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DROID Turbo 2 Will Have Shatterproof Display, Moto Maker – MAXX 2 With 48 Hour Battery

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On October 27 at an event in New York City, Motorola and Verizon will announce two new DROID phones, the DROID Turbo 2 and the DROID MAXX 2. Both phones have been rumored on countless occasions over the past couple of months, but we now know exclusive details about each, including some launch promos that Verizon plans to introduce alongside each phone. 

According to sources of ours, the DROID Turbo 2 will indeed be marketed as having a “shatterproof screen.” This isn’t the first time we have heard this, but we can now confirm that this is a major selling point for the new DROID flagship. We still aren’t sure how Motorola plans to make the phone that tough, though, so we at least have that surprise ahead. On a related note, Verizon even plans to tie the shatterproof design into a promo where they will let you trade in a phone, even one with a cracked display, for up to $300 towards your new Turbo 2 (in the form of an account credit or gift card).

In terms of other major features, Verizon and Motorola have teamed up to offer Moto Maker support for the Turbo 2. Like with the Moto X Pure Edition, the Turbo 2 will have countless combinations of custom options, including leather and ballistic nylon, which was an exclusive to last year’s Turbo and a favorite texture of ours. Also, Motorola appears to be willing to do another promo related to Moto Maker, where they will let you refresh your design one time if you buy the 64GB model.

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As for the DROID MAXX 2, which is basically just a Moto X Play for the US, we are looking at a phone that will marketed as having 48 hour battery life. It will have some form of customization as well, through removable shells that will come in at least three colors – red, green, and black. And similarly to the Turbo 2, Verizon will give you up to $300 for your old phone if you trade it in and pick up a MAXX 2. This promo doesn’t seem to have the same “shatterproof” angle, though, so you will likely have to trade in a phone in working condition.

And that’s all we have to share. To catch up on the rest of the Turbo 2 and MAXX 2 stories, hit up this link and this link.

  • Eric

    So which is the better (flagship) phone? Moto X Pure Edition or Droid Turbo 2?

  • John Kitchen

    If the Maxx 2 is only $300 outright you could literally trade in an old XT912 or something and pay for your Maxx 2. I should probably do that actually.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Read that again. It is “up to $300” and not get $300 for any phone.

      • John Kitchen

        They’re doing $300 for any phone when you do one on device payment right now. I don’t see that going away when a new phone launches.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Only for a new device activation, not for upgrades.

  • Sporttster

    If you don’t mind a locked to carrier phone, no sd slot and locked BL, this is the phone for you…

  • Lithium630

    Stop calling it a 48 hour battery. It’s not even close.

  • Jay


  • s0uth

    Is that $300 credit to use towards retail price? Or only if you open a new line?

    • John Kitchen

      You probably have to do the phone on device payment. So you would put the $300 as a down payment and just buyout the remainder after your 14 days

  • michael arazan

    Shatter proof display, when we open the box will it come with a double thick bubble-wrap case, cause nothing is shatter proof.

    Maybe they figured out transparent aluminum like from star trek 4. A more advanced Aluminium_oxynitride https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminium_oxynitride

  • Josh Matthews

    I bought 3 Moto’s last year in the expectation of updates but after being burned so much I’m not going back.

  • Billy Allen

    G4 soak test starts this coming week. Supposed to be out in the US next month. LG is getting there updates out fast now

  • Do you think these are coming to Best Buy so I can do the Best Buy trick to extend my unlimited data or should I just buy an iphone 6s (the only good phone best buy carries for verizon)

  • editorinchimp

    Why does the weaker phone get the good battery? Come on.

  • MaxPower27

    I’m wondering what mechanism this phone is using to be “shatterproof” to an extent that they would actually use it as a major marketing feature.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      I’d guess Plastic OLED.

  • gene

    so what are the differences between the maxx 2 and turbo 2? just screen material?

    • chris_johns

      specs…basically like the moto x pure vs the moto x play

  • chris_johns

    I’m actually looking at the new turbo…simply because its smaller (not by much but its something) than the pure…I want the smallest flagship possible with good battery life…im a fan of the manly look of the droids..obviously people here are soft n want bedazzled iPhone designs…god god whyyy the check in the front? Verizon has some balls man

    • Me too, also for the more manageable size, but also the screen — P-OLED instead of LCD on all the other new phones. Moto’s active display is the main reason I want to stay with them over a Nexus 6P, and that just doesn’t make sense on an LCD screen.

    • J.B.

      The check is there to let you know you’re holding a phone of the manly variety. Sorry but it’s mandatory.

  • Crazysnaggle

    So 6 months later basically same specs as HTC M9? Snapdragon 810 and 3gb ram. Horrible. The Droid Turbo was nice but you couldnt hear one thing in the earpeice mostly because it was on the right side and not in the CENTER like every phone.

