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Did the Motorola DROID 5 Just Make Its First Appearance?


Earlier in the week, we were joking about the death of the QWERTY keyboard after seeing LG’s new low-tier slideout device called the Enact. We even wondered during the DL Show if there was a chance that we would ever see a DROID 5 since it has been well over a year since the DROID 4 made its debut. And what do you know, before the weekend could even arrive pictures of a new QWERTY device made by Motorola and headed to Verizon has made an appearance. 

The device appears to sport a decently sized edge-to-edge display with very little bezel. On the front, we have a front camera along with Motorola and Verizon logos. The slideout keyboard situated underneath it has a full five rows, plus a voice-to-text button.

On the backside (in the picture below), we’re looking at a massive coil which could mean that this phone will have wireless charging. A 4G LTE logo can be seen as well, along with a camera lens, flash and speaker grill.

We don’t know any of the other specs, but how could this not utilize some form of Moto’s X8 Mobile Computing System?

What we’d like to know now, is when it’ll arrive. Is this a holiday device? Motorola just released the Moto X, DROID ULTRA, MAXX, and Mini, so there really isn’t room for this phone at this time.

Who wants it? #QWERTYCULT


Via:  Weibo [2] | New Cell Phones

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  • sev

    Moto still has a contract with Verizon to make droid phones.

  • akhi216

    Thank God, I never really warmed up to a virtual keyboard. This will be a lifesaver if it ever sees the light of day.

  • Steve B

    Dat Chin

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  • The problem with a QWERTY phone is the thickness added by the keyboard. I used to a QWERTY hardliner, but in consideration of the above, I’m not any more.

  • file35765

    When are V and Moto going to learn to stop half ashing the droid slider line? They just slap a qwerty on something , throw it at us and then wonder why it doesn’t sale. Looks like they have half stepped it again. The droid 4 it was the screen and non removable battery. That alone slashed the droid4 sales by a good half. Several people in the store with me put it down with in a few seconds and went back to the brighter screen that Moto had on other phones that were older. These were people who missed qwertys keyboards , didn’t know they still had them and would have gotten one. Slider users will use their phones on the go more often, easier to type and respond to emails and texts, so the removable battery helped a lot. They had the best reception too. If not for the insurance company sending me the droid 4 I’d stuck with my original Droid.
    I wish they would stop making this more and more for fanboys and concentrate on what actual sliders want. Send emails to slider users registered on their site. It isn’t hard. Fan boys will never buy sliders. It’s not thin enough for them no matter now thin it gets with a key board. Now the micros sd card is gone. People would love a new qwerty but don’t want to lose functionality with each new edition of the Droid. It seem their way of saying we don’t want to make these but make them to keep you off our back so we will punish you by taking away the stuff about it you like till you go touch only. The V area supervisor in the store I was in seem to agree.

    • KewlDawg

      I think you need to face reality, and stop advocating that the “V and Moto” are doing such only to the QWERTY phones.

      Just in case you have not noticed, the new Motorola phones have a non-removable battery. Its not just the Droid 4.

  • MartMart

    Who keeps wanting a keyboard on their phone, the phones are big enough where the touch screen makes using a keyboard so easy.

    • Chris

      Jeez. Can’t you be accepting that not everybody is like you? That was THE thing I liked about Android from the start. That it allowed for diverse form factors and setups. For me, a physical keyboard is a MAJOR bonus. I had the Droid 1, 2, 3, and 4. I went away from it with the Galaxy Note 2 because I *thought* the bigger screen would make it okay. I spent about 85% of the time working on my phone using Remote Desktop to a PC. Virtual keyboards do not work well with this AT ALL. I so want a physical keyboard phone again. I just want one with top-end specs and a larger screen. I hope this will be it.

  • Jonik Cannon

    D5, im in

  • Rotkaeqpchen

    Sorry, but did no one notice, that it has the exact same metal frame and body like the Razr M / Razr i ??? So I guess, it will likely have a 4.3 inch display. I really hope that this qwerty device will make it to europe too…

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  • Raven

    Yes, yes, 500 times yes. I can’t wait to replace my Droid 4 with this, especially if they come out with a developer edition.

  • dcc_tech

    As a person with shaky hands, on-screen keyboards have always been super cumbersome. Moving from OG Droid to GNex was pretty rough. Swype style keyboards helped with typing speed, but are not a silver bullet by any means. Physical keyboards allow for better typing and gaming experiences period.

  • islandak

    This is a definite buy for my house! Assuming it’s out within a year. Ha Ha.

  • more droid 5 photos!
  • samosa king

    I swear the Droid 5 is basically a Droid RAZR M with a physical QWERTY keyboard?

    • imnotmikal

      Looks larger. I’d say its on-par with the Droid Ultra, spec wise.

  • Skittlez

    wow, motorola. you should chill

  • dannydarko

    The keyboard is the reason for lack of hardware keys on the front. I don’t want a keyboard but, it does look good. Now we’ll see about the specs. It makes me nostalgic for the original O.G. Droid. So, I am toying with mine now….;)!!

  • Heimen Stoffels

    Fake. Everyone on the interwebz was literally calling me names whenever I said Motorola would release the Droid 5 in 2013 because everyone believed they weren’t going to make a new phone with h/w keyboard anymore. So these pictures must be fake.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    Will the back have a dimple? Game changer if so!

