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Leaked Droid Turbo user manual outs Verizon's unannounced Motorola flagship

It looks like the Droid Turbo moniker is all but confirmed as the user manual has leaked for the Motorola flagship that has long been rumored to be headed to Verizon's 4G LTE network in the U.S. Parsing through the manual, if it is an accurate leak, we now have more information about the phone's specs, including a whopping 21-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, 5.2-inch ultra HD display, wireless charging, and Motorola's software customization.

It looks like Motorola will have some great flagship status phones this year, including the already available Moto X, the rumored Motorola Nexus 6 for Google, and now this Droid Turbo.

So far, what is your favorite device from Motorola? Is the 21-megapixel rear camera tempting you?

Be sure to also read our Moto X review as well.

Source: Moto Firmware, Manual, PDF

161 Comments
  • Is it 5.2 screen? What about battery size? Phone junkie
  • RTFA
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  • Droiddddddddd!!!!!!!!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 I would buy it for the ringtone Posted via Android Central App
  • It appears they created a Twitter handle @DroidTurbo a few days ago. Maybe they will give more info and a release date soon? Plan on returning my new Moto X for @DroidTurbo ASAP Posted via the Android Central App
  • May want to wait on pricing information before you do that. If you have to shell out $300 before signing a contract you might want to think twice. Posted via Android Central App
  • I shelled out $170 for the Moto X on 9/30 and it still hasn't been delivered. It's scheduled for 10/23 delivery lol. I don't mind paying $130 more for a vastly superior phone (@DroidTurbo) to anything currently on the market. The Moto Apps make it a true iPhone6 and Note4 killer. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like it so far - a great replacement for my MAXX
  • *drools* Posted via Android Central App
  • No on screen buttons? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Doesn't look like it Posted via Android Central App
  • Uh yeah it definitely does look like it. Very nice Droid Posted via Android Central App
  • Do you know what on screen buttons are? Posted via the Android Central App
  • LOL wow I swear it was just a black nav bar yesterday. My bad : /
  • It definitely doesn't look like on screen nav buttons. Kinda is odd that this Motorola line won't have them. Makes me wonder if this is Verizon influencing the design considering every other recent Motorola has on screen nav buttons except the droid line Posted via the Android Central App
  • On-Screen buttons means the back, home and recent buttons are incorporated into the whole screen, so if you're watching a movie, the space those buttons would be in becomes movie area. Dedicated buttons, like this has, are buttons that are always there and dedicated only to those uses and no others (which is stupid).
  • Biased? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Biased? Because I think dedicated buttons are dumb? *shrug* they are. This is still some great hardware. Chillax dude.
  • Never mind this post, lol.
  • One could argue the opposite. The permanent buttons take up free space in the bezel. I love on screen buttons. Especially if you rotate phone a lot. You know where they are. And app inconsistency with immersive mode is LAMEO
  • You're providing no reason for it being "stupid". I think a strong case can be made to the contrary. That it's "stupid" to have on screen buttons when there is room for them below the screen - like most phones that use on screen buttons. It's only logical to use dynamic front facing real-estate (screen) for static buttons when there isn't room beneath the screen for them. I've never heard any logical argument against this. For Example, I think it's logical to say that having on-screen buttons on the HTC One M8 is "stupid" because there's tons of room beneath the screen for them. If they are going to have all that room under the screen they should at least move the buttons there so that dynamic screen real-estate is freed up in all apps. On this phone it seems very logical to me that the buttons are off screen, giving people all of the 5.2" goodness in all apps, all the time. The fact that devs have been slow to implement Immersive Mode doesn't help your case either. Can you explain to me why my thought process is "stupid"?
  • You assume, incorrectly, that the space used by the dedicated buttons couldn't be used for something else. Take a look at the original Moto X as an example, that device has a fully functional screen almostbdown to the microphone. On the Droid, that bottom space is taken up by the dedicated buttons. So you have a choice, make the device taller or make the screen smaller.
    Dedicated buttons are a no-win scenario.
    And let's be clear, I didn't say you or your thought process were stupid, I said dedicated back/home/recent buttons are stupid (because they remove flexibility and options). Don't take everything so personal dude, it's a phone.
  • Too bad, when Android L launches these buttons will look antiquated.
  • exactly! How could they not have thought about this?
  • They may value more screen space in all apps over what many would consider a minor cosmetic detail.
