One of those things we love about smartphone manufacturers is when they need their egos stroked (or destroyed) in wanting to see how their new unlaunched, super-secret phones stack up against others – hence the need to use benchmarking software. It practically gives us a full look into the innards of their new phones, like this new Motorola DROID Turbo, which recently made an appearance at GFX Bench.

The DROID line is Motorola’s special agreement with Verizon – a full line of DROID devices exclusive to the carrier. There have been conflicting reports about the specs of the new phone that’s set to launch before the year ends, but this appearance will give us some clarity. First up, the DROID Turbo is benched here sporting a kickass, top of the line Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.6Ghz processor – whereas it was rumored that it was going to be the slower, much older Snapdragon 800.


We also get a confirmation of a 5.2-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) screen being powered by an Adreno 420 graphics chip and 3GB of RAM. There might possibly be 32GB of internal storage and a 19MP main shooter capable of capturing 4K video. The unit is still running the latest version of Android Kitkat (4.4.4), but it remains to be seen if the model will launch with Android L.

Our question here is this – these are flagship level specs. Is Motorola endangering the existence of their flagship Moto X device by putting out a niche market smartphone that has slightly better specs? I for one questioned why the Moto X wasn’t running the Snapdragon 805 beast, but I guess that was a nod to make pricing a little more reachable. Let’s see if this new DROID Turbo turns up in Verizon’s catalogs soon.



  1. At $240 fully unlocked I think I am going to be happy with my Xiaomi Mi3 for at least the next year or year and a half yet. It has the quickest Snapdragon 800 that Qualcomm created and there still hangs just fine if not better than many of the current snapdragon 801 flagships and it continues to get regular updates and feature improvements. I guess I am waiting for something significantly better than an 805 before I would bother upgrading. Not that I wouldnt mind it 😉


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