  • Chris

    Please at least 5″ screen and top end specs. I will buy two immediately.

  • skubadoo

    I think this is a left over from last year’s Razr models. Verizon didn’t pick it up.
    Those semi-tapered corners are reminiscent of the Razr HD line, as well is the motorola logo on the front. They don’t use that Jha-era logo anymore. The screen looks like the Razr M of last year to me.
    I would hope that if they came out with a new Droid 5, it would have decent specs but with no prior talk or rumors of this phone and then all of a sudden there’s a prototype model that doesn’t jive with their current line of phones makes it seem like this is old pipeline stuff Verizon just didn’t bother with..

    • KewlDawg

      I have to agree, unfortunately.

      We have no idea how old these pictures are. This could have easily been a prototype to “sell” a phone to VZW, failed to generate any interest (orders), and simply died. So old and dead, that someone thought it was OK to throw their pics away in the garbage can without shredding them.

  • duke69111

    Give it a snap dragon 800 pro, 3gb ram and a motorola max battery and I’m sold.

    • hkklife

      Sounds like you’re going to be in the market for a Note 3 in a few months!

  • hkklife

    I personally don’t believe this is an upcoming device. I think it’s a leftover from the very end of the Jha era…..remember all that talk about clearing the pipeline of legacy product?

    Remember, the RAZR HD seemed a bit late in coming to market. I think Moto had this Droid 5 on the roadmap for early 2013 along with the previously rumored RAZR M2 with a 4.5″ screen. Either VZW bailed on them or Google decided to can them for any number of reasons.

    The styling of this device seems much more reminiscent of their 2012 releases. Secondly, it has onscreen keys which is something none of the new Droid have. Finally, & I think this is the most glaring example, that is the old camera app that is devoid of Google’s UI influence. Also, Google has gradually been removing keybowars shortcuts and functionality from the OS since Gingerbread.

    • Marcus Schoen

      The thing is is that this phone resembles the Ultra rather than the HD. It has the Droid Ultra chin and the Droid Max wireless charging. Wireless charging wasn’t really a thing when the HD came out.

      • KewlDawg

        My Droid 4 has wireless charging, as did my Droid 3.

  • Allen L.

    I’ll buy this. It’s just too bad that Google and app devs have been gradually removing keyboard shortcuts from the OS and apps. The Droid 4 already had less keyboard shortcuts than the Droid 3 by not having an Alt key. There will probably be even less shortcuts on this due to the on screen buttons. They should replace that .com button with a Ctrl/menu button.

    Oh well, screen space and SSH are still benefited by a physical keyboard.

    • Qbit

      Without the Alt key to go to the start or end of a line, it’s been annoying entering commands in an SSH or any other terminal type session. They should put back the =/+ button instead of the .com button. I use it often in Octave. They should replace the caps lock button with a Ctrl key though. Or they could use the space on the left/right to add more buttons.

    • eyeDroid

      Yeah, it’s really been annoying how Google and 3rd party app devs have been killing off special keyboard support. Developers haven’t been responsive when asked why they actively removed them too.

      I would have backed the Ubuntu Edge campaign had it been a slider. I’ve checked out the terminal app in Ubuntu Phone/Touch and it still needs a physical keyboard despite the attempt to make it touch friendly. With the Ubuntu OS, it would be easier to run Bash scripts and install/compile any necessary command line software. Not being a slider, I wasn’t willing to take the risk of the unkown hardware quality and thought I’d just be better off installing Ubuntu on a phone with a known build quality even if it’s not a slider.

      Anyway, for what I do on my phone/mobile PC, having both touch and physical keyboards would make my experience much easier.

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      • Matt Klein

        I’m hoping the Ubuntu Phone/Touch (don’t know what it’s called now) OS succeeds. Android is nice but being able to run Bash scripts and apt-get install or compile necessary command line software would be great for what I’d like to do. It would be preferable for the phone to be a slider with a great terminal oriented keyboard.

        Too bad Canonical has done things to anger Linux developers and FLOSS idealists. I don’t really about the idealists but I do care about angering the developers. I may write scripts and C/C++ code but I’m more a Linux end user so I’m not going to be contributing much, if any, to the core Ubuntu Phone/Touch OS.

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  • Joshua Morgan

    I love my droid 4 and would not get a phone without the hard keyboard at this time. I might change my mind later but for now that’s just my preference.

  • Dcdanger

    This is terrific news as my wife will only use a qwerty phone so I now have a choice of getting her something half decent when her contracts up.

  • Godzilla


    • Godzilla

      uh oh, i put 2014, LOL

      • Tyler Durden

        God damnit Godzilla!!!!!

        • Godzilla

          yeah i failed

    • ROB

      If it only has 16gb I will probably pass though…

  • chris420o

    To be honest also…being motos stance on custom ui’s n such…this might actually be the true rebirth of the og…basically stock android with all motos build n goodies…im so tempted for this over a moto x or the next nexus…but im su used to a slab design not sure i can go back to keyboard quarty thickness although i dont have a need such a big screen anymore(ala nexus 7 for media)

  • RaptorOO7

    Glad to see Moto still can’t make a keyboard worth a damn. Let the slider keyboard die already. I have owned several Droid(s) 2,3 and 4 and frankly none of the keyboards were worth using.