  • Or, they won't look kind of stupid. I personally am not down with the L button look. Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
    on VZW Moto X
  • +1 Posted via Nexus 7 2013 or verizon Galaxy S5 or maybe one day through my moto 360
  • My on screen buttons are burned in after 2 years on my RAZR HD Posted via Android Central App
  • And the world forgets whatever HTC just announced...
  • Who?
  • +11 Posted via Nexus 7 2013 or verizon Galaxy S5 or maybe one day through my moto 360
  • HTC make some good phones. I just got the wife an E8 and it's pretty sweet and fast as hell!!
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • Soooooo, date of "October 12" mean anything?
  • LOL, just saw that. What's funny is that they will announce it on the 12th and release it on the 13th beating Sammy to the punch. That's what Sammy get's for announcing it a month ahead of time.
  • Where is the damn ugly Verizon logo?
  • The Maxx didn't have a Verizon logo on the front. Neither did the Ultra or the Mini.
  • Where is the damn stupid comment? Oh, you just made it.
  • We've got a ringer >I'm the kind of guy who stops a microwave at one second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • Would love to see the Nexus based off of this phone or a Pure Edition to use on GSM carriers.
  • We know the Nexus specs, these ain't them. So much for folks claiming those leaks were actually the Droid.
  • There's leaks of a another Moto phone out there. Doesn't have to be the Nexus. Could just be the Moto S. There was rumors of a 5.2 nexus also. No one knows anything
  • There's no evidence of anything else being the Nexus 6, only the Shamu device. If it was something else, there would be evidence by now, Google doesn't run that tight a ship, but there isn't.
  • Yes there was. There were leaked benchmarks for 5.2 and 5.9 inch device both claiming to be Nexus X or Shamu. People just seemed to latch onto the 5.9 rumors more. The only images I've seen are of a Phablet with Motorola's logo.
  • Which leaks were saying the 5.2" was the Nexus?You do realize the leaks of the 5.2 device were of the Moto X, right? I know a lot of folks don't like the 5.9" size, I don't care for it myself, but ALL the reasonable evidence points to the Nexus 6 as being Shamu.
  • There's been a lot of different leaks. There were leaks after the new Moto X that pointed to a 5.2 or 5.5 inch Nexus phone. The spec sheet of the supposed Nexus leaks match up with the specs of the Droid phone. 3 GB of RAM, same chip, GPU, and QHD screen. The Droid will have a 5.2 inch screen with "physical" buttons. Take away the buttons, turn that into screen and it will come in somewhere between 5.5 to 5.9 inch.
  • You keep saying there were leaks of a 5.2" Nexus device... By who? Posted where? Who said they were a Nexus device? None of the Android sites I've seen have given any credence to a 5.2 or 5.5" Nexus. I've seen forum frequenters insist 5.2" devices would be the Nexus, or insisting that the 5.9" isn't the Nexus (because denial), but some bozo on a forum isn't a source or a leak, they're just people with opinions and nothing to back them up.
    Sources dude.
  • How about you take two minutes and search for it? Ok I'll bite...here's one from TODAY. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/motorola-shamu-aka-nexus-6-resurfaces-via-cpu-z...
  • Hey look at that, and if you RTFA (which you clearly didn't) you'll see that they actually conclude that the device IS 5.9" based on the PPI/DPI values and the 5.2" metric is based off an easily tweaked build.prop file.
    I'd love for the next Nexus to be a 5.2" device, but it isn't. All the leaks that say it is have been pretty easy to tear apart... Because it's not a 5.2" device.
    Thanks for the extra article backing up the 5.9" device size though.
  • One more thing. When you make a claim, it's your job to back it up. It's not the responsibility of the person you are disagreeing with to look for the proof that you claim exists. That's idiotic.
  • Wow. You people would argue with a brick wall. Does it matter? Posted via Android Central App
  • Hmm. I thought Motor X# was their flagship. Ive never seen so many "writers" misuse words.
  • It's Verizon's droid flagship Posted via Android Central App
  • Moto X is Motorola's flagship. The Droid line is Verizon's flagship android phone, they have a huge amount of control over the design and specs of these phones.
  • The Moto X is no longer Moto's flag ship the day the Turbo is released. The Turbo kicks the X in every way possible. Period.
  • And how would you know?
  • Uh an extra gig of ram and nearly 2x the battery..
  • And probably cost, too, but not in a good way. One place it will lose is in style and customization. Posted via Android Central App
  • Well, other than form factor, buttons, aesthetics, customization, design philosophy and price point, right?
  • There's the small detail that UT's only available on one carrier on the entire planet. Motorola probably won't even have this for sale on their website.
