T-Mo compatible Quad HD Motorola Droid Turbo in the works?


Rumors have cropped over the past month or so claiming that Verizon is about to launch another exclusive Android device, and is planning to add it to its well-known DROID range. The Droid Turbo – as it’s being called – will allegedly feature a Quad HD display and fast-charging technology along with the usual long battery life. We’re expecting “Big Red” to unveil it some point this month.

But it’s not the only carrier that’s going to be selling a variant of the device if this FCC filing is anything to go by. The listing reveals that a device, virtually identical to the “Turbo”, has been tested on LTE bands 2, 4, 5 and 17, making it a perfect GSM candidate for both T-Mobile and AT&T. Although it is a little disappointing that it doesn’t have Band 12 support.

As picked up by AndroidFace, Motorola claims in the filing that “the mobile device carrying FCC ID IHDT56PK2 is electrically equivalent to the certified device carrying FCC ID IHDT56PK1…”


Speculation surrounding the device predicts a phone with a 5.2-inch, 2560×1440 resolution display, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.65GHz. It’s purported to feature a 20MP camera on the back, and run Android 4.4.4 out of the box.

As you’d expect, there’s been no official word on the Droid Turbo from Motorola or Verizon. And if the new device does make use of VZW’s “Droid” trademark, it’s very unlikely that a GSM version will use the same moniker. The name “Moto X Play” has been rumored, but is by no means certain.

As with any rumor or FCC filing, there’s a chance that it doesn’t come through for T-Mobile. So take it with a pinch of salt.

Source: Android Face, FCC
Via: TechTimes

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  • kev2684

    too bad it doesn’t have band 12. the specs are beast. if it turns out Nexus 6 is actually the shamu (5.9″) then this would be a good alternative to Nexus fans that doesn’t like to carry the phablet. i’ve waited long enough for a Nexus phablet. my body is ready.

    • Bklynman

      Don’t forgot LG,came out with The Pro 2,(5.9″),this time no carrier has it,only unlock
      version of it. Too bad no carrier pick up here,at least. no I didnot pick one up,using Note 3,right now from Tmo.

  • Easy to see that it’s for Canada. Bell, Rogers, Telus, and Wind can use it.

    • Cam Bunton

      True. You think we’re not going to see it on T-Mobile?

      • It’s not totally out of the question, but generally DROID phones have “design” exclusivity as well. The only reason smaller CDMA carriers got de-branded DROID phones is because they were able to get them from Verizon itself. Verizon’s exclusivity largely applies to everyone but its “LTE in Rural America” partners, given the dearth of players in the CDMA ecosystem.

        On the flipside, anything that’s exclusive to AT&T/T-Mobile must wait until the exclusivity period expires before another carrier can have it at all. This is because unlike CDMA devices, GSM devices are rather portable.

        I find it hard to believe that AT&T would get this even remotely close to when Verizon does. That’s why I’m inclined to believe this device will head to Canada. The fact that it has UMTS band 4 is (generally) known as a strong indicator that AT&T won’t have it. There are a few exceptions of late (HTC Cricket phones, mainly), but this rule still mostly holds true.

        Also, T-Mobile and Motorola don’t exactly have the best relationship. T-Mobile was screwed over several times with crap devices in the past, so unless something major happened in terms of a supplier relationship, I don’t see T-Mobile ever carrying Motorola devices again.

    • mrVi

      Why would the FCC then be reviewing a device destined to Canadia? Does the FDA certify beef for consumption by Canadiens? I don’t know the answer, so I’m just asking how this works – bc it’s not so easy to see based on this simple logic exercise.

      • Your logic is invalid. Beef for Canada is consumed by Canadians generally only in Canada. However, a smartphone can easily travel the border, be given as a gift, etc.

        Since Industry Canada (IC) accepts FCC testing documents, most companies that are certifying for either country will certify for both, as it is rather effortless. It also gives them an option later, if they want to bring the design to the U.S.

  • Paul Garrison

    I guess LG’s G3 resolution was ahead of it’s time.

    • HR

      I think this phone would be ahead of it’s time as well. On a 5.2″ screen, there’s not much value. Imagine this large battery on a 1080P screen. 48-72hrs off the charger easily.

      • JabbaMac

        This may be the same screen as on the GS5 LTE-A variant which Anandtech says is just as power efficient as the 1080p pane . Can’t wai .

  • Sean

    Let’s hope is better looking than the rumored Verizon variant. The pics of their model are hideous, IMO.

  • Kenneth Warner

    If this comes true I will be saying bye bye to samsung

  • Bklynman

    I am hoping for LG bring out a Gflex 2,Any rumors about that Cam or anyone?

  • Robert

    Tmo NEEDS this phone if for no other reason that walking into a store makes you feel your in the erotic dream of the lawyers cashing those checks from the Apple/Sammy bickering.

