Phandroid » Rumors Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:00:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rumor: Sony working on innovative e-paper smart watch Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:00:43 +0000 Sony-Building-Logo-600x450

Looks like Sony could be dipping their feet into some uncharted territories of the wearables sea. The company is reportedly working on an e-paper smart watch for 2015. While e-paper watches are nothing new — the Pebble comes to mind — Sony’s idea would utilize e-paper in the wrist straps to allow folks to change looks at a moment’s notice. The project apparently spawned from a company initiative that rewards employees for innovative ideas.

An e-paper smart watch comes with a few negatives, though the benefits could balance it out just enough to make a purchase more worthwhile. On the downside, an e-paper watch doesn’t sport the display technology needed to run a smooth operating system like Android Wear without a great deal of hiccups. On the upside, e-paper doesn’t draw nearly as much power as color LCDs, and it’s easy to see in sunlight with or without a backlight.

According to the report, Sony is less worried about function and more about how it looks and feels. It sounds like they won’t be looking to rival the likes of Android Wear or Apple’s iWatch in terms of functionality, but given a good enough set of APIs and features it could be just enough for folks to take notice. Unfortunately there isn’t much to go on in terms of Sony’s exact plans for the smart watch, but you can bet we’ll be keeping an eye out for more information as we head into 2015.

[via Bloomberg]

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It’s never too early for Galaxy Note 5 rumors, will reportedly come equipped with 4K display Thu, 06 Nov 2014 23:41:17 +0000 Samsugn Galaxy Note 4 concept

A beautiful Samsung Galaxy Note 4 concept (in other words, this is not the Note 5)

We’re fresh off the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (check out our in depth review here) and not even a full month after its release, we’re already hearing rumors about next year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 5. We’ve said it before in reference to the Android hardware: things move fast around here.

The folks at PhoneArena have, what they believe is a solid tip that next year’s Note 5 will carry a 5.9-inch UHD 4K (2,160 x 3,840) resolution AMOLED display. The display panels, which Samsung seems to have confirmed last November in their own roadmap, will go into production by August. This will, in theory, give Samsung more than enough time to slap them on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 before it launches towards the end of the year.

Throwing around some numbers, a 5.9-inch display with a resolution of 2,160 x 3,840 would return close to 746ppi. While 2K displays are plenty sharp enough for devices like phablets (tablets, that’s another story), we can’t help but feel this would be more than overkill on anything smaller than 10-inch tablet. We suppose Samsung’s motivation for breaking hardware records could have more to do with rival OEM LG talking about 600 and 700ppi mobile displays back in May. Competition is fierce.

Meanwhile, I’m just sitting here watching movies on my 1080p television like an animal.

Concept images: My Gadgetic

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Motorola Moto Maxx pictured in the wild, looks to be international version of the DROID Turbo Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:27:17 +0000 Motorola Moto Maxx

A Verizon Wireless exclusive, we got our hands on the Motorola DROID Turbo when it launched last week and have fallen in love with its 24 hour+ battery life and insane processing speeds. Of course, many (ourselves included) were heartbroken to find the phone wouldn’t be launching for any other US carriers, despite documentation showing Motorola was working on a GSM version of the phone (XT1225). But just because the US is ruled out, that doesn’t mean the rest of the globe isn’t left wide open for this beastly Android device.

Motorola Moto Maxx wild

After Brazilian press began receiving invites for an upcoming Motorola Moto Maxx event last week, it seems this very same phone has now been pictured in the wild. Posted on Google+, the photos clearly show the “Moto Maxx” protective covering on the display, listing off the exact same specs as found on the Verizon variant. The only difference? While this appears to the 64GB version, there’s no “DROID 64GB” tag on the back or any kind of Verizon branding at all — makes sense given only Verizon has access to the DROID branding (owned by Lucasfilm).

Motorola Moto MAXX Brazil 2

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there was any word on availability anywhere just yet, but don’t hold your breath if you’re hoping this model to land in the US any time soon. We’re willing to bet Verizon paid a lot of money for the exclusive on this particular smartphone here in the states. Of course, that still leaves open the rest of the world which, for the most part, operates on global GSM networks. We’ll have to wait and see which 3G/4G LTE bands this Moto Maxx supports before we can start planning for an import.

It’s not likely, but we’ll continue keeping our fingers crossed for an unlocked Motorola Moto Maxx Pure Edition sold direct from Motorola.

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Report: Galaxy S6 to be designed from scratch with an “entirely new vision” Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:24:18 +0000 samsung logo phan

Samsung’s stagnant growth in the mobile realm these past few months might have inspired the electronics manufacturer to kick it into gear and get that innovation train rolling again. We’ve already seen a bit of their latest wacky experiments with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, though a new report out of SamMobile suggest that more is on the way.

