Motorola Droid Turbo exposed in leaked user manual, confirms beastly hardware specs


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.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. OMG.

    1. Wow!!

        1. AMAZING!!

          1. KowaBonga!!!!

  2. Useful diagram is useful!


  3. Nothing really stands out here from the new Moto X.

    QHD = meaningless, 1080p is already well over 400ppi.
    21Mpix camera = bad. unless sensor is much bigger (doubtful) because pixel size will be too small.
    Verizon branded phone = bad.
    High Capacity Battery = ok this is good except the Moto X is already a chubby 9.9mm thick how thick is this gonna be?

    1. As far as thickness goes, it’ll probably just have thicker sides and be completely flat in the back.

      Unlike the Moto X which is thick in the middle, then thins out around the sides.

    2. So how do pictures taken on your Droid Turbo look? Surely you have taken pictures with one if you’re already complaining about the camera.

    3. It just sound like your jealous…

      1. Definitely not as my company gives me a new phone every year and I’ll be looking at phone like the Nexus and Moto X this fall. Doubt this will be on my short list but maybe.

  4. This phone won’t be getting L until next November.

    1. because…?

      1. Because Verizon

        1. And your point is?(Asked while holding a Droid Ultra that got Kit Kat before almost every other phone)

      2. Verizon. And not Nexus.

        1. And that is supposed to mean what exactly?(Asked while holding a Droid Ultra that got Kit Kat before almost every other phone)

        2. My Verizon Moto X Kit Kat easter egg started off with a 1 and not a K because it was the first phone to be updated to Kit Kat out of any phone/carrier combo in the U.S.

  5. You nailed it Chris,this phone is a beast.

    If there were a phone to convince one to switch carriers…………

    1. Or, unfortunately, convince them not to switch…

  6. Wow, nice phone. If I was in the market to take a step down in size from my N3, this would definitely have been a contender. At first blush, the only thing I would change would be to make the buttons disappearing capacitive buttons like Samsung (Good bless the designers who realized how stupid or is to have to push the button so you can push the button).
    PS- And thankfully motorola engineers are smart enough (cough cough Samsung) to realize that the speaker should face the listener.

  7. No MicroSD… eek

    I don’t even see, in this day and age, how that is possible anymore with all of the media we download, apps to install, photos and vids we take, music, movies. It is so nutty to me.

    Wireless charging?
    How much RAM?

    1. I think most people have moved to the cloud.

      1. Yeah right. Tell me how the cloud works for you with limited bandwidth and when you’re in the middle of nowhere.

        I currently have a 32GB Nexus 5, but that’s not even a third of the storage I need when travelling.
        No MicroSD card slot is my main complaint on Nexus devices.

        1. Have you tried a Sandisk dual drive?

          1. No, and I shouldn’t have to. I want a microSD slot.

          2. get another phone then, or have you ever heard of a laptop?

        2. Also I gotta ask, how do you consume over 30 gigs of data without killing your battery?

          1. I don’t. And that’s just the point.
            When I travel I like to take a big selection of music, TV series and movies with me. I’m not going to stream music and videos.

            If everything is on the cloud, how do you access it when you don’t have a connection? Or when you just have 1 or 2GB of mobile data?

      2. I think you’re up in the clouds for thinking that.

    2. Because there are plenty of people who don’t need MicroSD. I don’t see how, in this day and age, people can’t understand that not everyone needs what they need.

      1. Just because it’s available doesn’t mean you have to use it or are you opposed to choice or something?

        1. What makes you think I’m opposed to choice? Oh…because someone asked a question and I gave an answer that doesn’t go along with your opinion. Me having a different opinion clearly means I don’t like choice…but since you’re the one complaining since I have an opinion, doesn’t that mean that you don’t like choice? hmmm…

          1. So because you don’t need SD card support how does it effect you by being included in the phone? Just like you stated, there are plenty of people who don’t need it but how about those who do? And believe me, there are quite a few

          2. It doesn’t effect me. If I wanted this phone I would get it whether it had an SD slot or not. I don’t really care. For those who do want one, they have the choice(see what I did there) of buying a phone that has one, since there are plenty of phones that do. What I still don’t get is why you seem to be taking it so personally that I chose(see I did it again) to answer someone else’s question.

