Rumor: Motorola preparing 5.2-inch Snapdragon 800 handset, possible Droid successor?

by: Andrew GrushApril 24, 2014


Certain aspects of Motorola’s future might be up in the air thanks to the upcoming Lenovo buyout, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t working hard to bring us “what’s next”.

Recently we’ve not only heard early official details about the Moto 360 smartwatch, but there’s also been rumors of the Moto X+1 and an upcoming budget handset that could be priced below even the Moto G. Apparently that’s not all that’s coming our way from the Moto Maker, however, as a GFXBench test has now turned up yet another device, the XT912A.

If the XT912A model number rings any bells at all, that’s because we’ve seen the XT912 before. In fact, we saw it way back in 2011. That’s right, that’s the model number of the original Droid Razr on Verizon’s network.

If the XT912A model number rings any bells at all, that’s because we’ve seen the XT912 before.

Now, it’s important to note that these benchmark results don’t by any means ‘prove’ the existence of a new handset, as these kinds of listings can be easily faked. It also seems odd that Motorola would re-use the base model number from the OG Droid Razr. If the benchmark result and model number are in fact legit? The XT912A may very well be an upcoming Droid device, perhaps even a direct successor to the current Droid line-up.

According to the benchmarks, the device in question features a 5.2-inch display with a 1080×1920 resolution. It also has a quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, a 2MP front cam, a 12MP rear cam and runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Depending on when in the year Motorola releases the device, these specs aren’t exactly high-end, but then again — neither were the specs found in the Moto X and current Droid line up. The boost to a 5.2-inch display also seems like a curious choice, as it means that the XT912A won’t be much smaller than devices in the “phablet category”. That said, it really depends on how big the bezels are.

What do you think, like the idea of a 5.2-inch Motorola handset? Are these specs too modest for mid-to-late 2014? Let us know what you think in the comments.

  • Anonymousfella

    This shouldn’t be the next Moto X. 4.7inches was perfect…no need to increase the size. We have enough phablets in the market

    • Reinaldo Versuri


    • Luka Mlinar

      So so true.

    • joser116

      Yes, I recently tried out my brothers 3.5 inch screen and, boy, was it a joy to use. I kind of want a 3.5 inch screen phone now, at least with 720p resolution so that the GPU doesn’t have to work so hard and there is no stutter. His phone had a 1 GHz single core with ICS and it was smoother than my sister’s Galaxy S4 or my Moto G with KitKat.

      • Chris

        Wow really? I use a Note 2 normally and just got an old Exhibit 4G with a 4″ screen. I was honestly having trouble using it one handed, as strange as that sounds. I was dropping it and pushing it around and having trouble hitting the correct thing on the screen.

  • Reinaldo Versuri

    For me the 4.7″ is perfect.

  • Brendon Brown

    No No No … Stop inflating damn screen sizes now !

    • Chris Martinelli

      So… Dont buy this, buy a model with a smaller screen. Options are a good thing.

      • Runezor

        I agree options are a good thing, but the only premium phones that are smaller than 5 inches are the Sony Z1 Mini(I think thats the name) and the Moto X. I may be mistaken but nothing else comes to mind.

        • Chris Martinelli

          True of most high end phones, because that is what most high end Android users want. I have a 5.2 inch G2 and cant wait for the 5.5 inch G3. Moto X 2014 is coming too. But there are those you mentioned and and other options as well. More on the way.

          • K2

            That is what high end android users want? Or is that what you want?

          • Chris Martinelli

            Clearly its what most users want. Of course not everyone but most. Phones are getting larger and larger because that is what people want. Seriously, any modern smartphone regardless of your platform preference does so much. To cram all that great functionality into a tiny screen is just a waste. Even most people that dump the iPhone for Android or WP – most all of them do it because they wnat a bigger screen. Not that the OS was lacking, or some other feature they wanted, they want a bigger screen.

  • KingofPing

    3.7″ Fascinate with today’s hardware.

    Perfect phone for the “bigger isn’t better” crowd. Please someone…make it so they all shut up.

  • thartist

    If they don’t replace the 800 for an 801, it would give the bad impression of them lagging behind. Hope they do it.

  • Luka Mlinar

    5.2″? Why not a 5.0″ snap. 800. I would buy that. but not a phablet.

    • AvalancheRyder

      So the extra .2″ is a deal breaker? If they keep the bezel to a minimum, it might even have a smaller footprint that many current 5.0″ smartphones.

      • Luka Mlinar

        Is the .3″ a deal breaker over the 5.2″? We can keep going forever like this. I draw the line at 5.0″

        • AvalancheRyder

          As long you don’t get carried away looking at a 5.0″ device, then a 5.2″, then 5.5″, then 5.7″ all the while thinking it’s not a big deal until you realize that .7″ is a big deal. My point is that as long as you are only comparing two devices, .2″ is nothing.

          • Luka Mlinar

            I was willing to cross the line and go for the extra .2 for the OnePlus one but they made it bigger. Now i’m considering the moto x.

          • T.J.

            There’s nothing better.

  • AvalancheRyder

    I’d buy this immediately assuming it comes to Verizon, which is the only carrier with the Droid brand anyway. Also assuming that Motorola continues to keep their OS customizations to a minimum under Lenovo.

    I’ve been waiting for something to show up on Verizon with a nice sized 1920×1080 screen without heavy OS customizations. This would basically be the closest thing you could get to a Nexus 5 on Verizon, without rooting and installing a custom ROM.

  • Nick

    I don’t get why you don’t consider 2GB RAM and Snap800 high end… There’s nothing in android that challenge my Z1 in the moment and it has its specs. Until Ubuntu makes the desktop.integration I don’t see any need for further power seek, Snap800 is stil a beast today, Snap801 is just a small upgrade. No hate intended in this comment ^^’

    • Andrew Grush

      Good point, Nick. My wording could probably have been better. I simply meant that by the time this rolls around (later 2014 likely), the Snapdragon 800 won’t be “2014 cutting edge” technology. The Snapdragon 800 is still a solid SoC, and it is what is running inside my Nexus 5 — and it’s also a beast.

  • bweeks

    I just want another qwerty droid. My D4 was great and I miss my keyboard. 5.2″ would be ridiculous with a physical keyboard. Love my moto x, just pining for my physical keys.

  • Thought Motorola was dead and buried in smartphone terms…lol

  • Cal Rankin

    What if Moto will introduce another higher-end model? They could make a flagship model worth the flagship price tag, which could very well be what this is. It could be called the Moto K or something. Then, make a Moto X successor with the similar size and price tag, with a minor spec bump, and then have the low-end models like the G and the rumored E.