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DROID TURBO User Manual Leaks (Updated)

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Forget whatever HTC just announced for a second, the DROID TURBO user manual appears to have just been leaked by MotoFirmware. We are still digging through its contents now, so if you don’t want to wait for us to update this post, feel free to jump into it through the link below. 
Update:  First of all, the design matches up to what we had seen and heard about from sources. The centered front camera is the identifier here, along with those capacitive navigation buttons. We are also now finding specs listed, included an 5.2-inch “ultra high-definition display,” “high-capacity long lasting battery,” 21MP rear camera, Qi wireless charging, and support for Motorola’s Turbo Charger. Actually, the Turbo Charger is included with the device. I would be lying if I didn’t mention that the display size was a bit of shocker. Most of us thought that we would get a 5.5-inch QHD display, even though some benchmarks hinted at 5.2.

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Update 2:  Like last year’s DROID family, we are seeing support for the best features from this year’s Moto X, including the entire Moto suite of apps like Moto Voice, Display, Actions, Assist, and Connect. The device is running mostly stock Android again as well.

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Update 3:  Here is a tiny picture of the backside.

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Update 4:  Eventually, this site (http://www.motorola.com/mydroidturbo) will be loaded with DROID TURBO info.

Via:  MotoFirmware (PDF)
  • Sallie Nevins

    It’s still not an iPhone 6 !

  • Christi Phillips Lockridge

    OMG OMG OMG!!! The DROID Does countdown has began!! It will run till the 28th when it will be revealed and a sale date disclosed. I’m so stinking excite y’all! Screenshot taken at roughly 1:14 a.m EST directly from the VZW site

  • Taglogical

    Thank the Gods this thing has capacitive buttons. Onscreen buttons look nice, but aren’t as functional. If only this had an LCD and an SD slot..

  • bluebanzai

    Did nobody else mention that a ultra-hd screen is 3840×2160 pixels giving us 847ppi? I know it doesn’t state the exact res anywhere but ultra-hd means either 4k or 8k…so from the current Maxx to the Turbo is going to go from 720p to 4k. man!

  • BoFiS

    Ugh, too big, no MicroSD slot, and off-screen buttons stupidly for 2014…yawn, wake me when the Z3 Compact is announced for Verizon and I’ll be way more interested 😉

  • Christi Phillips Lockridge

    Ok guys so tell me what the difference between this and the Moto X 2nd will be? Prettier screen? faster? More hands free funct?

    • Josh Matthews

      Basically, the screen on the Turbo is twice the resolution but probably not noticeably better. The processor should be a Snapdragon 805, compared to the 801 in the Moto X. The only real advantage in that upgrade is the new GPU, Adreno 420. So gaming should be better.

      Way I look at it, deciding between the Turbo and X, you’re deciding between design & battery. The Turbo will probably have ~1,000mah higher battery capacity, which is pretty damn significant. Add in the QI charging and included Turbo charger, you’re looking at a much better battery experience on the Turbo. That being said, the Turbo has capacitive buttons and is part of the infamously ugly Droid series. The X is obviously beautiful and has tons of customization options.

      My use dictates functionality over form, so I’ll probably go with the Turbo. If you don’t need all that battery and don’t do much graphic-heavy mobile gaming, there’s not much of an advantage in the Turbo compared to the X.

      EDIT: Completely forgot the camera, sorry. Obviously, it should be heavily improved in the Turbo. Personally, I use a real camera for any photography I care about.

  • Colts5609

    Almost makes me wish I was still with Verizon….JK, still very happy I left Verizon. I’ll stick with being able to use almost any GSM phone on the planet.

  • bduncan89

    anyone have an idea if FoxFi will eventually support 4.4.4 (or Android L) in the future? Currently have unlimited data, and wondering if I would be able to tether with the droid turbo with/without root

  • schoat333

    Wow that’s ugly. Reminds me of the Thunderbolt.

  • ilovedessert

    Any chance this will be sold unlocked???

  • Josh Matthews

    Basically confirms a 3300mah~ battery. Says it takes 3 hours to charge the battery and on Qualcomm’s website they are advertising their new charging standard to be able to charge a 3300mah battery in 3 hours.

  • maniel

    capacitive buttons instead of on-screen ones? weird

  • Chris M

    Droid line is so ugly. Can never get behind these.

  • jcorf

    Ugh, stupid capacitive buttons

  • Shadowstare

    Please let the phone look better in person. *crosses fingers*

  • Christi Phillips Lockridge

    Oh and does anyone know of the standard GB coming on this bad boy is gonna be 16 or 32gb?

    • Josh Matthews

      almost assuredly 32gb based on the fact that they’re consolidating the Droid series to one flagship device. The flagship Maxx’s of the last two generations each came with 323gb standard.

  • disastrousrainbow

    I don’t get why people are saying this is an ugly phone. It’s basic design is straight out of a second generation Moto X just…more Droid-esque with the frame, yet even that is more along with the new Motorola aesthetic.

    • Josh Matthews

      Well if you want get design-snobby about it, capacitive buttons look so goddamn ugly when the screen is off.

  • Christi Phillips Lockridge

    Seriously, we’re all super excited for this phone and have been waiting for a month for any little tid bit of information but the question still remains; WHEN’S IT COMING OUT? I’ve never watched a phone so closely before so i’m unfamiliar with the release protocol. From what you’ve seen with previous phones trips through the FCC and top secret leaks of this magnitude, when is your best guess as to when they’ll release this phone? 2 weeks? October? THanksgiving? Christmas?

    • Droids

      Look at the date and time displayed on the screenshot.

      • Christi Phillips Lockridge

        so you really feel that they’re going to release it for sale on the 12th?

      • Christi Phillips Lockridge

        The 12th is on a Sunday, weird time to release a phone

  • Shadowstare

    This could seriously be my next phone, but PLEASE let it looks better in person.

    • Christi Phillips Lockridge

      the manual literally says on page 2 under the At A Glance heading ” *Note: Your phone may look a little different”

      • Shadowstare

        I’m guessing they are referring to the arrangement of things on the home screen. Why would the manual tell you that the design of your phone may change? What is it a transformer? I like that that Moto Turbo Charger is included like it wasn’t with the Moto X.

        • Christi Phillips Lockridge

          Yeah i know….but i wanted to give you a little hope lol

          • Shadowstare

            Ha Ha. Thanks. Now if Verizon will just announce the phone…..

          • Christi Phillips Lockridge

            Yeah i know right! I’ve got an upgrade burning a hole in my pocket and a POS Galaxy S5….i was stupid and gave up my Ultra for it. I kept asking the sales reos what i’d be losing at a Verizon Corp store and you know they couldn’t tell me diddly. I asked about the hands free specifically and they had no idea the Ultra/ Maxx could even do that. I WAS STUNNED. Droid is made specific for them and they had no clue what it’s capable of.

          • Shadowstare

            My upgrade is scheduled for mid November and I can’t make a proper decision until I know all of my options. I wasn’t looking for another Droid (current phone DNA), but the specs on the Turbo might be took good to pass up.

