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Additional Photos and Specs Leak for the Motorola DROID 5

DROID 5

Back in August, we caught our first glimpse of what we believe to be the DROID 5 from Motorola. There have been many readers who continually hope to see another phone come out with a full-QWERTY keyboard, and finally, their time has come. Or has it?First to be thought a mythical device that could bring honor to the OG DROID’s name, featuring decent specs much like the DROID Ultra or Moto X, a new leak shows that this smartphone is a mere mid-range (could even qualify for low-range in our books) device that may not even come to see the light. 

Last time we wrote this device up there were no specs to go along with the pictures. This time, the source states the device is running a 4.3″ 720p display, a Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core processor and Adreno 255 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, supports microSD, features wireless charging capabilities and has an NFC radio. Pardon me while I basically pour one out for our fallen comrade.

The device even appears to be running an older version of MotoBlur, which probably has most of you running for the hills by now. The DROID 5 is placed next to Sprint’s Photon Q device, which is basically the same thing. Is the DROID 5 a shelved product that is somehow getting leaked now or does Motorola actually intend on putting this device on the market? Is it bad that I’m hoping for the former?

Let us know your full thoughts on the DROID 5 down below. If you’re interested in it, can you tell us why?

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Via: New Cell Phones | Weibo

  • guest-0

    My guess is since they have to build in the mechanics for the slide out keyboard, they sacrafice specs in order to keep it slim, its a slider, it doesnt have to be GS4 slim.

  • guest-0

    Oh and a DUAL-Core processor, i’ll be hanging onto my DROID 4 until i see a QWERTY slider with a Quad Core, more than 1 GB RAM. idnt care about the 16GB storage , i never need tht much anyway

  • guest-0

    the 1 GB RAM is one of the biggest issues i have with the Droid 4, because im a power user who also cant use a phone without the QWERTY keyboard, according to this article its a Droid 4 without the touch buttons (home, back, menu) and has 4.3 , i’ll pass if these are the real Specs. Droid 4.5

  • cvgordo

    so 199 on contract then?

  • tooru

    I’m quite disappointing by the spec… it’s almost as same spec as Photon Q 4G LTE which has been introduced in July 2012, except display resolution and 3G/4G network. I was expected that it would have slightly better performance…

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    Having owned Droids 1-3, I never thought I’d give up the QWERTY. Then I got an HTC Droid DNA and got over it. {{-_-}}

  • chris125

    Go home moto you’re drunk.

  • Viet Hoang-Tran

    Droid 5 Ultra Maxx!!!! I will continue to hope!

  • StankyChikin

    With these specs, why not just save money and continue selling the Droid 4.

    • p0k3y

      Remember the wildly successfuly Xyboard? They must have gone to the same schools, these idiots at Moto.

  • Terry

    If you’re going to bring out a new qwerty cell phone, PLEASE don’t insult the ones who like them by making it low end and last year mid range!

  • http://garlockfamily.com bgarlock

    C’mon, Moto – 1GB? Please, please put in 2GB of RAM. Either that, or hopefully you tuned the kernel, and made some swap changes. I really have to tweak my settings to get all the apps I want running at the same time on my D4. Not a deal breaker, but apps are getting larger and larger. Try opening a few tabs in Chrome – it will chew up your RAM in no time :-)

  • sreggie101

    prolly just clearing out old projects from pre google moto pipeline. w.e. phone will only appeal to those who care. otherwise, keep it moving…

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    Still better than the iPhone 5c

  • Asmodai

    I’m fine with a 4.3″ 720p display and dual core. I’m willing to accept worse specs to get a physical keyboard. However I want at least a dual core Snapdragon S4 Pro with an Adreno 320 (essentially a dual core Snapdragon 600). The storage doesn’t matter to me much if it actually supports microSD. 1GB is a bit disappointing. Really I’d like to see a Droid Mini with a keyboard spec wise but the contract on my Droid 4 isn’t up until July next year so hopefully someone (Moto or not) will have a nice keyboard phone out by then. By then I’m also hoping for something that supports Verizon’s VoLTE.

