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Motorola’s new DROID Turbo appears at GFX Bench

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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.

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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.

SOURCE: GFX Bench

It is starting to feel like Motorola and Verizon are on the verge of announcing the DROID TURBO at any moment. After last week’s leak of the back panel, a stop off at the FCC, and sources of ours becoming increasingly familiar with the device, we now have a benchmark through GFXBench that lists out a set of specs that have regularly been associated with the next DROID. In short, it sounds like a beast. 

According to a GFXBench listing, we are looking at a phone with a 5.2-inch QHD (2560×1440) display, 2.65GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB RAM, 20~MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, and Android 4.4.4. The device will also likely carry 32GB of storage out of the box, though the device benchmarked here had around 21GB available.

Thanks to info that we found in the phone’s FCC listing, it should also sport a DROID MAXX-like battery, support Motorola’s Turbo Charger, and maybe even wireless charging.

The phone will be slightly bigger than the new Moto X, partly because of its bigger battery, but also because it will have capacitive navigation buttons.

If you love the look of KEVLAR patterns on the back of a phone, this might be the phone to consider as we close in on the end of 2014.

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Via:  GFXBench
Cheers Justin!

DROID TURBO Stops by GFXBench – Shows 5.2-inch QHD Display, 20MP Camera, Snapdragon 805, 3GB RAM is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon DROID Turbo details get leaked, Moto S cover appears

Posted by wicked September - 24 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

The new Moto X may have just gone live, but Verizon subscribers might soon have a few more options to choose from, or to confuse them a wee bit. Leaked photos and specs hint at the coming of another DROID for Verizon, dubbed the DROID Turbo, with a curious mix of specs. Plus another part of the Moto S leaks out, this time the back cover instead of the front.

Verizon has enjoyed a special relationship with Motorola, having a whole line exclusive to it. This year won’t be any different, with this DROID Turbo, model number XT1254, rumored to be coming soon. This smartphone is interestingly quite similar to the second generation Moto X, except for two or three details. The leaks point to a 5.2-inch Full HD display and a 13 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, just like the flagship, albeit with a slightly different positioning for the LED flash.

Where it diverges starts with the processor, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 instead of an 801. Curiously, the blurry shot of what looks like the front panel of the device suggests that there will be capacitive hardware buttons rather than the Google-preferred on-screen software ones. The absence of any speaker grill on the back cover, which, by the way, sports that same ribbed design as other DROIDs, hints that there will be front-facing speakers. The front panel photo, however, might suggest otherwise.

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In this round of Motorola leaks, we once again get a glimpse of the Verizon Moto S, or at least part of its shell again. Previously, we saw the screen protector for the device that hinted at front-facing speakers too. This time we’re being treated to the smartphone’s alleged back cover, vis-a-vis with the 2nd gen Moto X and Moto G. While it doesn’t give us much to work with, it does show the larger size of the Moto S, seemingly confirming its close to 6-inch body that would match speculations about a Motorola “Shamu”, a.k.a. the next Nexus smartphone.

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VIA: +hellomotoHK (1), (2), SlashGear

DROID Turbo Back Panel Allegedly Leaks, Looks Bulletproof-Robotic-Bike-Chase-Explosion-Ready

Posted by Kellex September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The DROID TURBO is coming to Verizon, likely very soon. We know that it will support Motorola’s Turbo Charger, sport a DROID MAXX-like battery, maybe even wireless charging, and attempt to hide under the codename “quark” in a body that is only slightly larger than the new Moto X. Rumors suggest it will have a QHD display, 3GB RAM, and Snapdragon 805 processor, which would make it Motorola’s most powerful and next-gen phone in years.

Thanks to the folks at HellomotoHK, we may now know what its back panel will look like as well. 

Posted to their Facebook page, the HK crew has given us the back panel of a device that looks very DROID-y. The woven, KEVLAR-style from previous DROID devices can’t be unseen, neither can the massive “DROID” logo situated under Verizon’s own branding. The camera sits centered at the top, flanked by dual-LED flashes. The back looks round and bubbly, even more-so than last year’s MAXX, which is situated next to the panel for reference.

