Verizon has been working closely with cell OEMs for decades and Android OEMs since the original Motorola Droid to make custom devices for the big red carrier. This year was another project with their good friend Motorola and it was Verizon’s worst kept secret of all time, the Droid Turbo. This thing has leaked so badly that we knew everything about it, specs and release date before it was even announced. Verizon pretended it wasn’t happening however, continuing to tease the product on the @DroidLanding twitter account even so recently as last week.


In any case, Verizon has finally launched the Droid Turbo today as their flagship Droid device of 2014. As far as we can tell there aren’t any other Droids to be had this year, compared to the legion of Droids that we have seen in the past, but this phone seems to combine all of the redeeming qualities of the Droid line into one, big 2-day battery monster.

Droid Turbo Press Release:

There’s a certain expectation when a smartphone carries the DROID name – strength, endurance, intelligence, and detail. The new XLTE-ready DROID Turbo by motorola carries all these traits and will be available beginning October 30 exclusively on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

Strength — Think about what you put your phone through on a daily basis – it’s in your pocket with loose change, tossed into a purse with keys, sat upon if it’s in your back pocket and the accidental splash when it’s just one of those days. The DROID Turbo is designed with all that in mind with its Ballistic Nylon or Metalized Glass Fiber reinforced with DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber, scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, and water-repellent nanocoating protecting the inside and out against spills.

Endurance — That “low battery” alert is something many of us dread, and it usually happens at the worst times. DROID Turbo has a battery that lasts up to 48 hours, so that means it’ll be a while before you see that low battery alert. Eventually, the alert will appear, but it might be at a time when you don’t have the time to do a full charge of your phone. Only having a few minutes before heading out with friends, layovers in between flights, and many other countless scenarios – we’ve all been there.

The new DROID comes with a turbo charging feature so when you’re low on battery, a 15 minute charge can get you up to 8 hours of use. DROID Turbo comes with the Motorola turbo power charger in the box at no additional cost. And for added convenience, the new DROID is wireless charging capable.

Intelligence — A smartphone is exactly that, a smart phone. And DROID Turbo has smart features that make the most used features on the phone better. Moto Display wakes up the phone to show the time and notifications when you reach for the phone. You can also wave your hand over the screen to dismiss a phone call or silence an alarm. The Droid Zap app has also been enhanced with the Zap Zone feature that makes it easy to share pictures and videos with nearby friends you invite to your zone. Plus, Zap to TV uses Google Chromecast to create a slideshow on a big screen. Smart features like these are best paired with a powerful processor. DROID Turbo has a 2.7GHz quad-core processor and has 3GB of RAM for multi-tasking and running your favorite apps very smoothly.

Detail — DROID Turbo has a 21-megapixel camera with 4K video capture and features a 5.2-inch Quad HD display meaning you will want to show off your photography to friends any chance you can whether it be in person or on social media. And when a picture moment happens you want to be fast enough not to miss it. Quick Capture feature lets you twist your wrist twice to launch the camera – no need to press any button or unlock any screens. Verizon Wireless

The phone will go on sale starting this Thursday, 10/30 starting at $199 for the 32 GB model or $249 for the 64 GB model. It will come in Metallic Black, Metallic Red, and Black Ballistic Nylon, the latter of which is the only color for the 64 GB model. They will also be available for $25/mo or $27/mo for the 32 and 64 GB models, respectively. I’ve reached out to Verizon since getting their announcement and I will hopefully be getting my hands on one of these things to give it a full dissection.

Do you think you’ll be getting a Droid Turbo? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section, below!

Source: Verizon Wireless

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Nick is an tech enthusiast, programmer and general geek. He works full time in the IT field but still has plenty of time to keep up with all of the tech gossip that is going around!