DROID Turbo 2 is a shatterproof flagship and a Verizon exclusive

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Motorola and Verizon have launched a flagship smartphone with a shatterproof screen. The DROID Turbo 2 gets a four year warranty against screen shattering. 

In August this year we got the first leaks about a shatterproof Motorola smartphone. Back the it was called Motorola Bounce. Now the device finally goes official as a Verizon exclusive. The DROID Turbo 2 continues the heritage the DROID Turbo started last year, beefy specifications, relatively clean Android and a two day battery.

The Turbo 2 packs a 5.4″ 1440p QHD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 810, 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of storage and a 3760mAh battery. Cameras are the same as in the Moto X Style, 21 and 5 megapixels. The Android 5.1.1 is relatively stock but has a ton of Verizon bloatware. All this is packed in to a body that can be customized in the Motomaker.

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The Moto Shattershield screen consists of five layers. Behind the display there’s an aluminium plate to add strength. On top of that is the flexible AMOLED display itself. Next there are two touch layers. If one fails, another still keeps working. Finally there are two layers of lenses to give the shock, shatter and crack resistance.

Unfortunately for the most of the world, the DROID Turbo 2 is a Verizon exclusive. Hopefully we will see the Moto Shattershield screens in some international Motorola devices soon. The DROID Turbo 2 costs about $625 for 32GB model and $720 for 64GB variant but as always, Verizon gives a lot of different payment options. For 64GB buyers there is an option to re-configure the device in Motomaker once in the first two years if one gets bored with the design.

Source: The Official Motorola Blog

Motorola Releases the 2nd Gen Moto 360

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The 2nd Gen Moto 360 comes in four different models and with Moto Maker treatment. The Sport model with interesting display is launching later.

Motorola has updated their Moto 360 lineup at IFA 2015. Unlike rumored previously, the Moto 360 doesn’t have the S or L letter after it, but customers can still choose the size they want. The normal 360 comes in three different models, the large one is the same 46mm diameter as last years but the small version and the women’s version have the smaller 42mm diameter. The women’s version also has a narrower band.

The only hardware button is moved up to two o’clock position to prevent unwanted pressing of the button. The most noticeable difference between the 2015 and 2014 models is the addition of the new external clips that the bands attach on. In the previous model the band was difficult to replace because the tiny pin used to remove the band were inside the device. Motorola has also added quick-release bands with easy to use pins.

Tech specs are more impressive than last year as the ancient TI OMAP processor has been ditched and the 2015 model has a Snapdragon 400 SoC with 512MB of RAM. The battery size depends on the size, the 42mm diameter watch has a 300mAh battery as the 46mm watch has a 400mAh one. Both sizes have 4GB of storage.

The Moto 360 is fully customizable with Moto Maker. In addition to size and width of the watch band, customers can also choose the bezel and case colors and change the band color and material. Prices start at $299 for the smaller model and $349 for the larger.

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Motorola also introduced the Moto 360 Sport that will launch later with the Motorola AnyLight display. The display uses two different display technologies and chooses the better suitable for ambient conditions automatically. The normal LCD display is used indoors and in the conditions with a lot of ambient light, the display will reflect the natural light to improve readability in direct sunlight.

The Sport model also has a different design with rubber bands and sporty looks. It also has built in GPS and Motorola fitness apps.

Source: Motorola

New Motorola Flagship Leaked

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Motorola flagships have barely launched as we get leaks about a new Moto flagship. The Motorola Bounce is mentioned to be shatterproof.

Motorola just updated their Moto lineup with X Style, X Play and G and we already have new leaks. Upleaks has posted the rendered image above to Twitter with possible specifications. The new device is called Bounce for now, we don’t know if it is the final name.

Bounce will pack a 5.43″ QHD 1440p display, Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of storage. Battery is going to be huge like in the Moto X Play, 3760mAh. Cameras are going to be the same found in X Style and in X Play, 21 and 5MP.

Possibly the most interesting feature Upleaks mentioned in the Twitter post is the shatterproof design. The name Bounce and the image would also suggest that the device would have some rubber around it to prevent damage. Still the most fragile part is the display so we are interested to see what the Bounce has to offer to protect its screen.