          3. Haha not taking it personal. The whole point is to engage in discussion. I mean really, how hard is it to include SD card support. If you want to use it, good. If not, that’s okay too. This is the only point im trying to get across.

          4. Sorry I misunderstood your meaning. I’m sure there’s a cost involved and if their research says that people don’t want an sd clot, then you save money by not putting one in. Even if its only 1 or 2 dollars each, if you’re hoping to sell a million of these then it adds up. Especially for Moto who has been in the red for a few years now.

  8. 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

    1. Maybe the GSM version is the Nexus 6 and Shamu is the Nexus 6+?

      I can always hope.

      1. That would almost be feasible but there’s design differences, like having capacitative/physical buttons instead of nexus style navigation/software/on-screen buttons. Plus, google won’t release two phones at the same time.

        1. Agree with the first point. But after what apple pulled, you never know what happens next.

    2. Personally, I’d like to see them switched around at the last moment just because The Internet has already decided which was which.

  9. If this comes out on VZW before the Xperia Z3, I might just get it. Still hoping for the Z3 on VZW though! (10/09 hurry up)

  10. Well, there ya go. Reading the guide, looks like all the fun of the MotoX, just no fun colors…but a bigger battery, that’s for me.

  11. Once you’ve experienced the Note series of devices, it’s hard downgrading in screen size. At the very least, Moto should give us a 5.5 incher. This is a non starter for me just due to the screen size.

    1. Wait for the Nexus 6 buddy, Shamu is coming to shore soon

      1. Yep, it sure is an option if I don’t pull the trigger on the Note 4 first

  12. Now if only it had no hardware buttons. :

    1. Yes, if it had nav buttons, it would be the perfect nexus 5 replacement. But I think they gimped this on purpose so that there would physical differences between the X 2014 and the Turbo.

  13. This phone will look like a Verizon stock car with Verizon 4G LTE logos plastered all over it.

  14. I almost pulled the trigger on a moto x. I just might wait for this. I am wondering how much different this is in software than the moto x. If only the x had a nice big battery like the turbo.

    1. Going off last year’s Droid lineup, this should be identical to the Moto X, regarding software, except w/ the added Droid-specific stuff like Command Center, Zap, etc. Source: My 2013 Droid Mini.

      Edit: I just read the manual. It’s an X in Droid clothing.

  15. Why does it look like a skinned Android interface? I thought moto was moving towards a pure Android with added bonuses.

    1. It’s on Verizon they need to put all of their bloatware on it. So it has to have some kind of skinned version of android.

    2. It’s a Droid. And it doesn’t look skinned at all. It has a widget and a wallpaper.

    3. Look at the above image next to a Nexus 5. Where’s the skin? This is as close as you can get to pure Android, outside of Nexus devices.

  16. It lists October 12 in the alarm widget. Hint of when it comes out?!

    1. Doubtful. The current date is set for October 26th. We haven’t reported it, because I don’t have any physical evidence that can be shared, but at this time that’s the current date Verizon has set on their calendar.

      1. Announcement 10/12 in Chicago. Sale 10//26. Sounds about right to me.

    2. Could be the date that they “officially” announce the phone, w/the release date that Derek hinted at.

    3. Yup….In Chicago.

  17. Why can’t Moto ever release these things on carriers other than Verizon? I guarantee they’d have more market share if they did.

  18. This article has had more comments on it than any others here in the last week and most others in the weeks before that. This is going to be a hot phone.

  19. I would like to see the new Nexus X with a similar form factor

  20. Anybody know what that clock is?

    1. droid command center most likely. they are nice to look at imo

  21. Just a completely ridiculous observation here, but this is the 1st time I’ve seen a phone named after it’s charger. : /

    1. I’m pretty sure the charger is named after the phone. Or ya know, they made a fast phone so they called it turbo. And then, hey look, it charges fast too, let’s call the charger turbo. Yay!

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