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Motorola’s New DROID “QUARK” Stops by FCC on Its Way to Verizon – Wireless Charging, Turbo Charger

droid quark measurements

Back in mid-August, we caught wind of a device from Motorola under the codename “quark” that appeared to be on its way to Verizon. The device was thought to have incredible specs, thanks to a benchmark, which showed a QHD screen resolution (2560×1440), Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.65GHz, Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB RAM, and Android 4.4.4. I can confirm this morning that the device is indeed real, is headed to Verizon, likely as the next DROID, and may have some extra tricks up its sleeves that we had not yet heard, at least according to recently filed FCC documents.

So here is what we know as of today.  

A Motorola device under FCC ID IHDT56PK1 popped up last night. The device sports all of Verizon’s wireless bands, from CDMA2000 to LTE bands 4 and 13. It also includes global roaming GSM bands of 850 and 1900, like all Big Red phones do these days. To fully confirm that this is the “quark,” though, look no further than the image below, which lays out the product’s features and specifications. In the software version section, it clearly states “5821.0.463.QUARK_VERIZON.EN.US.” Yep, this is the new Motorola device headed for Verizon.

droid quark fcc3

As you would expect, it also features WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0.

After digging through additional documents, we also found mention of Motorola’s new Turbo Charger, which can fill up the new Moto X with 8 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. The mention of Turbo Charger is significant because the @DroidLanding account that reactivated last week, has been spitting teasers for a new DROID phone, one that will include faster charging. A potential device name of “DROID TURBO” has also been tossed around in rumors.

We even saw a mention of a wireless charger setup, so there is a good chance that this new DROID will also feature wireless charging, something the new Moto X lacks.

droid quark fcc4

We should also point out that this new DROID “quark” is slightly bigger than the new Moto X. The device’s measurements show that it is 73.33mm wide and 143.49mm tall, with a diagonal corner-to-corner measurement of 154.49mm. The new Moto X is 72.6mm wide and 140.36mm tall, with a diagonal corner-to-corner measurement of 149.34mm.

On a battery front, the device sports a battery with a model number of EQ40. For reference, the original DROID MAXX used a battery of EU40, which weighed in at 3,500mAh. This is looking more and more like the new DROID MAXX.

The FCC documents do not list out the processor, RAM, or camera.

There you have it. The new DROID “quark” is on the way.

Via:  FCC
Cheers Justin!
  • Katherine

    I am impressed with specs and features of this latest Smartphone from Motorola and definitely buy it along with wireless charging pad with wide charging base.

  • George Manos

    The dimensions match my Droid Maxx (5.0″), so the new version will not have the 4.6″ display, as reported, which is even better.

  • indianafanatic

    Not-so-patiently waiting for the next tidbits of information to trickle in…

  • TK

    Curious, where did the diagram come from? Because according to that diagram, those measurements are for the “display screen” not the device itself. That would make this thing a beast that clearly is not at all similar to the X.

    • Evan Mote

      The measurements are for the whole device. This is just the format for the FCC submissions, look at others for old phones.

      • TK

        Ah, good to know. In that case, still very interested in this, and will hold off on the X for now!

  • Alpha_Geek_Mk2

    Droid Quark with turbo charging and wireless charging? Will it have wireless turbo charging? Because THAT would be awesome.

  • rossguy

    This will be my next phone. I currently have the MAXX and could never go back to regular battery life again. All the Moto X upsides with a larger battery, yes please. Specs look great too. Looks like it is very slightly larger than the MAXX which I feel is the perfect size. Can’t wait!

  • Skriller

    This is what happens when you Google “154.49 millimeters in inches” and it’s no lie:
    6.08228 inches = on top on LG G Flex, HTC One Max, Nokia Lumia 1520….with QUAD HD!!!!

    DISCLAIMER: All millimeters and inches are measured diagonally, stupid.

  • Billyt

    This is the Droid I was looking for…

  • So I bought an iPhone 5c today on Verizon. Paid for it in full and chose the $60 single line plan (not a bad deal). I am thinking I will have to purchase this Moto Quark in full, unlock GSM, and use it on H2O Wireless. It’s been a while since I’ve dual-weilded.

    Why a 5c? It’s yellow, and with the blue case it will be Sweden colors 🙂

    Så jag köpte idag iPhone 5c på Verizon. Betalat den fyllt och valt $60/månad abonnemang som är ett bra affär. Jag tror att jag kommer att köp Moto Quark och olåsa den då använd två enheter.

    Varför en 5c? Den är gul och med en blå skal då kommer den vara sverige färger 🙂

  • John Kitchen

    Please make this the new Moto X with a huge battery and wireless charger. Perfect phone

  • Todd Bettenhausen

    My next phone right here… this one ticks ALL the boxes.

    • M3D1T8R

      Yup. Just give it an SD slot for the love of God.

  • These specs might get me interested in Motorola again. Oh wait, no removable battery. Hmmm. Pass.

  • ckeegan

    Now THIS is what I’m talkin about! Hurry up Moto. Hate my S4.

  • Dave

    I kind of hope VZ busts out the double data promotion on the new Droids, it’s been a while since that happened.

  • jdbarn

    Let’s see it with on-screen buttons and then this could be my next phone.

  • Dave

    154.5mm is 6.08″. Holy smokes.
    Also high amp charging is awful for lithium batteries.

  • S9779

    I hope is 5.5 inches or bigger. Rooting for something to take my notes place.

  • Brandon Lang

    They can use Quark as the mid-level ’14 droid, call the mini Clank, and the Maxx Ratchet. Boom!