    • chris420o

      go buy a sensation sammy boy…bc your just talking absolute nonsense

    • BOB Dudek

      Guessing..Your first job wasn’t in the downtown secretarial pool.

      Shocker..There are some smart phone users that actually watched the first MTV show as an Adult and voted for the first time in 1968.

      I watch my WIFE do over 75 WPM on that crappy D5 KB ..so its possible its worth using.

  • chris420o

    wow…this phone looks fantastic…it even looks pretty thin for a quarty…damn what i would do to relive my droid days of smashing that keyboard to bang out emails and to always be the winner in a text argument with my exs because i could type a mile a minute

  • BOB Dudek

    They would have the over forty (?) crowd in a second..and WOMEN love the keyboards.

    You 70 wpm D4 users..?..this is the device…that will be under the Xmas tree.

    • Raven

      Hey, I am under 40 (but over 30) and I will buy that in a second. And, my wife will take that 70 wpm challenge.

  • Part of me wants to go back to the good ‘ole days of the OG and get a slider again.

    • C-Law

      Me too except I remember I used the keyboard all of three times probably. I think I just miss those days when android was young, roming was easier and we didn’t have crazy boot loader encryption

  • bassman418

    I took my wife DROID 4 and my old Galaxy Nexus which has a 4.7″ screen and placed it over the D4 screen next to the keyboard and it looks just like the size of the screen in the picture. That screen is definitely isnt 4.3″ its between 4.5 and 5″.

  • WeSecureNL
  • yummy

    I am itchin and scratchin to know
    Will it be on jlo”s network?

  • Adam Collins

    New Moto QWERTY?!

  • Guest
    • Joshua Morgan

      I second this

  • Theme Park Pro

    I bought my Droid 3 off contract almost 2 years ago with two extended batteries and battery charger. Had the OG Droid but gave me problems so I bought a Droid 3 but now its dying and I was starting to give in and get a Droid Maxx until I saw this. If its like the Droid Maxx with a keyboard then I’ll pay for it in a heartbeat. Droid 4 was some bs. I’ve been waiting for over a year for any rumors of a Droid 5. Now this might be the first VOLTE phone Verizon will launch. I still got unlimited but honestly I feel Verizon is going to pull the plug on it next year, I’ve spoken to Verizon and went to the store a few times in the last few days. The Max and Edge programs are kinda tempting but overall bs. So I’m either going to buy the Droid Maxx using someone else contract and on Amazon since they have it for $199 and join the Max program or wait and see if this Droid 5 thing is for real. But if Verizon is for sure going to pull it then I’ll take the 6 GB for $30. Better than 2 GB. They told me the promo will be going on for at least three months, maybe longer if people like it. Also that they can’t take away your unlimited by force. The guy said himself that he doesn’t think much about Verizon even though he works for them. The day they take away unlimited is the day I go to the 6GB’s for $30 plan and don’t use my upgrade. So they can’t f*ck me over with the monthly cost. I’ve had unlimited since June 2010 after coming from [email protected] The OG Droid was my first smartphone and I’ve been hooked on Droids and Motorola ever since. I love Android but they need to do a better job with the updates.
    From a OG Droid user.
    My ideal Droid 5
    720p or 1080p HD display
    Droid Maxx battery 3500 mah or bigger – removable
    12 MP camera, 5MP front side camera with 1080P recording and video calling on both ends
    Motorola X8 processor with Snapdragon S800
    Wireless Charging
    Kelvar backing without gloss
    In black and red like Droid Ultra
    SD card slot
    dual band connectivity – looking at you moto x

    • Theme Park Pro

      Forgot to add between 4.5 – 5 inches.

  • Viet Hoang-Tran

    Please have a MAXX battery!
    Please have a MAXX battery!

    heck, make it the Droid MAXX with QWERTY and you can take my money!!!!

    • Godzilla

      No maxx. Per sarge ♡

      • Joseph Cotz

        There were no sliders in the pipeline “per sarge” as well…

  • GM49

    The two main reasons I left the droid keyboard phones was for more screen real estate (stuck at 4″ with D4) and the loss of remobable/exchangeable batteries. I greatly miss the physical keyboard, and would get this in a heartbeat if the battery were removable. Give me a large screen and a super battery and I might learn to live without an extended replaceable battery.

  • Icehunter

    An elegant weapon, from a more civilized age.

    • chris420o

      how doesnt this have 45 upvotes?…well done

    • ROB

      Quote of the Day Sir

  • Ryan Gullett

    I think someone watched the Droid-Life show and is trolling you.

  • Michael L. Schotborg

    Shut up and take my money! ^_^

  • I just died in your arms tonight. It must have been something you said.

  • What I need are a boss battery (Droid Maxx-type one, please ;)),
    beautiful speeds, 1080p crisp display, a decent camera with some decent
    features, Nexus multitasking (not the not-so-lovable, gimmicky way the
    G2 and GS4 have in mind)….

    • chris420o

      its moto…your not getting 1080p

  • Adam Collins

    YES. I WANT A QWERTY SO BAD lol been waiting to see when the next one would come out since I got my gnex. Might wait to upgrade to this then!

  • I’m excited! I love my Droid 4, so I look forward to this… I just hope it has an SD Card slot. I like the fact that it doesn’t have capacitive keys, though.

  • Jr

    I wanted either the Moto X or this, sadly I’m stuck with my RAZR HD until 2015.

