Motorola and network carrier Verizon have announced the Droid Turbo today. The latest model in the Droid series comes with some of the most powerful hardware we have seen on a smartphone, offering a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 system chip, 3GB of RAM and a 5.2-inch display with 2560x1440 quad-HD resolution. It also supports Verizon’s “XLTE” AWS network for faster data speeds but battery life and charging times might be the most useful improvements to many users. Verizon says the Droid Turbo can gain eight hours of battery life by charging it for only 15 minutes with a special turbo charger. When fully charged the 3900mAh offers 48 hours of operation.

The camera specification is quite impressive as well. The Droid Turbo captures images with a 21MP CMOS sensor and a fast F2.0 aperture lens. The sensitivity ranges from ISO 64 to 1600 and in video mode you can record digitally stabilized 4K footage. A dual-LED flash helps illuminate dark scenes but it does not come with the same diffusor ring we have seen on the new Moto X and Motorola-made Google Nexus 6. For selfies and video-chats there is a 1.5MP front camera. Unfortunately the Droid Turbo has to make do without an optical image stabilization system though.

On the software side of things Android 4.4.4 is running the show, but an upgrade to 5.0 Lollipop will be made available in the nearer future. As usual for Motorola, the Droid Turbo's operating system is very close to Google's stock Android and only offers a few additional tools we have already seen on the the Moto X, including  Moto Voice, active notifications and Moto Assist. The camera app also comes with the same simple but intuitive structure we have seen on previous Motorola models.

Presumably at least partly due to the large battery the Droid Turbo is not as thin as some of the recently launched high-end phones but designed to be rugged. At the back it features a material that Motorola calls ballistic nylon or a metallic kevlar material which should be able to absorb rough handling. Verizon is also offering a screen guarantee that will allow for one free screen replacement during a contract period.

The Droid Turbo comes in 32GB and 64GB versions and in terms of color customers can choose from black Ballistic Nylon, Metallic Black or Metallic Red. The 32GB model starts at $199 on contract, the 64GB version will set you back $249. The Droid Turbo will be available starting on October 30th.

Key Specifications:

  • 21MP CMOS sensor
  • F2.0 aperture
  • 4K video with digital stabilization
  • ISO 64-1600
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 4x digital zoom
  • 1.5MP front camera
  • 5.2-inch “Quad HD” display
  • 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32 or 64GB storage
  • Android 4.4.4
  • 3900mAh battery with fast charging