Droid Turbo 2 officially announced: what you need to know

by: Andrew GrushOctober 27, 2015
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It wasn’t long ago that Motorola brought us its latest flagship, the Moto X Style (Pure Edition), alongside the mid-range Moto X Play. Both handsets offered solid specs and pricing, but neither were necessarily bleeding edge when it came to hardware. With today’s announcement of the Droid Turbo 2, the company now has a new Motorola handset that offers the very best specs you’ll find on the market.

As you’d expect from a Droid, this new handset is a Verizon exclusive, though it’s possible the phone could eventually make it to other markets under a different name, as we’ve seen with some of the past Droids. So what’s all new with the Droid Turbo 2, and how does the phone set itself apart from Motorola’s existing line up? Let’s jump right in and take a look.

Droid Turbo 2 design

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In the past, Verizon and Motorola have made numerous tweaks to the styling of the Droid family in order to help them stand apart from their Moto X brethren. This still remains mostly true with the Droid Turbo 2, though less so than in past years.

The Turbo 2 offers the same backplate with the Motorola dimple and camera package, and even offers Moto Maker customization, just like the Moto X Style (Pure Edition) and Play. The Turbo 2 does have the exclusive choice of ballistic nylon, returning from the original Turbo, but there’s also plastic and leather options this time around. It’s not just the back either, as there will also be accent color choices and all the other extras you’d expect from a standard Moto device.

One way that the Moto Maker will stand out for Turbo 2 owners is that during their 2 year contracts (or payment plans), customers will be able to refresh the design once for free. That means if you don’t like the way your phone was designed the first time, you can exchange it for a new one. That’s a pretty nice perk.

Droid Turbo 2 specs and features

Display5.4-inch display
Quad HD resolution, 540ppi / Shatter Shield tech
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor / Adreno 430 GPU
RAM3 GB
Storage32/64 GB
expandable via microSD up to 2TB
Camera21 MP rear camera with dual LED flash
5 MP front-facing camera with wide angle lens and front-facing flash
ConnectivityWi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
Universal LTE bands
Bluetooth 4.1
NFC
GPS+GLONASS
Network4G LTE (Cat 4)
CDMA / EVDO Rev A
UMTS / HSPA+
Bands: CDMA (850, 1900MHz)
GSM / GPRS / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS / HSPA+ (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
4G LTE (B2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13)
GSM / EDGE
Battery3,760 mAh Battery with Turbo & Fast Wireless Charging / Supports PMA and Qi wireless charging (wireless charger sold separately
SoftwareAndroid 5.1.1 Lollipop
ColorsMoto Maker support included
Weight and size149.8 mm x 78 mm x 7.6 mm - 9.2 mm, Weight 169g

The Droid Turbo 2 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB RAM, and offers a 5.4-inch QHD display that is Motorola touts as being “shatterproof”. The display offers a special tech called Moto Shatter Sheild technology, which Motorola was so confident that it drop-tested the phone on stage — and yes it survived. Motorola’s new Shatter Shield technology consists of five layers:

  • Rigid aluminum core
  • Amoled flexible display (can absorb shock and bend rather than break)
  • Dual Touch layer (so if one breaks, it will still work)
  • Interior lens
  • Exterior lens

Other specs include 32 and 64GB storage options, microSD, a 21MP camera and a 5MP front cam. If those camera specs seem familiar, that’s because they are. You can expect the same camera experience that was provided by the Moto X Style (Pure Edition). Judging by our review of that device, the phone will boast a high-quality camera experience, even if it isn’t quite as exceptional as what you might find with the Note 5 and some of the other high-end camera phones on the market today.

What about battery life? Motorola has a strong history of crafting devices with great battery life, particularly when it comes to the Droid line, and the Turbo 2 is no different. The phone will offer a non-removable 3760 mAh battery that supports both Turbo and wireless charging technologies. Until we have time to review the handset in-depth for ourselves, we can’t say how good the battery here will be, but Verizon promises 48 hours of battery life. Big Red also says you should be able to get about 13 hours of charge in just about 15 minutes when using the Turbo charger.

Finally, let’s talk briefly about the software. Droid devices typically keep the extras pretty thin, though there is a number of Verizon apps pre-installed, alongside a few Moto-specific apps as well. Beyond that, you’re looking at a pretty stock-like build of Android 5.1 Lollipop. While it would have been awesome to see Android 6.0 Marshmallow right out of the box, we imagine an update shouldn’t be too far off.