  • Morlok8k

    I like a keyboard. I don’t like the onscreen keyboard, period. I’ve had phones with keyboards since 2008, before having a smartphone.

    My Droid 4 has a keyboard, my tablet has a keyboard (asus transformer). I want my F’ing keyboard, more than i want anything else!

    My ideal phone would have a keyboard, top of the line processor, plenty of RAM, and a HUGE removable battery. I don’t care if it is huge and thick, I’m not looking for a slim phone! I put a case on it anyways and that makes it even thicker!

    I don’t care if the display has even more pixels than before, or if it is slightly bigger.

    I want it to run my apps well. I want to do the tasks i want it to do, the way i like it. And rootable, cause I use rooted apps daily.

    And instead of making phones smaller, put more features in. NFC, Moto X’s language core, etc. are awesome. And don’t lock out features the phones hardware can do like FM radio, or using AT&T and T-Mobile. And keep a MicroSD slot.

    people get caught up in all the minor details, while I just want a phone that gives me options, so i can use it the way i like.

    • Morlok8k

      If you dont want a keyboard, why do complain about phones that have them? i dont get it. dont buy it! you have plenty of options, just dont force those on me.

      Oh yeah, and I dont want a flimsy paper thin phone made of cheap plastic & glass. I see so many people with a “nice” phone that have shattered screens. I live in the real world, where i need a durable phone, which is why i use durable cases and screen protectors. I’ve dropped my droid 4 and my droid 2 global countless times, and they are not broken or shattered.

      Durable, keyboard, fast, lots of ram, doesn’t limit my options. <- perfect phone.

    • http://www.apalestrina.com.br Andresa Martins da Silva

      That is my point, this is exactly the smarphone I am looking for. Motorla, where is it?

  • Joe

    I type 1000+ words per day into my phone. Unfortunately, I need this.

  • Mike

    People still need physical keyboards? Come on folks, you can do without a real keyboard trust me….millions of us are already doing without one.

    • RoninX

      Many people don’t NEED a physical keyboard, but they prefer one.

      Just like I don’t NEED a manual transmission, but I’ll still take a stickshift over a slushbox any day of the week.

  • RoninX

    A good physical keyboard, like the one on my Droid 4, definitely beats any virtual keyboard, but…

    These specs are disappointing. Definitely mid-range and not high-end.

    I’m strongly leaning toward either a Galaxy Note III or an HTC One Max as my next phone. At least the screens are big enough so that typing on a virtual keyboard will be less annoying.

  • ChrisI

    As much as I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have a great-working QWERTY phone, this thing is a joke. I am excited for it, but it reeks of just grandma’s soup. “Gramma, what should we do with all these leftovers from last weeks meals?” “Put them in a big pot, we’ll make soup.” The D5 is just a big soup pot of out-of-date tech that likely couldn’t even function well with today’s apps and programs. Epic fail.

  • Bruce Wayne

    4.3″ screen……. Yea, no.

  • breadable

    Guess I will buy a Moto x..

  • Daniel

    I would be interested in this phone as it would be a substantial update to my Droid4, and retains the MicroSD slot, which is the one huge feature that is sorely lacking in flagship phones this year. It also seems to be a good deal slimmer and smaller than the Droid4/PhotonQ, which is a great thing to see considering the screen size increased at the same time. The Droid4 is already too-wide for my tastes so having a slimmer profile with the same, amazing keyboard would be a winner for me.

  • Darren David Brooke

    Fingers crossed this got shelved in favor of a better QWERTY device. Literally everything about this phone screams “last year”.

    • hkklife

      So does everything about the Moto X & the new Droid trio on VZW.
      All that matters is that this would be the best-spec’d QWERTY device on the market by a longshot.

