Motorola DROID 5 with hardware QWERTY, 4.3" 720p screen leaks

10 September, 2013
The rumored specs of DROID 5 are a nice upgrade over last year's DROID 4, not so much over the Photon Q.

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  • Alex

What always surprised me is how numbers-oriented this marketplace has become. Do you really care, if it's only a dual-core and not a quad? The mere presence of hardware qwerty on the unit positions it for business sector, so one would think that the more appropriate slant would be to keep the processing power, increase storage and possibly RAM, upgrade connectivity and work on power consumption and battery life.

Sure, I don't want it to go so bad as to look like Philips, where having a 3600 battery comes with an all-too-modest spec with not "yummy" business features. But somewhere along those lines would be nice. Hey, after all, Philips does not cost like Motorola either.

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  • 2014-01-15 18:48
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  • HLee

i always prefer the physical qwerty board. but with this supposedly updated may make me change to a non physical keyboard. please motorola, get off your toosh and make an appropriate upgrade.

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  • 2013-11-25 21:12
  • sc35
  • Anonymous

Seriously...they need to get with the times. No quad-core cpu? No 2GB RAM? The Droid 4 had 2012-current specs (1.2 GHz dual-core cpu + 1GB RAM). How can they possibly expect a phone to survive in 2014 with 2-year-old specs?

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  • 2013-11-08 23:27
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  • dudos

> In reply to why @ 2013-10-15 15:17 from SqYC - click to readi SO want one. I am in the UK!

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  • 2013-10-16 22:34
  • nIxw
  • why

Why even make this phone if you are not going to release it out of the US? In the US, everyone buys iPhones. In the rest of the world, everyone buys Androids. Release this in a market that you have at least a chance...

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  • 2013-10-15 15:17
  • SqYC
  • AdamBoy64

> In reply to Ale_012 @ 2013-09-18 21:16 from niDt - click to readOkay, not bad, not bad at all.
Perhaps at some stage - or in a newer model - they might be able to get the keyboard to use the phone's battery.

When that happens, man, it'll be a fantastic device.
Thanks for the info.

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  • 2013-09-19 03:57
  • Fv4$
  • Ale_012

> In reply to AdamBoy64 @ 2013-09-18 00:36 from Fv4$ - click to readHi, check this page and you will get amazed..
http://shop.brando.com/iPhone-...301d058.html
Looking kind of easy to carry with.

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  • 2013-09-18 21:16
  • niDt
  • Anonymous

> In reply to Common_636 @ 2013-09-10 16:30 from RcFM - click to readMy Samsung Corby Pro has a brilliant keyboard, has lasted me three years and has been dropped a million times. It isn't a smartphone however, but it is my favourite phone I have owned because of all the testing I get up to with work. Wish they had continued with that model but it was never popular...

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  • 2013-09-18 10:32
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  • AdamBoy64

> In reply to hpux @ 2013-09-15 22:58 from 0@kp - click to readJust curious, if you had an iPhone 5S with a Bluetooth keyboard, how would you carry it around?

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  • 2013-09-18 00:36
  • Fv4$
  • AdamBoy64

> In reply to hpux @ 2013-09-15 22:58 from 0@kp - click to readYeah, we just take what we're given for QWERTY phones.

I understand those things you've mentioned will be important to most - but I just want a good keyboard.
The rest to me is superfluous.

Well, more than just a good keyboard - I want it to be available outside the US also.

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  • 2013-09-16 05:34
  • Fv4$
  • hpux

> In reply to AdamBoy64 @ 2013-09-13 05:58 from Fv4$ - click to read18 month old 32 bit CPU design. Same 1 GB of RAM as my DROID 4. When the DROID 4 came out in February 2012 it was a top tier or near top tier phone. I LOVE my keyboard but suddenly an Apple 5S with a bluetooth keyboard is looking better. 64 bit processor. More RAM. A working finger print login ability.

Sure it will cost more money but keyboard people deserve top tier phones, not obsolete retreads. Motorola needs to ramp up the ram and choose a real CPU, a 64 bit CPU. Perhaps take another stab at finger print device activation.

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  • 2013-09-15 22:58
  • 0@kp
  • AdamBoy64

> In reply to Guest @ 2013-09-11 10:23 from RxXs - click to readOh, I'm hearing that.
I had a Droid 3 also, and I really liked the form factor. 4.5" or above would be great though.

I didn't click too well with Android though (personal preference), which is why I'm probably not likely to pick up the Droid 5.

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  • 2013-09-13 05:58
  • Fv4$
  • Bluto

I love hardware keys. My next phone will probably sport a keyboard. Nowadays, there aren't many options for hardware keys phones. The tactile feedback from hardware keys are just amazing, maybe i will buy it or the Xperia Mini pro.

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  • 2013-09-11 15:05
  • t}R0
  • DireWolf

"Then again, the return of hardware QWERTY might be just enough to do the trick." To me, it certainly does! It's a shame that the best Android phone with physical keyboard in Europe (and, I believe, in everywhere non-USA) is still the Xperia Pro, with only Android 4.0.4, a single-core CPU, 512 MB RAM and no user-accessible internal storage...

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  • 2013-09-11 11:35
  • i5Ma
  • DireWolf

"Then again, the return of hardware QWERTY might be just enough to do the trick."

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  • 2013-09-11 11:33
  • i5Ma
  • Guest

> In reply to AdamBoy64 @ 2013-09-11 03:52 from Fv4$ - click to readHmm, my dream phone is a 4.5 to 4.7 inch moto slider, i really love moto's keyboard, i'm still using my old droid 3.. so, er..

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  • 2013-09-11 10:23
  • RxXs
  • Grylos

Yes yes yesssss. I'd love to get my hands on this. Have been waiting for a good Android QWERTY since a while.

I'm going to buy it the moment I can.

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  • 2013-09-11 10:21
  • GFk1
  • glococo

1GB RAM only ?
Its sad, I see no hwkb highend devices in 2013.
Keep waiting till 2014.

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  • 2013-09-11 09:18
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  • Emad Hosseini

Seems like a descent phone for me. Everything just fine. Hope the price will follow this rule.
And those qwerty keyboards we see less today are good for many things including professional gaming. I miss them on many phones.

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  • 2013-09-11 07:40
  • gy4K
  • john

aw yiss! but not on my countrY? I've been waiting for a high-end android phone with keyboard on my country now and I hope motorola will grant that... for the meantime i am resorting to blackberry curve for my text and call (yes, apps sucked a$$). will be willing to trade my iphone5 for this

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  • 2013-09-11 04:52
  • N5cY