  • Chris Carter

    Any news if these will have USB type-C?

  • The Rock

    Why in the hell would anyone buy this crap over the Moto X Pure? Carrier exclusive phones like these need to die

    • Troy

      OLED, bigger battery, and water/dust proof would be my reasons, but lack of fingerprint sensor means I have already chosen a non moto phone.

  • JSo

    Prepare for a bunch of videos of people trying to shatter the display.

  • Brady Wassam

    Yet ebay will still be flooded with cracked screens.

  • cole cathey

    nope. Moto has lost my business.

  • Wolf0491

    So I could pull old moto atrix out a drawer and throw it at the ground Crack it to get $300 credit lol? Or does it need to be a certain aged phone

    • bluebanzai

      Key words are always “up to”. Same as previous DROID promos.

  • mcdonsco

    If it’s shatterproof then much like gg4 it will likely be a scratch magnet.

  • Droider

    Whats the difference between the Turbo 2 and the Maxx 2?? Just the shatterproof screen? Is the Maxx’s battery bigger? Because if they have the same specs and the Maxx has a bigger battery and no shatter proof screen Id rather the Maxx any day

    • TC Infantino

      Different specs. Almost the same specs as Moto X Play vs Moto X Style.

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  • dcvolcom909

    They got rid of capacitive buttons!!

  • disastrousrainbow

    The 48 hour claim could be for a variety of reasons with efficiency probably being at the top. That’s how the Note 5 gets the same or better battery life (better in my case) than the Note 4.

    • Tyler Durden

      It’s just weird the efficiency didn’t help the S6

      • disastrousrainbow

        Yeah. They really dropped the ball on that one.

  • Jeremy Gross

    why smaller battery? and they claim 48 hours and i have never gotten 48 hours even with standy. I would choose this phone if i had too but turbo is still doing just fine

  • Kris Cortez

    Looks exactly like a Moto X lol

  • disastrousrainbow

    Ugh. No branding on the Moto Maxx aside from the stuff on the back but there’s that stupid check mark right on the front of that damn Turbo 2. Boo. However, these are probably the best looking Droids ever released since they’re basically Moto X’s.

  • Me

    The Maxx is basically a soup’d up Play right?

  • Tyler Durden

    I mean, and take care of your phone and you don’t have to worry about it shattering. But yeah “muh fone be shatta pruf bruh”

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  • Dustin Allen

    My guess is that it’s using the shatterproof technology discovered by the University of Akron. It was reported about a year and a half ago. Seems about the right time frame for development and scaling for mass market.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      I’d be guessing they are probably just using a Plastic OLED display, which can flex.

  • Tyler Durden

    Yeah I’m not sure how they get that battery life with a smaller battery. Not believing it.

    • Dustin Allen

      The old infamous “up to 48 hours”. My Note 4 can get up to 48 hours when it’s in extreme battery saver mode and I never turn the screen on. Same thing basically.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Usually my Droid turbo can get me through 48 hours of normal use, so I think I can believe that these might. This past weekend (Saturday) I took my Turbo off the charge about 9:45am, went out to a few wineries, streamed music, used the GPS, took some pictures, a video or two, watched a couple youtube videos and forgot to plug it in that night. Sunday went to the Browns game, took some more pictures and played some games on the car ride back, and just plugged my phone back into a charger when I got to work this morning at 10:52am with 2% battery left.

    • ck125

      Well if it is just a copy of the moto x play, that only has 1080P screen.

    • Daistaar

      Android 6. Believe it. Battery life is a whole different beast on Marshmallow.

      • Under the bridge downtown

        But will these have Marshmallow?

        • Daistaar

          I couldn’t imagine they wouldn’t. Maybe not at launch, but I’d imagine shortly after. I’d think it would be one of Motorola’s first devices to get it after the X.

      • Tyler Durden

        That helps stand by not while it’s being used.

        • MaxPower27

          And not even regular standby, like when the phone is in your pocket. It’s only when the phone is sitting motionless somewhere that Doze kicks in.

          • ROB

            Check Developer Options and the inactive apps… you can now turn them off..

    • Where do you see battery specs for the Turbo 2?

  • Cael

    I like the Turbo 2’s specs but it’s so ugly.

    • Me

      All verizon droids are ugly tho

      • Jonbo298

        Except the OG Droid*. Has a soft spot in me. :’)

        *The gold coloring on the directional pad was ugly

      • Cael

        I know but this is all moto’s design. Just at the x play

  • ChrisI

    We’re to assume these will be Verizon-only devices, right? Won’t be a phone with all bands like we’re seeing so much of these days?

