Verizon’s up-and-coming Motorola Droid Turbo, set to be announced on the 28 October, has the most enticing smartphone specification sheet that I’ve ever read. It’s as though Motorola asked their engineers and marketing departments to come up with a dream device and sent their accounting department to Mars, because looking through the information we have, there appears to have been no expense spared. It reads as though Motorola cherry picked the best features from around the smartphone universe and have bundled it into the one device. We have a 5.2-inch ultra high resolution screen (known as QHD, so that’s 2,560 by 1,440 pixels) giving 565 ppi pixel density. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s most powerful 32-bit processor, the quad core 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805, which also sees service in some versions of the Galaxy Note 4 and of course the new Google (Motorola) Nexus 6. There’s 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a 21 MP camera with a dual LED flash and to keep it powered, a battery that’s in the 7.0-inch tablet camp at 3,900 mAh, complete with Qi wireless charging. All this technological goodness is wrapped up in a high tech body built from metal and Kevlar fibre but better yet, it’s going to be available in red.
The bad news? It’s going to be a Verizon exclusive and seeing as I live in the UK, around three thousand miles from a Verizon store, I’m out of luck, but I can still look at the pictures especially now another couple have surfaced showing the device’s back and sides.
Motorola’s handsets have used a near-stock interface for some time now and I don’t expect the Droid Turbo to be any different from this. As such, it’s going to represent stiff competition for the Nexus 6, especially for people who are baulking at the size of the new Nexus. With the same chipset beating under a smaller screen, combined with what (on paper at least) looks to be a superior camera, the Droid Turbo appears to have the Nexus bettered. Sure; the Nexus 6 is available with 64 GB of space and it’ll receive software updates direct from Google rather than benefit from Verizon’s influence, but for most people it’s likely to come down to size, cost and maybe color. What do our readers think? Would the Droid Turbo be enough to persuade you to try Verizon if you’re not already a customer? Or do you still remember the Verizon Galaxy Nexus? Let us know in the comments below.