Since late last month, numerous leaks of the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 have made it to the internet. While no official announcement of statement has come from the American smartphone maker, the leaks were already more than enough to confirm the existence of the successor of Motorola’s flagship smartphone of 2014.
Motorola announced on July 28 the impending arrival of Moto X 2015 and the Moto X Play, but American consumers got dismayed upon learning that the latter smartphone would not make it to the US market, details the Christian Today.
However, instead of the Moto X Play, the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 will be released in the US, exclusively by carrier Verizon Wireless.
Based on the leaked images of the Motorola Droid Turbo 2, the chassis of the device looks similar to the Moto X Style and Moto X Play and is most likely made with the same material.
A fantastic smartphone
When it was released in October last year, the Motorola Droid Turbo came out as a very fantastic Android smartphone that was considered then as well ahead of its time.
Apart from a superb camera, a QHD AMOLED display, a generous RAM, and a user-friendly Android experience, it actually survived the freezer overnight, details Phandroid.
It simply had powerful features and battery life that can go on for days. The smartphone has all the right ingredients to a great and exceptional handset, with its premium look using ballistic nylon, reinforced with a layer of Kevlar, the same material used for bullet-proof helmets.
The buttons of the smartphone also feel premium and its style has been further accentuated with fine lines, giving it a texture all its own and a very nice touch too.
What made the exceptional smartphone somewhat stale is when Motorola failed to deliver on its promise to update the operating system of the Droid Turbo more than six months after it was officially released to the retail markets.
The Motorola Droid Turbo came out with Android 4.4.4 KitKat on it when it was released in October 2014. Google officially unveiled the Android 5.0 Lollipop the following month, but the new OS did not roll out to the device even after six months, much to the disappointment of its users.
One-year market cycle
The Motorola Droid Turbo will complete its one-year market cycle in October and it is likely that Motorola and Verizon Wireless are just waiting for the completion of such before releasing the Motorola Droid Turbo 2.
There is also a possibility that Verizon Wireless might release the smartphone earlier especially when the device came out just recently in Costco listed alongside other upcoming devices including the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.
Based on documents obtained from the Federal Communications Commission in the US, the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 shall reportedly support turbo-charging, 802.11 ac MiMo WiFi, LTE Advanced as well as US LTE bands that are even outside the coverage of Verizon Wireless.
There are also reports that the handset will feature an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and Adreno 430 chip. The smartphone will reportedly come with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box so it is likely that it will come before Google officially releases the Android M operating system.
Meanwhile, Motorola was not planning to roll out the Android 5.1 Lollipop on the Motorola Droid Turbo 2014, but due to insistent demand from a good number of users, US carrier Verizon Wireless decided to do it on its own.
In June, Verizon hosted the Android 5.1 Lollipop simulator on its website to give Motorola Droid Turbo users and owners a preview of the features of the firmware update that they could expect on their handset.
But the simulator is not an app that can be downloaded and installed on the Motorola Droid Turbo. It is merely an interactive guide that walked them through things like downloading apps and adding widgets to the home screen, using Google Now and Google Maps, and browsing the web in Google Chrome.