This is by no means official proof that this is what the DROID TURBO will look like, but I would be surprised if this isn’t it.

On a related note, from what we have seen, the phone will also look very much like last year’s MAXX, meaning capacitive navigation buttons again, along with a front-facing camera that is centered at the top of the display. A massive speaker grill will run along the top of the panel.

Thoughts?

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Via:  HelloMotoHK Facebook

DROID Turbo Back Panel Allegedly Leaks, Looks Bulletproof-Robotic-Bike-Chase-Explosion-Ready is a post from: Droid Life

SunShine Bootloader Unlock Tool Released for Moto X, DROID Family

Posted by Kellex September - 22 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

TeamAndIRC released their SunShine bootloader unlock for the original Moto X and the DROID family from last year (MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini), this afternoon. The unlock tool comes in the form of an .apk that is sideloaded onto your Motorola device of choice. Once installed and paid for ($25 per device), a quick run through of a compatibility check followed by an approval or two is all that it takes before your phone is unlocked. 

In case you are new to this, just understand that unlocking your bootloader completely voids your warranty. An unlocked bootloader does allow you to gain more control over your device, though, so if you have a tinkering spirit, this may be something to look into.

In order to use SunShine with your Motorola devices, you should already be rooted. The app will try to gain temporary root for you if you are not rooted, but does warn that it may be unstable.

Currently supported devices according to the SunShine site:

  • Motorola Moto X, Droid Maxx/Ultra/Mini (Android 4.4.3 on all, 4.4.4 on some)
  • Motorola G (Android 4.4.3 and below only at this time)
  • HTC One Mini M4
  • HTC One M7
  • HTC One M8
  • HTC One E8
  • HTC J Butteryfly
  • HTC One X (Evita)
  • Other HTC devices (Try it, SunShine will let you know if it can work!)

We have not tested this ourselves, so we will simply direct you to the links below for full details, warnings, etc. Please read everything before proceeding.

Links:  SunShine | XDA

SunShine Bootloader Unlock Tool Released for Moto X, DROID Family is a post from: Droid Life

Motorola’s next DROID handset arrives at the FCC, heading to Verizon with wireless charging

Posted by wicked September - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Soon, there could be a new Motorola device available going by the name DROID Turbo with cutting edge specifications. This is the device heading to Verizon with the codenamed Quark. Today, it has been discovered in an FCC filing that confirms Big Red will be carrying the device due to all of its wireless bands being present.

Aside from wireless bands and a bunch of codes being found, there are a few noteworthy items. The accessory list shows that the charger will actually be Motorola’s Turbo Charger that features Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The @DroidLanding Twitter account alluded to this a few days ago. It also supports wireless charging. Then, the battery’s model name is similar to one found in the DROID MAXX; therefore, Motorola could be prepping this device to be a beast with stamina.

If all signs pointing to the DROID Turbo (or codename Quark) having unbelievable specifications turn out to be true, are you interested in it? Let us know in the comments.

Source: FCC
Via: Droid Life

Come comment on this article: Motorola’s next DROID handset arrives at the FCC, heading to Verizon with wireless charging

Back in mid-August, we caught wind of a device from Motorola under the codename “quark” that appeared to be on its way to Verizon. The device was thought to have incredible specs, thanks to a benchmark, which showed a QHD screen resolution (2560×1440), Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.65GHz, Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB RAM, and Android 4.4.4. I can confirm this morning that the device is indeed real, is headed to Verizon, likely as the next DROID, and may have some extra tricks up its sleeves that we had not yet heard, at least according to recently filed FCC documents.

So here is what we know as of today.  

A Motorola device under FCC ID IHDT56PK1 popped up last night. The device sports all of Verizon’s wireless bands, from CDMA2000 to LTE bands 4 and 13. It also includes global roaming GSM bands of 850 and 1900, like all Big Red phones do these days. To fully confirm that this is the “quark,” though, look no further than the image below, which lays out the product’s features and specifications. In the software version section, it clearly states “5821.0.463.QUARK_VERIZON.EN.US.” Yep, this is the new Motorola device headed for Verizon.