  • j973

    Ahh the Maxx almost worth going back to Verizon just for that phone/ battery . The OG Moto X and im sure the New moto X just like the OG has great standby battery life ,but if im on my phone using it Og Moto x At&t if im lucky if i get 10 hours on 4.4.4 kit kat thats with phone calls and web actually its gotten worse on 4.4.4 so to all these people claiming good battery life on the new Moto X I dont buy it one bit maybe the people writing the articles are paid to say it does so the consumer will go out and buy them . because there is no way your getting all day out of any MOTO X when i mean all day I mean at least 18 hours Thats MAXX status and no MOTO X is even close while using it, on standby is different story . My maxx hd would get 6 hours talk time 6 hours screen on time , and playing music, with bluetooth and i would still have some juice. on my moto x 4 hours of talk time dead with 30 mins of screen on time DEAD im running for a charger MOTO X 10-8 hours depending on how much i use it Maxx use it without worrying all day 18 hour minimum THATS ALL DAY not 8-10

  • disastrousrainbow

    I hope to god the design is reminiscent of the new Motorola’s. Not that the Droid lineup has a rep for shoddy materials, but I’d love nothing more than to see, say, a second gen Moto X design with cues from the last two years of Droid Maxx designs (i.e. aluminum band, soft kevlar back, and thin profile). After the middling reviews for the second gen Moto X’s battery, I’m hoping this new Droid will be my next, especially if it boasts a qHD screen, wireless charging, and a crazy big battery again with stock software…

    • Fieldy

      Friendly correction and reminder that there is a difference between qHD and QHD 🙂

      • hkklife

        qHD would get you a vintage RAZR Maxx (the 4.3″ original).

  • David Scott

    If it has sd card support, unlike the moto x, I’m in!!! site unseen

    • nhizzat

      Do you mean OTG support?

  • droidrazredge

    This is the Droid Nexus X based off of the Moto Nexus X, finally something that obi wan kenobi would agree with and say…. Well played Verizon Well played Verizon I’d give up my unlimited data for a device like this.

  • Daeshaun

    That moment you thought of going back to verizon

  • mes215

    Approves.

  • OregonDawg

    Comparing the size to the Droid Maxx, it’s only about an 1/8 of an inch larger both in width and height. The only phone that comes close to these specs is the Note 4…there is no way I’m going to pass this one up…I don’t care if don’t get the new dialer…who uses their phones for calling anyways?

  • albert5x5

    If the next MAXX is a phablet, I’ll just stick with the new Moto X. I’m still a ways off from being convinced to use a phone with a 5.5″+ screen.

    • John Friend

      I want a device that bridges the gap. I don’t want to carry two devices. A biggish phone (lg g3) and a smallish tablet (nexus 7 2013). Something 6″ or just about would be perfect. Without huge bezels of course.

      • hkklife

        Agreed. I have a Note 3, N7 and N10. I am ready to consolidate that lineup into 2 devices. A 5.9″ or 6″ phablet and an 8″ to 9″ tablet would be perfect. Otherwise, I really like the Galaxy Tab S 10.5″ screen size and FF.

  • John Friend

    I like the idea of qhd screen, more ram, same size battery. It probably won’t last 2 full days (my droid maxx could last 3). But with these power hungry specs are balanced by faster charging. I found myself with almost too much battery. Like it was more than I needed.

    I will definitely get this in place of my lg g3. It’s fast. But having a removable battery and expandable memory is great too. I dunno.

    I miss active notifications, gestures, and assist. I think I’d miss them less with a smart watch. But a moto 360 and new Droid sound very very appealing!

  • Dave

    The real question is what kind of battery is Moto using? Lithium Ion batteries do not do well with high amperage charging over time. 99% chance this is an non removable battery, so I’m curious now.

  • Matt

    Will they make a Moto X Maxx?

  • Dave

    I’d jump all over this before the MotoX as long as it has VZ Navigator.

  • kixofmyg0t

    BUT BUT THE DROID MAXX BATTERY SAYS 3400mAh!!! THEY RAZR MAXX HD BATTERY IS 3200mAh!!! ZOMGBBQ BATTERYGATE!!! THEY LIED!!!
    /s

  • Michael Evans

    I wonder how much it will be off contract. Time to get the credit card ready.

    • Cogito

      Oh, it’s gonna hurt. But my unlimited data plan and I are prepared.

      • M3D1T8R

        Same. As long as this has sd card, and I can get Wi-Fi hotspot to work (FoxFi or root). It’s either this or the Z3 for Verizon at this point, or I’m waiting for next year and 64bit. My next device will be bought full price (unl data), so I’m waiting for one that’s near perfect and will last at least three years.

  • Kanaga Deepan N

    Whether there will be a Dev edition for this phone??? With no Dev Ed for Moto X in BigRed, I see no reason for this model too… So sad…

    • needa

      the good news is moto is now looking into a dev edition for verizon. the bad news is verizon has absolutely no reason to have a dev edition for the droid line.

      • nhizzat

        Source? I have 2 upgrades to use on Verizon.

        • needa

          you wont get the dev edition on contract. it will be full price plus a convenience fee of 50 to 100 bucks. but the droid life guys talked about it on the podcast yesterday. punit soni, moto ceo dude, said they would look into trying to get one out because so many people complained. its on the moto or punit g+ page in the comments.