  • oscarg2009

    Listen people, i have a problem so i need your help, i have a nokia asha 311 but after each call it looses the signal for 20 seconds in that time i can’t make or recieve any call, my cell company does not want to change or resolve this problem because they say that it is normal in this phone, i don’t think it’s normal, they don’t want to change the phone, help me, is it normal that the cell looses the signal for 20 seconds after each call? Please send me information at [email protected] thanks!!!

  • Tim242

    OMG. You can’t make this sh*t up. Moto is so full of fail.

    • chris420o

      u talk but i dont think you think before you do

  • Matt Pickup

    DRAWWWYYYYYYYYYYYYD. Bow before your silicon overlord.

  • King Lo

    But shiny kevlar or matte Kevlar?

  • STEV3

    Honestly this phone has my attention. They need to name it something other than the Droid 5. Depending on release date and specs I might consider. My OG Droid needs a true successor.

  • RoninX

    Finally! Looks like Moto realizes that Droid 4 early buyers will be coming to the end of their contracts in a few months…

    • BOB Dudek

      I bought my wife a D4 (new ) on Swappa a couple of months ago..to replace the d3..(The 4GLTE was a big factor), she would not part with this..unless a suitable offspring device showed up..

      AND the D4 is STILL offered on the upgrade page since 2-10-12
      A CSR told me that the D4 is still $elling briskly..in spite of…_____________.

      Go figure. Maybe the customer is “right”.. occasionally.

  • David W. Skyview

    If this drops before November, I’m getting it.

  • Kanaga Deepan N

    I usually don’t care about qwerty phones… But this is looking very interesting and beautiful…

  • ztw1217

    I’m the same with abgar! If this device get a Maxx battery it will be mine! Andddd a quad-core would be a nice gift too, but we all can dream. I’ve been waiting for this day to come!!! LONG LIVE ANDROID, LONG LIVE OG DROID, LONG LIVE NEW DROID5!

  • Daniel

    Glad there aren’t hardware buttons, easier to customize if it’s on-screen…just wondering if there’s a MicroSD and I’ll finally upgrade my Droid 4…::fingers crossed::

    • Jason B

      MicroSD is going the way of the dinosaur for Android. Google doesn’t want to pay Microsoft for FAT32, so none of the Nexus’ will have it. Google has removed a lot of the uses for SD cards (yes, Samsung added it back) in Android itself. A lot of companies simply don’t want Microsoft’s royalties to eat into their phone profits. I don’t blame them, but I’ll miss SD cards.

      16-64GB phones should be the norm if that’s the case. 8GB should be banned, even for the Nexus.

      • MicroNix

        I’m sorry, is there a law that states it has to be fat compat format? I’d take a driver install Windows to read it that just dropping the card altogether. That reasoning is lame.

        • Jason B

          You can have an Ext3/4 SD card, but it won’t mount in Windows, so what’s the point? You’d have to use a syncing program to copy files to it, much like iTunes does with the iPhone. That just kills the convenience of an SD card.

          I guess you could use Linux …

          • James

            Why would you be mounting it in Windows? Google got rid of USB mass storage from Android. You can only access the storage through MTP which makes the actual file system of the storage not matter. Also, no one will be frequently popping out the SD card and sticking it into a card reader anyway.

            Of course, there are other issues with Microsoft’s MTP protocol with it’s slow transfer rates.

          • Jason B

            MTP is awful. I’ve never liked it. You can only do one thing at a time, and you can’t modify files on the MTP device directly.

            I actually use a USB microSD card adapter because I can get the full read/write rates of my class 10 SD card, and it’s formatted as FAT32 for compatibility – so I can also use it in my PS3. I guess you guys don’t do that. I actually just used it to load my RAID drivers when reinstalling Windows 7.


          • Kevin Johnson

            So why do you think Google removed SD support if they went with crappy MTP anyway? It got around the whole FAT thing. Since Google likely targets the average user who doesn’t remove the SD card until they get a new phone anyway, using a non-FAT file system just like the internal storage would be okay.

            Personally, I wouldn’t have minded the 25 cent FAT license fee to be passed down onto me. Or at least that’s what I’ve read. I’m no patent lawyer and I don’t run a business.

          • Mark Bolden

            Yes, I use Linux. You can keep using your Windows…

          • pic32

            It sucks that average users use Windows so Google has to cater to them.

      • Fools

        Can’t they just use ext3 or something?

      • Tom

        So why am I able to read/write to fat32 formatted USB drives using an OTG cable with my Android phone?

        Besides, they could just use the Ext4 for the file system which is native to Linux. It’s not like people frequently pop out their SD card and put it into their Windows PC or camera so using Ext4 won’t be an issue.

        • Jason B

          OTG is more of a one-to-one system that doesn’t rely on a USB host controller like a standard USB device. Either device can be master/slave. Obviously, Android has supported OTG for some time now.

          Try using a standard cable with your external USB hard drive and connect it to your phone. I doubt your phone has the ability to act as a USB hub. That’s the difference.

          • Tom

            Phones that have OTG support has USB chips that can act as the host controller. It works with a regular USB drive. You can connect multiple devices using a multi-port hub too. Of course you can’t use a regular USB cable. An OTG cable has the 5th pin connected to ground internally to tell the phone to act as the host.