            But I almost never go to the Verizon store at all, let alone to buy a phone. The reps can’t keep up with all the features on new devices so they pick their favorites and push those when possible. Either they do that, or are told my corporate to push this one device. I like doing my research and knowing the phone I want ahead of time.

          • bluebanzai

            This isn’t uncommon. The past few years I’ve come to the Verizon store to play with the latest devices (so I can be sure that I still recommend the droid line over anything else to my friends/family), and listened to what the sales folks say to the poor, clueless saps with an upgrade. Sure, they tout iPhone to anyone with blonde or gray hair (seriously). And if anyone asks about android they go right to Samsung.

            Samsung’s quirks and ability to unlock the bootloader would be my last recommendation to anyone just getting into smart phones or making a major upgrade. The Note is purely for powerusers. Occasionally if they are dressed nice, I see them reach for the beautiful HTC line or sometimes the LG G3 if they talk about taking a lot of pictures. But I seldomly watch them bring somebody over to the Droid display. Even if somebody is endlessly talking about how they hate having to charge their phone so much, they still rarely recommend the Droid Maxx.

            I’m not sure what it is that makes the salespeople at Verizon steer clear of making them a solid recommendation but I’m sure it’s something…I know they aren’t designed for everyone but if they say it’s Kevlar and you basically don’t need a case and you can drop it on it’s back or sides thousands of times….wait a minute. Don’t they get a commission for selling cases and accessories?!?!? THAT’S IT! Samsungs need cases, chargers and extra batteries! CONSPIRACY!

  • IBCrazy

    Wow… That’s all I can really say. Just wow. This looks awesome.

  • Godzilla

    Nice phone. Enough to make me regret leaving Verizon? Man, hellz naw!

  • Dee Mann

    So was this waterproof or no?

    • Josh Matthews

      no

  • ceruleanblue

    A 5.2-inch ultra high-definition display? So, will we start seeing a shrinking of phone size now, even for those with high resolution screens?

  • wtd2009

    anyone want to take a gander at those dimensions?

  • Bryan

    Does the new Moto X (and presumably this phone) allow the “OK Google” hotword detection from anywhere on the phone using the Google Search feature, or is it still disabled like in the previous Moto X? There are times where I would rather just say “OK Google” and go directly into Google Search instead of having to wait for Moto Voice to fire up, listen to my command, and then fire up Google Search.

    • BrandonWhite116

      Yeah its annoying to me too

  • JoeTi

    Sweet! But 21mp camera? That’s a lot of pixels for an ify camera. Hopefully this is a Sony shooter and not their old cam tech partner. Anyone with thoughts on that?

  • The Dude

    You have go to love Verizon Messaging as the messaging app front and center.

    Verizon, looking out for us, how very nice of them !!!

    • Josh Matthews

      Lol their messaging app is actually pretty awesome now, has a ton of customizations options and allows texts over wifi

  • Michael Evans

    Take my money!

  • Dominick White

    Just need to know battery size, i qm hoping they put a max battery in there, if they do i will be getting this phone for my mother when it is time for her upgrade

    • Dave

      3300 or 3500 I’d guess. Plus the 805 is like 22% more efficient than the 800/801 also.

      • Dominick White

        Thanks, if that battery is true, this is the phone I will get her. Was going to go with a s5 cause of renoveable battery, but with wireless charging if the charging port goes like on her droid m. Dont have to worry

    • Duane Westerhaus

      Gotta respect a man who looks after his mama! Or, is this just the excuse you’re using on your wife? 😉

      • Dominick White

        I am playing the long term game, if i get my mother a good phone now, she isn’t going to upgrade anytime soon, so that leaves me with three upgrades to play with 🙂

    • Dave

      3900mah

  • tiev

    I looked through and theres wireless QI charging!!

    • Dave

      LoL. On the one phone that probably doesn’t even really need it.

  • mcdonsco

    Can everyone just chill on the onscreen vs capacitive buttons? Jeez.

    Its called PERSONAL PREFERENCE folks.

    • kutpurse

      What are capacitive buttons? I have a razr maxx HD. Does it have capacitive buttons?

      • mcdonsco

        If I remember correctly I think the maxx HD was the only maxx to have onscreen buttons…the others all have capacitive (hardware buttons, but not physical buttons, embeded in the bezel, touch only, but permanent).

        • kutpurse

          Sounds ok. I plan on getting the turbo. Although I do like these on screen buttons.

  • Me

    That thing looks like it belongs on metro PCS

  • Edward

    That is an ugly phone. What happened to moto’s design inspiration? …. Really disappointed here …. I think I’ve decided on getting the moto x now… Even if it doesn’t have the QHD display or the faster processor… Its way better in the design department than this…

    • Dave

      Most people use a case anyway so the rear won’t even matter. That’s my 2¢.

  • Am79

    F***ING BEAST!!! WHY OH WHY MUST YOU GIVE VERIZON THE EXCLUSIVE TO THIS??? I’m even willing to forgive the capacitive buttons.

    • Hayden7200

      It’s going to be on ATT as well. Check out previous posts from DL.

      • guesswhat

        nope it will never be, mot at best will sell an unlocked model of this phone, which you have to buy with full price

        • Tony Spencer

          Did you even read the DL article he’s referring to? An identical version just passed through FCC with different radios.

          • guesswhat

            yep, it will be unlocked verson, dont think it will be officially available at att, plus i think its international verson not for states

        • tdizzel

          AT&T will likely have a version that is incredibly similar(practically identical) to the Turbo.

          • Exactly, it will probably be like the Droid Bionic / Moto Atrix situation. Same phone with different branding.

    • Funny. I’m on verizon and I no longer have an interest in anything “Droid”, but I have the same complaint when it comes to Nexus Devices not being on Verizon. Oh, the grass is always greener.

  • David

    Is this going to be like $700 full retail because of Verizon? Since this is a Verizon Droid device.

    • guesswhat

      yep

    • Bryan

      That is probably about right for the extras it includes. If you spec out a moto x with 32gb, it’s already at $550. I’m assuming the Droid Turbo will have 32gb standard. For $150 more you get a higher resolution screen, bigger battery, faster processor, better camera, wireless charging. That’s worth it to me.

  • Noah Foreman

    I do not see anything about Apt-X on this model. That’s just sad.

    • Dave

      What is that anyway? My wireless headphones say they support it.

      • Noah Foreman

        It’s a bluetooth protocol that uses a higher bitrate for audio. Moto advertises it as being as good as a wired set.

        • Fugazi

          does the 2014 moto x support apt-x bluetooth?

          • Noah Foreman

            No idea, no one can seem to answer that question.

          • Fugazi

            ah ok, once my 2014 moto x is delivered to me is there anyway to test it out and tell if it’s supported?

          • needa

            the bluetooth output on the new x seems better. go ask on the moto forums. you might be able to get a decent answer there

  • Steve Dave

    If the manual is floating around maybe it’s time to….ANNOUNCE the @#$#%# PHONE ALREADY!!!