According to them, Samsung is designing the Samsung Galaxy S6 from scratch. The South Korean company has long stayed with similar looks from phone to phone, but the report suggests they want to move forward with an “entirely new vision.”

Samsung’s already shown a desire to revamp their design language with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. It was their first phone to emphasize (not just use) metal as a key component of its design, and the company considered it the spiritual launchpad for many of their big devices going forward.

Is Samsung finally ready to bring that metal-clad goodness to their main flagship lineups? We’d imagine so, but without further information anyone’s guess is just as good. Whatever it is, we just hope it’s enough to get folks excited about Samsung phones again.

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Watch this: Samsung Galaxy S5 running leaked Android 5.0 Lollipop build [VIDEO] Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:15:15 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S5 back DSC05780

When Google showed off Android 5.0 Lollipop’s new Material Design aesthetic during this year’s Google I/O, the first thing we thought about was how this would translate to the custom skins offered by OEMs like HTC and Samsung. Just before we kick off the weekend, the boys at SamMobile are quenching a little bit of this curiosity with an early look at Android 5.0 Lollipop running on the Samsung Galaxy S5.

This is actually the second time they’re showing off Samsung’s version of Lollipop, although this one is much more recent build. Although it’s still an early version of the software Samsung will eventually roll out to their Galaxy line, it clues us in on exactly what the OEM has in mind for their version of Google’s Material Design UI and really, it’s not half bad.

The current version of the TouchWiz running on the Galaxy S5 we found was actually much easier on the eyes and in some respects, not too far — at least in color scheme — to what Google introduced in Lollipop. The newly leaked version of Lollipopped TouchWiz shows a similar TouchWiz interface, only with small design tweaks to the Settings, Calculator, Dialer and more. Here’s what SamMobile noticed was changed from the previous leaked Lollipop build:

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  • New Note 4 fingerprint lock screen
  • New system-wide font — similar to the original one, but a tad thinner.
  • New animations, much smoother than before — there’s a screen off animation present as well.
  • Google Search bar in recents menu
  • Brightness slider in notification center has a new yellow color — while changing the brightness, the notification centre disappears and allows the user to view the content beneath it.
  • Removed “Interruptions” from Sound settings
  • Gallery: Media can be sorted using new filters including Pets, Events, Scenery, Documents, Food, Vehicles and Flowers.
  • Music: Improved UI
  • Clock: Navigation bar icons are now accompanied by text
  • Calculator: Removed square grids which surrounded the numbers and symbols
  • Contacts: New search box
  • Stock Material Design inspired applications receive colored status bar
  • Android Lollipop theme’s core green elements replaced with Samsung’s blue color
  • Settings: Improved UI, new icon color
  • New UI for setting wallpaper from home screen
  • Better spacing between options in power off dialog

For more image comparisons, make sure to check out the post on SamMobile but in the meantime, check out their hands-on video below.

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Google’s Copresence leaked, send content directly between nearby Android and iOS devices Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:28:11 +0000 copresence_optin_tos

There have been hints that Google was working on a new service for transferring data between users in relation to their the individuals’ location. Dubbed “Copresence,” footprints of the new service have now been discovered hidden inside the latest Google Play Services update.

According to the data, it could allow for both Android and iOS devices to communicate with each other, sending miscellaneous files, pictures or other media via Bluetooth or even over WiFi — presumably WiFi direct given the 2 devices pictured below are at a bus stop.

A treasure trove of files were not only discovered inside the new Google Play Services apk (complete with introduction images), but also APIs in the Chrome Dev channel. Apparently it may not even require a Google account to login, again, a good indication that it will be cross platform. Of course, this is all opt-in (as revealed by the image file names).

Google Copresence

Typically, when 2 people want to send each other files this is usually done by uploading files to a cloud service like Google Drive — where they’re then saved, then having the other person download said media. In an age of privacy, not everyone wants to upload media to the cloud. Using Copresence, users on iOS or Android can send files directly to one another, possibly even communicating in other ways like voice messages. Totally private and secure.

No word on when we can expect Copresence to launch, although with although the XML files and Chrome APIs suggest it could be coming really soon.

[via Techaeris]

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Samsung Galaxy S5 said to get Lollipop as early as December Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:43:15 +0000 android l galaxy s5

Samsung was caught teasing Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 earlier in the week suggesting the company was well underway on the big update for the big phablet. But what about the smaller, yet older brother released early in the year? According to SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy S5 won’t take long to find its bag of candy, as well.