            Besides, that’s separate from fat32 which Android still supports for external USB drives. That means fat32 support is still there. So your original claim about fat royalties doesn’t seem to be true.

      • pic32

        I’ll gladly pay the 25 cents per device (for my device that is) MS is charging for their FAT license.

        • Jason B

          Imagine if Samsung had to pay that. Oh wait, they do. At $12-13 per device. FAT royalties are not FRAND.

          See here: http://www.dailytech.com/Samsung+to+Pay+Microsoft+Royalties+for+All+Android+Phones+It+Sells/article22871.htm

          • Migo64

            A FAT license is 25 cents http://arstechnica.com/uncategorized/2006/01/5959-2/
            So Samsung is paying $11.75-$12.75 per device for other patents.

            I don’t mind having that 25 cents passed onto me if I that’s the actual reason SD slots are being removed.

          • Jason B

            The listed devices say nothing of Android smartphones, so it’s obviously NOT $0.25. Those are basically limited use devices (as in not fully featured like a smartphone).

            Is an Android smartphone a digital still video/photo device? Yes, but it’s also more than that, which is why MS decided to tack on additional fees.

          • Taylor White

            I don’t mind paying an extra 13 bucks to get SD slots back.

  • me

    Sorry for being completely off topic, but just got my nexus 7 tablet and having a hard time trying to connect to Wi-Fi. Keep getting” authentication error”. I have rechecjed the password many times and even tried that wsp button the router…. help!!!

  • Tomek G

    If good hardware = TAKE MY MONEY

    • Daniel Walsh


      • Tomek G

        oh please elaborate your superior logic

        • Daniel Walsh

          It wouldn’t even matter, you will just fluff it off.

          • Tomek G

            Then why posting? You are just a troll

  • DMOD

    I WANT THAT THING! too bad it’s won’t available in Asia in anytime.

  • bassman418

    Dam!!! And I thought I was finally get my wife away from that dam ugly, clunky, small screened DROID 4. She will only use a keyboard and her phone is on its last leg. Was hoping to get her a galaxy S4.

    • Godzilla

      Get her the S4. Camera alone is a great reason.

      • Daniel Walsh

        HTC One all day.

        • Godzilla

          Apples to apples

          • Daniel Walsh


          • Godzilla

            Ok dude we get it. You hate MOTO and Samsung. It’s cool to be an HTC fan boy. Tell me more about HTCs financial status and how they will likely be bought out.

          • Daniel Walsh

            I’m not a HTC fanoy, the One is my first device made by them and I’ve criticized them for their horrible marketing, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make the best phone in the world. Best selling doesn’t mean best device. You know that.

          • Godzilla

            I said apples to apples. I didn’t say “best”

          • Daniel Walsh

            Moto was so pathetic, Google had to sweep in and buy them.

          • Tyler Durden

            Google didn’t buy them for the patents. Moto has the best hardware out of all the OEMs. Go back to sucking HTCs dicck.

          • Daniel Walsh

            Even Google admitted that’s the reason they bought them. Also HTC has the best hardware.

          • Tyler Durden

            Have you drowned in their feces yet? You sound so far up their asss it’s hard to tell.

          • Daniel Walsh
  • Jeremy Wray

    If they released it running vanilla android and an unlocked bootloader as an anniversary edition for the first one I’d prob get it.

    • Godzilla


    • Derin Richardson

      I guess people are still allowed to dream. lol

    • Eric R.

      Its Verizon.

    • DJ SPY

      I don’t mean to sound like an ass but these posts just make me roll my eyes. Just give it up already. It’s Verizon. Never going to happen.

  • Scott M. Sherman

    I am not going to tell my wife about this. I told her the Droid 4 was her last smartphone with a physical keyboard. So don’t anyone else tell her either.

    • Godzilla

      I’ll make sure I don’t tell her when we’re at the movies tomorrow

  • Godzilla

    X phone

    • Gnex

      Per Sarge? In all seriousness, please do share any info you have.

      • Godzilla

        I’m not gonna get all crazy about it. He commented about this a couple months ago and it’s supposed to be just an ultra with a keyboard basically.

        There MIGHT be a Maxx battery edition.

        • Gnex

          Thanks, man! Try to ignore all the hate. I’m sure it’s coming, unfortunately.

          • Godzilla

            I’ll see what he says about it and pay it forward. But yeah in general I’m not doing this anymore unless it’s huge news.

          • Tyler Durden

            You son of a bit*h I knew it was you. You sneaky fuckker you are.

            I love you. Per sarge.

          • Gnex

            And the battle continues :p

          • Godzilla

            Alright so yeah he said its pretty much just an Ultra with a keyboard. X8 on board and all that.

          • Godzilla Rides Sarge Hard

            Oh gosh not this again. New username but still as stupid as ever. You’re just stating the obvious.

          • Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth

            It has been known for a while.

        • ROB

          Maxx battery and Im sold…Ultra battery …not sold

  • hijackerjack

    If Moto would give us a phone just like the OG, I’d cry a little out of joy lol. We need the “Droid 2” that we deserved years ago.

  • King Lo

    Droid V?

    • Daniel Walsh

      Who gives a #$%6?

  • Brandon Jiang

    hey! it has on screen navigation buttons! unlike the new DROIDs! what the hell is moto thinking? there should be consistency in their products

  • Gnex

    Motorola devices always get the shlt hypebeasted out of ’em. I love it.