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As you would expect, it also features WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0.

After digging through additional documents, we also found mention of Motorola’s new Turbo Charger, which can fill up the new Moto X with 8 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. The mention of Turbo Charger is significant because the @DroidLanding account that reactivated last week, has been spitting teasers for a new DROID phone, one that will include faster charging. A potential device name of “DROID TURBO” has also been tossed around in rumors.

We even saw a mention of a wireless charger setup, so there is a good chance that this new DROID will also feature wireless charging, something the new Moto X lacks.

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We should also point out that this new DROID “quark” is slightly bigger than the new Moto X. The device’s measurements show that it is 73.33mm wide and 143.49mm tall, with a diagonal corner-to-corner measurement of 154.49mm. The new Moto X is 72.6mm wide and 140.36mm tall, with a diagonal corner-to-corner measurement of 149.34mm. A slightly bigger device typically means larger display. We do not know the thickness, but let’s hope this ends up being like the DROID MAXX, with a larger battery as well.

The FCC documents do not list out the processor, RAM, or camera.

There you have it. The new DROID “quark” is on the way.

Via:  FCC
Cheers Justin!

Motorola’s New DROID “QUARK” Stops by FCC on Its Way to Verizon – Wireless Charging, Turbo Charger is a post from: Droid Life

Unannounced Motorola DROID handset to feature Quick Charge 2.0 technology

Posted by wicked September - 10 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Get ready, because a new DROID device from Motorola is coming. The company reactivated the @DroidLanding Twitter account and now it is dropping some hints as to what we can expect. The said Twitter account tweeted “Faster charging is a big deal. That’s why we made it a bigger deal.”

It is safe to say that this means the upcoming DROID device will feature Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. This is a technology that allows a device to speedily charge without having to wait hours to get meaningful longevity in terms of battery life after unplugging. Motorola is already using this technology with its Turbo Charger that is compatible with the new Moto X.

Source: @DroidLanding (Twitter)

Come comment on this article: Unannounced Motorola DROID handset to feature Quick Charge 2.0 technology

New DROID Phone Being Teased With Support for Motorola’s Turbo Charger

Posted by Kellex September - 10 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

A potentially on-the-horizon DROID phone being teased by the recently awakened @DroidLanding Twitter account will apparently support Motorola’s new Turbo Charger. At least that’s what today’s cryptic Tweet leads us to believe.  The Tweet is short and sweet, but does mention that “fast charging is a big deal,” so that’s why Motorola “made it a bigger deal.” The account finishes with hashtag #waitforit.  

If you missed our coverage from last week of the new Turbo Charger for the Moto X, just know that you can grab up to 8 hours of battery power by charging with it for just 15 minutes. As of last week’s Moto X announcement, the new Moto X is the only phone of Motorola’s that can take advantage of this new charger. However, it would make sense for Motorola to produce other devices that are compatible with it, including new DROID-branded phones headed for Verizon.

Motorola and Verizon have yet to even set a date for new DROIDs, but after Motorola took over the exclusive on the name for Big Red last year, we would be shocked if we didn’t see follow-ups to the DROID MAXX and Mini. Expect them to be mostly based off of the new Moto X, only with silly in-your-face names that incorporate multiple Xs and patterned KEVLAR.

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Via:  @DroidLanding

New DROID Phone Being Teased With Support for Motorola’s Turbo Charger is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon Pushing Minor Update to DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD (Updated: RAZR M Too)

Posted by Tim-o-tato September - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

A minor update is being pushed to owners of the RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD on Verizon, version number 182.46.15. The update is quite small, with only two things being listed on the official changelog released by Verizon. 

Included in the update is “improved” Google security, as well as improvements to the standard messaging application found on the device. No further details are listed, so while it is rather vague, it’s something.

If you own either of these devices, be on the lookout this week.

Update:  RAZR M is receiving the same update today.

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Via: Verizon
Cheers Terry and Steve!

Verizon Pushing Minor Update to DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD (Updated: RAZR M Too) is a post from: Droid Life

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