  • chris125

    This is the droid you’ve been looking for. Hopefully that 21mp camera really steps it up. The camera on moto devices have always been their achilles heel.

    • jamaall

      I’m hoping its a 20.7MP Sony sensor. The only other problem is the software. The new Moto X has a capable sensor, but it still isn’t up to par with other flagships. Even if the camera is the greatest sensor available, the software could ruin the experience.

      • chris125

        Agree. Moto, like Google seems to really struggle with the camera software. Maybe they tweaked some things this time around, because the moto x is an improvement over the original, but still lagging behind other flagships.

  • danger2u

    btw why Motorola make this ugly design this year??
    both Moto X and Droid turbo has ugly back.

    • jamaall

      What I’m saying is why couldn’t they get rid of the chin? From the Droid X to my Razr M, Droid Maxx, and now this too? It kills the design of the front.

      • Dave

        I’ll take the front facing speaker though…

  • enigmaco

    Hmm ultra hd recording and widescreen photo won’t be using the camera much anyways but everything else sounds awesome, held off buying the new moto x for this reason wanted a bigger battery and more ram and now I have it muhahahahahaha.

  • Dave

    I’d be interested to see how this will compare to the VZ Moto S since a VZ Nexus is unlikely. Any thoughts?

  • danger2u

    my body is ready.
    please put a 4000 or 5000 mah battery.

  • santy83

    damn…was hoping for 5.5″

    • mystikalrush

      I’d bet its 5″ minimum, but doesn’t look like an sd805 & 1440p device.

  • mcdonsco

    That name though! Damn…

  • connor

    sorry if someone already said this, but on page 43 it states the camera is capable of recording 4K video and you can play it back too.

  • From the renders the design doesn’t impress me all that much

  • Detonation

    Insta-buy if it had a microsd slot. Unless of course it comes in a 64GB variant which is very unlikely.

  • sski66

    Looks like a beast but it looks like no stereo speakers & how big is the battery?

  • Justin W

    I hope by Ultra HD, they don’t mean (near) 4k. And if they don’t, shame on them for advertising it as Ultra HD.

  • S9779

    5.2 inches is a pass for me. Had my hopes up for 5.5.

  • Christi Phillips Lockridge

    Called Verizon twice (because i still have unlimited data), went to store twice ( didn’t have 32g) , tried ordering online and was denied so called Moto twice in regards to purchasing the Moto X 2nd….I HEAR YOU LORD!! I’m just not a patient person…Take MY money and give me MY turbo!!!

  • Dave

    I saw on another blog that the advertised Turbocharger™ charging rate only applies to the X in airplane mode? Weird. I’m sure it won’t matter as much with the larger battery, although with larger capacity it should obviously take a little longer.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Will this come Qi wireless charging compatible? Nevermind I just read it. My Bad… sorry.

    • Dr. Steve

      yuuuuuuuup

      • grest

        why’d you post before finishing reading, you dingus?

        • Dr. Steve

          roadsterHD1drangus edited his post, and who ya callin’ a dingus ya dingus.

          • grest

            Sorry, I replied to you instead ya drangus, I can’t figure out this message board, I’m not Bill Grates.

  • heldadavid

    I don’t want to root my device and am constantly annoyed playing games on my M8. The buttons do NOT go away on a bunch of different games. Otherwise I love on screen.

  • callumshell1

    sucks to be anyone who bought the x

    • tdizzel

      Unless…you know…they are enjoying their phone…

    • Godzilla

      Not really. Cuz I’m away from Verizon and their bullshitt

  • Rodeojones000

    Headphone jack on top AND capacitive button? This will surely be a beast of a phone, but it’s not for me. After playing with an iPhone 6 (and the Plus) the other day I’m no longer considering one. That phone just felt terrible in hand. It’s as if I’ve fallen back in love with my G3. The only thing I’ll be considering moving to is the Nexus 6.

  • John Kitchen

    Wow. This thing is insane. So much for getting a Moto x.

    • guesswhat

      cant see what this phone does that moto x cannot? except battery life for heavy users, for moderate users moto x battery life is more than enough.
      remember thi sphone will drop at $299 with contract, where as moto x is still $99

      • John Kitchen

        Battery, wireless charging, camera, screen resolution. I understand the price but my company pays for it so fortunately I dint have to make that decision.

        • guesswhat

          1080p ->qhd doesnt really matter, cannot say right now if camera is any better than X, megapixels does’nt mean much for the quality

          • Josh Matthews

            all about the battery… also if it’s an 805 than it’s a pretty significant upgrade for games with the adreno420

  • morteum

    This makes me so angry. I hate Droids, and I love the Moto X, but I honestly have no reason to get the Moto X over this other than looks. Why can’t they at least just give the Moto X a couple exclusive features?

  • EC8CH

    Droid Zap! gonna want that on your homescreen.

    • Josh Matthews

      Remember kids, don’t zap with strangers

  • FakNick

    Am I the only that think this an ellabrate fake? Looks like it is from 2011

  • droidrazredge

    This is the true successor to the OG Droid. This is giving me flashbacks to 2009 when the OG Droid debuted on Verizon with that infamous commercial…… In a world of don’t …

    • MacNificent

      Thank goodness. I’m so ready for an upgrade lol. J/k

      • Josh Matthews

        ohhhh the memories

    • Best phone commercial to date. Still give me chills on youtube.

  • blahblahblah

    That device is absolutely hideous.

  • MoDebt
    • Dave

      Payday boss!

      • guesswhat

        ya they will take $299 on contract

        • Dave

          Well, I’ve got $3 so far.

  • Tom S
    • Trevor

      This has no relevance, but I absolutely love it.

      • Dave

        Super phone + boner = phoner.

    • Dave

      More like “phoner.”

  • steve

    That back has some significant differences from the leak…will there be a Maxx variant with Kevlar?

    • Tony Spencer

      The online user guide for the Droid Maxx shows it plain as well.

    • Josh Matthews

      this is expected to be the maxx successor, they are no longer doing a full series of droids

  • possomcrast1

    Hmm…A new, actually appealing, Motorola Droid. I didn’t think this day would come again.

  • ®yan C

    looks like a beast

  • AbbyZFresh

    Is it bad that i now perfer the Droid Turbo so far in comparison to the Moto X and the Nexus 6?

    • ultravisitor

      Why would it be bad? They’re all nice phones. The Turbo is as ugly as a Thunderbolt, but I’m sure it will perform well.

    • socarwolverine

      Personal preference is rarely ever “bad”.

  • jamaall

    They’ve waited this long… why not wait one more week and launch it with Android L??

    • tdizzel

      The haven’t launched it yet

      • jamaall

        You don’t say… I’m referencing the screenshots that show the device clearly running Kit Kat.

