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Motorola DROID 5 leaks again, reveals 4.3 inch 720p screen

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Motorola DROID 5 leaks again, reveals 4.3 inch 720p screen
With the unveiling of the new Apple iPhone models about 5 hours away, we interrupt your train of thought with another leak involving the Motorola DROID 5. Can we really be up to the fifth generation of the phone that kicked off Androidmania? Last month, we showed you a picture of what certainly looked like the next QWERTY packin' DROID, right down to the physical keyboard.

If the leaked specs are legit, it does seem that Motorola is putting its resources into the Motorola Moto X and on the non-QWERTY members of the DROID line. Yes, the screen gets a boost from 4 inches with a 540 x 960 resolution (qHD) to a 4.3 inch screen with resolution of 720 x 1280. But under the hood is a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus with the Adreno 255 GPU. Perhaps most disappointing is the 1GB of RAM on board, which even the $250 Sony Xperia M offers. And there is 16GB of native storage inside with a microSD slot available.

The Motorola DROID 5 will support wireless charging and will be NFC enabled, according to the leak. But in another piece of disappointing news, unlike the splash-proof Motorola DROID 4, the next iteration of the model will not be water or dust resistant.

We don't know when this might be introduced or launched, but judging from the pictures, it looks like the Motorola DROID 5 is ready to go at a moment's notice. And by the way, the phone to the left of the new DROID in the first slide below is none other than the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

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posted on 10 Sep 2013, 07:48 1

1. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

I know someone who will be happy about this news. She has to have a physical keyboard and has owned the past Droids. I think she has the Droid 4.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 11:06 1

12. SupermanayrB (Posts: 1045; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

The original Droid was my first android phone. Next was the Droid 2, then Droid X2 & now the Droid RAZR Maxx. I NEVER used the keyboard on the Droid & Droid 2. I\'m a swype user so there\'s no need for me to have a physical keyboard. Hopefully the lady you\'re referring to will love this phone.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 11:22 1

14. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Yeah, I hope she will love it. Thank you for the comment.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:03

17. audreybee (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)

umm who cares?

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 10:59

20. SupermanayrB (Posts: 1045; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

Umm, obviously your ass cared otherwise you wouldn't've commented, whether it was negative or positive.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 08:04 2

2. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 709; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)

Dead on Arrival. It\'s a shame too cause the OG Droid was the king of phones at its time. Every succesor to it never filled its shoes. D2 was just okay for bumping up to 1ghz. D3 had an amazing keyboard that never did the phone justice due to an aging 512mb ram and no lte. D4 I\'ll just be honest and say was a piece of crap. I know not everyone needs 1080p screens, quad core chipsets and 2gb of ram. But if Motorola wants to recapture this market that changes its mind every other week, its needs to go all out with Droid 5. Motorola Droid deserves a fifth iteration with crazy specs.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 08:38 1

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Such a disappointment. The Droid 4 under-whelmed as well. I was hoping that with BB tanking, Moto saw an opportunity for a well-spec'd Droid 5 to steal some customers from BB. Actually, the Droid 5 seems to be spec'd less ambitiously than the Q10. What a disappointment. :-(

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 11:08

13. SupermanayrB (Posts: 1045; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

Only thumbs upped cause of this \"...the OG Droid was the king of phones at its time.\"

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 08:51

24. crumps (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)

D3 had a horrible keyboard. GF had two D3's and both keybaord ended up with weird failures. one doesnt detect space bar all the time, other randomly misses a and s. feels like the d2 second gen keyboard.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 08:35

3. aditya.k (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)

Snapdragon S4 Plus with Adreno 255 GPU? That\'s new! :/

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 08:43 1

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

New in Dumbo-stan, maybe. Dumbo-Stan is the echo chamber where the product planners who came up with the bright idea for the specs for the Droid 5 live. Previous inhabitants of Dumbo-Stan were the co-bozos who drove BB/RIM into the ground.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 08:52

25. crumps (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)

who cares? its got the D4 keyboard and NFC.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 08:48 2

6. tomn1ce (Posts: 229; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)

