Verizon and Motorola have finally unveiled the DROID Turbo and it is everything that we have expected it to be, which is both good and bad. Good, because it matches up to the high expectations set up by leaks and rumors. Bad, because there are no pleasant surprises hiding in corners. Needless to say, the DROID Turbo has shaped up to be quite the Android smartphone, to the point that Verizon customers might be tempted to opt for this instead of Motorola’s own flagship, the Moto X.
Like any DROID incarnation, Verizon plays on the line’s strength and endurance and the DROID Turbo does not disappoint. It has that Kevlar-reinforced rear cover, which now comes in a choice of Metallic Glass Fiber or Ballistic Nylon. On the front, you’ve got the strongest Corning Gorilla Glass 3. And while the Turbo’s IP rating is unknown, it does boast of water-repellent nanocoating to ward of the occasional splash.
The battery on the DROID Turbo takes center stage as well. A huge 3,900 mAh, it is advertised to last 48 hours on a single charnge. That’s mighty impressive considering today’s power-hungry smartphones, but a claim that still needs to be tested in the real world. That said, even if battery life proves to be shorter than 48 hours, you can quickly get juiced up with Motorola’s Turbo Charging feature, promising an additional 8 hours of battery life for just 15 minutes of charging. Of course, you’ll have to use the charger that comes in the box.
Unlike many rugged smartphones you’ll see in the market, the DROID Turbo does not skimp on anything. The 5.2-inch display boasts of QHD resolutions, while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 running at 2.7 GHz and the 3 GB of RAM ensures that Android 4.4.4, soon upgradeable to Android 5.0, will be running smoothly. The rear camera is as expected, a 21 megapixel shooter with an f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash, while the front camera remains a lowly but still decent 2 megapixels. And on the software side, you get everything that you might have fallen in love with in the Moto X, including Assist, Display, Voice, and Actions.
• Display: 5.2-inch 2560×1440 Quad HD AMOLED
• CPU: 2.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
• RAM: 3 GB
• Storage: 32/64 GB
• Camera: 21 MP f/2.0 dual LED flash / 2 MP
• Battery: 3,900 mAh with Turbo Charging
• OS: Android 4.4.4 KitKat, upgradeable to Android 5.0 Lollipop
• Water resistant: Yes
If you’re a Verizon subscriber and this has all gotten you excited, better calm down just a bit. The DROID Turbo won’t be available until October 30. The 32 GB model, which comes in color options of Metallic Black, Metallic Red, and Black Ballistic Nylon, will cost $199.99 with a new two-year contract or $25 per month on Verizon Edge. The 64 GB one, on the other hand, which only comes in Black Ballistic Nylon color, costs $249.99 with a new two-year agreement or $27 monthly on Edge. As an added bonus, Verizon will be offering one free screen replacement in case the display gets damaged within the owner’s 2 year contract period.