Motorola DROID Turbo 2 is announced with ShatterShield display, Moto Maker customization, large battery

It is big, it is powerful, it is tough, and it is finally official. We're talking about the Motorola DROID Turbo 2, which just got unveiled after weeks of speculation. And as rumors predicted it, the new DROID stands out with an extremely durable screen – one that's highly resistant to cracking. On top of that, the handset is highly customizable and packed with top-notch hardware. Neat, huh?

Design and customization

The Motorola DROID Turbo 2 is designed according to the principles instilled by previous Moto handsets. The front is flat, the back has a slight arch to it, and a metal frame holds it all together. It measures 3.07 by 5.90 inches (78 by 149.8 mm) and is 0.36 inches (9.2 mm) thick at its thickest point. A weight of 6 ounces (169 grams) ensures that you'll be feeling the handset resting in your pocket.

Now, when we say that the Motorola DROID Turbo 2 is highly customizable, we really mean it. The phone can be given the Moto Maker treatment – a first for the DROID lineup – meaning that you may pick between a variety of colors, materials, and finishes. The Turbo 2 can be had with a back made of ballistic nylon or genuine leather. Accent colors can be customized as well. 

While the Motorola DROID Turbo 2 is not entirely water-resistant, it has been treated to a liquid-repelling nano coating. In plain words, a light drizzle won't do any harm, but make sure you don't drop the handset in the pool.


On the front of the Motorola DROID Turbo 2 resides a 5.4-inch AMOLED display with Quad HD resolution. 1440 by 2560 pixels produce a density of 540 ppi for crisp and clear images. But specs aren't what make this screen special. It is protected by Motorola's ShatterShield technology, which consists of five layers that ensure the durability of the display. How tough is it, you ask? Well, let's just say that it is guaranteed to not shatter within four years of use, as Motorola puts it. 

To ensure this level of durability, Motorola's engineers have used a flexible AMOLED screen – one that bends upon impact instead of cracking. Under it lies a solid aluminium chassis for rigidity and on top of it is laid a double touch-sensitive layer. All this is topped by a crack-resistant internal layer and a hard external layer that resists scratches.

Hardware specs

As far as specs go, the DROID Turbo 2 has "high-end" written all over it and is one of Motorola's most powerful smartphones yet. At its core lies a 2.0GHz Snapdragon 810 SoC (MSM8994). However, the silicon, as fast as it might be, has been criticized for its overheating issues. This might be a red flag for some potential buyers. The chip is paired with 3GB of RAM, which should be enough for most users' needs. You also get 32 or 64 gigs of storage for your apps and files, plus a microSD card slot for storage expansion. The 64GB option will be available only online at Moto Maker.


Out of the box, the Motorola DROID Turbo 2 will run Android 5.1. The experience will have a stock Android feel as the software will be only slightly customized, in typical Motorola fashion. But tweaks will be present here and there. For instance, the Turbo 2 comes with always-on voice commands – you can ask for directions or search the web without ever touching the handset. Then there's the Moto Assist app, which knows when you shouldn't be bothered, muting sounds when you're in bed or in a meeting. 

Speaking of software, the Motorola DROID Turbo 2 will be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Further information regarding the software's launch will be posted at a later time.


On the back of the Motorola DROID Turbo 2 we have the same camera found on the Moto X Style – a 21MP snapper with a dual-tone LED flash. The cam isn't perfect, but it does a pretty good job at capturing stills. To a large extent, that's thanks to the Sony IMX230 sensor found inside, with quick auto-focus based on phase detection tech. And with an F/2.0 aperture, low light performance should be satisfactory. One thing missing, however, is optical image stabilization. On the front is found a 5MP selfie cam with a wide-angle lens, and a LED flash provides illumination in low-light situations.

The DROID Turbo 2 also borrows the Quick Capture launch gesture from other Motos. It lets you activate the camera with a twist of the wrist, without needing to unlock the handset. A second twist switches to the front camera.

Battery life

Hopes are that battery life won't be an issue with the Motorola DROID Turbo 2. The phone comes with a 3760 mAh built-in battery that should easily last through a couple of days of regular use. And it recharges fast, too! The TurboPower charger that's included pumps power back to the battery at rapid rates – a 15-minute recharge should be enough to get you 13 extra hours of use. In addition, the phone is compatible with PMA and Qi wireless charging technologies. You'll need to purchase a wireless charger to take advantage of the two, however.

