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Mystery Motorola “Touch Computer” Stops by FCC – Sports LTE, 4410mAh Battery, and Android 4.1.2

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A new Motorola device stopped off at the FCC today, sporting a variety of LTE bands, Android 4.1.2, and two battery sizes, one of which weighs in at 4410mAh. The FCC doc will only refer to it as a “Touch Computer,” though there are traces of “phone” throughout in standard FCC verbiage. It’s tough to tell if it’s a phone or tablet, but the use of LTE and GSM radios, along with two battery sizes leads us to believe that it could very well be some sort of new phone. The measurements in the image above are also a pretty good clue. 

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We’re looking at a device that supports LTE bands 2, 4, 5, and 17, along with GSM850 and 1900, so I’d guess that it’s headed to AT&T. Rear camera, Bluetooth, NFC, and WiFi are also on board, as well as the previously mentioned Android 4.1.2. Yes, that build of Android is old, but this FCC test was scheduled for back in July.

In terms of device measurements, you are looking at a phone that is 138x70mm, with a diagonal reach of 153.8mm. For comparison’s sake, the new LG Nexus device is 131.9×68.2mm, with a diagonal measurement of 145.7mm. So it’s slightly bigger than what we believe to be the next Nexus phone.

Where this becomes interesting, is in the listing of for battery size which states that the device supports two battery options:  2940mAh and 4410mAh. The only devices from Motorola that we have seen with two battery sizes are the DROID ULTRA (2130mAh) and MAXX (3500mAh). These two devices are essentially identical outside of their batteries and outer cosmetic changes.

So what is this device? Some type of AT&T MAXX or ULTRA variant? I don’t know, but we’re interested.

Update:  As has been noted by readers, this is a “Motorola Solutions” product, so it’s likely something enterprise-related rather than mobile like we typically care about.

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Via:  FCC

Cheers Dale!

  • Matthew Mackes

    It is a Point of Sale, Handheld device, like what is used to scan parking tickets, Concert Tickets, Inventory Management, et

  • Godzilla

    Motorola solutions. Not a phone. Per se

    • Gnex

      You misspelled Sarge :p



    • Gnex

      4G LTE!

  • RaptorOO7

    Motorola, always looking behind so it can’t walk ahead and get any better. Seriously, WTF 4.1.2 could you get any poorer at execution of devices.

  • spunker88

    This looks to be a device used in retail/warehouses as it has options for a barcode scanner. Notice “sample 1 with scanner” and “sample 2 without scanner”. Motorola PDAs with barcode scanners running Windows Mobile are quite common to see in retail/warehouse settings. Now that WM is dead they are probably switching over to Android and also adding cellular. Notice its Motorola Solutions and not the Google owned Motorola Mobility.

    • Paul Hansen

      That’s what I was thinking as I was looking through the specs as well.

  • Droidzilla


  • socarwolverine

    Seriously, if Motorola does make a phone with these battery sizes, they essentially spit in the face of MotoX & especially Droid Ultra/Maxx users. Big batteries should be shared, not exclusive to any carrier.

  • mapsickle

    FCC says Motorola Solution Inc. maybe not a phone

    • Ian

      Given the size and radios, it leans towards being a phone.

      • socarwolverine

        Motorola Mobility does phones, Motorola Solutions does enterprise devices. If this is a phone, it’s likely not for consumer use.

        • bobukcat

          It is a phone, and it is an Enterprise device – you win the internet! 🙂

  • joejoe5709

    Very weird device. Label this under, “Likely nothing, but keep an eye on it.” The only thing that sounds remotely appealing is the battery.

    Someone said this could be a commercial device. That kind of makes sense, really.

  • AxemRed

    I wonder if this is some kind of new niche device… something with a specific application and not really meant to mass market to the general public. The specs seem too off balance, the scanner is kind of a mystery, and the name doesn’t make it sound like a simple phone.

  • Joseph A. Yager

    I’m excited for their X10 processor – how d-baggy would that be so soon after the X8?

    • sk3litor

      About as dbaggy as releasing the razr maxx a month after the first razr at the same price

      • Jordan Webb

        Which was released a month after the Bionic at the same price.

        • sk3litor

          🙂 poor motorola customers. Too bad to because moto does have some damn good hardware. Just lousy ethics

  • Jeremy

    This is the Motorola TC55 Enterprise device – This is NOT a CONSUMER device

    • Raj Bhatt

      Interesting. You can sign up for a webinar to learn more about this device here:


    • kixofmyg0t

      You’re right. Its a Motorola solutions device, not Motorola Mobility.

      Nothing to see here folks.

    • socarwolverine

      Don’t know how DL feels about other websites, but there is a thread over on Android Central where a guy says he has the “Motorola TC55”. Probably finally bringing the developer device over to the states but doubt it’s for public consumption.

    • RaptorOO7

      It’s still no excuse for putting 4.1.2 on the device, its 2 generations behind and about to become 3 generations old. For got sakes put 4.2.2 and patch the thing.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    4.1.2? Really…

    • Jackson

      Super cheap phone with deathly long battery life for those that love flights around plant earth multiple times with no chargers and electricity of any kind.

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        But 4.2 was released in November of last year..no reason it should have 4.1

        • Jackson

          Maybe they did that to start conversations about the mystery device just so that it would get noticed lol

  • Gnex


  • Brandon Golway

    I’m going to assume that it’s a new Droid and Droid Ultra Max pair of phones. Seriously, why the hell does Motorola keep making two versions of the same phone? I highly doubt that if they were released at the same time people would be like “I want the phone with less battery life! To hell with getting an extra 10-15 hours of usage! I love being glued to a charger!”