Droid Turbo 2 price and availability

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The Droid Turbo 2 will go on sale this Thursday, October 29th, through its website, in-stores, and even through Verizon’s select retail partners. We imagine that Verizon will offer some “default looks” for those that don’t want to wait around for Moto Maker customized phones to arrive, though that’s just a guess.

As for pricing? The Turbo 2 will be available for $26 or $30 per month, depending on if you get the 32 or 64GB storage option. That’s of course with a 24-month payment plan, with outright pricing set at $624 and $720, respectively.

There will also be a limited time trade-in offer where Verizon will accept phones and give up to $300 off on the Turbo 2. This offer even applies to phones with a cracked display, though remember the offer is for “up to $300” — so don’t be surprised if an older phone, or a broken one, yeilds a much smaller discount.

 

 

  • Nick

    Definitely a great product Verizon and Moto is putting out however I don’t think that customers will pick up on it due to 1. The price and 2. The fact that Motorola is no longer a stand out brand with mainstream consumers.

  • triangle8

    What happened to the fingerprint scanner?

  • T.J.

    Sounds damn good. Too bad it’s a Verizon phone, though, with everything that entails.

  • WorldStarrrrr

    So let me get this straight.
    1) Old code of 5.1
    2)No fingerprint scanner (dont see it in the spec sheet). Even the HTC A9 has it for $350 bucks.
    3)Verizon – which usually means very slow updates.
    4) $650 which for a very similar price i can get a Nexus 6P which is a far better phone in terms of support.

    What I see are basic features missing and a very clear roadmap of slow updates incoming (if any at all after 6.0). Any person in their right mind would pass on this phone as its a total waste.

    • Tony G.

      Yes, I’m still glad I’m waiting to receive my 6P from Google.

    • LANCE

      for them to get that magic *48 hour* battery they are gonna need 6.0 and Doze, 5.1.1 is a battery hog

      • GreaterLesser

        And so was 5.1 (The first gen Turbo never got 5.1.1)

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    • Jon Erdahl

      bigger battery than 6P, no need for a protection plan, expandable storage, water resistance, nice Moto features, and a more manageable size, I think this phone competes with the 6P for Verizon people who don’t really care about the fingerprint sensor and the quick updates. The huge battery, expandable storage, and ruggedness of this device shouldn’t be ignored as they are very NICE features to have.

      • WorldStarrrrr

        Fair enough but I dont see the pros outweighing the cons on the Droid phones. Bigger battery is great but so what if its running 5.1. Verizon should come back when its running the 6.0 with doze/app standby etc..
        Also yes there are people that dont care about fingerprint scanners but in late 2015 entering 2016 this is much more of a requirement than a nice to have. Android Pay and Samsung Pay uses fingerprint for authentication and payment. Android M has built in API calls for fingerprint so clearly on some level developers and OEMs see this as a must have.
        On top of all that you get a very slow push to update the OS on the phone. When will it get 6.0…”Eventually”. This is as close to stock as its going to get from Moto and it cant even run M. Thats not good for the consumer or the outlook of this phone.

        • Jon Erdahl

          yeah, Don’t know why any company would release a phone without the latest version or ability to upgrade (to the latest version) the moment you take it out of the box.

          • WorldStarrrrr

            My advice. Get what you can from gazelle or usell or wherever you can sell your phone online. Use that money and put towards a Nexus 6P. This has nothing to do with being a nexus fanboy or whatever but just about value vs price. If you are considering the Turbo 2 then the best in class within that price point and specs and support is the 6P.

      • hawk1500

        I don’t really think the size is more manageable since it’s actually wider than the Moto X Pure. I am going to guess it’s Nexus 6 width roughly, which was pretty terrible to hold.

    • I have a Droid Turbo running Android 5.1 and it runs well. It is near stock Android with only a few Motorola Apps and Verizon Apps.

    • GreaterLesser

      and for $650 you can get the 128GB model of the 6P so an SD card slot would be useless (to a certain degree) and probably not missed at all.

    • BooBee

      Agreed! This is why I went to Apple. I absolutely love Samsung devices but the software is always so outdated even out the box.