    Tmo also needs some mid tier HTC devices. It’s funny to me that the device purchase program encourages better shopping habits, but when you decide you don’t need the specs of a flagship, Tmo has left you with little options not labeled Samsung.

    • TheVorlon

      No need to limit yourself to what T-Mobile carries, just go buy the unlocked phone of your choice and install your T-Mobile sim card.

      • Robert

        Great advice, but getting to that point with the average consumer isn’t going to happen overnight.

        Tmo still has to have options for the lay customer who isn’t as educated or they run the risk falling prey to those customers writing off Tmo as the poor man’s network without any choice on phones.

        I’ll admit it’s ridiculous, but the American consumer has sacked at the teat of subsidy for so long that undoing those behaviors takes some time and finesse.

    • Eric Blackman

      Absolutely correct. They should be carrying every moto phone available. They should certainly be carrying the moto g. A quality phone at an excellent price. I buy directly from moto, but it sure would be nice to have Wi-Fi calling available. It’s the only thing I miss on my moto x.

  • J Cav the Great

    For me ….band 12 or bust.

  • MrVi

    I just got hard reading this news. Design and batterywise some of the Droids just seem like beasts. If these are for Canada, as our resident in-house network expert Konan thinks, then why is the FCC reviewing it? Does the FDA certify beef consumed by Canadia?

    • A$AP Chris

      They certify just about everything that could be used on our networks.

    • david


  • Stinky Pete

    When’s the last time T-Mobile carried a Motorola Phone?

    • Buck

      Cliq 2 like 3+ yrs ago

  • Kendrick Vargas

    I’m really hoping this will end up being a smaller nexus… There are a bunch of people hoping Google didn’t just go with a phablet sized option and will offer a reasonably sized nexus. With the moto x lacking wireless charging and this thing having it… I’m really hoping that makes this the new smaller nexus. I just worry about the price. The nexus line is a value leader, and it would be hard for them to price this lower than the moto x. Then again with the nexus 9 looking like it’s coming in at $399, that might not be surprising… The era of the affordable nexus might be over :-(

    • TechHog

      It’s pretty clear that it’s over and the “affordable” segment is Android One now.

      • TylerCameron

        Android One is a low end program.

    • Sam_K

      I’m hoping the same thing. Google needs to come out with a Nexus 5 (2014 or 2015 version) to replace the now ancient Nexus 5 which has some shortcomings like bad battery life.

  • Richard Darrington

    Perfect all around device on paper. For T mobile I’d like to see band 12 though

  • Michael Tran

    With so many moto devices being released, it’ll be difficult to know which phone the nexus is based off of. I was pretty dead set it was going to be a phablet but with all these variations of possible moto phones, who knows.

  • Jsun

    So many phones coming out with really nice specs but recently the most important thing to have is Band 12.

  • steveb944

    This would be the only device to stop me from going for the Nexus 6. It’s that HUGE battery that I want.

  • steveb944

    This would be the only device to stop me from going for the Nexus 6. It’s that HUGE battery that I want.

    • NinoBr0wn

      Yea I’ll take that huge battery over a huge phone.

      • MagicMiguel


  • Brad Wilson

    Why in the world wasn’t the Moto X 2014 released with these specs?

    • Chazz Matthews

      because the Moto X is a mid-tier device, last year (4.7″ 720p, seriously?) and this year.

      • Dave12308

        Actually the Moto X 2014 is 5.2″ 1080p with a Snapdragon 801 chipset. We’re not talking about the OG Moto X.

  • NinoBr0wn

    What’s important about band 12, and does this phone have dual front facing speakers?

    • Mr. Mister

      Band 12 can penetrate buildings very well.

      • NinoBr0wn

        Oh I see. Thanks.

    • Chazz Matthews

      yes, dual front stereo speakers. name on AT&T probably will be Moto X Play.

  • StankyChikin

    This would be awesome.. I’d be ready for a new phone before band 12 is of any use to me.

    • skittle

      True. There is not enough band 12 to worry about having a phone for it.

      • Matt Pankey

        People are all goo goo ga ga over band 12.

        • Jsun

          I guess because the fastest processor, qhd, 4k, 20mp camera, or whatever else is not gonna make a phone have better reception. I came from ATT and although some of the places with them had low internet speed at least i was able to receive phone calls and text messages. With Tmo, if they release phones with band 12, i’d be ready for it when they turn it on. That way i wouldn’t have to spend money on another device. I switched to Tmo to save money but i had to sacrifice signal. Anyway, that’s only my opinion.

        • Matt Pankey

          That situation is perfectly understandable but there are some folks who just want band 12 because they are on the bandwagon.

        • topkill

          But T-Mo has been buying up bandwidth in band 12 to roll out 20×20 so it may be important in the next year.

