Verizon and Motorola have today taken to the stage to announce their latest collaborations, the DROID Turbo 2 and the DROID Maxx 2. These two sequels bring mid-range and flagship smartphones to the Big Red and both offer quite the specification load. Let’s take a look.
DROID Turbo 2
The DROID Turbo 2 is a direct sequel to the DROID Turbo of 2014, an impressive phone in it’s own right. The Turbo 2 brings top of the line specifications such as a 5.4″ QHD P-OLED display, Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 21MP camera. The sealed in battery comes in at 3,760 mAh and both Qi and PowerMat wireless charging is included. Android 5.1 is found out of the box and there’s also 32 or 64GB of storage available with the option of using microSD.
The DROID Turbo 2 will be available in soft grip, ballystic nylon, and leather back materials. This will also be the first DROID available through MotoMaker. To capitalize on that, the Turbo 2 in it’s 64GB variant will be eligible to get a “design refresh” every 12 months. That means that once per year you’ll be able to swap your current phone for a brand new one in a different design. Sadly however this only lasts for 2 years (meaning one trade).
The true highlight of the DROID Turbo 2 however is certainly the “shatterproof” display. During their presentation Motorola dropped the phone 6 feet on to concrete, twice, and it survived just fine. If you do break the display, you can get one replacement for free while you own the phone.
DROID Maxx 2
To round out the lineup, Verizon has also announced the DROID Maxx 2. This new smartphone is a sequel to the top of line DROID Maxx from 2013. This new device is essentially a rebranded Moto X Play that works on Verizon’s towers. It has a 5.5″ 1080p display, Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage with microSD card available. Around back there’s also a 21MP camera and inside is a massive 3,630 mAh battery.
The device will be available in black and white, but sadly it won’t have access to MotoMaker like the DROID Turbo 2 does. Luckily the back is removable which allows you to replace it with a different color (two notes, first, no removable battery, second, it’s unclear if these are the same backs from the Moto X Play).
Pricing And Availability
Both the DROID Turbo 2 and the DROID Maxx 2 will be available starting on October 29th both in stores and online.
The Turbo 2 will be priced at $26 per month ($624 retail) for the 32GB model and $30 per month ($720 retail) for the 64GB model. The Maxx 2 will cost just $16 per month ($384 retail). Interestingly Verizon is also keeping the original DROID Turbo around for a bit available for $20 a month.
If you’re planning to get the Turbo, Verizon will actually credit you up to $300 if you trade in your old phone. Even devices with cracked screens are eligible, but those will likely not get the full value. Are you planning to get either one?