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Update: Thanks to the folks at Hellomotohk, there’s now some more evidence that Motorola will, in fact, rebrand the Moto X Play as the Verizon-exclusive DROID Maxx 2. As you can see from the leaked images attached below, what’s allegedly the DROID Maxx 2 back plate is shown off next to the Moto X Play’s back cover. The two look very similar, but if you look closely, you can see the standard Verizon branding above the DROID logo on the bottom of the device.

As is the case with the other rumors, we should take this with a grain of salt since nothing has been confirmed quite yet. With that said, now that we have some visual evidence of the potential rebranding, these rumors are certainly becoming much more believable.

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

Original post (8/23): It was a bummer to hear the Moto X Play wasn’t making it to the USA, but we kept our eyes open just in case we heard anything. After all, Motorola has a very tight relationship with Verizon, and they are always re-branding products just to be able to keep US exclusives with Big Red. Many of us had the suspicion that this would be the case with the Moto X Play, but now we have rumors to support this hypothesis (at least to a certain extent).

The guys at Phandroid have managed to dig up some details on a couple devices. This information is said to be confirmed by “several sources who have proven to be reliable in the past”. Of course, the team can’t go into too much detail about the origins of these murmurs, so we would take all of this with a grain of salt. With that said, let’s talk about these mysterious upcoming Verizon smartphones!

Motorola DROID Maxx 2

So it seems Verizon could be going for a couple DROID handsets this year. This would be the mid-range version… and yes, it’s also believed to be a re-named version of the Moto X Play.

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The sources couldn’t say much about the internals. Regardless we can expect the phone to be quite similar to the original Moto X Play. The phone is pretty awesome with its Snapdragon 615 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 5.5-inch 1080p display and 21 MP camera. But likely the coolest feature is that this phone sports a 3,630 mAh battery; we sure hope that last bit doesn’t change with the launch!

The price should also be similar to that of the Moto X Play, possibly making the DROID Maxx 2 one of the best deals on Verizon’s network at only about $300. The phone is said to be launching “later this year”, so get your credit cards ready.

Motorola DROID Turbo 2

Verizon is not conforming with keeping a country-wide exclusive on the Moto X Play – they are also releasing a Motorola DROID Turbo 2 (or at least that is what these sources claim). This phone would be higher-end and come with a price tag ranging around the $600 mark.

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As mentioned above, specific details on specs are scarce, but sources claim the phone will have an “unbreakable display”. Now, that’s a strong statement. A later update from Phandroid confirms this could be partly due to the POLED panel the DROID Turbo 2 will be carrying.

Wrapping up

True? False? We don’t really know, but the guys at Phandroid seem to be very positive about these rumors. We will definitely keep our eyes wide open for any details. Are you guys looking to get any of these?

Also, the Motorola DROID Turbo line is known for its outstanding battery life. If the mid-range DROID Maxx 2 will have a 3,630 mAh battery, how large will the one in the Turbo 2 be? Just curious!

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