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

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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.

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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.

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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

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  • 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.