According to Upleaks, the Motorola Bounce will launch in December. With its features it’ll compete with Samsung’s Active models and Sony’s waterproof flagships. It’s not competing with the more jewelry like iPhones or Samsungs.

Source: Upleaks in Twitter

The New Moto 360 Appears in Photos

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One of the most anticipated wearables of the year is the new Moto 360. Now the beautiful smartwatch shows up in leaked images. 

Motorola Moto 360 was one of the best Android Wear devices last year. Its successor has been rumored for a while now and we were a little disappointed with Motorola not revealing the device with the new Moto phones a few weeks ago.

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The new Moto 360 appears to come in two sizes, 360L and 360S. In the photo above, the smaller Moto 360S is joined by the old Moto 360. The larger 360L will be the same size as the current 360. The hardware button has been moved higher to the right side to prevent misclicking the button.

Unfortunately for some, Motorola has not been able to remove the “flat tire” from the bottom edge. To keep the bezels as thin, the digitizer needs to be placed in that little black area below the display.

The new smartwatches are expected to be released in IFA next week.

Sources: Facebook | Google Plus

Via: 9to5Google

Three new Motos released

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Motorola has released its new Moto lineup for 2015. There are three new devices, X Style, X Play and G. 

Moto X Style is the new flagship for most of the markets. It packs a 5.7″ QHD LCD display, Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB of RAM and 16/32/64GB of storage. Camera is now 21MP but only F/2.0. Front facing camera has 5MP and front facing flash. Batterywise Motorola has stepped up their game with a 3000mAh battery and TurboPower charging that gives up to 10 hours of use with just a 15min charge. Moto X Pure Edition is the same device but unlocked and with no carrier bloatware.

Moto X Play is a more affordable version and it’ll not be available in the States. Screen is 5.5″ and 1080p. SoC is Snapdragon 615 with 2GB of RAM and storage is limited to 16GB or 32GB. The Play version has a bigger battery than its big brother. The 3630mAh battery promises a two day battery life.

The 3rd generation Moto G is the most affordable option with under $200 price tag. Unfortunately specs are not as good as we were hoping. 5″ display is only 720p, Snapdragon is only 410, not 600 series as we would have wanted and there’s still only 1GB of RAM in the 8GB model. Luckily at least the 16GB variant has 2GB of RAM. Cameras are 13MP and 5MP and battery is 2470mAh. Whole package is IPX7 certified and it’ll survive being submerged in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes.

All three models support expandable storage via microSD card up to 128GB. Moto X models have all the usual suspects when it comes to Moto features. Moto Voice, Moto Assist, Moto Display and Moto Actions are all in. There’s also a new Chop Twice to quickly turn on the flashlight Quick Capture to take a screenshot. Some of these features are not available for the Moto G due to the not so capable hardware.

It’s hard to estimate the importance of this launch. The Moto X is now huge. It’s a little bit smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus or Nexus 6 but much bigger than the last years Moto X. Success of these devices depends on many things. Samsung and Apple are launching their new flagships soon and if new Motos can’t get to the stores before them, it’s game over. If Moto X was smaller, it’d have better changes to fight for the market share against the very best phablets.

Moto X Play is not going to be available in the States but it might still be significant launch as it has the huge battery. Many people want better battery life and the Play version is perfect for them. Pricing and availability is still a mystery so we don’t know how competitive the device will be.

Moto G was a disappointment for us. Hardware is still fine but just fine. Moto G has mostly kept its specs same since the first generation and at the same time Asus and Alcatel are pushing out some serious specs with just a little bit more money. Pro for the Moto G is surely the software. Motorola has been good at keeping its UI clean and stock, and updates have been really fast. Moto G is going to be available soon.

Rumors: Moto G and Galaxy S6 Mini

When it comes to official news and releases, the summer has been really quiet but there’s been more than enough rumors. The most recent rumors are about Motorola’s new Moto G and Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Mini.