    The Moto X is Motorola's flagship phone.
  • I wish Moto was putting that rear cam on the Nexus 6.
  • Only one speaker like the X? I thought the tale of stereo speakers was too good to be true. Posted via Android Central App
  • Yes yes yes! I knew holding off on the Moto X 2014 was a great idea this year!!!!! Cant wait to get my Turbo:)
  • So just to confirm for all those that aren't getting it/are in denial:
    Moto S/Shamu ≠ Moto Droid Turbo
    Moto S/Shamu = Nexus 6/Nexus X Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ramen.
  • Noodles.
  • Blessings of Parmesan upon you.
  • I know I know. I don't know what I was thinking cheering on the shamu. Like it would go to verizon anyway. It's a good trade off tho.
  • Nice specs, but too bad it looks like a Thunderbolt.
  • Too bad it kicks a thunderbolts as* and nothing else matters period Posted via the Android Central App
  • too big!
  • Just take my money. Glad I held off on the X. Wireless charging baby! Posted via Android Central App
  • +100 Posted via Android Central App
  • +101 Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 google Posted via Android Central App
  • Never buy a phone on a single carrier. You never get updates, rarely get support, and have a fraction of the accessories available. Motorola and 3rd party manufacturers just don't care about maybe a couple hundred thousand phones when they sell millions of another model and who can blame them Posted via Android Central App
  • Except you're wrong about updates when it comes to Motorola's Droid line. The Droids beat just about all the other non-Nexus phones when it came to updates with the exception of the Moto X. http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/08/the-state-of-android-updates-whos...
  • Yup >I'm the kind of guy who stops a microwave at one second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • Again, the Maxx stayed on 4.4 for a loong time while other phones got the incremental updates (4.4.2, 4.4.3 etc.). The Maxx did get 4.4.4 first, but it leapfrogged from 4.4, on which it sat for a long time. I still think that's OK (not great) as far as updates go, but it's misleading to say that the Droids got timely updates and got updates ahead of others.
  • The reason it skipped the incremental updates is because during testing Moto found that those updates caused too many problems. Moto made the decision not to gimp the phone just so they could say "First"
    Anyone who has an issue with that has bigger problems than how timely updates are. I would still put it in the great category.
  • I know why they said they didn't roll out the incremental updates. My point still stands. It is misleading to say the Droid line beat all other non-Nexus phones with updates. It didn't. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I know right...I hate the my Droid Ultra(which was only available for one carrier) barely has the latest version of KK and barely got it before almost every other phone...stupid lack of updates...
  • But Verizon is the devil! THE DEVIL!!!
  • "Barely got it before every other phone? "
    Wow. It's not enough that it gets it before all the other phones? Geez. Posted via Android Central App
  • You barely missed the sarcasm
  • Even if they get "late", Motorola is still king of updates outside of Nexus. Posted via Android Central App (Moto X)
  • Add on-screen buttons and make this the new Nexus phone! Posted via Android Central App
  • Tempting, but a VZW exclusive =/
  • Why does Verizon always get the droids? Why can't Motorola make a phone like this with different name for different carriers? Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • Some people have speculated that a variant of this phone will be available for other carriers using the Moto Maxx name. Posted via Android Central App
  • They did. You saw it here yesterday.
  • They don't (and won't) because of their exclusivity deal with VZW. VZW sole sources them for Droids, Motorola doesn't make the device (or anything too similar) for anyone else.
  • This thing is absolutely ugly! I hope they don't stick with that 'carbon fiber' look again because that style and design is hideous.
  • Phone case. Ever seen one?
  • Beast. Period Posted via the Android Central App
  • I need to get this in Canada somehow Posted via the Android Central App
  • Moto z? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Is this the Droid we're looking for?
  • Enough with carrier exclusives. Motorola doesn't have the cachet to not release their best to everyone, nor does HTC with their I'll conceived Desire Eye AT&T exclusive. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Verizon is big enough that they can do it comfortably and meet demand. Controls capacity. Posted via Android Central App
  • I've had many moto phones all the way back to the nextel moto phones in the late 90's, I was very loyal. I hung them up for Samsung 3 months ago never going back. Posted via Android Central App
  • Get used to hanging up because you'll have far worse radio experience with Samsung. Even lg can't compete with the almighty Motorola radios. Samsung does great cameras tho.
  • I impulse edged up the Moto X with the bamboo back at a Verizon store. I see an impulse exchange in my future if it comes out in time...not holding my breath though. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Reading over the manual I see it has Qi charging that is all I was waiting for, Will be there 8 am first day so I can talk to the press about the new beast of a phone...... Oh wait it doesn't say Apple on it there wont be any press, Yea if they only knew how much better it is going to be.