      Remember, a device like this essentially has ZERO competition aside from the Q10 BB and old/low-end Android sliders that are all qHD or WVGA.

      • adam lamb

        Will people please quit saying the moto x and droid line is last years specs. Everything about the x8 is brand new technology, even the dual core snapdragon processor is a 2013 chip. The only thing that is old is the 720p screens but u can hardly tell the difference from 1080. The x8 out performs most quad core processors in benchmarks so let it go. The new moto phones do not have last years specs. The droid 5 is not real, it was a cancelled device from the RAZR HD family that didn’t make the cut.

        • Keith Thompson

          Im curious as to if you have proof of it being a “cancelled device”.

          • adam lamb

            Let’s just say I have friends that helped make that phone last year and it didn’t make it to the production line.

          • Keith Thompson

            So it’s Hearsay.

          • adam lamb

            Yep! It’s hearsay, but isn’t everything you read on the internet hearsay? I mean u can’t b sure about anything unless your actually there. So if I said I seen the phone a year ago and also played around with one, that would still b hearsay. It won’t prove anything and I’m not gonna try to convince u about it so believe what u want.

  • chris420o

    why not release this instead of your stupid droid ultra crap….droid max droid5 and droid mini….anddd the moto x

  • jukrzy

    I have an OG droid, droid 2, droid 3, and droid 4. a larger screen would be perfect.

  • fauxshizzl

    It saddens me every iteration of this phone since the OG has had mid range specs. Why can’t they put one together with flagship internals?

    • http://garlockfamily.com bgarlock

      +10

  • RoadsterHD1

    talk about your fixer upper….. Moto leave this on the shelf. Don’t go backwards.

  • jaredgreenwald

    2G RAM or GTFO

  • AxemRed

    Have you ever noticed that Samsung is still releasing new flip phones? The specs are mostly the same, and the functionality is mostly the same. They just slightly redesign the styling, update the software a little, and slap a new name on it. Maybe that’s what Moto is doing with phones with physical keyboards. They are the new flip phones.

  • Luis Celis

    2011 called, they want there hardware back.

    • tyguy829

      would have upvoted….but it’s their*

      • Luis Celis

        my bad sir, corrected;)

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Droid 5? No iPhone news? This site is so biased…

    Okay done pretending to troll I’ll get back to work now.

  • King Lo

    They were supposed to release this with the Razr HD series. There is a leak picture where the phone is listed as a Razr HD.

  • wade_county

    This phone will not be released. If anything it was supposed to be released with the Droid RAZR HDs, last year. (just look at the on screen buttons/processor/gpu/older software)

  • Godzilla

    Old pipeline

  • Will P

    Considering the on screen buttons, I say this was supposed to come out with the Razr HD/Maxx and was shelved.

    • decidedtochangename

      If it wasn’t a Verizon phone I would say there is 0% chance this would still ship. But I’m betting $600 full retail and $150 on contract because they can.

      • J

        I would say $549.99 full retail and $199.99 with a contract…

  • crazed_z06

    lol @ Motorola.. they need to seperate themselve’s from Verizon’s DROID branding. This is embarassing.

  • cmonnats23

    Welp. Thats upsetting.

  • zepfloyd

    Absolutely shelved.

  • tomn1ce

    WTF is Moto doing? I hope that they don’t release this device with those specs. Why can’t they just go all out on this device and offer something better then the just released Droids but with a keyboard. wow just wow O_O

    • Stuff

      Yeah, something on par with Moto X + keyboard – hell yeah! That’d be great!

  • Butters619

    Is the DROID 5 a shelved product that is somehow getting leaked now or does Motorola actually intend on putting this device on the market? Is it bad that I’m hoping for the latter?

    You mean hoping for the former?

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Can you buy me some coffee? Definitely meant former. Fixed. Thx.

      • Butters619

        NP. I assumed that’s what you meant from the tone of the article.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Dear god, please let this be a shelved device, or Motorola trolling us hardcore.

