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Motorola announces the Moto Maxx as a non-US Droid Turbo variant, but it may not launch it globally

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Motorola announces the Moto Maxx as a non-US Droid Turbo variant, but it may not launch it globally
The Moto Maxx that we told you about not long ago is real! Motorola today announced the handset in Brazil, confirming that it’s a non-US, non-CDMA version of Verizon’s Droid Turbo.

Unlike the Droid Turbo, which is available with, or without a Ballistic Nylon back panel, in 32 GB and 64 GB variants, the Moto Maxx only comes in a 64 GB Ballistic Nylon version. That aside, the Maxx offers exactly the same features that the Droid Turbo has.

The Moto Maxx runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and is definitely one of the best handsets ever made by Motorola. It’s a high-end device with a 5.2-inch Quad HD display, 20.7 MP rear camera, quad-core 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and a 3900 mAh battery. Just like the Droid Turbo, the Moto Maxx is splash-resistant, weighs 176 grams, and measures 143.5 x 73.3 x 11.2 mm.

Starting today, the Moto Maxx is available in Brazil for 2,199 reais, meaning about $870. The handset will be released in mid-November in Mexico, and in other Latin American markets a bit later. Unfortunately, Motorola said nothing regarding the smartphone's launch in other countries, so for now it doesn't look like this is a global device in the true meaning of the word.


sources: Motorola Brazil, Motorola

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posted on 05 Nov 2014, 10:21 2

1. Elusivellama (Posts: 73; Member since: 26 Aug 2014)


Isn't the panel on this last year's technology? I hear Samsung gives other manufacturers the leftover tech and keeps the good stuff to itself, which could explain why there are reports of the Droid turbo's screen not being very bright.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 10:28 6

2. Sakeem (Posts: 416; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


I have no issues using the Turbo outside in sunlight. The reports may have been exaggerated. I use it on auto brightness.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 10:41

4. DerPakt (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


Sakeem, the 2K screen is good compared with full HD ones? Can you see any notable difference? What about the battery life? The front speaker is loud enough? And the camera?

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 11:05 6

10. Sakeem (Posts: 416; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


DerPakt, battery life is great. The most i have gotten out of the phone on one charge is 35 hours. That was with moderate to heavy use......email, facebook, twitter, video streaming. It does charge very fast. The speaker is kind of low when talking to someone. They can hear me just fine though. The speaker phone is loud though and very clear, especially when using the moto voice assistant. My wife has the LG G3 and her screen is definitely brighter than my Turbo screen. As i said though, the reviews of it being unusable outside is sunlight, at least in my case, is not true. I can see just fine. I played around with the camera and it takes decent photos. I really wish it had OIS, but the photos are decent enough for me.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 11:15 2

13. Phonedingo (Posts: 388; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)


Most people hate the g3s brightness.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 10:52 6

6. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I don't know where Moto gets their AMOLED. I don't think you can call it "last year's technology", since there were no 5.2" quad HD AMOLED screens on the market last year. I just know that from last year's Moto X to this year's Moto X and Maxx/Turbo, the screens have poor min and max brightness compared to Samsung.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 10:54 1

8. ThePython (Posts: 874; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Ouch. +1

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 11:16 3

14. Phonedingo (Posts: 388; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)


It performs like a 2012-13 display.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 11:50 1

17. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


At least it performs like a good 2013 display.

When I bought my 2013 Droid Maxx, I was well aware that the screen was a downsized 2012 Note II S-Stripe. But that was a damn good screen, and combined with a stock UI and Active Display, I have no regrets.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 13:27

23. Phonedingo (Posts: 388; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)


Nobody says it is a "bad" screen. It's just not as good as those on other flagships.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 12:50

19. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3889; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


They had an update that downloaded when you activated it and those who played with the device before the update said it improved the brightness.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 19:39

29. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


The timing of that update is suspect. Verizon pushed an update to my Maxx the same day that didn't appear to do anything other than turn on VoIP. Then I saw the boot screen: Motorola, a Lenovo Company.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 12:48

18. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3889; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


That was fixed on the day one update.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 13:32 1

24. Sakeem (Posts: 416; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


That explains it then. I was really confused by PA's review. I literally have no issues with seeing the screen outdoors in sunlight. An update to the review would be nice.....probably too much to ask though right?