        • tdizzel

          You mean the screenshots from the leaked manual? So they should have waited to release a manual that they haven’t released yet? I don’t get it. Or should they have made a manual with picture of an OS that isn’t finished yet? Or they should have waited to start on the manual until Android L came out.
          And if I’m understanding you correctly, when you said “launch it” you didn’t mean “launch it” you meant…ummm…I don’t know what you meant.

          • jamaall

            Yes, exactly. Because Google will not allow manufacturers to touch the next version of Android until the consumers will see it. /s
            At this stage in the development of an OS, it is finished, and they would be fixing any major bugs created. Motorola has obviously had access to the latest development in L. Maybe this manual was created just in case it ended up on Kit Kat and they’re creating a new one for L, but who knows. This is pure speculation.

          • tdizzel

            Obviously OEMs have an early copy of L, but imagine making a manual with pictures from the version you have and then 75% of the visuals change. Is that really a manual you want to put out?

          • jamaall

            You’ve just proved my point. Why would they put out a manual with all Kit Kat when it will be updated to L within the month? And most of the visuals they have now are final. Even the visuals from the first preview back in the Summer will likely be very close to the version we see. Most of what has changed between then and now are animations. Edit: And bugs etc.

          • tdizzel

            They put out a manual with Kit Kat because its what the phone will have at release. That’s how these things work, the manual is for how it works out of the box, not how it might possibly work in a month or so. And its not as easy as just waiting a week and releasing it with L. With it being a Verizon phone they have to test it. If they are looking at an October release, that means its been in testing at least a few weeks now. There’s no way Google would let them(and no way Moto would want to) send it to Verizon for testing with an unfinished version of L on it.

          • jamaall

            Then how would they approve the Nexus 6 on other carriers if it’s not complete yet?

  • Dr. Steve

    Question: So when the nav buttons get updated in like a month with Android L, one would still be stuck with the buttons in the image above or are they software based and change with the update?

    • They will be stuck as they are.

      • Dr. Steve

        They should have designed with a little foresight and used the L nav buttons. Oh well.

        • I agree, I really wanted this to have on screen nav. but i may stick with the Moto X

        • Josh Matthews

          It would be SO weird to see capacitive L-style buttons lol

    • JSo

      Can’t be changed if they are capacitive.

      • Dr. Steve

        busted.

        • JSo

          Unless they have come up with some cool technology to change capacitive buttons.

    • Asa Thomas

      I was thinking the same thing. It would be cool if they made the buttons software configurable.

      • Ddm

        E-ink capacitive buttons. Actually there was some LG or Samsung feature phone that had keyboard buttons that did that.

        • Samsung Alias 2. My dad had that phone for like 4 years haha

    • Bryan

      But why does it matter, the buttons do the same thing. And the L preview buttons haven’t been confirmed as what’s going to stay, as far as I know. I understand when they went away from 4 buttons to 3, getting rid of the settings and search buttons and adding recent apps, but in this case, the buttons will do the exact same thing.

      • Dr. Steve

        From what I understand the nav buttons are most certainly changing for L. I just take a couple points off for when it gets updated to L and runs the new design language but you’re stuck with the old nav design. It’s not like a hide your wife hide your kids level problem, but it’s just a bummer. My gripe has everything to do with aesthetics and nothing to do with functionality.

        • The nav buttons are not changing, just the symbols. The functionality is 100% the same.

          • Dr. Steve

            I’m not gonna break this down and explain it like you’re five about what I meant.

          • Ddm

            I think the new Android L basic shape buttons look like they were designed for 5 year olds.

            Aesthetically, I think the wide symbols from Kit Kat make sense in the long, short space they occupy. The new buttons look too small with too much black space around them.

        • Bryan

          Yeah, I can see that, but in this case, the buttons do the same thing, so I can personally live with it. I can understand for others how it would bother them.

          But for me, it was more of an issue when the went away from 4 buttons to the 3 and the button functions changed. That was a bigger deal than the look of the buttons for me.

          I used to be all about on-screen buttons, but now that I have had them on a few phones, I would prefer the capacitive buttons for my use. The promise of on-screen buttons never really manifested for me since hardly any apps I use take advantage of immersive mode and AMOLED has problems with uneven pixel wear.

  • cjohn4043

    Headphone jack should be on the bottom.

    Yep, I went there.

    • Chad Baum

      Haha, as an owner of the G2, I did notice that too. Not a dealbreaker. 😛

  • JSo

    Anyone else notice it says to pull out the volume keys to access the SIM tray? That’s different

    • I just read that on AndroidPolice. But some people mentioned that this is how the Droid Ultra and Mini were.

      • JSo

        Weird. I’ve never seen a SIM tray under the volume keys

        • I haven’t either. Never played around with the Ultra or Mini so I can’t confirm that either.

    • Dale Granberry

      Saw that. Seems weird but should make for a very clean device on the sides.

    • Geekdad

      Yes, that’s how it is on my Droid Maxx.

    • Christi Phillips Lockridge

      No, that was on the Ultra and Maxx already…i have both 😉

  • DJ SPY

    So… Where are the speakers?

    • the speaker grill is above the front facing camera

      • DJ SPY

        O yeah, how could I miss that?! Lmao!

        • it happens! haha looks pretty nice up there imo

      • JSo

        Does it say that that is the speaker for music, video, games, etc. or is it just the Headset speaker for calls? Or both?

        • Good question. Again, on AP they mentioned that it was a front facing speaker but I don’t have evidence. Probably gonna go through the manual and dissect it some myself tonight though.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          The picture in the manual just says Speaker. No other speaker is listed, so I would assume that is it.

          • JSo

            I couldn’t find anything else in there about it. We can’t see the full backside of the device either to see if there is one there. I guess we will have to wait and see on that one.

  • Dr. Steve

    sweeeeet

  • RandinoTheGreat

    Mine mine mine, exactly what I was hoping for

  • NexusPhan

    Please be a global GSM compatible phone so that we can all use it on any GSM networks like some other Verizon phones! Verizon used phone values tank so much they are always a good buy.

  • Chris Knepper

    Wow. The Galaxy Nexus is three years old and OEMs continue to make phones with navigation buttons.

    • NexusPhan

      Something tells me Verizon may have a say in that…

    • Dale Granberry

      Galaxy nexus was the worst android phone I ever owned.

      • Dave

        I brought mine in after 10-11 months with screen burn in and poor reception. The VZ manager sarcastically said “we’ve only sold like 8 of these and they’ve all come back.” He swapped it out for a brand new Razr MaXX, and moved my upgrade date 6 months closer. Yeah, I was pretty shocked.

    • Dave

      At least none of my phones have burned in navigation buttons after 12 months. Worst phone I’ve ever owned.

    • ZPrime

      Pretty sure it uses onscreen soft buttons, that’s just a crappy manual screenshot.

    • alamoe

      Why? How about screen burn in? Or wasted space maybe? In fact, would you care to elaborate on exactly WHY onscreen buttons are so great?

