Motorola has unveiled its new Droid Turbo 2 smartphone, featuring a special shatterproof five-layer display that includes a four-year guarantee against screen cracking or shattering even when dropped onto a hard surface.
The Droid Turbo 2 boasts the company's first-ever super-tough Moto ShatterShield display and includes Motorola's Moto Maker customization process, which lets users choose the colors, materials and designs of their new devices.
The Droid Turbo 2 is available immediately through Verizon starting at $624 ($26 per month for 24 months) for a 32GB version, or for $720 ($30 per month for 24 months), which lets owners send their phones back to Motorola for a full design do-over within two years that includes a bump up to 64GB of internal storage. Leather device covering, if chosen, is an additional $24. The phones can also be purchased through Motorola.
For a limited time, Verizon is also offering new customers up to $300 in a Verizon gift card if they begin a new line of service and trade in another working smartphone, even if it has a cracked screen.
The Moto ShatterShield display is built with five layers that when put together are designed to absorb shocks and not break, according to Motorola. On the outside, the ShatterShield has an exterior protective lens that includes a proprietary hard coating designed to guard against dents and abrasion. Below that layer is an interior lens, which is a highly transparent layer that provides a clear protective shield that won't crack or shatter. Under the interior lens is a dual touch layer that takes over touch-screen performance if the primary touch-sensitive layer is damaged due to an impact.
The fourth layer is made up of a flexible 5.4-inch AMOLED quad HD display that also absorbs shock while providing excellent picture quality. The fifth layer of the smartphone's display is a rigid aluminum chassis that provides structural integrity and durability, providing a base for the ShatterShield technology.
The Droid Turbo 2 is a 4G LTE phone that features a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor; 3GB of LPDDR4 memory; a 21-megapixel rear camera with dual LED CCT flash, zero shutter lag and rapid focus; a 5MP front camera with flash and a wide-angle lens; and a water-repellent nano-coating to protect the device from moisture and spills.
It also includes a microSD card slot that supports SC cards up to 2TB, a 3,760mAh battery that provides power for up to 48 hours on a charge and Turbo Power fast charging that can provide up to 13 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes, according to Motorola. The phone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system, but will be upgraded in the future to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
With the Moto X design service, users can pick the colors and materials used to build their personal smartphones, choosing from more than 1,000 different combinations of colors and materials. Verizon customers can design and order their Droid Turbo 2 devices online or in Verizon stores.
Verizon is also offering two specially priced accessory bundles for the Droid Turbo 2, including a memory bundle that provides a case priced at up to $39.99, a screen protector that's priced up to $34.99 and a $39.99 32GB microSD card for a package price of $89.99. The savings for this bundle can be up to $24.98. The power bundle includes a $34.99 car charger or wall charger with fast charging, a $59.99 wireless charging stand and a $39.99 32GB microSD card, all for $99.99—a savings of $34.98.
The Droid Turbo 2 is 5.9 inches long, 3.07 inches wide and 0.30 inches to 0.36 inches thick. It weighs about 6.0 ounces.