The Droid lineup is richer with two new devices which are available in the US via Verizon. The Droid MAXX 2 and Droid Turbo 2 have an industrial look, they’re built from very durable materials, with an interesting texture on the back and internally, they’re benefiting from high-end components, but one of the devices has a weaker processor. Let’s find out more about these phones, which cost $624 and $384, respectively.
The Droid MAXX 2 is a mid-range model, and it looks almost identical to the latest Moto X Pure Edition, featuring a rounded back with a metal frame, and on the front side, the bezels are thin and there’s a loud speaker. The device has a Verizon logo on the bottom of the back which is made of a rubbed plastic with a variety of patterns, but the three available colors are Deep Sea Blue and White. Also, the device is water resistant (IP52 certified), it measures 148 x 75 x 10.9 mm, so it’s not very thin, but it doesn’t feel very heavy in your hand, as it weights 169 grams. The screen was made using an IPS technology, it has a diagonal that measures 5.5-inch and supports a Full HD resolution with 403ppi.
The Turbo 2 has a different look, it’s chunkier and has the Verizon logo on the front side, dividing the speaker grill. The phone has a shatterproof AMOLED display which is sized at 5.4-inch and supports a higher resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels at 540 ppi. The back can be customized on the Moto Maker website and the available types of materials are Horween leather, ballistic nylon and soft plastic. The sides are protected by a metal frame, the volume rocker is placed on the right side, below the power button, and at the top sit the headphone jack and SIM slot, while the microUSB port is found on the bottom. This device weights 170.1grams and it measures 149.9 x 78 x 9.2 mm.
The Droid MAXX 2 is powered by the weaker Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 quad core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, which is backed by Adreno 405 graphics and 2GB of RAM and has the internal memory expandable from 16GB up to 128GB. The Droid Turbo 2 uses a more powerful Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor clocked at 2GHz, which is coupled with an Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB of RAM, while the internal memory comes in variants of 32GB and 64GB, which can be expanded up to 200GB.
Cameras and Batteries
The cameras on both devices have an identical resolution and they offer almost the same features. So, on their backs, you’ll find a 21MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, but the Turbo 2 is able to record 4K videos, while the MAXX 2 is limited to recording Full HD videos. The front cameras have a resolution of 5MP, but the Turbo 2 supports LED flash.
Both batteries are extremely big compared to other smartphones with the same dimensions. The MAXX 2 received a 3630 mAh cell, which is slightly smaller than the 3760 mAh battery of the Turbo 2, but both of them have a similar life span of approximately 2 days, under normal usage.