Purported sources suggest the Samsung Galaxy S5’s Lollipop update is expected to begin rolling out this December, a very welcome timeline considering most companies are playing it safe by estimating early 2015. That Samsung hasn’t come out and said anything about their plans to beat everyone to the punch suggests they don’t have total faith in their ability to reach that deadline, though we sure won’t reprimand them from trying.

Recent leaks have already given us an early look at how Samsung would be fusing both TouchWiz and Android 5.0 Lollipop. Doesn’t look quite as clean as stock, but it does seem to be a very nice change of pace over TouchWiz’s current drags. Let’s hope to hear something in a more official capacity before too long.

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DROID Turbo pops up in another classic leak Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:16:35 +0000 droid turbo render clear

In what would appear to be a small scale comeback if we didn’t know better, @evleaks has dished out another juicy render for us to lay eyes on. It’s the Motorola DROID Turbo we’ve been hearing so much about. Verizon is expected to reveal the device on October 28th, and the Motorola-made wonder is poised to be their best DROID yet.

The renders don’t really show us anything we didn’t already know about the device. It looks like a DROID, especially that classic Verizon Red model and all the Kevlar shining through on the back. We do get a very clear look at the front of the device which seems to boast a very prominent speaker grill. Shots of the device’s backside don’t turn up any rear-facing speakers so it’s possible the front speaker will be doing the heavy lifting for all external audio needs.

A previous leak of ours gave us an idea of what to expect under the hood. Verizon will make it a point to push the following areas once it heads to store shelves:

  • Its 21 megapixel camera and Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display
  • Its 2.7GHz quad-core processor and software like Moto Voice, Intelligent Imaging and Zap Zone (for beaming photos to friends, to nearby TVs or quickly capturing screenshots using voice and sending it off to whoever you want)
  • 48 hours of battery life (thanks to a 3,900mAh battery) and the ability to get 8 hours of life with 15 minutes of charging through the Motorola Turbo Charger
  • Metalized Glass Fiber build materials coated with Kevlar fiber, water resistant repellent coating, Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 32GB of internal storage and more

And with that — plus the news that the Nexus 6 will be made available for all major US carriers — Verizon customers have found themselves with some tough purchase decisions in the weeks and months ahead. Let us know if you’ll be looking to grab this once it’s made available later this year.

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Leaked Samsung Gear S details reveal it will have its own plan on Sprint Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:46:04 +0000 gear s info (1)

Whether you’re surprised that the Samsung Gear S, a standalone smart watch, would require a separate line of service depends on what you thought Samsung was promising. Trusted sources close to the matter have revealed to Phandroid that the Samsung Gear S will have a special plan on Sprint, and likely any other carrier it heads to once it launches.

As such, you’ll need a plan to tie it to and you have one of two options for achieving that:

  • a special $10 per month “connected device” plan that gives you 1,000 minutes, 1,000 messages and 100MB of data
  • a $10 add-on to a Family Share Pack plan that shares data, minutes and messages with all other devices

The leaked document was also careful to note that the Gear S won’t pull from its own allotment of text, minutes and data while in Bluetooth mode and paired with a smartphone as everything would be going through the smartphone’s line at that point. Sounds par for the course for a standalone smart watch so all we need is an actual arrival date (something we hope to hear about very soon now that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is out of the door).

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AT&T accidentally lists Nexus 6 on their site (sort of) Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:56:17 +0000 Motorola_Nexus_6_ATT

Looks like AT&T could be in line to offer the Nexus 6 through their own storefront once the device is announced (well, rumors say to expect it to be announced) later today. A listing for the device appeared on the carrier’s website as the Motorola Nexus 6 with a price tag of $49.99, except the image shown was of an LG G3 Vigor.

There’s no telling how much of this listing was accurate. Was the price tag shown for the LG G3 Vigor or the Nexus 6? We’d guess the former considering that’s its stated cost on AT&T’s site right now. Also, does this mean AT&T will be offering Nexus 6 sales as soon as the device is announced? Having such an early listing up would seem to suggest as much, but we’ll elect not to get too far ahead of ourselves at the moment.

The question isn’t necessarily “if,” anymore, but “when,” “how much,” and “how soon,” and we imagine Google will have all of those answers for us right around daybreak. Let us know if you’ll be looking to purchase one directly through AT&T should they offer the device once it’s allegedly revealed later this afternoon.