  • teebone

    Very interested to see what this will be. I am getting the Note 4 but I’ve always loved Moto’s radios, they’re the best in the business. Can this beast sway me away from the Note 4? One of the reasons why it could is because I’ve had Samsung phones now for the past 2 years, 3 phones in all and they put super amoled screens n their phones.

  • DanSan

    Please dont mess this one up verizon….

    oh damn who am I kidding, its verizon. as long as it isn’t wrapped in kevlar or looks anything like the droid maxx and has on screen keys I am a very excited young man. Was looking for a solid replacement for my GS4. please have an sdcard slot, removable battery.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      The physical keys are what killed the Maxx for me last year.
      We’re at odds with the woven Kevlar though; I think it is significantly nicer than most materials used. Definitely a unique look and feel.
      Design is probably going to be fairly similar to the Maxx though, I’d wager. Maybe without the wrapped chin.

  • 805 with a 1080i

    very similar dimensions to the s5. does that mean capacitive buttons again????? NOOOO

  • M3D1T8R

    Nice. Like the moto x, it’s too big – though this is a hair smaller than the G3, probably has around a 5.3-5.4″ display, or it’s 5.2 like the x but with disappointingly large bezels (waterproof?). But otherwise this should correct the biggest problems with the X: battery, wireless charging. Just give it a good camera and most importantly, an SD slot! ..and I’ll forgive the size.
    I’m excited for a Motorola device yet again, after the let down moto x and 360. Guess I should be prepared to be let down again with that track record, but for now I’m staying hopeful.

    • needa

      if you were let down by the x and the 360… then your expectations are too high.

  • nhizzat

    Please be offered in a developer edition flavor. Don’t care about a microSD card.

    • M3D1T8R

      Dev edition would be amazing.

  • apjans

    Those dimensions don’t make any sense. A 6″ screen with a 6.3″ body? That would be some next level engineering.

    • M3D1T8R

      What on earth makes you think it has a 6″ screen? That’s the full device measurement. Display we don’t know but is probably 5.2-5.4″.

      • apjans

        A few reasons:
        The portion labeled “display screen” measures out to 6″(when converted from mm to inches). If you use the pythagorean theorem, the other 2 measurements give you a diagonal of 6.3.
        There have been multiple rumors floating around about a 6″ nexus as well as a 6″ Moto phone. Those specs line up exactly with the rumors for each of those phones.

  • scotch1337

    I hope it is a solid phone, to bad it didn’t come soon enough. I am getting a iPhone 6 plus instead.

    • M3D1T8R

      Funny.

      • scotch1337

        It is true for me. All I wanted was either a nexus phone or droid phone because they are stock typically or a 5.5 inch iPhone because that was holding me back before. Well I preordered my iPhone and now I see rumers of the next droid device. I really do hope it is a stellar phone, and popular too. I had a droid x followed by an s3 by the way

    • Dave

      Nice “unbiased” review of size.

  • Bob’s Bilderbergers

    Please don’t be ugly. Please don’t be ugly. Please don’t be ugly

    • DanSan

      if its wrapped in that tacky carbon fiber/kevlar junk then yes, it will be ugly. enough of that motorola.

      • Cogito

        Some of us like the kevlar. Certainly beats the plastic so many others use. Not feeling the new wood/leather on the X either; never liked the look of wood on a phone, and while I actually really like the LOOK of the leather, I have serious doubts about it’s durability over a year or two of use. So, on the X, that just leaves plastic. So unless they’re going to metal a la HTC, I’d rather stick to the kevlar over the other options.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        I like the Kevlar they used on the Maxx, the X woven backs, and the Razrs. Soft, extremely durable, and unique.
        The Ultra and Mini were nasty because of the polished resin layered over the Kevlar.

  • Under the bridge downtown

    This is what I am was waiting for. My Droid Maxx can use a little spec bump.

  • Nunyur_Biznezz

    Interesting it supports LTE band 2. That frequency is currently being used for 3G. And band 7 which Verizon has no spectrum at all.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      The XT1096 (Verizon X 2014) supports those bands as well, and Band 3 to boot..

      Future-proofing for their refarming efforts and possible acquisitions?

  • YouSeeLA

    So, where are the “abbagoochie” & “valocia” phones with Snapdragon 801 processor that @evleaks mentioned would be the Maxx & Mini?

    I think this is the Droid version of the Shamu Nexus, rather than a straight Maxx replacement

  • Finire

    So have they finally jumped on the bandwagon though and made it waterproof? Because the next phone I buy will be waterproof. Till then I’ll just hold onto my Maxx.

    • For when you’re using your phone in the playboy grotto?

      • Finire

        I never understood why a device would need to be waterproof… Until I got the Z2 tablet. Being able to use it in the rain, near the pool, in the shower… It’s really nice to just not have to worry.

        • Greyhame

          Shower use? Hmmmmmm…….

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Motorolas are water resistant due to a coating on the board (have been for years), but not sealed and IP rated like the Sonys. I doubt Motorola went full IP67 though.

  • Dominick White

    So many good phones to choose from. Planning on getting my mother a new phone in February. So now I have Note 4, Droid turbo. Both with the fast charging and big batteries that I think she will love

  • MSmith79

    What would that make the screen size? 5.5″?

    • calculatorwatch

      Probably not. The G3 is 146.4 x 74.6 mm so this would have some damn impressive bezels to beat that.

      • Greyhame

        Good call. Damn, I hope they increased the size at least a bit… otherwise, hell-o bezels!

        • calculatorwatch

          Yep. Although if it is still 5.2″, then only 3mm more chin than the Moto X is still pretty good for a DROID phone.

