For Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) and Lenovo's Motorola Mobility unit, Droid still does. The carrier teamed up with Motorola to keep the companies' years-long partnership going and unveiled two new Droid-branded smartphones, including one with a screen that is being marketed as "shatterproof."
Droid Turbo 2
The Droid Turbo 2 will cost $26 per month for 24 months ($624 retail price) for the 32 GB model or $30 per month for 24 months ($720 retail price) for the 64 GB model through an equipment installment plan. The Droid Maxx 2 will be $16 per month for 24 months ($384 retail price). Both go on sale online and in stores Oct. 29 and starting that day customers can get up to $300 when they switch to Verizon and trade in a smartphone -- even with a cracked screen -- and buy the Droid Turbo 2.
The Turbo 2 was the star of the show and the key feature is the "Moto ShatterShield" technology, available exclusively from Verizon. "At Motorola, we're all about trying to solve real consumer problems. One of the problems today is that phones are just too fragile," Motorola President Rick Osterloh said at an event to announce the phones, according to The Verge. "Building a shatterproof screen was not an easy task," he said, adding that it took the company's engineers three years to perfect "a world-first innovation."
The ShatterShield display technology is an integrated system consisting of five layers designed from materials that absorb shock from impact that are proven not to crack or shatter when the phone is dropped, according to Verizon. The Droid Turbo 2 also provides up to 48 hours of battery life, and Verizon is billing it as "the world's fastest charging smartphone," as its TurboPower charging provides up to 13 hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging, according to the carrier. Customers can also customize the Turbo 2's look and feel using Motorola's Moto Maker studio.
Verizon and Motorola also unveiled the Droid Maxx 2, which the companies claim also has a 48-hour battery life and charging that gives users eight hours of use with a 15-minute charge.
- see this Verizon post
- see these two separate The Verge articles
- see this CNET article
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