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Report: Nexus 6 and 9 will offcially be revealed tomorrow along with pre-order and launch dates Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:44:06 +0000 htc nexus 9 leak

You know what they say, when it rains, it pours. The typical birthing pangs of a new release, leaks have been spewing out from all around the net as Google prepares to launch the newest additions to their product portfolio: the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

If you needed any further confirmation that we’re nearing an official announcement, Forbes is now chiming in, confirming that tomorrow will be the day Google finally reveals, not only their new super-sized smartphone and tablet, but the latest version of their software currently known as “Android L.” They wont have an event, instead of opting for a simple blog post as they work on getting Android L up to speed (and get the jump on Apple’s iPad event).

According to sources, the Nexus 9 (aka HTC Volantis) will be available for pre-order starting this Friday October 17th, public availability (and shipping) on November 3rd. The new tablet will be available in 2 hardware configurations: 16GB for $400, or a 32GB 4G LTE model for $500.

When it comes to specs, Forbes was able to confirm the Nexus 9’s 8.9-inch 2048×1440 resolution display, 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, 8MP rear/3MP front-facing cameras, and an approximate weight of 480 grams. As far as stylings, it appears HTC and Google decided to go with a “brushed aluminum” frame instead of “all metal.” This was an effort to help keep their costs down.

An origami-like magnetic flip case / stand will also be available tomorrow as well, and mimics a design we’ve seen before where it bend into various shapes to suit your favorite viewing angles.

Unfortunately, Forbes wasn’t able to confirm much else about the Nexus 6 (like available colors), but then again, tomorrow is only a short time away. Stay tuned!

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Leak: Motorola DROID Turbo training materials talk specs, build quality and more Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:11:39 +0000 droidturbo2

Earlier this morning we saw Verizon begin to tease the Motorola DROID Turbo for an October 28th unveiling. They weren’t too talkative about what to expect, of course, but we’ve got more information to deliver thanks to a timely leak. A source of Phandroid’s passed along some early training materials for sales managers. The materials push their employees to sell the DROID Turbo on a few different areas:

  • Its 21 megapixel camera and Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display
  • Its 2.7GHz quad-core processor and software like Moto Voice, Intelligent Imaging and Zap Zone (for beaming photos to friends, to nearby TVs or quickly capturing screenshots using voice and sending it off to whoever you want)
  • 48 hours of battery life (thanks to a 3,900mAh battery) and the ability to get 8 hours of life with 15 minutes of charging through the Motorola Turbo Charger
  • Metalized Glass Fiber build materials coated with Kevlar fiber, water resistant repellent coating, Corning Gorilla Glass

We also finally learn that the device will come in 32GB of internal storage, though the documents don’t suggest whether there will be any other storage options to be had. We can also confirm that the DROID Turbo will be available in both Metallic Red and Metallic Black.


Unfortunately the training materials didn’t reveal much else, but between the leaks we’ve seen in the past few weeks and today’s teaser we’d say we have a pretty good idea of what to expect before its coming out party later this month. Stay tuned!

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What we know about the Nexus 6 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:37:41 +0000 nexus 6 shamu render leak

Android fans are eagerly anticipating the launch of the Nexus 6, Google’s latest Nexus smartphone, which is expected to be officially announced tomorrow, October 15th. As the excitement reaches a fever pitch for this highly-anticipated handset, let’s step back and take a look at what we know about the device so far and what we expect to come as part of Google’s official announcement.

As the name suggests (following a pattern set by previous devices), the Nexus 6 will feature a display with a footprint bordering on 6 inches, making this the first “phablet” in the lineup. While its predecessors included devices from HTC, Samsung, and LG, the Nexus 6 will be the first Google flagship manufactured by Motorola.

Nexus 6 Specs

nexus 6 render leak

The Nexus 6 might end up as the most powerful Nexus device to date — should the rumored specs pan out. There’s reason to believe they will, as leaks over the past several months have been fairly consistent in this regard. As an impending launch draws near, we’re getting an even better picture of what to expect. The Nexus 6’s impressive hardware is said to include:

  • 5.9-inch, 2560×1440 (QHD) display
  • Snapdragon 805 processing
  • 13MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing
  • 3GB RAM
  • 3200mAh battery

The Motorola-made device is also expected to feature a bit of technology that debuted with the new Moto X: Turbo Charge. Turbo Charge on the Nexus 6 could deliver an 8-hour charge in only 15 minutes.

The common speculation is that Motorola originally developed the phone that would become the Nexus 6 as a phablet offering to compliment the Moto G and Moto X. We might expect a device that borrows heavily in terms of design and hardware from these options, and leaked renders suggest it will bear more than a passing resemblance. This includes a set of front-facing stereo speakers (as seen on the Moto G) but likely won’t extend to the customization options present in those Motorola-branded handsets.

Android L

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The most recent buzz suggests the Nexus 9 will launch alongside the Nexus 6 and feature more prominently as the flagship device of Google’s next Android update. Android L will still be a major element of the Nexus 6, however, and come installed out of the box.