    • Daniel Walsh

      and they shouldn’t. Their overrated products.

    • Rithvik Rao

      Hey, this is *DROID* Life, what do you expect?

      • Gnex

        OG OG OG

  • Inquizitor

    Actually, yeah. With a maxx battery, 1080p screen, and a good dev community I could actually see myself trying this out…

    • Daniel Walsh

      Not going to happen. Moto loves 720p.

  • Daniel Walsh

    WOW, sometimes the Android community is so stupid. Why get one of the new DROIDS with outdated specs instead of the HTC One? HTC One is way better than these pathetic DROIDS from Moto. The Moto X was disappointing and lame and it could have been so much more. #fail

    • Abgar Musayelyan

      yeah! you tell them. EVERYONE who does’t agree with you is stupid!

      • Daniel Walsh

        What’s so special about Moto? Seriously, this site is completely biased to Moto and Sammy. Just look at it.

        • You can only write so many articles about the HTC One, Motorola and Samsung put out more phones then HTC so obviously they will dominate the headlines.

          • Daniel Walsh

            Samsung just spamms the market with so many useless phones. Moto didn’t release a new phone until these new DROIDS and the Moto came out. This is true.

          • Godzilla

            I’m sorry but what worthless phones? They have two flagships

          • Daniel Walsh

            GS4 active, mega 5.8, mega 6.3, gs4 mini, galaxy camera, gs4 zoom, gs2 plus,

          • Tim242

            HTC incredible, incredible 2, incredible 4G LTE, desire, desire s, desire z, rhyme, rezound, butterfly, butterfly s, DNA, one x, one s, one sv, one vx, one, one mini, one max. I know I left out a “few.”

          • Daniel Walsh

            And let’t think of all the sammy phones released this year and the year before.

          • Tim242

            HTC has a long history of spamming phones. They also lie constantly. WTF is the one mini? It is only slightly smaller than the One. Son, I have had a long line of HTC phones. They all had issues. I work in a cell phone store. HTC phones make up 90% of our warranties. They are going down, and for good reason.

        • Vernon

          Antennas, battery life, and durability. I work at a best buy mobile. I am not saying that means I am an expert nearly in the capacity as most of you who frequent this site. It does mean I get to play with a lot of phones, and get a lot of feedback on them. My last two phones have been HTC (thunderbolt and dna). I love their hardware and that they typically go with high end specs. My dna will probably be my last HTC device though. Speaking from my own experience and that of my customer base, though they always have excellent raw performance, they tend to skimp on basic functionality. HTC has the worst antennas of any of the major manufacturers (Sammy, Apple, LG, Moto) by far, and often have stupid minor issues like the dna’s connectivity issues (particularly Bluetooth) that have plagued it since launch. I do have to commend their recent improvements on battery life, but Motorola has been the complete antithesis. They have always taken pride in core benefits to a mobile phone (not just a smartphone) with the best radios of any manufacturer, relatively strong battery life (at least), and more durable phones than most all the way back to the original Razr flip phone. I would say all are good reasons to get excited for a new Motorola phone, even if they can’t make a good camera.

          • Skittlez

            antennas are the best in the biz. the only thing that holds me back from getting one is they always have encrypted bootloaders and the displays aren’t really that great.

          • Daniel Walsh

            Antennas should not be a reason to decide what phone you’re buying. Pathetic

          • Vernon

            The primary usage for Internet-connectable devices is Internet, making the ability to connect in many locations with a solid constant connection toward the top of the list of things that are important. Plus it sucks to have (and pay for) the best network available and drop a call just because of the phone you picked.

          • Skittlez

            lol are you kidding me? why would that be a pathetic reason? don’t you want your phone to have a solid connection as often as possible? i’m not saying motorola’s are the best, hence the reason i named 2 problems with the device that makes me not want to buy them. But my Gnex inside my house gets 1 bar of 3G. My friend came in my house with her Moto Droid whatever she has, and she had full 4G connectivity. Granted, i have Wifi at home, if my wifi goes out, and i still want to have a good connection on my PS3 for gaming/netflix, or my computer for browsing/downloading, what good is a phone with crappy radios?

    • rabidhunter

      You hate them so much that you have to comment, which means that you secretly love them. Don’t hide it. Seriously dude, if you hate it so much, why even bother commenting.

      • Daniel Walsh

        Just trying to prove you people are wrong, but all of you are ignorant moto and sammy fanbois

        • rabidhunter

          The only thing you are proving is how much of a boar you’re being. Not attractive behavior at all and not winning anybody over.

    • Futbolrunner

      It’s called options. Something consumers can’t get with an iPhone.

      • EdubE24

        That’s not true. You can get 16, 32 or 64 GB’s…lol

    • ramifications

      I would have bought an HTC One 4 months ago if it was out on Verizon. For whatever reason (Verizon or HTC’s fault) it wasn’t.

      I think alot of others here would agree with me that the HTC One is no longer as shiny as it once was and we are waiting for the latest and greatest.

      The Moto X has some nice features and stock android which a lot of people like.

      Personally, I don’t the Moto X to be anything special, and I’m waiting for the LG G2.

    • TuckandRoll84

      You seem to be in the wrong place, so here you go: http://www.htconeforum.com. I’m going to go back to being stoked on the Moto X and thinking the HTC One is fugly, IMHO.

