Verizon to offer Motorola Moto X Play as the DROID MAXX 2?

Verizon to offer Motorola Moto X Play as the DROID MAXX 2?
According to a Motorola focused tipster, the Motorola Moto X Play, which is now available on the Moto Maker site in the U.K., Germany, and Canada, is coming to the U.S. after all. The rumor is that the Moto X Play will be coming to Verizon, re-branded as the Motorola DROID MAXX 2. Keep in mind that this story should be taken with a grain of salt, so make sure you have the shaker by your side.

Of course, the main feature of the Motorola DROID MAXX is its 3500mAh battery that Motorola says will provide up to 48 hours of battery life. But the Moto X Play features a 3630mAh cell, which could be enough of a bump for it to earn the DROID MAXX 2 moniker.

The Moto X Play features a 5.5-inch screen carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution screen. That works out to a pixel density of 401ppi. The Snapdragon 615 chipset drives the device, carrying an octa-core 1.7GHz CPU and the Adreno 405 GPU. 2GB of RAM is inside, along with 32GB of expandable storage. The camera combo from back to front is 21MP/5MP, and Android 5.1 is pre-installed.

Another rumor involves the sequel to the highly-spec'd Motorola DROID Turbo. Now 10-months old, the Turbo could use a refresh and one appears to be on the way with the Motorola DROID Turbo 2. But unlike the rumor about the DROID MAXX 2, the DROID Turbo 2 is expected to be a completely new device, built from scratch.

source: Hellomotohk via GforGames

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2. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

But the Moto Play is a midrange phone with a big battery. I thought the Droid line should be a flagship? Moto X Pure but with Play battery sounds better.

9. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

They kept the 2013 Droid Maxx as their midrange offering last year. Just like the previous year, they offered a midrange Droid Mini. Different price points for different customers.

4. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

there is so much of weirdness in the world

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I don't know if the above should b believed, but I had my suspicions that Verizon was involved with the Moto X Play not being released in the United States.

6. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I'm getting close to being done with Verizon. Just give us the f-ing phone without putting your grubby little fingers all over it. I don't want a re-branded, unsupported phone when I would really just like to get one from the manufacturer directly, whom I trust to provide me with a better experience and better support.

7. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

The Moto X Play doesn't have the correct LTE banding to support XLTE on Verizon. So you're probably better off taking this rumor with a dozen shots or so of Tequila than any salt.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Apparently there are already numerous models with different radios. The European version differs from the Canadian version. Who's to say that a third or fourth model might in released for the sake of running on Verizon's LTE bands.

10. TBomb

Posts: 1579; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Is it possible to not take the rumor and just the tequila?

13. Alan01

Posts: 627; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Funniest comment of the year! Regards, Alan F.

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

What, no lime?

11. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I'd be interested in the X Play coming to Verizon, but I don't trust the Snapdragon 615. I thought the Maxx 2 was going to be an SD 808 device. The rest of the package - screen size, FHD resolution, that battery - sounds like a good upgrade from the Maxx.

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's very possible Verizon might make changes beings it would sort of be an exclusive device. That's if they decide for it to replace the Droid Turbo though. And the 615 would still be an upgrade over the S4 Pro that was in the Droid Maxx.

17. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The Adreno 405 is barely an upgrade from the Maxx's A320, and that only had to run a 720 screen. Hard to call it the Maxx 2 when it's outrun by its 2 year old predecessor. I'm hoping they at minimum swap out the SoC, and maybe up the RAM too. As for the Turbo 2, they'll need something stronger than a SD808, which isn't much improved over the 805.

18. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The Adreno 320 ran 1080p screens well. The One M7 is pretty smooth.

20. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The M7 was a really nice device, top of the line for mid-2013. By the numbers though, it would barely pass for midrange in late 2015. I don't think an SD 615 device deserves the Moto X name in late 2015, let along the Droid name.

21. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

According to Phandroid, the Droid Maxx 2 will be a midrange device. The difference is there is apparently going to be a flagship Droid Turbo 2 as well that will be an exclusive version of the Moto X Style/Pure. The only info on specs for that one is that it will have a P-Oled screen.

22. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Then the Droid Maxx 2 holds no interest to this Droid Maxx owner. After two years, my next phone should have a better screen and be much faster too. Maxx used to mean the best Motorola had to offer - that's why the Turbo was offered elsewhere as the Moto Maxx. Now it just means a big battery? Meh.

23. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That's all it has ever meant. The Maxx was always the same as another Motorola model, just with a bigger battery. First there was the Droid Razr, and then shortly after the Droid Razr Maxx. Then it was the Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD, followed by the Droid Ultra and the Droid Maxx. The original Maxx wasn't even a smartphone. The Motorola Razr Maxx (flip phone) was simply a Razr with a bigger battery. The only time a Maxx model was more than just a bigger battery was the Droid Maxx, and then it only had more storage over the Ultra after they eliminated the SD card slot that was present on the previous Droid models.

25. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

My beef with turning the Maxx into a midrange line is that most of those examples - the Droid Razr Maxx, Razr Maxx HD, Droid Maxx - were the Droid flagship. The only reason it's currently a midranger is that they continued selling an older model. And really, I'm just miffed that it might not even perform as well as the current Maxx.

26. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So you're mad that they put another model above it? Would it have been better if they called it the Turbo Maxx instead of just the Turbo? I could understand where you're coming from if they had made the Maxx a midrange and didn't put out a flagship. Maybe I'm just not that attached to a name.

27. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I had no problem with them calling it the Turbo last year instead of, say, the Maxx 2. I accept that these are marketing decisions, and that what they were pushing last fall was the 'turbo' charging feature. They're definitely running out the list of viable Droid superlatives though. What, no Droid Über? It's really down to the GPU. I looked into the specs and benchmarks on the SD 615, and from what I can see, the Adreno 405 isn't any better than the 2 1/2 year old Adreno 320. If it doesn't perform better than the old Maxx, why bother? Shades of the Droid X2.

28. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The difference is that at the time, the Droid Maxx was the top of the line model. Now it's being pushed as a midrange/value model. That's the difference. Why bother? Because I'd imagine it's going to be cheaper than the original Maxx was when it debuted. And besides the CPU/GPU, there are many other specs that have been upgraded, camera, screen, sc card brought back. While it may perform around the same in terms of speed, it's got a lot of other things going for it.

24. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

What I really want is a decent camera and a huge battery while still being manageable in size, which the Play has. It has the same camera as the Style, 3630 mAh battery, and have a 5.5" display with small bezels. I have a Droid Maxx right now, and I love it, but KitKat is getting old and the camera is crappy in anything but the best conditions. The Play and the Turbo 2 seem like the best upgrade paths for me, it just depends on whether I'm willing to pay for a high end device or not. Honestly, Motorola's software is so light, there probably wouldn't be a difference between the two in terms of performance for the majority of users.

16. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I hope this isn't true. The Snapdragon 615 with a 1080 screen would be painful for anyone hoping to use it as a gaming device. Check out the benchmarks for the Oppo R7. Pretty pathetic even for midrange.

19. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

They love their Droid line brand don't they? They should worry about their Samsung Pay decision unless they already did.

29. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Rebrand a $300 phone, charge $500 for it - the verizon way.

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