    • Tyler Durden

      Droid is usually exclusive to Verizon, yes

    • Sporttster

      With them raising their prices, there’s no way I’m locking myself into Verizon anymore….like the Moto X Pure that I can take anywhere..

    • John Kitchen

      Verizon’s phones right now work everywhere but Sprint.

  • Danny

    Looking like the turbo 2 will be my new work phone. Due for an upgrade in Nov.

  • Character0

    So what is the selling point of the Turbo 2? Just the screen. At least with the Turbo it was the battery.

    • Cael

      i mean the battery is smaller than last year’s Turbo. It would be stupid to market the battery.

      • Character0

        I guess I am not seeing the allure over the Pure? Other than maybe some exclusive Moto Maker options and that “redo” is interesting.

      • bluebanzai

        Where did we see the Turbo’s official mAh? Did I miss it somewhere?

  • Under the bridge downtown

    They should only be releasing one phone, the Turbo 2 with shatterproof glass + 48 hour battery. The MAXX is nonsense.

    • hkklife

      Agreed. ONE phone, Turbo 2 specs but with a 5.7″ scren like the Pure and biggest possible battery. No compromises! This intentional gimping of one model here and one model there is silly and unnecessary. It just dilute the Droid and Moto brands across the board. Lenovo is already doing a stellar job of that on their own!

      • Chris Hannan

        Every phone has a compromise for someone. Your idea of a perfect phone isn’t mine, because a 5.7″ display is a compromise for me.

        • MicroNix

          No his point is perfectly valid. There’s no reason for one phone having a 2 day battery but the other not. What’s wrong with a same spec 4.7 and 5.7″ phone as an example? Why *intentionally* leave out technology in one phone or the other?

  • Thomas Partida

    No thanks.

  • Brendon

    Moto is the best,iam thinking buying the droid turbo 2

    • Tyler Durden

      But i thought your Pure was so good? Why would you want a bloated Verizon device?

    • TC Infantino

      And you called out someone else in another articles comments for buying a carrier branded phone. So, you are basically a hypocrite, and an idiot. Please comment back with some hater and/or fanboy label so that we can add douche-bag to your repertoire…. Then you will have the complete retard trifecta. I think there is a trophy involved.

  • landale

    I guess with the new Motorola they will give up software updates for design refreshes? As a Moto X 2014 owner, never again Motorola.

    • Brendon

      Stop crying,go to Samsung and LG and be worse

      • landale

        Actually no. Both the S5 and G3 are getting Android 6.0.

        • Brendon

          Next time buy a carrier unlocked phone,peace

          • Me

            #TeamMoto4lyfe huh?

          • ck125

            “Go to samsung and LG, they are worse” Gets proven wrong by another commenter, “Next time buy a carrier unlocked phone” way to switch mentality when your argument gets proven wrong…

          • ImmaDroid

            *Mic drop* 🎤 walks off stage

          • You couldn’t buy a carrier unlocked Moto X 2014 that worked on Verizon, genius

        • Yeah, But I guess not until March.. That is almost as bad as dud.. becuase by then most probably owners of these phones will change to to a newer flagship

        • hkklife

          Rumor has it that the LG G2, from 2013, may even eventually get 6.0. I certainly would not count on it but that would be a spectacular showing by LG if they did so. Certainly better than Samsung and Motorola.

          • jgemberton

            But remember… just because the manufacturer releases an update for a particular phone (or phones), doesn’t necessarily mean that Verizon will get around to releasing it on their version of said phone(s).

      • ImmaDroid

        I have a Galaxy s4 still, and I bet I have a higher version number than the Moto x

        • Brendon

          Lol you are blind and stupid galaxy s4 it has 5.0.1

          • ImmaDroid

            You can see and you’re still an idiot

    • T4rd

      Don’t get your panties in a bunch yet. http://www.droid-life.com/2015/10/12/verizon-and-att-moto-x-2nd-gen-may-see-android-6-0-update-after-all/

      But yeah, this is more the carrier’s fault than Moto’s.

    • mcdonsco

      Google it, there are tons of articles out there stating comments from Moto that they are NOT abandoning the carrier 2014 x’s.

      Not sure why that’s still a thing here.

    • Joshua P.

      You should be hating on the carriers, the PE devices are getting updated.

      • trwb

        The “carriers” x 2014 got updates to lollipop right away last year. It’s Lenovo causing problems with this device.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    all 3 of you go eat your boogers…
    now back to the topic, i wonder what excuse Motorola says when some users drop their phone and the display shatters LOL will you have to drop it a certain way? it kinda reminds me of Sony and their waterproof phones, that once they stop working cuz liquid leaked inside, it’s out of warranty

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