    • Dave

      It says screen size of 154.5mm, which is 6.08 inches. No way?

  • Detonation

    Needs to have a MicroSD slot. If the upcoming throttling is bad, I will likely switch over to the unadvertised $30 6GB plan for UDP users, but I will need storage space to offline cache Spotify playlists as I use about 10GB+ a month streaming it right now.

    • hkklife

      If it had a screen at least 5.5″ and a microSD slot I would be 100% in no matter what.

      If it’s missing microSD I am out unless they offer a 64GB variant.

      I am still awaiting my dream device, which would be a Moto phablet with these specs but in the 5.9″ range with a 4,000mAh+ battery and microSD and a Samsung or Nokia-level camera.

    • Nunyur_Biznezz

      Sorry they no longer offer that

      • Detonation

        They still do, confirmed with a rep in store the other day. It’s different from the Max promo last year -this one doesn’t require edge. They don’t advertise it, but if you ask they will give it to you.

  • mcdonsco

    Screen size?

  • Jason

    Dude… these 5″+ phones being the norm needs to STAHP. If people want big phones fine, but my DROID Maxx is already almost too big for me to deal with. My hands aren’t tiny, I just hate having to manipulate my hands so much to reach where I want. 5.2″ is a deal breaker. If I’m lucky, maybe they’ll make a “mini” that’s the same size as my now “maxx”… wtf :rolls eyes:

  • AbbyZFresh

    If they can make a Droid Maxx with the same upgrades as the X with the Maxx battery, i’m all over this.

    • Godzilla

      Do the guys at school know you are a size queen?

      • calculatorwatch

        Do the girls at school know you’re a monster?

        • Godzilla

          yes lol

  • s0uth

    ive never owned a droid phone…. and i believe this may be the chosen one. cant wait for a the complete spec list.

  • So if this just stopped by the FCC, how long does it usually take to become official?

    • Cogito

      Define “Official.” Moto X’s docs were posted here on DL on 9/3, announced by Moto on 9/5, supposedly for sale later this month. So, I’d think mid-October as a worst case scenario for this hit store shelves if that same pattern holds up.

      • Ideally, how long until Verizon or Motorola announce to the public the device exists, it’s specs, etc., and how long until it hits shelves. I didn’t think the time between the Moto X to MAXX was that long, but if this just stopped by the FCC..

        • AbbyZFresh

          The Droid line was announced a couple days before the Moto X was last year.

        • Cogito

          Again, this year’s Moto X went 48 hours between these docs going public and Moto’s official announcement. You’re not going to hear anything over the weekend, but between this breaking the surface and the @DroidLanding teases lately, I’d be surprised if we don’t get an announcement within 2 weeks (in fact, @DroidLanding posted on the 2nd and 9th, one week apart. If they go again on the 16th, that’s two BUSINESS days from now… 48 hours not including weekend… just sayin’) Time from that announcement to on-the-shelf is anyone’s guess.

  • calculatorwatch

    Somebody buy my G3 now! Assuming this has a Maxx size battery it is going to be sweet.

  • Ronald McDonald

    Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Have my hopes for the right choice in a phone finally come to fruition? If the specs are true, then count me in. I can deal with the mediocre (which is just assumption based on history) camera, as I only take pics of schoolwork

    • flosserelli

      Caught in a landslide,
      No escape from reality

      • TC Infantino

        Open your eyes
        Look up to the skies and see…

  • Godzilla

    For those of you saying “I wish moto made these for all carriers.” You have to remember that Verizon has a very specific droid contract with Motorola and that basically a team from Verizon works with a team from Motorola and figure out what specs to shoot for, screen size, all that. This is a custom phone for Verizon because it is what Verizon wanted.

    • Brandon Miller

      Does anybody know when that contract is over? I thought I remembered seeing some article mention it back when Google bought Motorola but I can’t find it. That article may be a figment of my imagination though.

  • bionicwaffle

    I like it! This could be a nice replacement for my Droid Razr Maxx HD. I’d love to see a 4000mAh battery in it!

  • droidarmy

    My body is ready

  • jaydotelloh

    The Droid Turbo name is really already confirmed. This is what you see when setting up the new moto voice apk on a 2013 Droid MAXX.

    http://i.imgur.com/kjPkyrh.jpg

    • koopadoop

      unfortunate, if it was the Droid Naturally Aspirated I would buy it day one.

      • guest

        Hmmmm my Turbo laughs at you

  • Russell Sprague

    If this has on screen nav keys, I might consider this over the new x, will have to see how it looks.

    • Cael

      Mte

    • TC Infantino

      Yes, please. I agree. One of the only real things that bothers me with the current Maxx is that they put capacitive nav keys on it instead of using the X’s on screen nav keys. I still haven’t a clue why they did that.

  • needa

    this would be the phablet that big texas tols us about over three months ago. he was spot on with the moto x and it looks like he is spot on with this phablet. he did say that there would be some sort of tech that will change the screens colors depending on the environment.

    • Orion

      How so? The dimensions of the phone are only slightly bigger than the moto x.

      • C-Law

        Did you even read the above? The second half says one if then will have a 5.2″ display and similar size to moto x but with metal/Kevlar body. That would give it slightly bigger dimensions than the moto x

        • Orion

          Umm I did read. You obviously didn’t. lmao

          • john

            154.5 mm diagonal is 6 inches

          • Orion

            The phone…..not the screen lol.

      • needa

        i cannot argue with that.

