Is this the Motorola DROID 5?

Is this the Motorola DROID 5?
The OG Motorola DROID took the world by storm. Released in late 2009, it was named Time Magazine's gadget of the year, beating out the Apple iPhone 3GS. With Verizon customers having gone through a succession of models like the LG Voyager, LG Dare and the Samsung Glyde (all featurephones), Big Red was in dire need of a smartphone that could keep its customers from jumping to AT&T where the iPhone was an exclusive in the states. With a strong marketing campaign (what iDon't, DROID DOES), the Motorola DROID introduced the world to Android 2.0 and kicked off Androidmania.

Over the subsequent years, Motorola improved the QWERTY on the DROID line, making it one of the best in the business. Still built as sturdy as they come, changes were made when the Motorola DROID 4 took its design cues from the Motorola DROID RAZR and added 4G LTE connectivity to the hallowed name. For those who require a physical QWERTY keyboard and have been fans of the DROID line, you might be wondering if there will be a Motorola DROID 5. If some pictures found on Chinese website Weibo are legit, the answer is a resounding "Yes!"

It appears as though the screen on the Motorola DROID 5 will be in the range of 4.3 to 4.5 inches, growing from the 4 inches seen on the Motorola DROID 3 and DROID 4. The QWERTY looks the same as the backlit, laser cut one seen on the latter model. This unit will allegedly support NFC, wireless charging and be resistant to water and dust. Hopefully we will soon get some more information on the device, including specs, pricing and availability.

source: Weibo (1), (2), NewCellphonesBlog via Engadget



1. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Motorola already released 4 terrible phones, why release 5th? lolol

2. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

OG Droid was great. So I hope its not one of your four.

17. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

All dorid line, were horrible......

20. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

the OG droid was great just like N.Reynolds said so i dont know which one you where talking about

33. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Only thing that was horrible was naming them Droid. Some of them were really good phones, unfortunately some missed that mark.

49. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

The Droid line was awesome, and Motorola did a fine job with it. Name one other OEM who created a successful line of Android phones with QWERTY. I bet you can't. If Motorola releases a Droid supporting GSM with a SIM slot, I'd buy one instantly.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I wouldn't exactly say the prior editions were 'terrible'. There were omissions, but they weren't 'terrible'. Maybe the 5th time they get everything right? If all they did was add the keyboard from the Droid 4 to the just-released Droid line, they would have a winner, IMO. Maybe improve the quality of the sound for incoming calls, but otherwise, keep the rest of the phone, the same. Can't be too hard for Moto to do, eh?

39. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 619; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

i liked the last keyboard but if theres improvements that they found necessary i aint arguing.its good they tossed wireless charging in as well. but at that screen size its probably going to be limited to 720p and the camera will most likely be the same as the other new droids...

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

It's far from terrible. Just no Android update unlike Samsung Galaxy series. To power user update will decide whether it's a worthwhile phone.

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol well said.

30. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

F off.

42. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If it has the same 2gb and x8 computing system like the new droid line with this keyboard then it could be a hit. The best of voice and keyboard have to offer.

4. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Keyboard too? Awwww snap.

5. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

whoa, mind blown. i'm definitely interested. o:

19. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If the Droid 5 were to add the keyboard of the Droid 4 to the feature set of the new Droid Maxx, I would be interested. Might even plunk down the coin to purchase. There is something about a good keyboard for ex-BlackBerry users. I migrated away from BlackBerry with the Droid X, but I can't say I wouldn't pass on a real keyboard option for Android.

27. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

shoot, i'd probably get it if it matched the feature set of the Ultra/X with a 4.3"-4.5" display. i know what you mean. the Droid 3 is still one of my favorite phones to date.

6. scissorhands97 unregistered

am i the only one the noticed that its running ice cream sandwich? look at the buttons and the camera UI

43. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

As if it was going to be released with 4.0.4 ICS. Even the latest droid ultra/maxx and moto x have 4.2.2. If it has 1gb or more, then there is no reason why they would not put on jelly bean.

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

honestly though this looks like something from last year that was scrapped...

9. scissorhands97 unregistered

kinda looks like the razr m you think?

28. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

sure does.

10. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Why do no manufactures make a phone with a querty that actually had good specs and nice quality.. Moto Droid line is the only one. And the 3/4 were kinda not that great and not updated

11. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Too many Droids on one carrier.

12. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Uh hello droid ultra, mini, and maxx. Not to mention the Moto X. 4 terrible ass phones that are years behind regardless of "User experience". I wasn't talking about the originals. Either way i still think motorola lacks what it takes to compete in the mobile era of today

29. bioappberry

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

Are you kidding me? Have you used these phones? have you seen what they are capable of doing? Or are you just sitting behind a computer screen being a spec whore? With what Moto just did they now made it super easy for Verizon to sell these to any business required to use hands free. You don't even have to touch the phone to navigate or look things up. The specs of a phone do not do justice to how well the phone will perform. You have zero substance to your arguement. Maybe you should see if you are capable of lending an opinion before you give one.

31. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

As of this post, there were 43 reviews on the Droid Maxx at Verizon's website. The average rating (based of these 43 reviews) is 3.5 out of 5 stars. Assuming independent and random reviews, 43 observations is sufficient to draw statistical inferences -- the early adopters / reviewers are basically disappointed with the new Maxx. That is based on 43 people. What is your next excuse. Btw, I was at a Verizon store checking out the new LG Exalt, and more people bought the iPhone 4 than any of the recent launched Droid series during my visit. Food for thought.

34. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

And if you looked at the reviews at Verizon two weeks ago, you'd see a 3.0/5. That was before the phone was even released. Most of the low (1 star) reviews were trolls complaining about the lack of microSD, quad core, microSD, 1080p screen, or microSD...without even seeing or buying the phone. Reviews from this week are 4-5 stars. Let's wait more than a few days before passing judgment.

37. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Well when I was at the grocery store the other day most people were buying soda instead of water, so that must mean soda is way better for you.... Most worthless rhetoric I've ever heard. Not to mention the iPhone 4 is FREE and the Droids start at $100...

36. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

So I guess Motorola developing a new processing system that utilizes eight processors isn't advanced enough for you? Or handsfree control for numerous functions on the phone? Droid Zap bettering NFC? Not to mention the phones smashed all the current quad-core phones in almost every speed test. Did you actually research anything, or did you just decide to bang on Motorola because you don't like the company?

44. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly you don't know what specs are. The latest droid lineup has the same GPU as the HTC one and Galaxy S4. Then it has a dual core 1.7ghz cpu with 2gb of ram. So how is it that these phones can't compete in today's mobile era? Not to mention the other cores for natural voice and contextual computing, which BTW is not in any other phones right now. If you really want to pull out the punches the new Motorola lineup beats and iPhone or WP in terms of computing power.

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