Motorola Droid Turbo's killer feature: 48-hour battery life


Motorola and Verizon Wireless have just taken the wraps off the Droid Turbo: a device packed with cutting-edge technology and in fact it scores geek pride points by having the sharpest display we’ve seen on a phone from a first-tier smartphone maker. Add to that Snapdragon 805 performance power, and Kevlar-reinforced body, and you can see just how the Droid Turbo shapes as an all-around great device.

With all this, the killer feature on it might lie not solely in the sharp display and powerful silicon, but in all of this, combined with a truly remarkable battery.

As a huge number of smartphone owners demand longer battery life on their devices, Motorola (or rather Lenovo now) seems to have listened, and the company has packed in a 3900mAh battery in the device.

Sure, it does make it a bit chubbier as the Droid Turbo is as thick as 0.4 inches in its thickest parts, but it is a compromise that enables what Motorola says is a full 48 hours of battery longevity.


Yes, that’s two full days of use without even thinking about recharging (and we guess that lighter use could even stretch those goals). We’re looking forward to measuring the Droid Turbo’s battery life in our own battery life test, but we have seen Motorola so far live up to its promises about battery life on earlier Droids.

Moreover, the Droid Turbo also comes with a built-in turbo charger that allows you to quickly replenish the battery: a 15-minute charge when the phone’s battery is low, will give you up to 8 hours of battery life. Notice that this quick charging only happens when you use the built in turbo charger and not when you hook up the phone to a different charging station.

All in all, having this kind of battery life on the Droid Turbo might turn out to be its most important breakthrough - we’ve seen truly powerful devices, but it is liberating to finally be able to use one without worrying that you can quickly run it out of juice.

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DROID Turbo
  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3900 mAh

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20 Comments

1. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Motorola: Working on what actually matters.

3. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I like their hardware. They put a lot of thought and ingenuity into their designs and decisions.

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I know some, many like to defend Samsung about the copying Apple claims (I do too)...one thing you can say about Moto and HTC phones.....they wont get confused for an iPhone.. Especially Moto.

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Other companies should follow. I just hate when Verizon kisses Motorola for the BATTERY LIFE exculsive while the rest of us gets nothing

2. cookie_cutter

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

i dont think it could last 48 hours of video playback or web browsing

4. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I don't think a user could last for 48 hours of continuous video playback or web browsing either, so it checks out.

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

lol...never thought of it like that. I would be out after 24 hours of continuous use.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31060; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said man.

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

If people can learn too STOP FACEBOOKING, web browsing and music. you're phone could last up too three days also turn off your internet data. You will see the difference in battery life

5. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

No phone can. When they say 48 hours of battery life, they mean real world usage, not just by their battery test. That is a rundown test to show the very least you could get out of the battery. It's a metric to compare phones, since doing a real world usage test can't cover everyone's usage.

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Moto's site says mixed use...its been generally known since they've been using bigger batteries its for overall use. They used to say X hours for talk time. For me thats the most important measurement. I'm one of those crazy ppl that actually uses their smartphone to talk on....lol. My phone use...I could probably get a week easily out of this.

6. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

That killer is the only thing I want from S5... though S5 already has good battery life.

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Isn't s5 lte-A the phone with highest PPI???

11. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

"[...] by having the sharpest display we’ve seen on a phone from a first-tier smartphone maker…" I know it's weird, because the S5 LTE-A and the DROID Turbo have the same PPI... Both have the same screen size & resolution.

16. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Actually, the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A has the same 5.1" panel as the original S5, which means it does have the highest PPI on a smartphone. QHD on 5.1", whereas Droid Turbo is 5.2".

12. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

48 hours, not bad... we're slowly creeping back to the old nokia candybar days

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31060; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Winner, point blank.

15. johnriii

Posts: 248; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I "average" 16 hours on my S4, with light, medium use. i'm talking some facebooking, a few youtube vids, emails, a few phone calls, 30 minutes or so of candy crush. so imagine what I could do on this beast, on this network. wow. shut up and take my money!

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6034; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I wonder what shenanigans Edward Norton will get into in the Droid Turbo commercials? lol.

20. marinetti

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

OK well I just got this phone three days ago and so far I haven't gotten 48 hours of battery life and I haven't used it much which led me to this article because I was wondering what the heck. Charged it the first day and then needed to charge it the next. Mind you I always turn my data off because I don't like the data ghost sucking my data when I'm not using any phone I've had because it has happened. Plus I haven't used the phone several hours while at work and when I'm not at work, I use it speratically through merely the few hours left in the day. So I'm questioning the 48 hour claim or I've just gotten one out of whatever that's not woeking properly? I wonder .

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