  • Bob G

    DAMMIT! If Verizon had some sort of stupid exclusive to wireless charging in Moto phones, I’ll hate them even more than I already do!

    • compwagon

      Current Qi chargers can’t work reliably with the curved backs that have become signature to the Moto X (and they *are* nice…). The new Qi spec doesn’t require absolute direct contact with the charger, so once chargers based on that spec are out, Moto could probably get away with a curved back and still do wireless charging. The wireless charging means this device (quark) will almost definitely have a flat back, like the MAXX.

      • M3D1T8R

        Really? The Nokia Qi chargers I just got on the daily steals deal for $18 each are not new models, but both my Nexus 7 and DNA will charge while hiding the device as much as a cm above the pad.

        • compwagon

          The Nokia is fairly good. Some others are not as reliable. I’m guessing Moto also anticipates many people putting them in cases, and case+curve might have just been too much. I don’t know for sure, of course, but given that Google put wireless charging in all of its Nexus devices, I can’t imagine Google-owned Moto would have kept it out unless there was some reason it wouldn’t work as well as they would like.

  • GJV

    If this phone has either an SD slot or a 64 gb option, it’ll be perfect and in my pocket as soon as it’s released.

    • SHunter

      why do you need a 64GB phone?

      • nhizzat

        Because why not maximize onboard storage? Especially if there is no microSD card slot available. I think what Apple did with their storage offerings was very smart.

        • SHunter

          I’m not sure what everyone uses this storage for. 32 gig has always been fine. Google music is cloud based. If I’m on a flight I just pin a few playlists. 32gig will also house a few movies as well just in case. So again. What are you filling up on that you want 128gig and an SD slot?

          • nhizzat

            Lots of pictures, recorded videos, music, TiBu backups, movies, games, apps, and I’ll sometime use my phone as portable storage if I can’t find a USB stick.

            Right now, I have just under 7gb free on my 32gb Moto X.

          • SHunter

            All my media is on google servers. Backups are useless to me since Google backs up all my apps that are installed anyways. I don’t watch movies on my phone. If anything, I’ll ccast a movie. Otherwise I’ll have a local movie on my tablet to watch. OTG is useful in certain situationsfor sure.

          • TC Infantino

            But, that is how You use your phone. There are others (like myself) who have quite a bit of data on their phone. Pictures, music, movies, video recordings, plus some seriously big games. The thing that Android (and the OG Droid) bragged about when competing with the iPhone was the ability to expand the storage of the phone with just a new SD card.
            Yes, there are many cloud storage options for pretty much every type of file you have…..but then you are dealing with using up your data for the month just to access things that with the proper amount of storage in your phone, you would have access to all the time.
            The main thing is that options are never a bad thing. What works for some people, doesn’t work for others.

          • SHunter

            Well I suppose. In a perfect world fast date and unlimited data is the world you want to live in. I don’t pay for that so I keep everything at my fingertips in the cloud.

          • STC

            Just want to re-emphasize what TC said. What works for you does not work for everyone else in how you use your phone. There’s a reason all manufacturers have reintroduced SD Card slots this year: demand. And there’s a reason the international variants of phones that removed them (IE HTC M7, LG G2, etc) still actually had SD Card slots in the international market: demand.

  • 2Berad

    All I ask for is onscreen buttons…. I love my MAXX but really do not like the captive touch buttons also QI charging is now a must for me on any phone moving forward.

    • Jerry Huster

      I wholeheartedly agree with you. It’s the one thing I hate about my MAXX. They did it for just one round of Droid’s… the HD RAZR series…and then pretended that they didn’t.

  • Tony Byatt
    • Guest

      Fit’s Verizon’s view

    • Cael

      I am greatly concerned about this phone not looking better than the moto x…

    • mes215

      Damn, didn’t look down far the comments, and missed this. IF I had seen it, I would not have reposted. 🙁

  • XvierX

    It’s bigger because it will likely have capacitive buttons like the last iteration.

  • Joshua Rossi

    Nice work

  • Clift

    That screen size is 6″, by the way.

    Oh and the Droids of last year received updates pretty quickly.

    • Tom S

      Comparing the dimensions to the Moto X ’14, I’m going to guess the actual screen will be 5.5″.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        That would be a feat, considering it is smaller W&H than the G3. More likely, it is 5.2″ with a beefed-up frame/design to support the larger battery.

    • Greyhame

      Those are the dimensions for the phone itself, despite the FCC’s attempt to confuse everyone and call it “display screen.” So no, thankfully the screen will not be 6″.

      • Clift

        Look at the screen dimensions on the above picture. It says 154.48mm. That’s 6.08″

        • Cogito

          Your unit conversion skills are unparalleled. His point however, is that just like every other filing, including several posted on this very site, that misleading graphic actually indicates the size of the entire front face, not ONLY the display. So if the device is 6.06″ diagonally, the display is likely something more like 5.3-5.7in to fit within that dimension plus bezels.

          • Clift

            Hopefully. 6″ is totally huge. So droid quark turns into the Verizon Phablet @ 5.5″

        • Greyhame

          Look at the Moto X 2014 FCC specs:

          http://www.droid-life.com/2014/09/03/verizons-new-moto-x-stops-by-fcc-with-codename-victara-android-4-4-3/

          The screen on that device is not 5.9″. Trust me, the screen is not 6″.

    • T4rd

      The Droids of last year were identical to the Moto X internally, and still lagged behind the Moto X by at least a month or two, I think. If these new Droids have totally different hardware, I’d expect them to be pretty slow to update them again.