I don\'t understand why is it the Moto seems to be always a few step behind the rest of the OEMs. Releasing a phone with 1GB of ram when everyone else is releasing phones with 2GB or ram and soon enough with 3GB. Why didn\'t they just go all out with this one. It would\'ve been nice to see it come with the S800 or with the S600 optimized like they optimized the S4Pro in the Moto X, 32GB internal storage, 2GB of ram, a 4.7\" 1080p display with minimum bezel not to make the device too wide and a sdcard slot with support up to 64GB. Maybe they get better results with its camera. I just hope that the info that has been floating around is not all true but knowing Moto, they tend to be behind a few steps from everyone else.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 08:57

7. nicholassss (Posts: 368; Member since: 10 May 2012)

Its weird, the of droid was amazing. The 2 was terrible, the three was awesome, the 4 was disappointing so the 5 was supposed to be awe some according to the pattern.

Inside it shold be something more like

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 09:12 1

8. Kelley71 (Posts: 90; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)

Coming from the Photon Q, this is disappointing. I like the 720p screen and the dual-core processor is fair, but having played with the WUXGA and quad-core processor in the Nexus 7, I really wanted to see a mid-grade quad core--or the X\'s dedicated co-processors--and the 1080p screen. They make a huge difference. 1 GiB of RAM is a lateral move, but at least the storage is up.

It\'s not the monster phone it could be. While the keyboard is first rate, I doubt that will be enough to save it. The 720p flagship X was a bold move, but I would have waited to see the market\'s whole reaction to it before committing to using that resolution here as well. This won\'t even get the bump that the Photon Q did as WiMax sliders converted over to the LTE service. In the end, it\'ll probably do more to discourage manufacturers from developing another QWERTY slider than anything else.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 09:16

9. Genersis (Posts: 219; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Not sure why the 1GB RAM is the most disappointing, this seems midrange, and 1GB is still the norm, I definitely think the CPU/GPU is the most likely to disappoint.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 10:56 1

10. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Because they\'re probably not going to price it as a midranger. With those specs, it should be no more than $99 on contract/$500 full price, but I doubt it.

This Droid 5 should have been released 6 months ago at least. THIS (not the Moto X/Droid Maxx) is last year\'s specs.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 22:29

21. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

I would imagine this is an early prototype from last year. You can tell by the software, it's the same from the Razr HD on ICS, it even has the same hardware (aside from the smaller screen and physical keyboard).

My guess would be that they initially were going to release a Droid 5 last year with the new Razrs, but decided against it at the last minute for some reason, and we're just now seeing prototypes because they're going to try it again this year and brought out some old prototypes.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 11:04

11. Yaldabaoth (Posts: 42; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)

So... they put the Droid Mini's screen & storage and a keyboard on a Droid Razor M? "But it's got Wireless Charging and NFC!!"

If true: new hashtag: #Fthe5

This smells like something which should have been released around January 1st this year, not ~10 months later.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 11:52

15. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Unfortunately, this is par for the course for the Droid line.

Droid 3 - lacked LTE, only 512M RAM in a 1 GB world.
Droid 4 - same 4" PenTile LCD as the D3.
Droid 5 - year old processor, only 1 GB RAM in a 2 GB world.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 08:48

22. crumps (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)

D4 does NOT have the same PenTile screen. It is PenTile, but not the same one. much higher quality because ti has a different subpixel layout, also better touch digitizer as its much less visible than D3's. D3 had a horrible kyeboard IMO.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 12:24

16. Jurdiales (Posts: 133; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

I think this is a prototype that isn't going to make it, because its doesn't have the design of the 2013 line (I mean, doesn't look like the Droid Mini or Ultra) it looks like a phone that was part of the 2012 line (RAZR HD and RAZR M).

The software looks the same as the RAZR M had at its launch, 4.0.4 so, the actual screens on the phone shows an outdated software, the same old 3 circles widget, the old ICS software buttons, and the OLD Blur Stock UI. It has the same keyboard as the 2012 Photon Q and Droid 4.

But... if this was a 2012 phone, it had very interesting specs...

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:55

18. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)

Motorola needs to stop wasting money on old school phones..

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 08:49

23. crumps (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)

not really, some of us have a much easier time typing really fast on a physical keyboard. works much better for SSH into servers too.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 17:58

19. cR203 (Posts: 204; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)

The droid line is slowly dying. Motorola needs a new hit phone.

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