The official countdown clock may still be running down on Verizon’s Droid Does web portal, but the carrier’s Droid Turbo launch event is already underway, and from it official details of this new Motorola Android have begun to emerge.
As already revealed through no shortage of leaks and rumors going back weeks now, the Droid Turbo is a 5.2-inch quad HD handset with a big 3900mAh battery – one Verizon says will grant the phone a solid two days of use per charge. The carrier really emphasizes the degree to which battery concerns have dominated customer feedback, and the Droid Turbo is a response to demands for a phone that wouldn’t struggle with going over a day between charges. Support for the Motorola Turbo Charger is also present, letting the Droid Turbo add eight hours to its battery life through only 15 minutes of charging.
There’s also a big focus on durability, and to that end the Droid Turbo features materials like ballistic nylon and metalized glass fiber. If even that rugged construction doesn’t protect the handset from damage, there’s a one-time cracked screen replacement offer.
The handset is water resistant and runs a 2.7Ghz Snapdragon 805. It will ship with KitKat, though a Lollipop update is promised for sometime in the next few months.
Around back you’ll find a big 21MP camera, one capable of recording 4K video content. And as a current-gen Motorola model, the Droid Turbo will include features like Moto Display, Actions, and Assist.
Sales of the Droid Turbo begin this Thursday, October 30. The 32GB model will sell for just about $200 on contract, while the 64GB version will fetch closer to $250. Full retail price (presumably for the 32GB model) comes in around $600.
The ballistic nylon version of the handset comes just in black, in either 32GB or 64GB capacities, while the metalized glass fiber edition is in either red or black, but only as a 32GB model.
The Turbo’s introduction will also spell price breaks for existing Droid models, knocking last year’s Maxx back to $50 on contract, and the Droid Mini becoming free with a service agreement.