  • Ryanide

    Just look at Verizon’s Motorola Droid (1) back in 2009. While they had exclusive rights to roid’ ‘Droid’, that didn’t stop Motorola from making the GSM variant , the Motorola ‘Milestone’ that worked on AT&T’s 3G network, and T-Mobile’s 2G networks.

    So, this might be a similar situation 5 years later. Maybe they’ll call it the Milestone Turbo.

  • anthon

    I love T Mobile because their rates are affordable and are making the other three companies lower their plan prices. But where T mobile is falling bahind is on the phones varieties, we do not have any great phones to from. Tmobile should have at least WiFi calling for unlocked phones.

    • Kylan

      What the heck are you talking about? This isnt 2010 with a diverse handset sales distribtion. Its a market where the flagship devices constitute the vast majority of sales. Tmo has the iPhone 6, the Galaxy S and Note lines, the HTC One series and that is basically the market. They have every flagship. The only other sales in the market are for your lower tier income challenged customers who compete in the cheap Android segment and since I really dont care much about that market, I cant be bothered.

      • Richard cruz

        What he said plus the Sony phones also!!!

      • JamesG

        I think he means no Motorola choices

        • Nik

          And what about the motorola phones won’t work on T-Mobile? Enlighten me please because I’m thinking about getting a Moto next and using it on said network.


        • JamesG

          I never said it wouldnt work, i meant that Tmobile doesnt sell them.

        • Nik

          And why would you ever buy a phone from them directly? Last time I did that was in 2002.

  • vinnyjr

    T-Mobile will not carry any new phones unless they support band 12 and wifi calling. They shouldn’t, T-Mobile is in a position where they can start to dictate to phone manufacturers what their requirements are and must be met or no go in T-Mobile stores. T-Mobile has been selling a shit load of devices and manufacturers want in on that.

  • StankyChikin

    Does this thing come with SD card support?

  • MarkieE

    If it ever comes to T-Mobile i’ll be all over it.

    • czaplin

      You can buy from Verizon and use it with T-Mobile.

  • chanman

    Ughh I just bought a Moto X… Totally would’ve waited for this instead.

  • HeatFan786

    I would love it if T-Mobile can pick up a Nexus or Moto device in the upcoming months. Need pure android over the S5.

  • HeatFan786

    I would love it if T-Mobile can pick up a Nexus or Moto device in the upcoming months. Need pure android over the S5.


    I bet this is a nexus.

  • Prod1702

    I am hoping this is the new nexus. Just because the phone doesn’t have band 12 doesn’t mean T-Mo won’t put it out. Also there is nothing showing that this phone won’t have Wifi calling. There was a article out awhile ago where a T-Mo exec said they were in talks with Google to get Wifi calling on the phone.

    • Sam_K

      I agree. This phone would cover almost all my desired specs but if it doesn’t have band 12 then I’m not interested.

      • Prod1702

        The nexus 6 has been out for almost 3 weeks now. It does have band 12. You’re a little late to the party Sam

        • Sam_K

          You misunderstood me. I know the Nexus 6 is out. I’m hoping that this will be the new Nexus 5 since it has a 5.2 inch screen and it’s FCC ID is one digit different from the Droid Turbo. Even it’s not a Nexus device, I still hope it’s a GSM version of the Droid Turbo. It’s just too bad that it doesn’t band 12. Many people don’t want a Nexus device with a 6 inch screen and the current Nexus 5 is too old and has poor battery life so I won’t consider it.

        • Prod1702

          If it is something for T-Mo I do not think it will be a nexus. Google has never made two nexus’s before but I guess that didn’t stop apple this time so maybe google will. Also I am not sure if T-Mobile will sell more moto devices. The nexus is one thing but they still aren’t selling the X or G.

  • vahdyx

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • JamesG

    band 12 isnt a requirement but wifi calling is

    • czaplin

      Port your number to Google Voice and you will never need wifi calling again.

  • topkill

    Without Band 12 support, I won’t touch it. T-Mobile is buying up swaths of band 12 to roll out their next Gen 4G support. Why buy a phone that’s not going to be able to use them?

    Too bad, because I REALLY want this phone. :(

  • Tien H

    It looks like this phone is not coming to Tmobile and AT&T, however I hope I’m wrong. I’m most likely going for the Nexus 5/6 or Moto X 2014.

  • det_b

    Hey Cam, heard anything new about this one?

    • iMotoXperiaGalaxy

      It’s the Moto Maxx! Unlocked ones are going on eBay. It was only released in South America and Central American countries.

  • Avinash Talanki

    Hope this comes out for T-Mobile…Would love the big battery and camera without Verizon crap.

  • Eddy

    The Motorola Droid Turbo Android Smartphone is a great phone. It has almost everything that I could want in a smartphone including a fast processor, great display, great camera, active display, long battery life and Qi wireless charging.