Motorola 'Droid 5' appears in leaked images

Could yet another Motorola phone be headed for Verizon?

As evidenced by the recent LG Enact launch, Verizon clearly thinks there's still a market for smartphones with slide-out keyboards. And now it seems the flagship Droid line might get another QWERTY slider, if leaked images from China are to be believed. The shots above appeared on Chinese social network Weibo, and appear to show a slider with Motorola and Verizon branding.

The phone purportedly includes a shock, water and dust-resistant design, NFC support and a 4.3 to 4.5-inch display. An image of the (partially disassembled) back panel also seems to show wireless charging hardware. Curiously it's got on-screen keys, as opposed to the latest Droid phones, which use capacitive buttons — and a screenshot of the camera app also shows the old-style Motorola camera layout, suggesting this device is a prototype running older software.

If the images are accurate, the "Droid 5" release could come some 18 months after the Droid 4, which launched in February 2012. On the other hand, there's the possibility that this is merely a prototype of a phone that'll never see the light of day. Hit the comments and let us know which you think it is.

Source: NewCellphonesBlog; via: Engadget (opens in new tab)

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  • F that verizon logo.
  • Lmao. That was my first thought, literally the first thing I saw and thought to myself. "Look at the trap stamp". HTC ONE ~ Android Central App
  • You should use the new editing function to turn "trap" into "tramp." ;-) Posted via the Android Central App on my Note 2
  • Verizon IS a trap..
  • It's the only carrier that gives me fast speeds in my area. I think they're pretty awesome Posted via Android Central App on my S4
  • The shot of an actual Chinese screen in the wild shows Android 4.0.3
    My droid 4 is running 4.1.2. Also the keyboard is an exact match to the droid 4. No improvements. Hope if its true its a 2 GB RAM phone with better battery life. A user replaceable battery is too darned much to ask for.
  • What's the point in such a distance between the 4 and the 5. By all accounts, it should have come late 2012 to early 2013. Posted via Droid RAZR M on the Android Central App
  • One of the things that makes me think this is an abandoned design that'll never see release.
  • Yeah, it seems highly unlikely that Motorola would be working on a Droid 5, being under Google's direction, now. Posted via Android Central App
  • You never know. That could put it out to pad their smartphone portfolio. Like you thought the QWERTY Droid was dead then, bam! Droid 5 on Verizon for $99.99 on a two year contract. Posted via Droid RAZR M on the Android Central App
  • True, only time will tell. Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App on my Note 2
  • The time between the droid 3 and droid 4 was something like 6 months. They then released a new line of razrs last fall and nothing else until this year with the ultra line up. Something is telling me moto has abandoned the droid sliders and this was something they didn't finish while developing the current line up. It has the new logo from this year but the on screen buttons from the razr m from last year Posted via Android Central App
  • -GASP- BE Still my aching heart! Another Droid with a QWERTY Keyboard! Long live the Palm legacy!! (Just hope an improved battery comes with it.)
  • As much as I would love to see a few new QWERTY phones hit the market, this just doesn't strike me as one coming soon. It doesn't have the same look and feel as the newly released Moto phones; it looks old to be honest. More like a Droid 3 or 4 then something up and coming. While a successor to the QWERTY Droid line would most likely bare resemblance to the older models, I would think it would probably have a newer flare like the tapered back and other design elements used on new Moto devices. Perhaps I will be proven wrong though...
  • They have my attention. I would like a decent slider. Thought they were dead though except for the low-end device that randomly shows up from time to time. I hope this is legit and decent. Posted via Android Central App
  • double post
  • I know that there is a market for qwerty but it is time to let go. Took me a long time to get my wife, who usually loves the gadgets I bring home, to abandon a slider. Heck it was an expired contract, carrier switch, hating of the Q and an act of god.
  • Lol, wow. Posted via Android Central App
  • Yeah she can be a bit set in her ways. Imagine her upgrading from XP to win8 when her laptop finally died of old age and exhaustion
  • hate to break it to u bro.. but ur wife is smarter than you.
