After months of leaks and rumors this morning Verizon Wireless and Motorola have announced the brand new Motorola DROID Turbo smartphone. In case the new Moto X for 2014, the Moto G, and even a Moto E smartphone all released in 2014 weren’t good enough, the new DROID Turbo is official, and available for pre-order starting today.
As if we didn’t know everything about the upcoming Motorola DROID Turbo for Verizon Wireless already, thanks to multiple pictures that have leaked ahead of the unveiling and official launch. We’ve seen plenty of it already, but below are all the details now that Motorola’s made it official.
Just as all the leaks, pictures, and rumors have suggested, this morning the DROID Turbo was made official and confirmed everything we’ve heard thus far. That being an impressive smartphone the size of the new Moto X 2014, but improved in all areas to replace the DROID Ultra from last year, following a long line of DROID smartphones on Verizon Wireless.
Yesterday a slew of photos leaked of the new smartphone, as well as a purported release date, and all those leaked turned out to be 100% accurate. As expected, the phone was announced this morning, will be available for pre-order starting at 10 AM PT, and will officially hit Verizon Wireless stores and be available online starting October 30th. That’s one quick launch. No two week or one month wait here.
The Motorola DROID Turbo for Verizon Wireless is rather similar to the new Moto X, at least in terms of software, but everything else has been vastly improved.
DROID Turbo buyers will enjoy the same 5.2-inch display, but the screen resolution has been increased from 1080p to a whopping 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD, or a 2k resolution display. Add in a stunning 21 megapixel camera, a massive 3,900 mAh battery with wireless charging, and wrap it in a sleek Kevlar finish (or ballistic fiber) and that is most of what makes up the brand new Verizon DROID Turbo by Motorola.
Everything is improved over the Moto X. From the display, processing power, camera, RAM, battery and more. The only thing missing here is the customization options made available for the Moto X from MotoMaker.com. Here’s the full rundown of what to expect from the DROID Turbo.
DROID Turbo Specs
- 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display
- 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 Quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM
- 32GB storage, 64GB option for $249
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Android 5.0 coming soon)
- 21 Megapixel Rear and 2.1 front camera setup
- 4k video recording
- Front facing speaker
- 3,900 mAh battery (wireless charging)
- Turbo Charger Support
- Water repellent (coating guards against everyday spills and up to 20 minutes in a downpour), scratch resistant
Like the new Moto X, the DROID Turbo’s got the Moto Voice, Moto Actions, Moto Assist and Moto Active Display features, and is running a near stock version of Android 4.4.4 KitKat, with a promise to Android 5.0 Lollipop soon. It also features a new “Turbo Charger” that delivers 8 hours of battery life after only 15 minutes on the charger, in case that massive 3,900 mAh battery wasn’t enough. This should have some of the best battery life of any smartphone released to date.
So when can you get it and for how much? The new DROID Turbo is available for pre-order starting today, and the release date is officially October 30th. Buyers can get the 32GB Turbo for $199 with a new 2-year contract or for $25 a month with Verizon Edge, and the 64GB version is $249 or $27 a month. Personally, $2 more for the 64GB variant is the best option, and you can get yours starting Thursday.
This device will come in Metallic Black, Metallic Red, and Ballistic Nylon color options, and the two storage configurations detailed above. We’ll update once we learn more, and get some hands-on time with Motorola’s latest flagship smartphone.