The launch of the Nexus 6 should coincide with the unveiling of an “official” name for the next iteration of the Android OS — signs point to Lollipop — and the handset will be privy to all that the new version will offer. We learned at this year’s Google I/O that features of Android L include the new Material Design interface, improved multitasking and notifications, and under-the-hood improvements with Project Volta (for better battery life) and ART (an improved runtime that replaces Dalvik and should offer increased application performance).

Google has been slowly refining Android L as developers have had ample time to beta test the latest software. What will come installed on the Nexus 6 will be the first official public release of the operating system, but users can expect future updates to further enhance software capabilities. The Nexus 6’s position as a member of the namesake Nexus line means the phone will receive these updates as soon as they are ready to ship from Google, often months before they reach other third-party Android handsets.

Low-key launch?

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Ever since a hurricane quashed Google’s plans to launch the Nexus 4 in style we have seen the tech giant resort to the considerably more low-key launch strategy of sticking to a blog post to announce their latest Nexus advancements. All signs point to the same being the case this year, with Google expected to unveil the Nexus 6 (and Nexus 9) with Android L on their company blog this week. October 15th is the target, a date that may or may not have been influenced by Apple’s decision to host an iPad-themed event on October 16th.

The announcement may not include immediate retail availability. At least for the Nexus 9, the plan appears to be a pre-order starting October 17th followed by a November 3rd  release. There is a good chance the Nexus 6 could follow the a similar or identical timeline, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Google has other plans. Given rumored hardware, we might also expect the Nexus 6 to come with a higher price tag than previous Nexus devices. We might again look to the Moto X for guidance, which suggests the N6 will cost no less than $499 unlocked.

One thing is certain: if the Nexus 6 sees similar demand to what previous entries in the Nexus line have experienced, the handset could land on backorder almost immediately. Those interested in buying will want to jump early if they hope to receive their device as part of the first round of shipments.

What are you hoping for?

The Nexus 6 is no secret by any means, but Google has been known to slip in a few features undetected for a launch day surprise. What are you hoping for in the Nexus 6? Do the rumors add up to a device you are eager to get your hands on? With only mere hours to wait until our curiosities are satisfied, our attention is turned to more pressing issues: will you be buying the Nexus 6?

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Did @evleaks just leak an official render of the Nexus 6? Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:42:29 +0000 nexus 6 render leak

In case you haven’t heard, ex-leakster Evan Blass (also known as @evleaks) has been going through tough times, so he cheered himself up by doing the one thing that used to make him happy — leaking a hot new device! This time he gives us our first look at an official render for the Nexus 6, a Motorola-made entry into Google’s longstanding pure Android series.

The render doesn’t reveal a whole lot, though this is the first time we’ve gotten a clear look at the front-facing stereo speakers expected to be built into the device. The render also shows the lowered power and volume buttons we’ve been hearing about. The design choice was made to make the buttons easier to reach on that massive 6-inch form factor.

Nothing else about the hardware stands out, though we do see a front-facing camera on the upper right and what looks to be a microUSB port on the bottom. The bottom doesn’t show a hole for a 3.5mm headphone jack which lines up with previous rumors that the port sits on the top of the device.

For software the render shows a clean Android L home screen, though it’s nothing we haven’t already seen from the Android L developer preview loaded up onto Nexus 5 units. And that’s about all. Rumors suggest Google is going to be revealing their Nexus 6 as early as tomorrow so be sure to circle back in case those rumors turn out to be dead on.

[via @evleaks]

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Motorola Droid Turbo exposed in leaked user manual, confirms beastly hardware specs Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:45 +0000 Motorola Droid Turbo back user manual

Where rumors and leaks hinted as much, the Motorola DROID Turbo is, in fact, a thing and coming soon to Verizon Wireless. How can we be so sure? Well, the phone’s user manual has just been leaked in its entirety, giving us our best look yet at the upcoming superphone.

According to the leaked pdf, we can expect the phone to come equipped with a 5.2-inch QHD display, 21MP rear facing camera, and although exact mAhs weren’t mentioned, there was a little something in there about a “high-capacity long lasting battery.” Yeah, this thing is going to be a beast.

Motorola Droid Turbo leaked manual

Taking a look at the front, the phone looks very much like what we’ve come to expect from the Droid line (a bit uninspired, really), packing capacitive navigation buttons and a front facing speaker. Another crazy tidbit? Motorola’s super fast Turbo Charger which takes advantage of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology will also come inside the box. Seriously, if you consider yourself a spec whore, this phone is sure to please.


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