  • Developer edition please
  • what's the actual battery size? Couldn't find it anywhere in the manual.
  • From other posts i have seen 3300-3500 mah for the battery size, but havent seen anything about sd card???
  • I know... Stupid tiered plans make an SD card a necessity for us music fans!
  • Not on T-Mobile!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • You just can't help yourself. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Which is unfortunately completely irrelevant, since this is a Verizon-exclusive device. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Buy unlimited plan via AOL on eBay. Under 200.
  • SD card? Maybe if it was 16. Our other droid maxx is functional but is almost out of memory. Whereas the 32gb has 20 free. Micro usb flash drives work well. Maybe that would work for trips where you need extra storage? I am not in love with the turbo. I will regret buying it. But I just can't live without active notifications, assist, and gestures. Plus all the new gestures and features. My droid maxx xt1080m 32gb with unlocked bootloader in pristine condition calls my name every night. The display on it was perfect for me. Besides I still have to bust out my Nexus 7 2013 to watch videos for a long time anyway. I want something that's 6". I'm a size queen. Or padfone lapdock at least!
  • So far, I'm pleased.
  • Nice. Posted with my MotoX, no case needed.
  • On screen buttons, dual front speakers and no Verizon would make this awesome. Could just call the moto turbo.
    I'm very perplexed about the lack of on screen buttons? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I love capacitive buttons. I mean don't get me wrong. Immersive mode usually gets the job done. But why not use the bezel space for buttons?
  • Simple, b/c you would have a smaller bezel or bigger screen without capacitive buttons.
  • I don't know about y'all but this would make the moto x obsolete to me Posted via the Android Central App
  • A lack of on screen buttons tends to be a deal breaker for me. I love the look of a black phone with a single piece of glass when the screen is off. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exact opposite for me. I hate on screen buttons! They take up precious screen real estate. Plus they work great!
  • Looks like a beast on paper. Posted via Android Central App (Moto X)
  • I like the look of it and the specs are okay, though not enough to sell my soul to Verizon. Happy with both my device and carrier but I think this will be my father-in-laws next phone. He's pretty loyal to the droid brand Posted via...The One
  • I just got a moto x 2014 pure edition and absolutely love it. It is my first non nexus device since the nexus s. I hate overlays and carrier crap ware so this was the phone for me. I also love that I was able to make it look the way I wanted it to. I don't need a crazy awesome camera on my phone just as long as it has a camera, also I like on screen buttons instead of hardware buttons so that is another strike against the droid. Lastly I hate Verizon so yep still the moto x wins for me. As far as the nexus 6 goes it is to big. I have a 7" tablet(first gen nexus 7), a 13" asus Chromebook, a 5.2" moto x and a custom built gaming computer... A 6" phone seems pointless with all those devices in my aresonal which is why I opted for the moto x.
  • Same here. I got:
    2014 Mercedez Benz SLS AMG
    2014 Aston Martin Vanquish
    2014 Rolls Royce Wraith
    2014 Rolls Royce Ghost ...and with all those in my arsenal, I also got the Ford Fiesta!
  • Built in Qi charging too! This could be a very good addition to the Droid line. Will be interesting to see what happens with it! Posted via Android Central App
  • All you Verizon haters just need to get over it. Enjoy your Sprint, your T-Mobile or your AT&T...I'll enjoy my flawless coverage and unlimited data...All on the Verizon Exclusive Droid Turbo! Enjoy the dead zones boys!
  • How awesome would it be to have droid turbo, plus moto 360, and the hint! Yes please! Peace out lg g3 and droid maxx! Really want lapdock support again tho!
  • Wish I could say it was flawless here in the South, but it is still fairly comprehensive. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm holding out hope the Nexus 6 will come cone to Verizon. Otherwise, this will be the phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wish. I'd be so happy. No more need to carry tablet. And that radio... Mmmmm
  • I dont care about 21mp... I want clear and concise photos. Motorola has had some pretty mediocre cameras recently. I used my Droid Maxx at a concert and the camera was super over exposed. I had to use my girlfriend S3 to take the pictures.
  • Try Focal apk in play store. More options.
  • It looks like Verizon has interfered with the design language a lot. Telling Motorola, "GLOSSY AND FAST LOOKING, LIKE HOT WHEELS!" based off that widget and default background combo.
