Also known as “Bounce”, the shatterproof 5.4 incher’s design is tainted by yet another oddly excessive choice of carrier branding from America’s largest service provider.
While the Moto X Style should soon go on sale unlocked with support for all US operators, rumor has it the smaller, lower-end, but longer-lasting X Play will only come to Verizon as the Droid Maxx 2. Big Red’s very close friendship with Lenovo’s subsidiary is nothing new, and may apparently yield a second late 2015 network exclusive.
Internally codenamed Bounce, and internationally dubbed Moto X Force, this reportedly follows in the footsteps of last year’s Droid Turbo, and is thus christened Turbo 2. Robust, muscular, and well-endowed in the processing power, RAM and photography departments, the Android 5.1 flagship splits the lower front-facing speaker in two in order to accommodate a “V” sign.
That obviously doesn’t stand for “vendetta”, and will likely enrage US mobile consumers who are fed up with Verizon’s insistence of stamping all things with their fugly logos. Of course, it could have been even worse, as the actual carrier’s name is absent from the phone’s rugged body, with an extra “Droid” emblem nonetheless thrown in at the back.
Otherwise, the Droid Turbo 2 and X Force are probably identical, both on the outside and inside, with octa-core Snapdragon 810 chips in tow, 3 GB memory, 32 and 64 GB storage options, 21 MP rear-facing cameras, 5 MP LED flash selfie shooters, as well as Quad HD screen resolution.
It’s possible Verizon will cut the microSD card slot of the X Force, and it’s practically guaranteed the Turbo 2 will see daylight first, in October, followed by December bows in Europe and China. Asian pricing is tipped at the equivalent of $630, but we’re guessing Big Red could always up the ask to around $700.