next page you can see a bunch of camera samples we took with the Droid Turbo.

First impressions

The Motorola Droid Turbo is basically a Moto X 2 on steroids dressed in a military apparel. It's tough and built to last with the company offering two flavors of the phone - one with ballistic nylon and the other with metallized glass fiber. The latter is reinforced with Kevlar back, akin to previous generation Droids.

Sounds exotic and we're yet to see the ruggedness of the phone in action. In addition, the 5.2" QHD display is covered with a protective coating of Gorilla Glass 3 to ensure that scratches don't occur too easily. The Droid Turbo also isn't afraid of water as its innards are covered with water-repellent nanocoating and it can last up to 1 minute under 6 inches of water.

Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo

The Motorola Droid Turbo in person

Visually, the two versions of the phone look cool and we definitely dig the Kevlar back. If you are a fan of the color red, there's such a version as well and it's quite aggressive looking.

Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo

Looking sexy in red

It feels great in hand thanks to the curved design. At its thinnest point, the black nylon version measures 8.3mm and weighs 176 grams and the metalized fiber is a bit thinner at 7.8mm and lighter at 169 grams. Because of the slightly more than average weight, both units feel very substantial in hand. The build is solid and you'll feel safe that the phone will last long.

Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo

Taking a tour around the phone

And while doing it, the Droid Turbo will blast through anything thanks to the Snapdragon 805 chipset with a 2.7GHz quad-core Krait 450 CPU and 3GB of RAM. The 5.2" QHD Super AMOLED display with 565ppi pixel density also won't be a problem for the Adreno 420 to push around. The GPU is clocked at 600MHz and Android 4.4.4 KitKat absolutely flies. Everything is smooth and responsive. We feel that the Droid Turbo could've packed Android 5.0 Lollipop, but still Motorola is promising the phone is bound to receive it.

Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo

A peek at the circuit board

Motorola promises the Droid Turbo will last up to 48 hours of mixed usage thanks to the large 3,900mAh battery. In the package, the company includes a Turbo Charger which will give you up to 8 hours of usage only after 15 minutes of charging.

You know that Motorola likes to keep things as close to stock as possible while sprinkling some nice features here and there. The Droid Turbo benefits from this recipe and features Moto's Display app, which wakes the screen when you reach for the phone and shows you the time and pending notifications. Verizon has also added its Droid Zap app for easy picture and video sharing. You can use it to cast to a TV using Google Chromecast, too.

Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Droid Turbo

The Motorola Droid Turbo family

In terms of connectivity, we get NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 4G LTE Cat 4. It comes with quad-band GSM and quad-band HSPA+ support, as well.

The 21MP camera offers 4K video recording at 24fps. We would've liked to see it record at 30fps, though. On to the next page you can see a bunch of camera samples we took with the Droid Turbo.