Motorola Droid Turbo hands-on: First look

First look

GSMArena team, 28 October 2014.

Motorola Droid Turbo camera samples

Motorola developed a camera especially for the Droid Turbo. It may not be optically stabilized like the Nexus 6 camera but it goes after Sony's Xperia Z family with a 21MP sensor. It sits behind a wide f/2.0 aperture and is accompanied by a dual-LED flash.

The camera sensor shoots 4(cat) photos (5,248x3,936) but you can switch to 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio at 15.5MP (5,248x2,952).

We snapped three quick samples with the camera but it's way too early to talk image quality.

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Motorola Droid Turbo camera samples

For video capture the Motorola Droid Turbo manages 2160p at 24fps. We don't know why Moto didn't go for 30fps (the Snapdragon 805 can certainly handle it) and there's no high-fps mode at 1080p, just the usual 1080p@30fps.

Here is a 1080p video sample captured with Motorola Droid Turbo.

Following next is a UHD video captured by the device. See it below.

The device captured slow-motion videos in 720p only. It stretches 10 seconds of video capture in about 40 seconds of footage. Here is a sample.

Performance

Built upon a Snapdragon 805 chipset with a quad-core 2.7GHz Krait 450, 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 420 graphics processing unit the Motorola Droid Turbo should be a true benchmarks champ. We've found that a mostly pure Android helps a lot too.

And indeed it is - the Droid Turbo utilizes its hardware very well and managed to top immediate competitors in GeekBench 3. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4, for example, has the same chipset and screen resolution, OS version too. The Motorola also managed to outdo the 64-bit Apple iPhone 6.

GeekBench 3

Higher is better

  • Motorola Droid Turbo
    3080
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (S801)
    3011
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    2984
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    2925
  • Apple iPhone 6
    2924
  • LG G3 (2GB/16GB)
    2563
  • HTC One (M8)
    2367

The Droid Turbo easily topped our AnTuTu 5 comparison as well. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 stays a close second to Motorola's latest flagship. Snapdragon 801 smartphones are left in the dust of the newer chip's performance.

AnTuTu 5

Higher is better

  • Motorola Droid Turbo
    47067
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    46824
  • HTC One (M8)
    44020
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    43676
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (S801)
    43164
  • LG G3 (2GB/16GB)
    39905

Basemark X and Basemark OS II scores by Motorola Droid Turbo came out impressive as well. See them below.

Basemark OS II

Higher is better

  • Motorola Droid Turbo
    1345
  • Apple iPhone 6
    1252
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    1222
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    1181
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    1176

Basemark X

Higher is better

  • Motorola Droid Turbo
    18971
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    18684
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    18297
  • Apple iPhone 6
    17054
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    11855

As expected, the device’s Adreno 420 GPU does a good job in handling the multitude of pixels. The newcomer performed in line with the similarly equipped Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    44.6
  • Apple iPhone 6
    42.6
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    41.7
  • Motorola Droid Turbo
    40.9
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    26.6

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 6
    51
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    28.3
  • Motorola Droid Turbo
    26.6
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    26.4

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    18.6
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    18.5
  • Motorola Droid Turbo
    18
  • Apple iPhone 6
    17.7
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    11.4

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 6
    29.2
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    11.9
  • Motorola Droid Turbo
    11.4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    11.2

Thanks to Samsung's typical optimizations to the web browser it managed to grab a win from the Droid Turbo, which uses Google's mobile Chrome browser that typically doesn't benchmark as well.

Kraken 1.1

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    5351
  • Motorola Droid Turbo
    5763
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (S801)
    6043
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    6209
  • LG G3 (2GB/16GB)
    6987
  • HTC One (M8)
    10296

Reader comments

  • Neeraj

Is otg is capable of reading 1TB external hard drive for moto turbo. And of yes share the the specification of that cable.

  • Anonymous

Always liked Motorola for some reason..was my first half way decent cellphone (original razr) then I went to Nokia for their great camera phones. Nice to see that Motorola is FINALLY being competitive with their phone cameras.

  • Lac

there's a vid on youtube, search for "motorola droid turbo on other carrier", 6:35 long vid, says its not locked to verizon. you can use any nano sim card with it just check you carriers freq bands. MDT uses GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 ...