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Unknown Motorola device stops by FCC, but what is it?

A new Motorola device recently stopped by the FCC. Judging by the documentation, it is likely not the Nexus 6 or the Droid Turbo.
October 7, 2014
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While the new Moto X and new Moto G were only officially outed last month, those are not the only new Motorola devices reportedly heading our way. Droid Turbo, Moto S and the Nexus 6 are just some of the products we’ve heard whispers about. And now a new Motorola mystery phone has shown up at the FCC listed under FCC ID IHDT56PK2.

So what is this new device? Well, we know it’s not the Droid Turbo, which goes by the name IHDT56PK1. But with the IDs being so similar, it’s less likely we are looking at the Nexus 6, and more likely we are looking at a variant of the Turbo. Backing this idea up, there’s even an FCC document that says that this phone is “electrically equivalent” to the Droid Turbo, and there’s the fact that this model has the exact same dimensions as the upcoming Droid as well.

Considering that the Droid Turbo is believed to have a 5.2-inch QHD display and not a 5.9-inch screen, there’s a few possibilities here. First, the Nexus 6 and Droid Turbo are electrically equivalent and the same overall size, indicating that the Nexus 6 won’t have a 5.9-inch display after all. Of course, this seems unlikely given the number of leaks pointing to a 5.9-inch screen size. More likely is the possibility that this mystery device is simply the Droid Turbo with minor physical changes so it can be rebranded for another network.


As for which network this might be? The FCC docs reveal the phone has LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7 and 17, with GSM bands 850/1700/1900. That seems to fit pretty nicely with what you’d expect from an AT&T handset.

Just because this phone probably isn’t the Nexus 6, doesn’t mean it isn’t related, however. It could be that Motorola will release the 5.5-inch Motorola handset as the Droid Turbo for Verizon and the Moto S (or something else?) for everyone else. And then the Nexus 6 will arrive sharing similar components but with a redesigned shell and different screen size. Considering the Nexus 5 was smaller than the LG G2 it was ‘based on’ it seems possible that this could be correct. Honestly though, all we can do is speculate for now.

What do you think, like the idea of a 5.2-inch Moto handset (S or Maxx, or whatever have you)? Wish that the next Nexus was sticking to the same 5.2-inch display as the Turbo? Let us know in the comments.