  • If you take a close look at the phone it looks like an old phone that has been setting in a box or on a shelf for a while. To me it looks like someone over there took a old phone and put some new pieces on. Posted from my Galaxy Note 2 via Android Central App
  • see the more stuff I see like this the more it makes me believe it is the same failorala with a new head. Simple rule. Do not by Motorola if it is not a Verizon device as you will get screwed and lied 2.
  • Simple rule: Do not make assumptions about a company based on a single rumor and then start hating on said company because of your interpretation of said single rumor.
  • No Motorolla burnt my trust after how the Atrix got treated and lied to. Rumors like this do NOTHING to earn back that truth. It only locks it in even more. This just gets put into that growing and already very long list on why not to trust this new Motorolla. Motorolla has to earn my trust back by proving they can be trusted.
  • On-screen buttons when the new DROIDs go back to capacitive make me believe that development on this pre-dates the 2013 DROIDs. Posted via Android Central App
  • Slide out keyboards are like New York cockroaches. We keep trying to send them where they belong, and they keep coming back...
  • Right. Because things are soo much better when every phone is exactly the same. Sorry that some variety offends you.
  • A good physical keyboard is the #1 app for me. The lack of one is about to send me back to blackberry! Yes, for killing time while waiting for a dentist or something, I much, much prefer a slab phone.... but when you need to communicate quickly (rather than fiddly), a physical keyboard is important.
  • Buy swiftkey
    adjust the height of the keys
    turn phone sideways
  • One more thing, THAT looks like an old droid to me.
    A well built Droid Pro type design WITH up to date hardware this time... would be sweet.
  • Full physical QWERTY is dead. I just don't see the point in this device. None of us are living in 2008 anymore. Posted via Android Central App
  • I agree what we need is more slate phones with more specs because that is what matters. Everyday I think that I need more processor to open my emails and reply to them faster. Posted via Android Central App
  • I for one love QWERTY slider Android Phones. As a current D4 owner (got mine on launch day 18 months ago) and former owner of the OG Droid & Droid2Global, I really want this phone to be made. There is still a decent market for these types of phones if they have decent specs. Just because you personally don't see the need for one, doesn't mean there is not a market. As an extreme example, look at the Samsung Galaxy Golden.... Bring on the D5! Posted via the totally awesome Android Central App
  • Thank you... I too owned the Droid 2, and am a current Droid 4 owner. I'd love to see the droid 5 with a bigger battery, a 4.5'' screen, and 32GB memory.... and a sleeker design.
  • What's the bottom part of that slider? Keys or something? I don't know. It looks like something 10 years old. Is it just me?
  • I can't believe people STILL use (or, are still buying) slide out keyboards! Get with the times man! :)
    Then again, Samsung is putting out a new flip phone, so I guess there's still a market for these two types of phone.
    That's the beauty of Android though, there really is a model to suit every style & price point. (Same can't be said with our fruity competitor) lol Posted via Android Central App
  • Yes qwerty isn't dead yet!....hopefully so.... Posted from my HP TouchPad & cm10 via Android Central App
  • I have a Droid 2 Global. I got it, well...Because it was free (3 months before Droid 3) and it has a physical keyboard. I've found that when surfing some websites, a physical keyboard is better, even thought I own SwiftKey. Physical keyboards can suffer some minor incompatibilities when you load other ROMs too... But what ticks me off about the keyboard is it's physical weight... My gosh this phone is heavy... It's heavier than my wife iPhone 5 and my best friend's Droid RAZR-- and those are two phones with much larger screens and awesome build quality as well. I won't miss my keyboard enough to feel sad about when I get my new phone on Monday... The HTC One.
  • I think people assume because QWERTY equipped phones aren't a regular sight in this day in age its because there is no market for it. Wrong. The reason QWERTY's aren't around is because no one has gotten it completely right. Say what you will about BlackBerry but they know how to make a QWERTY slider, albeit a portrait one. The BlackBerry Torch 9800/9810 were exceptionally well built devices with their major drawback being that they shipped with an inferior OS. I for one am hoping this Droid 5 is real or Motorola is at least contemplating releasing a new QWERTY Droid.