      • ImDatNukka

        Ummmm no! We got 4.4.4 a month before the moto X.

        • T4rd

          Yeah, after you sat on 4.4.2 for months after the X was on 4.4.3. Regardless, my point stands.

          • Kevin McClave

            Incorrect…we sat on 4.4.

          • T4rd

            Incorrect… you sat on incorrect. =p

  • Ralph Bretz

    I hope the Motorola Nexus is based off this… I.E. Motorola Droid Nexus and has the big battery

    • Jason B

      Highly likely. This is basically Verizon’s version of Shamu.

      • Ralph Bretz

        I know there will never be another Nexus on Verizon, I just meant that I hope the Motorola Nexus will be based off of the Droid instead of the X spec-wise. Been waiting for a phone to get me to leave Verizon.

        • vzwuser76

          Once everyone goes to VoLTE, we might see a Nexus on Verizon again.

  • eriklee

    I’m not a huge fan of the new Moto X design, so hopefully the Quark doesn’t have those ugly front speakers and tacky, disproportionally-sized camera/dimple

    • Greyhame

      The cutouts on the back panel are exactly the same size for the dimple and the camera.

      • eriklee

        But they’re disproportional to the size of the body. The Moto “M” logo should at least be 20% smaller, and does anyone find the flash ring better looking than a regular flash?

    • Kilgore Trout

      You mean the faux front speakers. The new moto x only has one speaker, and it’s on the bottom. Those two grilles on the front aren’t for speakers.

      • cns2007

        The bottom one is a speaker

        • needa

          as is the top one. it just doesn’t play media.

          • cns2007

            Yep, I know that. I was referring to the fact that the bottom grill is the main speaker.

          • needa

            my reply to you was just an add on for the guy above.

  • Greyhame

    I hope they parlay that increase in size over the Moto X into a larger screen, cause bezels. That being said, man do I wish this thing was smaller!!!

  • Specs are cool, but the fact that the Maxx was pretty much an X in a different body meant timely updates. I hope that stays true.

    • Godzilla

      but see thats the problem, with verizon you have to HOPE that updates will be fast. There is no guarantee like when you buy GSM unlocked.

      • Jerry Huster

        That’s not a problem. Verizon has really let Moto do their thing here on their network. The Maxx was sitting at 4.4.4 before any other Android device… even before VZW’s version of the X or any Samsung device on other carriers.

        • Godzilla

          You are using a single phone and only a few examples. If you look at the overall update history of Verizon phones, it is horrible. They try to control too much. Can they change? Sure…….do I expect them to? No

          • Greyhame

            He’s obviously on VZW, so your GSM point, while valid, is moot.

          • Go Home

            Did Sarge tell you to say that?

          • disastrousrainbow

            I’d be all with you except they also updated the Droid Mini and Droid Ultra. That’s three technically different Droid phones at the same time. Even in the past when phones have had identical software their updates have been spaced (see previous Droid lineups, certain Samsung phones that were running same software, etc.), but in this case they really let Motorola take the ball and run with it.

            There’s really no reason why they wouldn’t let them continue. I mean, why backtrack all of a sudden? Especially with an OEM who’s responsible for your own brand and a top tier one at that.

        • Kevin McClave

          That’s a bit misleading, because we sat on 4.4 for a long time (relatively speaking) and then leap-frogged the incremental updates in between to get to 4.4.4.

          • Jerry Huster

            Maybe…but we did leap frog to 4.4.4 well before most other devices.

        • compwagon

          My concern is that all of that was very true… with Google’s Motorola. Before that, Moto was one of the worst with updates (Blur undoubtedly didn’t help, but they were deathly slow even for a skinned variant). Can we really be sure that Lenovo Moto will keep up with the lightning-fast updates?

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Sure? No. But we also have no reason to believe it will change given what we’ve been told about Motorola’s relative autonomy so far.
            All we can do is hope at this point. That, or jump ship to iOS; they’re the only other VZW device to get timely updates.

          • Dave

            Why don’t other OEM update their own devices like Apple does, without carrier involvement? Does Apple have the carriers by the balls or something? I’ve never figured that out.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Well, when 40+% of the phones the carriers in the US sell are iPhones, yes, Apple has the Major carriers by the balls, currently.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            It is more perception than anything else. Apple has to go through the same process, but they can do it behind the scenes, wait for all of the approvals, then hit the GO button for everything at once. That’s the advantage of doing everything in-house.
            On Android, OEMs don’t get the code from Google until a short period before the official launch of that version. With the amount of work required to debug the new code and the OEM skins, there is a delay before they get it to carriers for approval. Since the “update” clock starts ticking the moment that Google releases the code publicly, they push the updates as there is no advantage at that point of holding them.

      • needa

        just adding to the convo here. motorola was talking about the droid updates a few months ago. they said that verizon gives them specific windows on when they can update. and they only get so many updates a year. moto said they had the .2 or .3 update ready, but the .4 update was coming out right at the time of their ‘window’ to update. and it was going to be the only one for a while. so they held off to give peeps the .4.

        i don’t have a source. but i think it was dennis woodside that said it on a podcast with mkbhd. not sure.

        • Greyhame

          Interesting. Wonder why VZW would care so much about number of updates per year.

          • needa

            my guess would be bandwidth. same thing happens with att and the others i reckon.

      • Alpha_Geek_Mk2

        If it has an unlocked/unlockable bootloader, throw on CyanogenMod and get updates whenever you like.

    • Tyler Durden

      The Maxx, Ultra, Mini, and X were all basically the same, with different batteries and give or take a few features.