Moto G was unboxed early and photos were released in Facebook. The packaging reveals most of the specs. The upcoming affordable Moto is going to feature a 5″ HD display, 1.4GHz quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and 13MP + 5MP cameras.

Motorola is likely continuing with almost stock Android but it’s unsure if they are including the always listening features from Moto X devices to this cheaper version. Moto G is also getting the Moto Maker treatment at least in the US.

Samsung is reportedly getting ready to release a mini version of their flagship in August. The S6 Mini is rumored to pack much lesser specs than the big brother but it’s common for the mini versions. Only Sony has been making their Compact version almost as well equipped as their flagships.

Pictures of the S6 Mini reveal S6 design with just a smaller footprint. For now there’s no sign of S6 Edge Mini.

Sources:

Moto G: Pocketnow

S6 Mini: PhoneArena

Top 5 upcoming smartphones July 2015

2015 has been a great year. Competition between manufacturers and price ranges has been tough. There has been ultimate flagships like Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4 and HTC One M9 but also new affordable smartphones are rising all the time. Asus ZenFone 2 packs high end specs with very affordable price and the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 does the same.

After a rather quiet summer, the fall is going to be full of great smartphone releases. I’ve listed my top 5 upcoming smartphones below. Add your top 5 to the comments.

TOP 5 – Motorola Moto G

Last two years Motorola has dominated the cheap Android market with their Moto G. It packed stock Android and brilliant specs to the price. Now it has competition. Asus and Alcatel have entered the affordable market with their flagship spec devices and Motorola should release something rather great to keep the title of the best cheap Android phone.

The upcoming Moto G should have a great display, likely a 1080p but for the price it’s not going to be AMOLED. Newer Snapdragon SoC’s are really capable so some 600-series one would be nice. Also it should have the latest stock Android and fast updates to Android M. All that should be under $200 and Motorola would have the best budget smartphone in the market.

TOP 4 – Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Apple always gets most of the attention when they launch the new iPhones. This year is not going to be different. New Apple phones are going to sell like crazy no matter what they put to the table. I chose the Plus version to my list because it’s competitor to the Note series. Plus also – at least last year it did – packs better specs than the non Plus model. Apple won’t most likely change the resolution or the size of the screen but they’ll include the force touch technology and possibly a better camera.

My wish is that Apple would add some productivity and take more advantage of the big screen. That would force Samsung to make even better Note next year as this years Note is probably going to launch before the new iPhones.

TOP 3 – OnePlus 2

OnePlus has teased their upcoming smartphone for a while now. We know its price and most of the specs and we know that one is going to need an invite to get the phone. But is the competition from mid range smartphone too much. We have some brilliant new high-end spec smartphones for even more affordable price.

OnePlus’ success depends on the upcoming reviews. The price is coming up and the specs are not that mind boggling compared to others but the camera and the software can make the difference. Personally I don’t see OnePlus 2 being as successful as the One was.

TOP 2 – Google Nexus 5

As always, Google is going to release the new Android version in the fall. With it, there’s going to be a new Nexus and this year it’s most likely going to be a new Nexus 5. First Nexus 5 was announced back in 2013 and this new version is bringing Nexus back to more humane screens sizes after the hideous 6″ Nexus 6.

According to rumors, Huawei is going to make the new Nexus. Some leaked benchmarks already showed that it’s going to contain a 10-core Snapdragon 820 SoC and a QHD display. Along with Huawei’s premium design and the newest Android, the new Nexus is going to be the second most interesting smartphone of the fall.

TOP 1 – Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung finally made a drastic change with the S6. They got rid of 40% of the bloatware and unwanted features as well as changed the design completely. The result was brilliant. Except the fact that the S6 has too small battery and display. Note 5 is going to be different. The Note is going to have a huge 4100mAh battery and keep the screen size in 5.7 inches.

This year the new Note is going to launch before new iPhones to give Samsung a little boost when trying to get some new Galaxy users. This means that Apple might need to think about adding some features to the new iPhones. Productivity and using the screen real estate have always been Note’s pros so if loyal Apple users shall watch what competitors have to offer, Note might win greatly.