Motorola’s Droid Maxx has arrived at our shores as the Moto Turbo. At Rs 41,999, smartphone boasts high-end specifications and premium build quality, and also happens to be the company’s most expensive offering in India. It is currently up for pre-orders on Flipkart, and will start shipping later this month. In the meantime, we spent some time with the Moto Turbo at the Moto E (2015) launch in Mumbai, and here are our first impressions.
When you pick up the Moto Turbo, the first thing that hits you is how light it feels. Though it is by no means a small phone — on paper it weighs 166 grams — it feels considerably light. Much of that comes down to the materials in use. The front boasts glass, surrounded by plastic that goes all the way to the back. Speaking of which, Motorola has used a unique material it likes to call ‘Ballistic Nylon’. If we were to try and describe the material, it is the porous cloth normally found on backpack straps.
As mentioned above, the front is dominated by a 5.2-inch display, with capacitive buttons at the bottom, a microUSB port at the bottom, a 3.5mm audio jack at the top, and the power and volume rocker on the right.
Starting off with the display. The Moto Turbo rocks a QHD (2560×1440 pixels) display, which is gorgeous to say the least. It is bright with good viewing angles and pictures as well as text look crisp. Outside under direct sunlight, visibility is good as well.
Under the hood is a Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor clocked at 2.7GHz and paired with 3GB of RAM. In theory, it should be able to handle any task as well as multi-tasking with ease. In the little time we used the smartphone, there was barely any lag or stutter, and the animations were smooth as well.
On the photography front, the smartphone features a 21-megapixel rear auto-focus camera with f/2.0 aperture and dual-LED flash. Under ambient lighting conditions at the launch venue, the camera’s performance was satisfactory. As for the front, there is a 2-megapixel snapper, which is above average at best. We however reserve judgment till we have reviewed the smartphone.
The smartphone’s USP is its massive 3,950mAh battery that Motorola claims is good enough for 48 hours of mixed usage. It also supports Motorola’s Turbo Charger, which is said to provide seven hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging.
On the software front, the smartphone runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. As with all Motorola smartphones, the OS on the Moto Turbo too is near stock, with a few features categorized under Moto Experiences.
In the little time we spent with the Motorola Moto Turbo, first impressions are largely positive. The smartphone however has a lot to prove to justify the hefty Rs 41,999 price tag, and we will have a more detailed look at it when we review it later. Stay tuned!