    • MSmith79

      It also had a bigger display and wireless charging.

      • Wireless charging is a broken, stupid feature thus far, though.

        • compwagon

          Really? I love it. Some Qi chargers are hit-and-miss, especially the small disc-shaped ones, but my TYLT works wonderfully. I just drop the phone onto it, and it charges. I have never had to reposition (one of the beauties of that charger’s design). The larger flat chargers (that are of a good brand) only require occasional repositioning.

          • Oh, i see. You like that you can’t use your phone while it’s charging?

            Eventually they will probably have wireless charging up to a couple of feet and you can still use it as if it were attached to a wire.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            It is a convenience. If you phone is that low and you need to use it, nothing prevents you from using a regular charger.

          • Alpha_Geek_Mk2

            I like that I can charge my phone 100% of the time I’m not using it. It’s all about perspective. I can keep it on a qi charger on my night table while I’m sleeping, or on my desk while I’m at work, and if I need to pick it up and use it I can, and as soon as I place it back down it’s charging again, no messing with wires required.

        • Brian Wolfman

          Have to disagree. LOVE my TYLT wireless charger. Go upstairs, in the dark, just lay my phone on the charger and its charging. Get a call, pick it up, all done? just lay it back down. Is it a convenience? Sure it is! But if it makes something easier? why not use it. Charging is very slow, but overnight, who cares. I could see at an office/desk, Id use my TYLT too. As for using it while charging, its in my bedroom, not sure Id ever use it while charging. My G2 almost never dies, so never an issue.

  • elijahblake

    wonder if the nexus x? will be based off this 😉

    • Brandon

      Definitely not considering it’s heading to Verizon! LOL

      • cns2007

        I don’t think he was questioning if this was the Nexus, and heading to Verizon. Just if this will be used as a reference point for the it.

  • BoFiS

    How about a SMALLER version for Verizon please? With MicroSD? 😉

    • MichaelFranz

      I’d be happy with a Maxx and Mini….no need for a middle of the road like the Ultra last year

      • Cogito

        I don’t think I could ever own a non-Maxx device again. Still stuck on the RAZR HD MAXX from two years ago, but have been lusting after my father’s Maxx from last year. These specs, and I assume the X’s bag of tricks just like last year, with that epic battery? MY BODY IS READY.

        • MichaelFranz

          Agreed, however i use my phones camera a lot….i need a great camera which is why the S5 is where I am at for now.

          • Cogito

            Admittedly I don’t use my camera often. Mostly when I travel, like when I was at Chase Field for Memorial Day. It certainly doesn’t “wow” me, but I’ve never complained about it much either. Certainly wouldn’t turn down an upgrade, but as long as it isn’t actually worse than my RHDM it’s a nonfactor for me.

          • MichaelFranz

            to each their own. Trust me if you used it like i did and went from Maxx to S5, night and day difference. Camera is top notch

        • Dave

          Exactly why I returned my Moto X last year and still use my Note 2. Even with stock Android, it was literally exactly as fast as the Note 2, but the battery lasted about ⅔ as long.

      • tdizzel

        The Ultra was the best phone released last year. Anyone who disagrees is a complete idiot.

  • Cael

    I might get this and say screw the moto x…

    • moelsen8

      yeah i wish moto made these unbranded

      • Greyhame

        Amazed that they don’t. The Moto X 2014 is getting rave reviews with the exception of battery life. Why Motorola!? WHY!!? I love its design, and I want to customize the look so badly. But after owning a MAXX, how could I go back to life tethered to an outlet? At least with the GNEX I could swap batteries… *sigh* First world problems.

        • cns2007

          I’ve read several reviews and while they question the small 2300 mah battery, each have stated they easily get through day.

          • Greyhame

            I wouldn’t.

          • Godzilla

            yup, im not concerned seeing as how I am always near a charger, and maybe ill purchase a turbo charger just to say I have one

          • Kanaga Deepan N

            Yes, if we didn’t touch the phone, it will get through a FULL day comfortably…

          • cns2007

            Don’t know where your getting that from. None claim it beats the LG or Samsung, but does last the day:

            Engadet:
            “ …Motorola managed to keep its word with regard to an all-day battery — the X stuck with me for just over a day of on-and-off web
            browsing, texting, Kindle reading, YouTube watching, Rdio streaming and Google Maps navigating.”

            CNET:
            According to our light Wi-Fi browsing test, the Moto X has acceptable but not exceptional battery life, which is probably the biggest black mark against it…. In regular mixed use it had no problem lasting for a waking day, though of course this will depend on what you’re using it for.

            TheVerge:
            The Moto X lasted 8 hours and 44 minutes in our battery rundown test, which is a strong showing, and I was able to get a full day of use out of it before needing to juice up. It’s not as long-lasting as the LG G3, HTC One M8, or Galaxy S5, but it should be good enough for most people

          • Greyhame

            “…though of course this will depend on what you’re using it for.”

            And there is your caveat. I’m sure it’ll suffice for most people. But what about travelers or heavy users? I think Moto missed the mark for the businessman use case (talking, traveling, emailing, etc. throughout the day). I’m surprised that with such a large increase in physical size from the OG X (>10%), they were only able to increase the battery by such a pittance (less than 5%).

          • cns2007

            I agree the battery should probably have been bigger, but usage is applicable to any phone. Business users should go for a different phone then.

          • Greyhame

            That’s a pretty big segment to lose out on, and one that Motorola would love to tap into.

