Motorola's New Lollipops: Droid Maxx 2, Droid Turbo 2

Motorola unveiled its new Droid Maxx 2 smartphone, which is targeted at mid-range smartphone users. The company also unveiled the new Droid Turbo 2 to compete in the high-end.

The Droid Maxx 2

The Droid Maxx 2 is centered around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC. The SoC contains a total of eight ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores, half of which operate at 1 GHz while the other four can run at up to 1.7 GHz. It also includes a Qualcomm Adreno 405 GPU clocked at 550 MHz, and a Hexagon V50 DSP operating at up to 700 MHz.

There's also 2 GB of RAM. The smartphone contains 16 GB of internal storage, but it can be expanded with up to a 128 GB MicroSD card.

The display measures 5.5" (with FHD 1080p resolution), with a pixel density of 403 ppi. The smartphone uses Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to protect the display against scratches or other damage. The phone is also water repellent to further reduce the chance of damage.

The rear camera on the phone is capable of taking pictures at 21 MP, and it uses an f/2.0 aperture lens, which is designed to improve light levels in pictures. The lighting is further improved by the use of a dual-LED system, which should produce a more naturally lit effect. The front-facing camera is a common 5 MP module.

Motorola boasted that the Droid Maxx 2 has excellent battery life, capable of lasting 48 hours of mixed usage. The battery inside is rated at 3630 mAh, which helps explain the remarkably long battery life claim.

The smartphone also supports Motorola's Flip Shell, allowing you to customize the Droid Maxx 2 with one of seven different colored interchangeable backs.

How does it stack up?

Although the smartphone contains relatively high-end features, it is still clearly spec'd below other Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the HTC One M9. These competing smartphones take advantage of faster ARM Cortex-A57 CPU cores and higher-performance GPUs, but also cost considerably more. Both of those smartphones are priced at $649, but the Droid Maxx 2 only costs $384.

HTC, especially, has reason to be concerned, as the Droid Maxx 2 offers a larger screen, longer battery life, and a slightly better camera (according to the hardware specs), all for a lower price.

The Droid Turbo 2

Unlike the Droid Maxx 2, the Droid Turbo 2 is targeted at the high-end smartphone market. It features a higher performance Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC. This SoC implements ARM's big.LITTLE architecture, with four high-performance ARM Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 2 GHz paired with four more energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A53 cores.

The phone also has a much higher-performance Adreno 430 GPU clocked at 600 MHz, which will be needed to drive the 1440p display.

Motorola makes the same 48-hour battery life claim for the Droid Turbo 2, but also claimed that the smartphone is the world's first with a shatterproof screen.


Droid Maxx 2Droid Turbo 2
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1.1 LollipopAndroid 5.1.1 Lollipop
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 615Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
CPU4 x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1 GHz
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.7 GHz
4 x ARM Cortex-A53
4 x ARM Cortex-A57 @ 2 GHz
GPUQualcomm Adreno 405 @ 550 MHzQualcomm Adreno 430 @ 600 MHz
Memory2 GB3 GB
Storage16 GB Internal
Up to 128 GB MicroSD Card
32/64 GB
Up TO 2 TB MicroSD Card
Dimensions148 mm x 75 mm x 8.9-10.9 mm (L x W x H)149.8 mm X 78 mm X 7.6 mm - 9.2 mm (L x W x H)
Weight169 grams (5.96 oz)169 grams (6.0 oz)
Display5.5" 1080p Full HD, 403 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 35.4" AMOLED 1440p Quad HD (2560 x 1440) 540 ppi ShatterShield
Battery3630 mAh3760 mAh
Water RepellentYesWater Repellent nano-coating
NetworksGSM/GPRS/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+, 4G LTEGSM/EDGE, CDMA/EVDO Rev A, UMITS/HSPA+, 4G LTE
SIM CardNano-SIMNano-SIM
Rear Camera21 MP, f/2.0 aperture21 MP, f/2.0 aperture
Front Camera5 MP5 MP, f/2.0 aperture
ConnectivityMicro USB, 3.5mmMicro USB, 3.5mm
Bluetooth4.0 LE4.1 LE
Wi-Fi802.11a/g/b/n dual-band802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz with MIMO
SpeakerFront-portedFront-ported
Video Capture1080p HD, 30 FPS (MPEG4, H.254)1080p 30 FPS; 4K 30 FPS
NFCYesYes
Location ServicesGPSA-GPS
Base ModelsBlack with Deep Sea Blue Back
White with Winter White Back
Black Soft Grip
White Soft Grip
Grey Ballistic Nylon
Black Pebbled Leather

Both smartphones are available starting October 29. The Droid Maxx 2 is priced at $384 off contract with free shipping, while the Droid Turbo 2 will cost $624.

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  • g-unit1111
    Both look like pretty solid phones. I'd take the Turbo 2 over the Maxx 2, only because that 16GB could be extremely limiting.
  • thundervore
    I cant help but notice that none of these phones have a fingerprint scanner so as soon as you buy the phone it will already be outdated and obsolete.

    I applaud for 2GB ram, 5MP front facing camera, and front stereo speakers but no fingerprint scanner is just asking for these phones to fail now that Marshmallow is rolling out
  • SkyBill40
    I've always preferred Motorola products over any other vendor, but the lack of a larger display turns me away. I know the Pure + is about the only option for someone such as myself who has grown accustomed to the 5.7" screen on my Note 3, but I'd prefer the guts of the Turbo 2.