    Otherwise, I don’t care how good the Moto X is, I will have lost complete faith in their ability to make a decision.

    • Ethan T

      Yeah, it seems like a safe idea to give them the benefit of the doubt unless they actually release it.

  • Eric

    With SwiftKey I no longer have a need for the physical keyboard.

    • Mort

      Hell, even WITHOUT SwiftKey, I just can’t see how anyone thinks physical keyboards are a necessity (or even a nicety, to be perfectly honest) anymore.

      • Steve B

        There are some stubborn people out there that still love their physical keyboards. I don’t understand it, but they do exist.

        • Keith Thompson

          Is it really that hard of a concept?
          believe it or not your computer still totes a physical keyboard.

      • Butters619

        I’m fine with on screen keyboards, but I can’t definitely type faster and without looking when using a physical qwerty.

        • Sirx

          Ooooohhh. You said “can’t”. That was close–typing out a full message, quickly, WITHOUT looking, on a qwerty keyboard. Almost had to call you a liar on the internet for a moment there…

          • Butters619

            Damn it all. Lol. Fixed the typo.

      • Stuff

        Try typing anything in the console with on-screen. Makes you want to chuck the damn thing

        • Adrynalyne

          +10000000

      • Darren David Brooke

        Two very big reasons for me:

        1. I can type faster and more accurately. This has been beaten to death and you’re all going to accuse me of not giving on screen keyboards a try, and you’d be wrong. I’ve tried. I’m glad these things work for you, but it’s not good enough for me. People regularly comment on how fast I can type, and I owe it to the physical keyboard.

        2. Screen real estate. If I am replying to a long email from my phone, I am going to want to keep scrolling back up to look at the original email to make sure I’m still on track. Having the keyboard taking up exactly zero percent of my screen makes this easier.

        Believe it or not, some of us need more communication ability from our phones than to bang out a quick “lol k” and get back to browsing twitter. At the end of the day, more important than any circlejerk about specs or unlocked bootloaders, I need to be able to use my phone for the things I want it to do, as it’s more of a productivity device than a toy to me. I know I’m in the minority with that thought as well.

        The console point has already been made, and it is a very valid point as well.

        I have been holding on to my beat up old Droid 4 for some time… I know eventually I’m going to have to give up the keyboard and that disappoints me immensely. But, it’s what most smartphone users want, the rest of us just have to deal I guess. *sigh*

        • Stuff

          All very good points. The screen real-estate point also applies to video games as well. I was quite a fan of playing games on my OG as the entire screen was dedicated to the game, while I could control it with a separate set of conrols – the keyboard. With an SGS3, about 25-40% of the screen real-estate on this large beautiful screen is taken by my thumbs. I constantly feel hindered because I cannot see what’s happening on the sides and bottom corners of the screen. Video games for Android keep getting better graphically, but all I can see is a tiny strip down the middle of my device.

          • fauxshizzl

            I wish every game was made to include the option for external controllers and a way to map them. It has been built into the OS for a few years, yet most of the best games in the Playstore don’t utilize them. It feels like a slap in the face to play a game the most beautiful graphics just to cover half of them with on screen controls, and you thumbs.

        • http://garlockfamily.com bgarlock

          Right on! We must be in the same boat. :-)

        • Keith Thompson

          Words from a wise man!!!

      • Ethan T

        I always liked the fact that the physical keyboard didn’t occupy screen real estate. I don’t mind the feel of a touchscreen keyboard, but I never liked how it took up half the display while you were using it.

      • paul4id

        auto-correct is a major PITA. It has caused be numerous embarrassments.

        You simply get a precision with a physical QWERTY device that you will never get on touch screen.

    • Raven

      I have SwiftKey on my Droid 4, it is one of the few after market keyboards that works great with a physical keyboard. I occasionally flow or tap out quick replies in portrait with it, but for any serious typing I always use my physical keyboard. I can type so much faster and more accurately and the keyboard doesn’t take up half of my phone. My wife loves her Droid 4 keyboard as well and can even type faster than me on it.