  • I want one, now!! I challenge anyone who has to do sysadmin work for a living to try and SSH into servers, with crazy alphanumeric and symbols in passwords to use an onscreen keyboard. It hurts. Not to mention, I love the feedback I get with my Droid 4 keyboard. I can SSH in, fix the problem (with reliable typing) and get out, and do what I was doing. I like the option of sliding out my keyboard. I hope decent sliders never go away. Sysadmins need them! I also get a *lot* more screen space in the terminal to see output when the onscreen keyboard isn't taking up 1/2 the screen.
  • I agree. If you're just playing with a smartphone as a toy for texting and brief emailing, the onscreen is fine. If you have to use the phone as a professional for sysadmin, real document editing, spreadsheet editing, or long emailing, then the physical keyboard is best. And you're right, when the keyboard is out, that extra screen space is great! I hate the way that the onscreen keyboard only lets you see 3 or 4 lines of text that you're working on.
  • It does look like an old phone but that screen size does not. People especially some older ones like the physical keyboard so there might be some market for this - not a large one but some market. Also remember that a device development/production/sales cycle is somewhere around 13+ months so even though Moto was bought by Google if this is legit than this was a design and sales agreement pre Google.
  • Thanks for labeling me old!
    Just kidding.
    Seriously though, I much prefer the physical keyboard over the on-screen options. I have a Droid 4 and will likely upgrade to this if there's a D5 coming. I like the extra screen space when the physical keyboard is out. I like the definitive response from the physical keyboard. It's good for typing longer messages. It's really good for editing spreadsheets on the go. For quick responses to emails or texts, I use the onscreen keyboard. For serious communication, the physical keyboard is best.
  • I am hopeful a new QWERTY comes out. People are too wrapped up in the touch screens and there are people like me who prefer the physical keyboard. I use the Droid 4 and am very happy with it, but eventually I will want to upgrade, and I hope a solid QWERTY is out there. Not something lower-tier as the Strats put out by Samsung, but something Droid-like which I have now.
  • +1
  • I'm gonna call bs seeing as some of the other pics I've seen show the old Motorola camera app, plus all of the other droids have gone back to capacative buttons so why would this have on screen ones.
  • I hope this is true, working at Verizon when a customer asks for a keyboard that has physical keys I hate being forced to bring them to the low end phones. I realize that slider phones agent very popular but there is definitely still a market for them, it'll be good to have a high end phone with physical keys. Posted via Android Central App
  • Landscape keyboard is disgusting. Posted from my Nexus 4 via Android Central App
  • I have had a DROID 2 and am using a DROID 4. While I love the physical keyboard, I am tired of carrying such a heavy, thick phone. My next phone will be of the Moto X or Moto Droid Maxx variety.
  • I don't see what the big-O fuss is about when people prefer a physical keyboard. It is that exactly, a preference. Why hate on people or the companies for still making them. Keyboards can be modern too and if people stop hating on them then maybe companies will look at the people like me, who do like them and make them better and better. I have had a touch screen phone for the past year and a half and I still hate it..and I am soooooo excited for a DROID 5. I was thinking of purchasing the new LG Enact just because of the keyboard, but now if this rumor is true I am going to hold off on it. Honestly I would prefer a flagship phone but if there is not a option then I would not mind it being a regular smartphone that just works. Im sure if Motorola came out with a Moto X line which included a slider, their sales would go through the roof. I've never had an Iphone but if they had a slider then I would have bought all 5 of them. I have been wanting to go back to a physical keyboard for a while. I personally prefer having a keyboard because its much quicker to type on. I speak and text in english and spanish so the touch phones are such a pain in the A**. Autocorrect is the worst and you have no idea how many texts I have sent half written because somehow I slipped the finger by the enter button. I have tried all kinds of virtual keyboards, including swype and swift and I still hate it. I am really crossing my fingers tight for this rumor to be true!!!!
  • Sign me up! I want one!!!!! :-)