    • Tim242

      The HTC One has a horrible camera. The battery life is abysmal. Don’t get me started on the huge bezel.

      • Skittlez

        lol horrible camera? come use my Gnex. I’m sorry, that build and those speakers make the HTC One my favorite. I just hate sense. 4.7 is a good size for a screen, and if i can put a GPE ROM on it, i think it’s worth it.

        • Daniel Walsh

          Gnex has a horrible camera, hardware/design on the One is the best ever, speakers are the best too, why did no one think of putting dual speakers on the front?

          • Skittlez

            i dont know why phones are still releasing without front facing speakers? pride?

      • Daniel Walsh

        I like the camera, bezel is just fine, don’t be a pussy. Battery life is epic.

        • Tim242

          The camera takes terrible pics, lacks too much detail and too muchnoise. The bezel is the largest I’ve seen on a phone. The battery life is far from epic. Your ramblings are clearly those of a blind fanboy.

          • Daniel Walsh

            I use it. I love it. My first HTC phone. The bezel is okay, bezel size doesn’t determine if you buy a phone or not. The One has the best hardware, design, and display. Also Sense is really good. The speakers are epic. The one is also fast as #$%6. No lag at all.

  • jonnyrazr

    OMG my wife is getting something for Xmas! She h8s her D4!

  • Keepfiring

    Sweet. If they include a decent screen and a decent battery I’m sold. Man I miss my physical keyboard

    • Daniel Walsh


      • Fools

        Ya, ever try to do anything meaningful with the on-screen keyboard besides simple text? Try typing a command in on the terminal – what a pain!

  • KidFlash1904

    Wow! I wonder if this is really a thing. It’s a shame it’ll be a verizon exclusive. I really am jumping ship to T-mobile once I decide whether I want the next Nexus or the Moto X. I would so get this for Tmo. Hopefully it’ll be work like the Maxx? Dunno if it’ll be worth the delayed updates though.

    • Daniel Walsh

      Don’t get the Moto X, get the HTC One. Best phone on the planet.

      • rabidhunter

        Now, definitely not getting the HTC One because of your antics. Really… Go buy yourself an HTC One and go home, you’re drunk.

        • Daniel Walsh

          I own it already. Just look at all the reviews of the One and all of them say it’s better than the overrated SGS4.

          • Tim242

            Only because of the metal. Average people don’t care. The reviewers trash the one’s camera.

          • Daniel Walsh

            It’s not as good as HTC claims, but it’s still pretty good. Way better than the GNEX camera.

      • Tim242


  • Lonnie Kerchief

    Could they at least update the look of it? I feel like I had this phone 3 years ago.

  • Daniel Walsh

    WOW, most useless Android phone. This is stupid and so #$%^^&. QWERTY keyboards have been DEAD for awhile. Moto #FAIL

    • Daniel Walsh

      The DROID Line was good, was. Now it’s a joke.

    • Matthew Rebmann

      I truly don’t understand how you could possibly hate Motorola SO much that you have to comment on every post pushing towards a One. Seriously, the One is gorgeous phone, don’t get me wrong but how can you care that much? I mean, really.

  • Charlie R.

    I wonder if this is could be a phone that went into testing with the Razr HD/Maxx HD line and that Verizon just decided to not carry it to retail.

    This looks to similar to the Razr HD line from last year and not like the Ultra line this year. I bet this is a prototype that Verizon just decided not to carry.

    I’d be surprised if we ever see another QWERTY Droid again.

    • Kanaga Deepan N

      Hmmm…. But wireless charging is coming from recent Motorola only right… So I guess its Droid 5…

    • C-Law

      I agree. They supported using this design language a while ago. But then again maybe it’s just been in the pipeline a while

  • Derin Richardson

    *looks at the front of the phone; sees no hardware buttons.

    *looks at the DROID Mini, Ultra and MAXX and sees hardware buttons.

    Scratching head profusely now.

    • Trueblue711

      They had to make room for the huge Verizon logo on the bezel somehow!

    • Rastor

      The Photon Q a.k.a. “Droid 4 and a half” had software buttons, so this would make sense as a continuation of that…

      • Rithvik Rao

        But the DROID # line has always followed the DROID RAZRs (now the ULTRA) that were out at the time, since the OG DR launched if I can remember correctly.

        Ron, pull out that purple RAZR and verify!

        • BSweetness

          Actually, the RAZRs followed the Droid line…

          • Eric R.

            No because the DROID 3 doesn’t look the same as the Bionic and the Razr Hd doesn’t look like the D4

        • BSweetness

          The Droid, Droid 2/Droid 2 Global/R2D2, and Droid 3 all preceded the RAZR smartphone line. There’s only one that took any cues from the RAZR devices – the Droid 4.

    • BSweetness

      Their reasoning for including on-screen buttons here is probably that the phone will be used in landscape a lot more when communicating due to the physical keyboard. The on-screen buttons can then adjust to accommodate what will probably be a more frequent switching between portrait and landscape.

      Their reasoning for not including on-screen buttons with the MAXX, Ultra, and Mini? Uhh…


      A friendly tip: hardware buttons are buttons you see with the screen off. Software buttons are only seen when screen is on. Ultra, MAXX, and Mini do NOT have hardware buttons.