      • RoninX

        Swype is also pretty decent.

        I’ve been seeing whether I can get by with just the virtual keyboard, and I can, though it’s still annoying when you’re trying to type a word it doesn’t know, and it “corrects” it to be something completely different. Fortunately, it always provides you with the option of adding the word to the dictionary, so this only happens once . . . per word.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    1gb of ram? Ew

  • George Fayad

    I was going to say “long live the physical keyboard!” Now that i’ve read the specs, I think I may cry a little.

    • Raven

      Although I am very disappointed by the specs it is an upgrade from my aging Droid 4 and it will hopefully be sold at a reasonable off contract price so that I can afford to get it and keep my unlimited data. I also love that it has a MicroSD slot unlike most of the recent new phones and hopefully it will also still be easily rootable like my Droid 4 was.

      • Eric R.

        If only it had the X8 and 2GB.

      • Allen

        Doesn’t seem much of an upgrade to the Droid 4. I don’t know what Google is doing. Why are they making low and mid range phones with neither a high end candy bar nor slider phone.

  • Jeff

    It just makes me shake my head that so many low-end smartphones can have SD cards, but many high-end smartphones only have 16gb of storage.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      How many high end smart phones released this year with 16GB didn’t have an SD slot? Or at least 32GB if it didn’t?

      • Adrynalyne

        Several launched. The definition of high end is subjective though.
        Regardless, the built-in storage is not a replacement suitable for a missing sd slot.
        My Note II has 80GB of storage and is getting long in the tooth and not considered high end. If I run out, I can swap out to another 64GB card. Try doing that in the G2, HTC One, or (insert other non-expandable phones). For those devices, you either sit there will a full card until you can dump it on a PC, or you delete data.

        • kimberly537

          what Randy explained I’m blown away that a person able to make $7677 in 1 month on the computer. read what he said w­w­w.J­A­M­20.c­o­m

        • googlyeyedfrog

          is your note II slowing down yet? what version of android are you running? thanks!

          • Adrynalyne

            4.1.2, practically stock TW. I haven’t touched anything Android related in a while.
            It chugged a lot when I didn’t realize my 16GB of internal storage was almost full. Other than that, it remains pretty speedy. Asphalt 8 is a bit choppy at times on high quality though. So its starting to show its age.

          • hoosiercub88

            Asphalt 8 runs perfectly fine on my N2.. not choppy.

          • Adrynalyne

            It defaults to medium quality graphics by default. If you bump it to high, you will see hiccups here and there.

      • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

        Let’s see… Moto X, HTC One, Droid Ultra/MAXX, G2, the only ones I can think of that have SD slots are the S4 and Note 2.

      • Taylor Abrahamson

        It’s a HUGE deal! I had a mini panic a few days ago when S3 wouldn’t boot up. I managed to get it booted and was able to transfer all of my important crap off of the internal memory. I had forgotten to set the camera to save pictures and video to the memory card after my last rom flash and I thought I was about to loose them all.

        With an sd card, as long as you save your important stuff to the sd card, if your phone dies from water or even getting run over by a car, your data is safe.

        • J

          my thought on why they r bringing more phones with out the removable memory is for companies own business… if you guys haven’t notice companies like Apple/Verizon/and i’m sure AT&T etc are offering a version of Apple’s “The ICloud.” Sure they will give you a certain amount of free storage to save your data, but after that storage is full, you are offered to buy more storage.That is an area of more profitability for the companies, do i think is convinient for the consumer, it depends how you see it… ether as, i rather pay a monthly low fee and even if my device is lost/stolen i know my data is store in the cloud and i can retrive it or i rather have an SD Card and not have to pay the monthly fee if more storage was needed. So to me it’s all business because the phones that come with a 16GB internal storage, the whole 16GB are not free to save your own data, a good portion of 3 or even up to 5GB is used for the functions of the device, so really you are only left with about 11GB of storage.