      • Jason B

        For the most part, on-screen nav buttons can change with future iterations of Android. When my brother’s RAZR was updated to ICS, the stock hardware buttons didn’t really have much relevance and things in Android changed. So, instead of having a dedicated button for the multitasking window, you had to hold down the home capacitive button for 2-3 seconds. Not really a huge deal, but it does make it less intuitive.

        I use an app that forces Immersive Mode in all apps. Works well for most apps.

        • Bryan

          What app do you use to force full screen? Does it require root?

          • Matthew Merrick

            Yes, it does

      • DainLaguna

        very few on screen buttoned phones have screen burn in. it seems like the only folks convinced otherwise are folks who are on verizon and got ‘burned’ (heh) by the gnex.

        it seems like phones with onscreen buttons have smaller bezels. also, since android is built with them in mind, if google ever changes their functionality from an interaction standpoint, it’d be easier for oems to implement the changes.

        plus the android l buttons look damn cool and this is guaranteed way to miss out on that

    • Dark_Laser

      Because some people prefer them. Why do you think every single phone should personally appeal to you?

      • socarwolverine

        Exactly, isn’t it nice how Motorola made a version with on screen keys (MotoX) and a version without (Droids). It’s like they want to cater to all preferences, amazing how some people don’t get that that is good business sense.

    • michael arazan

      It ruins full immersive mode, now the dam notification tray will slide down during games

  • Chad Baum

    Yay, 5.2 and Qi.

  • NickA

    I just got the Moto X 2014 last night too. Looks like a trip to Verizon and a $35 restocking fee and I will have the new Turbo.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Well, it hasn’t come out yet… but I’d bet money Verizon is about to get a few returns.

  • Pdewet

    My next phone….done

  • s0uth

    I’m going to enjoy this m8 for a little while longer. Wait for 2nd hand prices and devs.

  • Wes Thomson

    Wow for once Verizon has a phone I’m jealous of. Front facing speaker, wireless charging, hopefully still manageable size.

  • Duane Westerhaus

    Hmm… Moto X or Droid Turbo? – Beauty or The Beast!

    • RoadsterHD1

      Take the Beast!!!

    • apjans

      I’m going for beauty!
      Also, screw capacitive buttons! I accidentally press the back button way too often on my current phone.

    • Celeras

      Already bought the beauty. We’ll see how long stroking my leather can hold off the regret.

      I have a feeling in two years I’ll be kicking myself when this battery deteriorates (as they all do over time). Its perfectly fine now at 4-5hrs SoT… but who knows where that will end up at the end of this contract!

      • How are you getting 4-5 SoT? I get 3.5 at most.

    • C-Law

      For me it’s droid turbo or nexus 6. I still have hope that the nexus 6 will come to verizon

      • Adam Elghor

        I’m in the same boat but I’m leaning toward the nexus as long as the battery is good. (the turbo would be perfect if it had on-screen buttons)

        • Dave

          And both have front speakers, no more cupping your hand around the back of the phone…

    • jamesp352

      There’s always something that kills the deal (capacitive buttons). NOW what phone am I going to get?

    • merman1983

      You can take the beauty, but for me that would mean lugging around an external battery pack so any gain in looks is negated by the other big lump I’d have to carry around (I know they have their turbo charger thing – let’s see how that goes and if the price can go down). I put on cases anyway so that’s me.

      I want the new X – it was my most anticipated phone, but it’s two weak points may be “fixed” with the Turbo – better camera (fingers crossed!) and bigger battery. Now I just need to wrap my head around capacitive buttons.

  • Chris

    Date on the screen says “October 12”. Significant?

  • Ralph Bretz

    I’d like to see a Pure version of this phone to use on GSM networks.

  • Cesar

    “Forget whatever HTC just announced”

    Already did.

  • ClikFire _

    the bottom lip has almost a nexus 1 type look and curve.

    • JSo

      Hopefully the Nexus 6 will be based more off this than the Moto X

      • ClikFire _

        Agreed hopefully the 5.2 inch screen too or at least a 5.2 inch option.

  • Leon

    My next phone hands down. Take my money.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Design is kinda Meh. But it’s a powerful beast

    • Mike Ennamorato

      Gotta see it in person first, and it doesn’t look at bad as the older renders/pictures IMHO.

  • Front facing speakers!? I want this phone now!

  • Actually… the back plate isn’t nearly as Nasty as the earlier leaks. Kind of Classy really and I think I prefer it to the Moto X…. 0f course we haven’t seen the Verizon branding on it yet however.

  • Guest

    Ok, Turbo with 5.2″ screen makes my decision making bit easier, now I’ll have to choose between Nexus 6 and Note 4…

    • Mike Ennamorato

      5.2′ is too small for you?

      • inb4 twss

        • Mike Ennamorato

          Is that the tenth time you’ve posted that this week? Or the eleventh?

          • inb4 or twss? I’ve posted inb4 3 times and twss 0 times.

          • Mike Ennamorato

            Hmmm…. What ever you say….

          • it’s in my comment history lol

          • Mike Ennamorato

            Then you aren’t the only posting “inb4”.

          • Oh, gotcha. I’ve been on a reddit craze lately, it’s taking over me. Will hold back in the future haha

          • Geekdad

            He can post whatever he wants.

  • B Brad

    Sigh, so verizon manages to get an exclusive on the only Moto X with a decent battery, sad.

    • Mike Ennamorato

      With a nicer camera and specs to boot…

  • RoadsterHD1

    I can’t wait. Bring on the the Turbo baby!!!! 5.2 display is perfect.

  • Rolando Chapa

    can this be used with any other carrier :O
    like t moible?

    i think i read there might be a ATT Variant?

    OMG YOU VERIZON LUCKY BASTARDS THIS PHONE IS AMAZING :O

    • JSo

      Droid phones are always on Verizon. Other carriers might get a renamed version of it

  • Tony Byatt

    I’m normally a fan of capacitive buttons, but if I was on VZW this would move to the top of “my next phone” list…

  • King Lo

    “Forget whatever HTC just announced”

    I died when I read that. A very good laugh was had. But it does make me wonder about the timing of this “leak”

    • dreadnatty08

      What does it matter, the HTC Eye is AT&T exclusive, Turbo is Verizon exclusive.

      • King Lo

        And that’s why you’ll never be a marketing exec.

  • Tony Spencer

    Let’s start the speculation! The screen shows Sun October 12th with a time of 11:35 Chicago. Release date?

  • Cogito

    AAAAAAAGH I CAN’T TAKE THIS WAIT CRAP ANYMORE. I AM WAY MORE EXCITED THAN A FULLY GROWN ADULT HAS A RIGHT TO BE

  • Franklin Ramsey

    This is looking more like what the Moto X should have been.

  • Dee Mann

    Waterproof??????

    • JSo

      Why is this a big thing for everyone? Do you go swimming with your phone? You take shower selfies? I don’t get it.

      • Dee Mann

        Homemade shower porn bro!

        • JSo

          Haha. Ok

      • Mike Ennamorato

        Dropping phones in the toilet is the “next big thing” apparently….