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 13:45

25. ThePython (Posts: 874; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Probably too much. They rarely, if ever, go back to fix stuff.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 15:43 1

26. erikiksaz (Posts: 170; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


There is no panel of this resolution in 2013. It's this year's technology.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 10:38 1

3. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1084; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


$870? and with a crappy screen like that? lmao no thankz

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 10:44 8

5. sid07desai (Posts: 290; Member since: 03 May 2012)


You couldn't be more retarded.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 10:53 2

7. ThePython (Posts: 874; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Couldn't indeed. He forgot the fact that Brazil has a crazy tax for phones and tablets alike. See the iPhone for example. It's roughly USD1200 for the base model. The Droid Turbo/Maxxx is at a regular flagship price there.

So yeah... comment was a bit stupid.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 13:06 1

21. Rapha.194 (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Sep 2014)


Brasil Iphone 6 +-$1600 dolares

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 11:01

9. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


Motorola has always made powerful phones with nice specs but unfortunately they all feel and look as big as my new pair of Nike shoes.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 11:09 7

11. Fuego84 (Posts: 341; Member since: 13 May 2012)


I guess you have some very small feet.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 11:14 2

12. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


You have to pick your priorities. If you want the thinnest phone, no, Motorola is not going to be your match. But then you don't get the battery life. And to me, thickness isn't as important as how it fits your palm. I can hold the Droid Turbo in one hand comfortably.

If you're trying to make this about size, and drag Apple into it, consider how much more screen Moto (and Samsung, and LG) is able to cram into their phones.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 11:21 2

15. Sakeem (Posts: 416; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


I find the phone is easy to use one handed. Heck, no hands with the Moto actions software. I've never used it previously as i had a Droid Razr Maxx prior to this phone. I'm finding it very useful.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 12:51

20. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3889; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


IIRC when they came out with the first Droid RAZR, it was the thinnest phone at the time. Personally I'd rather have a phone with similar feel in the hand of the Moto X or the Droid Turbo. Thicker in the center and sloping down to the edge. An extremely thin phone feels like I'm holding a large credit card and bites into my hand.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 13:17

22. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I briefly considered the Droid RAZR, but for all its amazing thinness, I didn't find it comfortable to hold. The bezels were enormous, even by 2011 standards. It was as if they took the Droid Bionic and steamrolled it.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 11:46

16. kanagadeepan (Posts: 916; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Is it coming with UnLockable Bootloader???

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 15:45

27. Rich123 (Posts: 33; Member since: 30 Oct 2014)


I compared the display of my Turbo side-by-side with an S5 and an Note 4 at a Verizon store yesterday and with my old Droid Razr M at home today. The Turbo appears gray-ish compared to the S5 and Note 4 using a bright white background such as a Chrome browser blank page or this website's background. White appears bright white on the S5 and Note 4. Even though the Razr M isn't as bright as the Turbo, the Turbo's background is still shifted to the "gray". If you look at phoneArena's reviews of cellphones and tablets they use a white background when they measure and compare displays. The display is OK outdoors, you wouldn't necessarily see a white background as "gray-ish. The differences can really only be seen when you compare phones side-by-side.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 19:34

28. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


So that's where people can say "last year's screen." Your observations of brightness, whiteness, etc are more like what I saw in last year's S4. Samsung has made huge strides with SAMOLED and the Note 4 is state of the art for any display, OLED or LCD. Moto is keeping up now, but their displays will always be a half step behind.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 20:01

30. TheMoon99 (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


This phone is probably never coming to USA? =(.

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