          • cns2007

            Yes, the business segment is full of potential with BYOD policies now.

          • TC Infantino

            Yes, it is a large potential market. I believe I read somewhere (most likely here) that Android now has the ability to link securely with company Outlook email accounts. I am pretty sure that was a big roadblock for using Android devices in the enterprise.

          • nhizzat

            All heavy users should have a portable battery charger.

          • JasonS

            Heavy users and travelers should get the Maxx. They also would be better off with Verizon.

          • Amanda Bazan

            can’t get Verizon in Canada… 🙁 maybe they will take pity on me and unlock it for me if I buy it out right…

          • C27

            You have to read between the lines. Review sites do not blatantly speak of negatives when provided with review units. These carefully worded sentences regarding camera and battery life should not be taken positively.

          • Noel

            Sorry good enuf is not for me cuz i know that will last me about 6hrs or less. I am yet to have a phone with a decent battery life…i hope Motorola and Google do not disappoint on the battery size/capacity of the Nexus X (6). For ones why can’t we get a battery on a Nexus phone that will be the talk of everyone.

          • B

            Didn’t they also say that there would be a rapid charger available with it? Something about charging in 15 minutes if I remember correctly.

          • cns2007

            Yes, Turbo Charger.

          • Dave

            High amp charging will prematurely degrade lithium based batteries.

          • Alpha_Geek_Mk2

            I’d be okay with that if it has a user replaceable battery. I’d even be okay purchasing a new battery every six months if it meant I could fill up a 3000+mAh battery in under 20 minutes.

          • ckeegan

            Not a chance I would. I actually use my phone as a phone (3000 mins/mo, and it’s called not working in a cubicle) and the 2600 mah battery in my S4 usually only gets me through 8 hours.

      • Stone Cold

        Droid is Verizon only so you know it be branded.

      • I would stay up to 3 a.m. to pre order this.

    • Brandon

      That’s what I was thinking but I have T-Mobile and this will most likely be locked down like Fort Knox like the rest of the Droid line.

      • Godzilla

        oh trust me, it will be

    • Not A Guest

      I wouldn’t mind dumping my G3 for thus 😀

  • MichaelFranz

    Sounds like all it needs is an SD Slot and a S5 like camera to be a winner in my book. However im sure it’ll be the same camera as Moto X which form reports ive read, has improved, but still isnt as great. Pretty sure it’ll have a Maxx sized battery as well of 3500mah or better huge win

    • Gr8Ray

      It’ll need the bigger battery to push all those pixels.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        The 805 is more efficient at pushing a QHD than the 801, so it shouldn’t be too bad. Though, LG did have to really push some odd stuff to keep from going backwards with battery moving up themselves, so we’ll see.

        • Dave

          Would it be fair to say that the GPU will be working overtime anyway, since it was to upconvert essentially everything to QHD resolution anyway? Virtually nothing besides native video recording will be 2k at this point.

  • Ryan Ropero

    Dear Verizon,
    STAAAPH

    Sincerely,
    People-who-hate-carrier-exclusive-phones-because-it prolongs-updates-and-fragments-android

    • Cael

      Verizon goes to Moto and tells them to make a device.

      Moto is not making a device and Verizon gives them extra money so they only have it…

      Motorola can easily pull a Droid 4 and Photon Q or Droid/Milestone so you stop complaining.

      • profinite

        Hey, Verizon kept Motorola afloat until Google bought it.

        • Cael

          Yes they did. None of the other carriers were showing Moto love like Verizon. Verizon should get all the phones. Nobody is complaining about how ATT gets all the Samsung ones…

          • Greyhame

            Verizon should get all the phones? Couldn’t disagree more. And I’m on Verizon. But, money talks.

          • Cael

            I’m not saying Verizon should be the only carrier to get them just saying they shouldn’t be excluded.

            Idk what T-Mobile problem is.

          • Justin W

            That’s because then (when this was an issue for Samsung), people didn’t want the Galaxy Mega or Active devices.

          • michael arazan

            What is Verizon’s obsession with thick bezels though?

            ” The device’s measurements show that it is 73.33mm wide and 143.49mm tall, with a diagonal corner-to-corner measurement of 154.49mm.” Haven’t seen it yet and can already say “Dat Bezel”

          • Greyhame

            Unless the screen is bigger, as the previous MAXX screen was larger than the OG X. Let’s wait and see. Hopefully it’s not too industrial looking.

          • Dave

            154.5mm = 6.08 inches.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Still the same size as the GS5, but with a larger screen. Bezel should be fine.

      • Greyhame

        He’s complaining about a surplus in phones, not a lack. So, no.

        • Cael

          And I’m saying there’s no need to call out Verizon for its moto exclusive phones.

          If someone paid you a million to make something are you going to say no because it’s a carrier exclusive and updates will take longer?

          • Greyhame

            As I said, money talks. But do I think it ultimately hurts Motorola to have carrier exclusives? I do. Look at what Apple does… one phone compatible with all networks. Not multiple versions equating to more work to keep them updated. Not multiple versions exclusive to one carrier equating to lost sales on others. Just one phone. Seems to work pretty well for them.

    • Daniel Maginnis

      My droid mini begs to differ

    • calculatorwatch

      Sorrrry, that ridiculous premium that Verizon customers pay does at least buy us something apparently.

  • Lucky Armpit

    I can’t get this device this year, as I still have another year left on my Droid Maxx. But if the maximum internal storage is 32 GB and no SD Card slot, I wouldn’t be getting it anyway.

    • Tom S

      Nevermind. I derped.