      • Christi Phillips Lockridge

        I jam out while in my pool. 13 yr Olds doing a cannon ball is detrimental to phones lol…Galaxy S5 fell in the actual skimmer and was suck to the bottom and survived perfectly.

        • Christi Phillips Lockridge

          And of course shower porn lol

  • Jkdem85

    Que gifs

    • Tony Byatt

      “What GIFs”?

      “Queue” perhaps…

      • Jkdem85

        I hope the turbo has better auto correct than apple

        • Christi Phillips Lockridge

          Always amazing…and learns YOUR words as well.

      • sophocles

        Cue, I’d have thot…

  • Dan

    5.2″ blew it for me, go big or go home!

    • Dale Granberry

      That’s pretty big in my book

  • Johngi

    The new BAE

  • Tony Byatt

    So the only things the Moto X has over this is customization? Size, depending on preference?

    Very interesting if I was still on VZW…

    • yeah i ordered the x but havent received yet. im really torn. would be nice to have a 21mp camera, but otherwise i dont think im missing out TOO much with the x.

    • Mike Ennamorato

      – It should have a better camera.
      – Larger battery, much larger in fact…
      – Higher-res, possibly better display.
      – Faster with a 805 (?).
      – Front facing speakers.

      Those are pretty big upgrades, hence the excitement.

      The Moto X on the other hand, has customization as you said. Of course it is on more carriers as well, and has a better build depending on the person.

      • Christi Phillips Lockridge

        Please expand on customization? Do you mean the extra looks or internal? Droid is famous for having uncustomizable messaging

  • Kevoskee

    21 mp Camera? Hopes it shows good quality. Moto is not known for that. I can care less about the pixel count if the quality is mediocre

    • jwildman16

      Agreed. If they aren’t quality pixels, more of them just means more noise.

    • Jim

      Moto might very well using pixel binning to make a nice ~8 MP image like all the Xperia Z series cameras do. Might.

  • LikeABoss

    PLEASE GET RID OF THAT ANNOYING WIRELESS CHARGING SOUND!!!!!

    • Logan Greenwood

      Xposed framework, No Wireless Charging Sound module….. Done!

    • JasonS

      Muting the sound will take care of that problem. I do not see any reason why there needs to be an audio notification when there is an on screen notification and charging light on the charging base. They should at least include an option to disable it.

  • JSo

    You know what would have been better? If the user manual leaked some Android L goodness. Sadly, it doesn’t.

    • AdamJay

      Yep, that’s how the dialer looks on the new Moto X.

      • so do you know if it is google’s actual dialer (i hope) or just how moto has themed their own dialer?

  • Tyler Durden
  • Tom Luley

    Absolutely THRILLED its a 5.2 inch display. Also, just confirm that wireless charging and we have a winnerrrrrr

    • Suicide_Note

      It does, in fact, have wireless charging.

  • okpud

    Qi wireless charging confirmed…

  • Tony Byatt
  • droidarmy

    my boday is ready

    • Jkdem85

      Boday

      • Guest

        body*

        • Maxim∑

          you must be fun at parties

          • Guest

            thanks

  • Tyler Durden

    Battery size?

    • couldn’t find any specs on it but in the manual it is mentioned as a “high-capacity long lasting battery”

      • Tyler Durden

        Just fluff words without any numbers

        • Yeah I know. This thing is shaping up nicely though so maybe it’s a nice big one. Only think I personally want with it is onscreen nav, but that’s just my preference.

  • htowngtr

    “Use the enclosed Turbo Charger” hmmmmm…

    • Suicide_Note

      That would be pretty damn fantastic.

    • AdamJay

      I don’t see where it says to use the “enclosed” Turbo Charger…just “Use the Moto Turbo Charger to charge up or top off your phone fast.”

      That said, given the name of the phone, it would make sense that they include the turbo charger.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        First look

        Your new DROID Turbo by Motorola has it all—a big, bright,

        ultra high-definition display, blazing speed and performance,

        and a high-capacity long lasting battery. Use the included Moto

        Turbo Charger for a lightning fast recharge.

        • AdamJay

          There it is…right in the first paragraph. 🙂 Thanks.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Anytime!

      • LikeABoss

        Jesus, it’s a Turbo Charger after all! Haha. 🙂

  • Marcellus1

    the camera records 4k video (pg 43)

    • Tyler Durden

      It’s 2014. It better record it.

  • David Caccavo

    has the Moto X quick launch for the camera. why no on screen buttons? why do they keep doing this?

    • LikeABoss

      ?? I can’t figure out why people want onscreen buttons. You’ve got a gorgeous display and you want to take up space with navigation buttons. With the capacitive buttons at the bottom, you get to save actual screen real estate for the things you want to see!

      • Tyler Durden

        It doesn’t take up any space

        • LikeABoss

          How do you figure? On screen buttons are on the screen… taking up screen real estate. The capacitive buttons are below the screen… not taking up any screen real estate.

          • Tyler Durden

            They go away when using apps. Watching a movie? Gone. Games? Gone.

          • LikeABoss

            Yes, but not when you’re trying to navigate to those apps on the home screen or in the system tray. You can get an extra row of icons without the on screen buttons. I probably spend more time looking at the home screen with widgets during the entire day than I do in any one app.

          • Tyler Durden

            Extra row without on screen buttons? What are you smoking?

          • LikeABoss

            What launcher are you using?

          • Tyler Durden

            I don’t use launchers

          • Dale Granberry

            I bet you do.

          • Uh, yes, you do.

          • Justin W

            What are we, Apple?

          • Cesar

            Phones with on-screen buttons generally have a slightly taller screen to accommodate the buttons.

          • Dale Granberry

            It often leaves 3 dots on the screen in the same space. Sometimes goes away entirely. I just don’t understand the devout allegiance to on screen buttons. I’ve had both. Not that big of a difference but I’d rather have screen space always available for whatever is on the display then sometimes there and sometimes not. To each his own though.

          • You named the two ways to hide on screen buttons. On the home screen? There. In the browser? There. In E-Mail? There. In Messaging? There. In Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Google+? There. Need I continue? Some of us use phones for actual productivity and not 100% for games and movies.

          • mcdonsco

            Couldn’t upvote you enough

          • DainLaguna

            and how much productivity does that tiny amount of space afford you, exactly?

          • Suicide_Note

            Xposed + Gravity Box = pie controls/no on screen buttons taking up space

          • JSo

            But not everyone wants to root their device <—– (spoken in a whinny voice of people who usually say that)

          • Derek Robinson

            While I’d certainly go the xposed + gravity box route if I was really that bothered by it, I think it’s really silly to dismiss the fact that not everyone would want to root their device.

          • JSo

            But the point is that the option is always there.

          • DainLaguna

            no, the point is that it cant be used in an argument about the basics of a phone, when there is nothing basic about the process of rooting.

            sure, it may be EASY for those of us who do it often, but that doesnt mean it isnt cumbersome or silly to assume that because the ‘option is there’ its suddenly a valid argument.

