As Motorola and Verizon’s event to launch the refreshed lineup of DROID Turbo and DROID Maxx smartphones looms, a handful of new details have emerged alongside a new leaked image. The picture above — shared by the usual leakster, Evan Blass — shows both the new DROID models. What’s more, information obtained by Droid-Life suggests Verizon is working on a unique ‘design refresh’ program for customers looking to buy the new DROIDs…
As has been indicated in previous leaks, the new DROID Maxx looks almost identical to the Moto X Play. It has virtually the same design on the front and back, along with the same shaped camera housing (complete with dimple). The new DROID Turbo, however, has a slightly different design. The camera housing and dimple is a little shorter and chunkier, with what looks like a dual-tone LED flash underneath the camera, as well as a more flat back which curved towards the edges like a Galaxy Note 5.
DROIDs (Turbo - Turbo - Turbo - Maxx - Maxx) pic.twitter.com/Y3DBPC1rTy— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 23, 2015
What’s a little interesting here is the Verizon branding. The Turbo 2 has Verizon’s ‘swoosh’ on the front, near the bottom edge, while the Maxx has it on the back. Both have ‘DROID’ on the back too. If some convincing leaks are anything to go by, it seems the Turbo 2 will be available to customize via Moto Maker. Like the Moto X Pure/Style, it looks to be launching with the option of several different colors and materials. Those will include the plastic backs shown in the image above, as well as leather and ‘ballistic nylon’.
Corroborating previous rumors, and Verizon’s own teaser, the Turbo 2 looks like it’ll be incredibly durable. On the front is a ‘ShatterShield’ display system made of three components; the display, embedded lens and a replaceable protective layer (screen protector). What’s more, the screen is covered by a four year warranty.
As spotted on Moto’s website (before being removed):
The display and embedded lens are warranted against shattering and cracking for four (4) years from the original date of consumer purchase. The consumer-replaceable protective lens is not covered by this Limited Warranty, but should always be in place to prevent scratches and other damage to the underlying components. All other limitations and exclusions contained in this Limited Warranty (see “What is not covered” section below), including scratches and other cosmetic damage, intentional damage or abuse, and normal wear and tear, apply to the components of the ShatterShield™ display system.
In essence then, the Turbo 2 marketing will almost certainly focus on its durable nature, while the Maxx will be lauded for its battery capacity.
Verizon isn’t content with just offering these exclusive devices in its trademark DROID family, and selling them as normal. It wants to bring a new purchase option to the table too. If the information from Droid-Life is genuine, Verizon is going to launch a program called ‘Design Refresh’, which allows customers to ‘refresh’ the design of their phone once during a two-year period. Customers will have to sign up and pay an add-on fee to join it, and will be able to change their phone at any point during the two years.
It’s not long before we find out all the ins and outs officially from Motorola and Verizon. The companies are expected to announce the phones next week.