    • GoBlue

      There is no way its a Droid. Droid = Verizon. This is AT&T.

      • Brandon Golway

        Very true, it may not use the same moniker but what I was getting at was it’s most likely the same concept as the Razr and Razr Maxx. Same phone, just with a bigger battery.

  • Mayoo

    Just in time for 4.4 …

  • Sam

    this is my next phone. sold by just battery size

  • Qwerty

    Doesn’t support 802.11ac either it seems. Quite strange.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever


      • Qwerty

        No, not sarcastic unless I’m missing something?

        • StuckOnVerizonForever

          Didn’t realize newer phones had it. Considering it’s not main stream. My mistake

          • joejoe5709

            Only very very recent phones. Mostly (if not, all) are flagships.

          • Qwerty

            It’s cool!

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Aren’t all phones a touch computer?

  • Eric R.

    Droid 5

    • breadable

      Where is that Droid 5 anyway. What does Verizon have a ton of Droid 4s still in inventory?

    • AxemRed

      If it was a Droid 5, it would surely be on Verizon. And this phone doesn’t include their normal LTE band.

      • Raven

        I want this to be the Droid 5, but I think you are right that the LTE bands rule out anything in the Verizon Droid line.

        • I wish it was a Droid 5 too. I tried to use a touchscreen when SSH’ing into a server and it took me way too long, and I had some typo’s. I also lost half the screen and could only see about 4-5 lines at a time. Incredibly painful.

  • NexusPhan69

    That off-center camera is exactly where the leaked Nexus 5 camera was and it sounds like the dimensions are spot on for the next Nexus too. Start the hyperbeasting! Half-life 3 is clearly on it’s way.

    • EricRees

      I’ve been waiting for HL3 for SO LONG and now it’s FINALLY COMING!!!!!!

    • PhoenixPath

      Apple licensed Moto to make the iPhone 6…obviously.

    • Raj Bhatt

      With Android 4.1.2?

      • Not an NSA employee

        Well, they need a magical upgrade, don’t they?

      • Noel

        Probably a disguise to throw off snoopers..who will otherwise not make much of a device running Android 4.12

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Sample 1: with scanner
    Sample 2: without scanner

    What kind of scanner might that be? And the IMEI is way off.

    COULD THIS BE THE REAL NEXUS 5?????? #hypebeast.

    • NexusPhan69

      Haha. I’m right there with you.

    • meijin3

      Running 4.1.2 😉

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Don’t need to file with FCC with final software. MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

        • StuckOnVerizonForever

          Still have to file it or it doesn’t go through aka Nexus 4 LTE. Tdolololol

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            They just have to file the radio tests for specific bands at specific frequencies. The software version is pretty generic, and not necessarily indicative of the final shipping software version, as the software and even the radios can be updated day-one, with confidential notice given to the FCC along with supplemental reports.

    • spunker88

      Its a barcode scanner, and this isn’t a consumer device. Its for retail/warehouse use by businesses.

  • NexusPhan69

    I’m the old motorola and I’m back! Must release as many phones in as little time as possible!

  • Captain_Doug

    Definitely not a tablet. It’s almost the exact same size as the GS4 which is a 5″ phone. These are probably revamped Maxx phones. 4410 mah is definitely a tablet sized battery though.

  • Mort

    >The only devices from Motorola that we have seen with two battery sizes are the DROID ULTRA (2130mAh) and MAXX (3500mAh).

    What about the RAZR and the RAZR MAXX?

    • Nathan D

      He’s talking about recent devices.

      • Ian

        Also obvious. Why would Motorola release multiple pairs of devices as close together as recently?

  • Weber

    4.1.2? Really?

    • CharBroil

      Consider reading the article before posting stupid comments.

      • Weber

        I did read it. Considering that back in July that 4.2.2 or even 4.2 was out in July, when Motorola is owned by the company making the OS, it’s still an odd choice. Consider not being an douche before you make a comment.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Hell, most of their devices are still on 4.1.2 with no word at all on updates since.

          Their “new Motorola” update talk is getting long in the tooth. Results, or it was all just bs. Not to mention, they haven’t breathed a word about 4.3 for any device (guessing that’s what is holding up the dev edition announcements, but we’ll see). It is becoming increasingly difficult to hold out faith that any OEM other than Samsung will be updating their back catalog of devices to something new.

          • Weber

            THIS info would’ve been more helpful than his comment. Old version of an OS being used on something “new” (while I understand this may have been in the works for a while before being sent through the FCC) is still an odd choice to me. However, if this is how Motorola usually handles business, it makes sense. That wasn’t written in the article.

        • NexusPhan69

          4.1.2 came out in October and this was tested in July so it’s not far off. Especially for Motorola.

          • Weber

            Yeah, that wasn’t explained in depth in the article. I was expected to just know it. Anyway, scares me for my Moto X with this new knowledge.

          • NexusPhan69

            I know, right? Moto has promised two updates for all it’s phones. Starting at 4.2 and not 4.3 makes that two updates for the Moto X promise a lot easier to achieve.

          • GoBlue

            Since when did they promise only two updates per device?

        • StuckOnVerizonForever

          They can’t play favorites.

          • Weber

            No, they can’t, but OEMs should strive to deliver the most updates version of an OS. I know we can’t expect everything, I just thought that 4.1.2 was an odd choice. Maybe it was the most stable version being used to test the hardware.

  • WAldenIV

    At 5.43 x 2.76 inches, I’d venture it’s a phone.