Price and release date

The Verizon-exclusive Motorola DROID Turbo 2 will be released as soon as Thursday, October 29th, in the carrier's retail stores across the U.S., as well as online. It will carry a starting price of $624 off contract. Customizations via Moto Maker will cost you extra. So will the 64GB model, which will be available only online. On installments, the Turbo 2 will run you $26/month and $30/month for the 32 GB/64 GB versions.

Related phones

DROID Turbo 2
  • Display 5.4" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3760 mAh



1. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Looks like an ugly brick with the sh!tty tick mark at bottom. Moto engineers doesn't alter Android much, the phones all look the same. Why do we even need Moto phones when Nexus is there?

5. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Hahaha that is a Verizon logo.

24. strawhat67

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

snapdragon 810 = fail

39. baldilocks

Posts: 1542; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Works just fine in the Nexus 6P. Your post = fail

7. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Oh! Thank God I am not the only one that thinks its ugly.

12. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Shatterproof screen Wireless charging Micro SD card Water resistant Even better battery life Amoled screen on a smaller device Moto Maker for those that like customization Edit: Also for anybody that wants a giant Verizon Check on the front.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Ugly phone with a middle finger to Moto X buyers.

16. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Not really. Those bezels are nothing to envy.

21. Dinged

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

I like Motorola's direction with the phones. I don't think width was the right choice to sacrifice for battery capacity. Keep the battery capacity and expand how anker does it so that small hands can grip the thing better. Also, the screen of the the moto pure is excellent, hopefully they've included the same quality and not that of the nexus 6. Hopefully the OS stays clean from a software standpoint. All manufacturer's have been busted with qualcomm's mistakes - it would have been better for qualcomm to create a faster series 32 bit chip for 2015 to create time for a custom 64 bit chip for 2016.

2. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

The phone looks ugly to me. Phone manufacturers never learn "you don't sacrifice looks for the best specs". Ask Samsung what happened to S5, they can explain better. The two has to go evenly.

8. carlemillward unregistered

I'd take S6 active over the S6 any day.

29. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

S6 Active looks way better than this Sh!t.. and with one of the best battery life on a cell phone. So Moto needs to learn few tricks in designing.

35. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Why are you trying to circumvent the censor? People get what you're saying without you having to cheapen your statement by forcibly adding foul language.

30. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The S6 Active looks like a blocky chunk of plastic to me. And why must "active" mean fake military camo?

11. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

for me specs>looks. If it looks stupid but it works, it ain't stupid.

28. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Exactly. That's what Sony Xperia Z series says.

3. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Droid Levi Jeans?

37. Brewski

Posts: 722; Member since: Jun 05, 2012


4. carlemillward unregistered

No fingerprint scanner... Instead you get a Verizon logo. It is bad, as even low priced Chinese devices have it: Meizu Metal, Honor 5X. Nice battery though, but will SD810 sip it or chug it?

6. HASHTAG unregistered

Eh. That logo just ruins the front.

9. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Drop test of this would be fun to watch.

10. Metropolis75

Posts: 197; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

It has the on screen buttons? Ugh. That strip caused burn in on my Droid HD Maxx. I like the capacitive buttons on the Turbo. It doesn't take up screen real estate.

13. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

stock android is made for on-screen buttons.

23. Metropolis75

Posts: 197; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Well the Turbo isn't a nexus device. It is "near stock". Also the bigger screen takes a hit when you take out the strip used for the buttons. The OG Turbo doesn't have that.

14. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Lol wtf first time to hear about a burned on screen button. It's about the quality of your display they can always burn.

17. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

People complained that the Maxx and Turbo had ugly, 2011-era capacitive buttons. Just shows you can't please everyone.

38. Brewski

Posts: 722; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I prefer the capacitive buttons on the Turbo because it doesn't take up the screen. However, I just bought the Turbo 2 and it arrives in the mail tomorrow so we'll see how it does.

18. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I think this is a decent phone. Lots of complaint here, but I like it. People complain that the Galaxy phones did away with the sd slot for aesthetics now they complaint that this phone WITH sd slot is ugly. lol.

36. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Nothing make haters happier.

19. Sina1204

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

hello guys , i really love this phone and i want to buy it but first i have a question: Is there a world version of this phone and not exclusively verizon version? Like the moto maxx which was the world version of the droid turbo. because i live in Iran and the operator of my sim card is different i hope you can help me!

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