      • Eric R.

        If the phones didn’t have on-screen buttons they would have smaller screens and with on-screen buttons they disappear when you use full screen apps so on-screen is better.

        • Dale Granberry

          No

          • Ron H

            Yes actually. Eric is right.

          • Dale Granberry

            There are a few new devices that have actually taken advantage of this (LG G3) but I could list a whole lot more that haven’t.

        • Look at phones with capacative buttons, their bottom bezels are no larger than ones with on screen buttons. Cough HTC One M8 cough.

          • Justin W

            HTC is clearly doing something wrong (you and I both know they aren’t a good example of proper use of on-screen keys). Take the Moto X (both generations), the Moto G (while a little bit beefier, would have had likely had a larger bezel had it been capacitive keys), etc.

          • DainLaguna

            thanks for the ONE (heh) example.

      • JSo

        It makes the front of the device look sexy. *looking at my Nexus 5

      • gcforreal

        I agree while on screen buttons look sexy in actual use I prefer capacitive buttons. Saying that the buttons disappear in most apps and especially games isn’t true a ton of apps especially games don’t support immersive mode which hides the buttons. Its so awkward gaming with the buttons in the way. Not to mention I accidently hit them while using the on screen keyboard sometimes. IMHO the g3 is the only phone that has gotten on screen buttons right because u can basically force any app to hide the buttons without any root or mod.

        • Dave

          They stay on the screen for Gmail, FB, YouTube, and Chrome. There’s 90% of my use.

          • Dave

            Besides portrait YouTube.

      • Bill Mitchell

        As we’ve seen in cases like the LG G3, manufacturers are starting to use the extra space from not having buttons to put in a bigger screen. So you’ll have around the same amount of usable screen space, plus the buttons, which go away when using some apps like watching videos.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Personally I like on screen buttons because it helps keep the size of the phone down. If you have a 5.2 inch display and capacitive buttons you just added size to the phone’s bezel area. On Screen at least helps keep the size down and for many well known apps you have immersive mode

        • Bryan

          What well known apps?

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Many games, video apps, and apps that would make sense to go full screen. I’m not sure why people would care about if a browser or social media app went into immersive mode since the on screen buttons don’t take up enough space to really hinder showing anything.

          • Bryan

            But they do when you are reading something and a nice chunk of your screen at the bottom can’t be used. Just like you want the full screen for videos and games, I want the full screen for doing what I do most which is reading the web and news. What good does a 5.2″ screen do me if the apps I use can only use 5″ of it?

            Plus the bigger issue with AMOLED is that you get uneven screen wear for that area of the screen that never lights up the pixels. For a lot of us, we mostly use apps that never go full screen immersive (wish they did) so when we finally do go full screen, that part of the screen is obviously and annoyingly brighter.

            It’s a real issue and capacitive buttons solve it for us. Until every app supports (or the OS forces) full screen, then I don’t want on screen buttons on AMOLED.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            To each their own, I guess. I find On Screen the way to go. if you are really missing .2″ of your screen for reading a web page, I think you have bigger issues. Just scroll. It would be quite pointless to scroll in a Game or Video to see a portion of your screen, but for a web page, it makes sense. As for AMOLED screens, I’ve not seen any that have uneven burn in, though I have seen plenty of people complain. Easy answer, get a phone with LCD.

          • Bryan

            Or get a phone with capacitive buttons. You have options for phones with on screen buttons, now we have options for phones with capacitive buttons. Easy solution for you, don’t buy this phone and buy one with on screen buttons. Works both ways.

          • Bryan

            Plus, would you be annoyed at buying 24″ monitor and not being able to get rid of on screen menu buttons at the bottom unless you were using an app that hides them? Do you only use your monitor for watching videos or do you read on it? Same thing for us on a phone.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            You realize that a 24″ monitor isn’t quite the same thing at all, right? A Monitor isn’t meant for input (unless it is a touch screen monitor, in which case there usually is an on screen button to bring up the keyboard even in Windows). A screen on a tablet or cell phone is meant for input also. But I’ll take your bait. You realize with a Monitor there are on screen buttons. In Windows, it’s the task bar. In a Mac, it’s the menu bar. They disappear when entering full screen while watching videos or can be set to hidden, much like an immersive mode. So guess what, on your 24″ inch Monitor, yes, I’d expect On Screen buttons that stay around most of the time unless hiding them or putting them into an immersive mode when a video player goes full screen (or even a web browser).

      • Asa Thomas

        Also, as soon as this gets upgraded to Android L, the buttons will be outdated looking.

        Or if you prefer … retro.

        • Nicholas

          +1 for “retro”

          made me chuckle

      • David Caccavo

        I agree with below and disappearing buttons. And I don’t understand why the moto X couldn’t have wireless charging or a slightly bigger battery. The only answer I can think of is Verizon demanded then as exclusives, which is BS.

      • apjans

        1) Capacitive buttons suck. They exist on my current phone and I accidentally press them entirely too often.
        2) On-screen buttons don’t take up screen real estate in any way that matters. I don’t care about the extra bit a the bottom of my screen when I’m looking at my home page or web browsing, I care about it when I’m looking at media (video, pictures, games, etc.) and they disappear in those circumstances.
        3) Phone form factor. Really only Moto X takes advantage of this as of now, but have you held that thing? Playing with that thing side-by-side to a GS5, the screen feels noticeably bigger AND the device is easier to handle one-handed.

        • Bryan

          How do you hit capacitive buttons accidentally, but not on screen buttons when they are in the same place?

          • apjans

            Because they aren’t? The capacitive buttons sit on the very bottom edge, on-screen gives just a little bit of space. Plus, on-screen buttons disappear in pretty much every situation you enter landscape mode, which is when I hit the capacitive buttons by far the most.

      • Christi Phillips Lockridge

        I’ve yet to understand their reasoning either.

      • Dave

        The NAV keys are a waste of QHD.

    • Jeff Miller

      This will be the thing keeping me from getting this. I hate capacitive buttons. Would have been the perfect device otherwise.

      • David Caccavo

        Yeah, it doesn’t even appear to have that stupid kevlar backing either, which would have been terrible.

        • Ddm

          I think it dies based on leaked photo of a supposed Turbo face down. The Keller back FEELS great at least.

  • Alex Coldstone Simon

    no oncreen buttons… no more ring flash (pg 54)… dimple is still there

  • also, somehow estimate price for me off contract, i have no idea. but i need to know if i should cancel my moto x preorder??

    edit: if similarly priced

    edit edit: wasnt the droid maxx priced around $650 or so?

    • AdamJay

      I’m with you. I have 5 days to decide if I want to return my Moto X. I’m really liking it so far, but the Turbo appears to have all of the software features of the X as well as a better (presumably) battery and camera.

      • did you happen to order through motomaker? can you return to moto once ordered or not? im really torn :/

        • AdamJay

          Yep, I ordered through Moto Maker. You have 14 days from date of delivery to return it for a full refund. When is your preorder expected to ship? If I were you, I would at least try the X and hopefully we’ll get the full details on the Turbo within the next couple of weeks.

