News by Luke Jones on Tuesday November 11, 2014.
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When Motorola and Verizon launched the DROID Turbo a couple of weeks ago we were given one of the best current smartphones, a high end flagship tour de force. However, there would have been plenty around the world feeling a bit sad that the Turbo is a Verizon and indeed US exclusive. Motorola improved the situation when the company announced the Moto Maxx last week, an international version of the DROID Turbo.But as Motorola giveth, Motorola taketh away as the company has said that the Moto Maxx is only going to be released in select international markets. Central and South America will be lucky and get the flagship, but those in Europe will miss out after the company confirmed the Maxx will not be arriving in the continent. Responding to a Tweet about when the Moto Maxx will land in France, Motorola said it wouldn't be and revealed the whole of Europe will miss out. Interestingly, South America is filled with emerging markets, hardly the location to launch a full scale flagship blockbuster, or at least not a region to give priority to. Because of this fact, I suspect that Motorola is gearing a European version of the Moto Maxx/DROID Turbo. That could be a bigger screened phablet or just the Turbo with yet another branding. I am doing some digging to try to get confirmation on this, so for the time being it is just a guess, but I don't think people in Europe will have to wait too long for a Droid Turbo variation.
The Turbo/Maxx gets a Quad HD panel, like the one found on the Nexus, although the DROID's screen size sits at 5.2-inches with an outrages 565ppi. There is a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM purring under the hood, so performance is positively blistering. Verizon employs a light touch in the software department, so what you get here is pretty much stock Android 4.4.4, which should make performance even better. Of course, this is also in line to get Android 5.0 Lollipop, although Big Red has not said exactly when that update will come. The new smartphone also comes with all the Motorola enhancements that make the Android experience such an utter joy. The DROID Turbo also gets a massive 3,900 mAh battery, which is bigger than the 3,200 mAh juicer found in the Moto X and should give the handset some long battery performance. As for cameras, there is a 21 megapixel dual LED flash snapper on the rear, beating the 13MP lens found in both the Moto X and Nexus 6. Around front there is a standard 2 megapixel selfie lens.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.