    The most hilarious thing about this is that the messenger app they have in the dock is Verizon's own, which sucks and I don't even know of anyone who willingly would use it.
    I prefer onscreen buttons, rather than the dedicated hardware ones, but odds are I won't even be getting this phone.
    One thing Verizon MUST learn to do is to remove, if not all, a ton of their shitty bloatware apps. I understand that some people MAY need them for certain circumstances, but if thats the case, put them in the play store as an optional download, not preinstalled and unable to be removed. Very few can even be disabled.
    I'm rambling a lot but thats just what I feel about this phone and the company. I have a Verizon S4, which I've removed all but 1 or 2 of the Samsung apps, and all of the Verizon apps.
  • I have had on screen buttons before my current droid maxx and hated them. What is the advantage to on screen buttons? They unnecessarily take up screen space.
    Where I live T-Mobile - nonexistent signal sprint - no dealers/service at&t - suck a$$ service.
    Carbon fiber... way kool.
    Apple and everyone else suck a$$ battery's compared to moto. My current droid maxx charge every other day on wireless.
    Google now on moto without even having to touch the phone... Everyone else is sucking hind tit.
  • It will be kevlar. Carbon fiber blocks reception. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Carbon fiber look is what I meant either way... Way kool.
  • Kevlar is probably the most antenna friendly material and it's also more durable than carbon for this particular use (phone housing). Posted via the Android Central App
    on VZW Moto X
  • Almost all the bloat apps are just placeholder apps and as such are small in size. Others can be helpful, the My Verizon app is fine, as is the backup app.
    Also, which ones can't be disabled? I managed to ax all of them when I had an S4.
    Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yikes. I like the capacitive buttons. Learn how to root if you don't like apps and bloat. Verizon messages is awesome on a tablet. Plus if you're ever in a building with bad reception but wifi u can still mms!
  • BBM works on wifi Oh and that crazy important thing called security. #gotblackberry Posted via the Android Central App
  • Good stuff Posted via the Android Central App
    on VZW Moto X
  • I don't get why anyone is saying its going to be ugly. Nothing special about Samsung's s5. Anyway - My current droid maxx will not bend in my pocket. And I am sure the turbo will not either. Battery longevity trumps most everything + Verizon coverage of the nation and unlimited data... Hard to beat.
  • What is the advantage to on screen buttons... Didn't think so.
  • I know, but its looks like carbon fiber...
  • #phoneoftheyear Posted via the Android Central App
  • Someone should add an poll... On screen
    Or
    Captive I say captive the common sense in that... undeniable.
  • If this is exact then they left the two let downs about the droid maxx in this one. No expandable storage, and physical button for back, home and the recent apps tray.
  • How and where do u hold a phone with capacitive buttons? Almost every Samsung phone I've had I've always had issues accidentally pressing those buttons - not every time but once in a while is still annoying. Now they are even closer to the edges of the phones due to screen being stretched across more of the front panel. Not to mention on screen buttons have a quicker response (at least to me - I don't have any data to back that up) Posted via Android Central App
  • I'll take my Zed30 over any Android or ICrap. Light spec and an amazing OS still faster than anything out there Posted via the Android Central App
  • I thought the Nexus 6 wasn't coming to Verizon? Am I wrong? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes, they have good phones out this year but they should make them available to more european countryes Posted via the Android Central App
  • A 21MP camera is completely useless if it doesn't take good pictures in low light settings but I could be wrong with the Turbo. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The turbo will have a 9.7 inch screen, and have a handle to help you hold it up to your ear. The screen will be made from clear carbide, and have a case made from a block of chrome steel. Powered by a 200 amp lead acid battery good for 6 months of talk time. The exclusive carrier will be NASA. Will be announced on April 1. Posted via Android Central App
  • Why, why does only Verizon get this phone? This is what the Moto X should have been.
  • Does droid turbo looks amazing. If I didn't already leave Verizon I would go pick this up. I really like it. Looks like a great phone. Specs aside, physically it looks excellent too. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No microSD.
    Yawn.....
  • Fingers still crossed there is a Nexus version of this because I am not digging the 6in on that might come out. Posted via Android Central App
  • Is the pdf guide still available anywhere? Did anyone download it and wants to share? Also, anyone know if it will have IR blaster. I love the new Moto X (most beautiful phone ever, or at least my design would be!) but its lack of SD card, wireless charging, and IR blaster is killing me. At least the Turbo has wireless charging. IR blaster would seal the deal. This would be a lovely upgrade my Droid Maxx. Despite looking kinda ugly (compared to the Moto X).