    • hawk1500

      the a9 is $399 intro price and then 499 after 11/7. and the 6p is $499…

  • It’s battery is a little smaller than the Droid Turbo which has a 3900 mAh battery. Other than that, the specs are the same as the Droid Turbo. What, it doesn’t come with Android 6.0? The Droid Turbo is also supposed to get 6.0

  • GreaterLesser

    I have my first gen Droid Turbo and it was nice at the time of release…..until I learned how slow Verizon and Motorola were getting the phone to Lollipop. Being an Android Enthusiast, I would want to test the latest OS as soon as possible and I got the Droid Turbo because Motorola promised just that, quick updates because their software was close to stock. Yea that didn’t happen….Sad to say it but this phone also has a lack of support from the dev community too so there is no BL, Unlock, limited root ability, and of course no custom ROMs/Kernels. So for an android enthusiast POV, this phone is about as pointless as the first generation Turbo. From a regular consumer POV, this phone would probably do well to one-up it’s predecessor in a few (very few) ways. I’m also kind of P.O. about the SD card slot on the Turbo 2 but was no where to be found on the first gen…..Really Motorola? Really? IMHO, The Droid Turbo 2 is good for the average consumer (especially the ones that drop their phones a lot) but for an Android Enthusiast who likes to root, brick, flash, brick again, unlock their phones and repeat, this probably won’t be the phone for you. Better off with the 6P for obvious reasons (that is, unless the Turbo 2 receives more Dev Community support than the first gen. Something else for the first gen owners the hate about the Turbo 2 vs. the Turbo 1).

    • Michelle Clark

      You are not an Android enthusiast…because you do not research. Verizon is the slowest carrier to push out updates…then you paired Motorola with it how probably has the smallest following out of all the US brands. The you go the phone that is only on Verizon…3 strikes you are out.
      Verizon NEVER updates. I was in shock at how fast my S5 got Lollipop–hell the entire Android community was in shock at how fast Verizon pushed out Lollipop. That should tell you something if you are truly an Android enthusiast. All my Android enthusiast friends are on T-Mobile/Sprint with unlocked phones from overseas playing with all sorts of craziness.

      Your points are not valid.

      • GreaterLesser

        I’m aware of Verizon’s flaw however Motorola had a good rep for update. Before you try to “shut someone down” how about thinking first. I only using Verizon for their coverage in my area, next month I’m actually switching to Project Fi. You statement of how I’m not an Android Enthusiast actually disproves nothing because most of what you said was opinionated based on your (or by an associate of yours) experience. Next!

  • Nadav Gottfried

    Looks great! Do you guys know if there will be an International version?

  • cop con

    4 year of screen protection ? OMG my mom needs this. She drops her phone all the time :D

  • Singkawang

    Congratulation for motorla on making a phone with shatterproff display.
    Although I think this is an ordinary screen protector with 9H slapped on the front of phone.

    But, congratulation anyway, on making it as a standard.

  • Marty

    Two things against it: SD810 and Verizon.

  • Jansen

    Even if its shatterproof like turle glass heck why should i dare to drop it. Will the mechanism inside also as durable as it is outside

  • Nick Leong

    Love the battery. When is it coming to Australia?

    • Kamalnath

      ya would love to have it been sold outside US too….

      • RustySkoog

        Check out the Moto X Force. It’s the Turbo 2 international edition…

  • Kamalnath

    looks like a fantastic phone…

    why now when SD 820 is around the corner….

  • Michelle Clark

    For the others that didn’t look: the reason why it has 5.1.1 is (per Motorola) they had already locked down the software when Marshmellow was announced. That’s why it’s running Lollipop. How fast will it get updates? Knowing Verizon… ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. I will not hold my breath.

    Now for people on Verizon… you know Verizon isn’t update friendly. They never have been, they never will be. If you want updates immediately, go take yourself to T-Mobile where you belong.
    Fingerprint reader? I never use mine on my S5 *shrug* can’t miss what I don’t use. I don’t trust having my credit cards in my device that goes on free wi-fi all over the city. And with my watch as a trusted device–not like I ever have to enter a password.
    What I DO use is an SD card reader–and what does the 6P NOT have–an SD card reader. This thing supports a 2TB SD card slot. I refuse to be like my iPhone friends constantly running out of space and going through a bunch of cloud crap to transfer pics phone to phone. Slide in SD card; my pics are transferred. Done.
    Water resistance. I need this. I need this without a bulky case. With my S5 I took underwater videos in the summer. I lost it in the snow in the winter. Dropped it in the sink. Sat it in the cup..you get the idea.

    No this phone isn’t for everyone–but as I am looking at the cracked screen of my badly beaten up S5 which is water resistant, fits in my hand, & put up one hell of a fight for 2 years of being battered around. and DOESN’TLOOK LIKE A DAMN IPHONE. I will be getting my Turbo 2 as it’s the only phone to be relesaed that meets all my specs…unless it’s too wide. Then I’ll get the Moto X pure with a bulky, water resistant case as a last resort. *sigh* Little hands of the world unite!

  • Indie Nielsen-wood

    Does anyone know when the it will be available in Australia.