          • Supposed to ship like the 15th or so I believe. So that’s actually a perfect time for the Turbo to drop. I bought off contract though and I’m sure the Turbo would be ~$150 more than the X unless Moto really surprises me.

          • Princesation

            I was so happy when my Moto X came 5 days after I ordered it when MotoMaker started having the Verizon ones. Now I wish my order was actually delayed so I can see if this Turbo would be any better. I have about 6 days left for my return period

          • Guest

            you may get lucky still. the turbo in the manual shows the date of Oct 12th so maybe we’ll know more in 4 days! Yeah my delayed shipping is surprisingly helping me out this time.

          • Princesation

            crossing fingers

          • Princesation

            I just found out residents of California have 30 day return periods. Yesss

          • why is that?!

          • you may get lucky still. the turbo in the manual shows the date of Oct 12th so maybe we’ll know more in 4 days! Yeah my delayed shipping is surprisingly helping me out this time

    • Franklin Ramsey

      If you have a phone that is working, I’d probably cancel your pre-order if they let you, at least until this phone is announced. Just my opinion. Personally, I’m waiting till this and the Nexus 6 are both reviewed before I make a decision on which to get.

      • my order comes in around the 15th and i have 14 days to return after that so i’ll probably wait it out and test the X and then decide when the Turbo drops.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          May the Odds be ever in your favor!

          • appreciate it. this is an important decision in my life…

          • Franklin Ramsey

            It is for all of us!

  • Seespage2
    • Mike Ennamorato

      Never gets old!

      • JSo

        It kinda does. 😉

        • Mike Ennamorato

          Nope, thanks to RP…. And its relevance.

          • Maxim∑

            “its” has 3 letters

            confirmed

          • Tom S

            HalfLife 3?

      • Me

        You must not visit android police too often.

    • Suicide_Note

      I’m going to have this playing next to my bed as I lay dying.

      • ramifications

        This was funny until I saw your username… ಠ_ಠ

    • Tyler Durden

      He’s also saying that to Hillary Clinton in 2016. Classic.

      • Jkdem85

        Good too see you back! Thought you switched to iOS

        • Tyler Durden

          I still have my G3 and One+

          • Jkdem85

            Me too and I’m on a 6 + this bad boy is tempting

    • Open1Your1Eyes0

      microSD slot has still not made a return. Damn you Moto for denying it in your flagships!

      • Jason B

        I guess you didn’t read the news about Samsung not paying Microsoft licensing fees. But, in the documents, for just 2013 alone, Samsung paid MS 1 BILLION dollars in licensing fees. Some were for Android itself, but a lot of it is also the $12-18 charge PER device sold for FAT32/microSD support. It’s not the $0.25 you think it is.

        Um, Motorola can’t afford that. So, no SD cards for us.

        • Open1Your1Eyes0

          Did you forget that the Moto E, new Moto G, and older Moto G (4G LTE version) all included microSD slots? Also the fact that both HTC and LG decided to return microSD slots to their flagship lineup after removing them for a while as well. In fact even the newly announced Desire EYE phone from HTC today includes a microSD slot. Motorola’s flagship lineup only is the only series left to return expandable storage.

          • Jason B

            No, but that still doesn’t negate the fact that you pay out to Microsoft.

            Profit margins on budget phones are already slim, but maybe Motorola cut a deal (or Google is helping to subsidize the cost). HTC also has a deal with MS, but it’s not very favorable either.

        • mcdonsco

          Not a valid argument when all of their budget low dollar phones have it.

          • Jason B

            Could be part of a cross-licensing patent deal. We’ll never know because the deals are usually done in secret.

            We don’t even know the exact figures for Samsung and HTC devices, but it might be tiered. High-end devices get the highest fee (over $10 per device), and lower end phones could be a smaller portion of that.

            Profit margins for low-end phones hovers around 2-4%, so avoiding or mitigating licensing fees is important.

        • Gary Artinger

          But they were able to afford putting it in their economy device: Moto G? I guess with how much the Turbo will cost, they could afford it just choose not to. Maybe Verizon didn’t want it so they can force more data use with cloud storage.

          • Macalee Harlis Jr.

            Yea I think this was more of a Verizon choice since VZW pretty much has complete control over their droid devices

          • JC

            Maybe they don’t have to pay licensing fees for internationally sold phones. Most Moto Gs are sold overseas.

        • MicroNix

          So format the SD card in something other than FAT32

          • Jason B

            It doesn’t work that way, in the eyes of Microsoft.

        • Lucky Armpit

          What does Microsoft have to do with an SD Card slot? I don’t understand. And at $650+ per device, $12 is a drop in the bucket. I have no sympathy.

      • Sporttster

        And I will not buy a smartphone without one, unless it has a MINIMUM 64gb internal. I love Motorola, would really love to come back, but will not until they return the sd’s….

        • I’m with you but for a different reason. I can easily take the memory card out of my Sony Action camera put it in my phone (LG G3) and play the videos or upload them to Youtube. without a MicroSD card slot I can’t do this I have to use wifi to transfer the contents onto the internal memory which takes time as well as battery in both devices which I typically don’t want to use when I’m out somewhere.

          • MistaButters

            USB OTG

      • Lucky Armpit

        And that’s the only thing holding me back from either an X2 or a Droid Turbo. I have the Droid Maxx, absolutely love the phone, but 32GB internal storage just isn’t enough in 2014. I know people are sick of hearing this, but not everyone is a cloud-storage user. I want to be able to access ALL of my pictures and ALL over my music (well over 16GB, which doesn’t leave me a whole lot of room on my 32GB Droid Maxx) at any time. I don’t want to worry about my data cap nor wonder if my Wifi signal will hold out long enough to play a few songs.

        Either make 64GB an option, or add a MicroSD card slot. Simple as that.

    • every time i see this i get disappointed that it is the top comment…
      then i keep watching it and i realize that it is very appropriate every time.

    • MicroNix

      Where’s the 300 posts about how stupid it is that someone is still using capacitive buttons and how they’d NEVER buy an Android phone with them? Unbelievable.

      • michael arazan

        Having capacitive buttons ruins full immersive mode, which means the dam notification tray will fall down during games with touch or swipe and in apps as well even if you have it on. That’s what’s so dam annoying about it

    • adele hanks

      I knew it

  • Christopher Moore

    Why do you tempt me and my Note 4 preorder?

  • 21mp camera is shown in picture at the beginning.

    • JSo

      Other than the Nokia Lumia 1020, I think thats the highest MP count a phone has had isn’t it?

      • i believe so. could be really nice!

      • Tyler Durden

        The Sony X or whatever will have a 22mp

        • DanielMena9

          If you are referring to the Xperia Z3, negative it has a 20.7? Unless you’re talking about a phone I have not yet heard about

          • Tyler Durden

            It’s their phablet line. Successor to the Z Ultra

  • this is moto’s cue to go public.