      • Burt

        Every single iphone………..

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          You’re trolling an month old thread? Have you no life?

  • EricRees

    RIP QWERTY DROIDs. We knew ye well.

    • imns

      but not well enough!
      I guess it is time to order the bluetooth qwerty attachment for my S4.

      • DJ

        don’t. if it’s anything like the one for the S3, it’s entirely too bulky. like the sidekick 2, but larger.

        • hoosiercub88

          And what’s wrong with bulky exactly?

          • boywithbluehanger

            Agreed. In an age where all phones fit in your pocket, I don’t know why people are still so obsessed with the slimness of them.

    • poop

      I was so ready to possibly put down my dream of getting a G2 in hopes that my Droid 3’s replacement would be its two-year-younger brother, the Droid 5, but it looks like that definitely won’t be happening. Good knowing you, Moto, the OG Droid line, and the QWERTY keyboard. As Rees said, we knew ye well :)

  • JamesU513

    Haha… that’s funny

  • rei_load

    No…just no…

  • cjohnson481

    why, just why? what’s the % of people that actually want a physical keyboard, or that have a physical keyboard and actually use it.

    • hoosiercub88

      Why do people care so much? Some people love a QWERTY, obviously so.. otherwise Blackberry would’ve completely been wiped off the earth by now.

      It’s not like a device being released ruins your chances of having any certain kind of phone.

      This needs to be released with the same hardware as the DROID Ultra, as an option alongside the other new DROID phones.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        I would prefer a Maxx with a keyboard attached to the back. Done and done.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Now that would both feel like a brick and weigh like one too.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            True. Holding the Razr Maxx HD, Maxx, and Moto X at the store, it is insane how much heavier the two Maxx ones feel.

        • hoosiercub88

          I imagine with the keyboard built-in, it’d have a larger battery.

      • Steve B

        In case you haven’t noticed, Blackberry IS slowly being wiped off the earth.

        • hoosiercub88

          You say that, but honestly.. They’re not.

          If they were, they’d have already been gone.

          • Steve B

            Each year, iOS and Android dominate, with a sliver going to Windows and Blackberry. Blackberry is the only one with a shrinking user base. They will be gone, it’s just a matter of time. The only thing keeping them afloat are businesses, and even a lot of businesses and the US Govt are moving away from BB in favor of iOS and Android.

    • Cliff Wynne

      why does the keyboard hurt you so…lol. My wife would love this as a refresh of her aging Droid 3 that has stopped working properly. She just likes the feel of a keyboard when typing I’ve tried to convert her to touch but she just doesnt like it.

      • Weber

        Tell her to try the on-screen buttons. Just for a while. Just to see how it feels.

        • Cliff Wynne

          she has my old incredible 2 that she is using until we find her another keyboard phone and she hates using the onscreen button. When I say I have tried I have tried she likes what she likes…

          • Weber

            I hated on-screen from the start until I realized I should just get used to it. I don’t miss my BlackBerry days at all. I owned the DInc2 as well. I think having a faster phone with swiping helped me love on-screen.

    • brkshr

      Chicks with nails like physical keyboards

    • Stuff

      Why does it matter? There is a market and demand for physical keyboards. Let it be, it does not affect those who do not want physical keyboards in any capacity.

    • MikeStuckInMass

      I, among many, want a qwerty but I don’t question why you DON’T and I’m happy for you that you have the type of phone you like. Can’t you be just as tolerant in return? All we ask for is the availability of ONE stinkin qwerty model with at least mid-grade specs.
      As an example of the misery, it took me forever to type this post with the on-screen keyboard and it’s on a *^%#ing 10 inch tablet! On-screen sucks, sucks, SUCKS!!

  • slole1

    I puked a bit in my mouth.

    • imhowie

      I puked a little in your mouth, too.

      • Mort

        Classic Howie.