      • Derin Richardson

        I wouldn’t bet the farm on it, but I’m pretty sure what you meant is that soft (on-screen) buttons are those you cannot see when the screen is off. And that the Ultra, MAXX and Mini do NOT have on-screen buttons.

        Those certainly look like hardware buttons to me.

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          Oh wow…I just now realized those are hardware capacitive buttons. Since this phone was announced, I thought they were software buttons. My mistake.

  • James Hill

    Love it already.

  • How’s Your Wife and My Kids?

    I was just thinking a day or two ago that I wouldn’t mind having a QWERTY again…I guess their is still a place inside of me somewhere that misses the days of the OG Droid. #thoseweregoodtimes

  • Kris Cortez


  • imbakhle

    Damn. I figured the age of keyboarded phones had ended, so I bought a Droid Maxx from wirefly. I love the keyboard on the Droid 4 though, so I may cancel and see what happens with this one

    • MicroNix

      Both Droid keyboard phones I had developed flaky keyboards after a year so I won’t be considering them any longer. Besides, with larger screens and swype, there’s little reason to have a physical kb anymore.

      • imbakhle

        My keyboard’s still going strong, although I can’t say the same for the rest of the phone. But I understand: my OG Droid’s keyboard started dying as it neared the end. I still prefer physical keyboards for a lot of tasks, even with Swype, Swiftkey, or even the stock keyboard.

  • Stephen D

    Looks like it will have on-screen keys, which is nice.

    However, Motorola killed QWERTY devices for me when they released the Droid 4 just after the Droid 3, which I bought on launch.

    • King Lo

      Droid 3 didn’t have 4G when every other phone did. Writing was on the wall with that one.

  • poop

    With the announcements for the main Droid devices being much earlier than this, I’d given up hope thinking the Moto X and the other Droid devices would overshadow this one completely and that we would no longer get solid numbers. I was waiting on this. I love QWERTY keyboards, and while I’m willing to part with them for my next device (which is currently set to be an LG G2), if Moto’s able to pull out a spec- and feature-wise boss, I am definitely in!

    What I need are a boss battery (Droid Maxx-type one, please ;)), beautiful speeds, 1080p crisp display, a decent camera with some decent features, Nexus multitasking (not the not-so-lovable, gimmicky way the G2 and GS4 have in mind), and something else…oh yes! A removable battery, at least 32GB of storage, and a microSD card slot! Those are musts nowadays! (And if no microSD card slot or removable battery, there at least has to be 32GB–no lower for a lower price)

    • Paul Hansen

      It’s more likely another X8 based system which is fine with me tbh and a slide out kbd. I would expect it to be a “droid ultra” specs with a keyboard.

      • Abgar Musayelyan

        thats what it looks like to me too. a droid ultra with a keyboard and on screen buttons. i really wish hey could shove some more juice into it than what the ultra has.

  • jaybar

    big ‘ol Verizn’ loger down front thur

  • tyguy829

    I don’t even know what to say. I’m really surprised

  • Nothavingit

    Seriously?!?!?! LMAO stop playing

  • Abgar Musayelyan

    toss in a maxx type battery and i’d be all over it. i really miss the screen real estate that on screen keyboards take up.

    • Eric R.

      If I had an upgrade is get this instantly. I guess ill have to wait for the next one

      • Abgar Musayelyan

        looks like i may be 5″ or at least 4.5+.. just looks massive to me.. doubt it would end up to be that tiny.

        • Eric R.

          No capacitive buttons +++

          • Gnex

            Capacitive buttons are bad. They should feel bad.

          • JoshGroff

            I don’t hate capacitive keys, but software keys are pretty awesome. (Especially on tablets.)

          • Tim242

            How is that a plus? Takes up screen space and left a huge bezel for the logo.

          • Abgar Musayelyan

            You can sacrifice 5% screen real estate when you you’re saving another 45% for having a physical keyboard.

          • Tim242

            That’s funny. My S4 has physical buttons, smallest bezel of any phone, and a full 5″ screen. It’s a smaller device than those with on screen buttons.

          • JoshGroff

            This^ Although, when watching videos or using some apps, the keys can disappear, thus freeing up the screen real estate. (Although, if that bezel is going to be there anyway, why not use capacitive and have that free space ALL of the time?)

        • BSweetness

          I would guess around 4.5″ to 4.7″ with about 4.2″ – 4.4″ usable (for most things) after the on-screen buttons are taken into the equation.

    • Eric R.

      Looks like wireless charging. Pictures on other sites show the old Moto Camera app from the Razr HD on it.

    • michael arazan

      Would love to see a 7 or ten inch tablet with a built in keyboard

      • Alex Wong

        The asus eee pad slider has a built in keyboard but I wouldn’t recommend it. Tegra 2….

      • BSweetness

        They’ve been around for a couple years now. They pretty much failed right out of the gate.


        Sony also has one for Windows 8.

        • Heimen Stoffels

          It’s one thing to build a tablet with built-in keyboard. It’s another thing to make the keyboard nice to type on… That’s (IMHO) the biggest reason the EEE Slider failed.

      • Abgar Musayelyan

        Imagine a note 2 size device with a physical keyboard, maxx type battery and a super slim keyboard.

        • speraider430

          Get a laptop

      • Eric R.

        Hp makes one. Its like $480 and runs Android 4.2

  • NOPE

  • cush2push

    I need a new pair of pants