By Stephen Schenck | September 10, 2013 11:46 AM
Last month, we saw the return of a phone family that might have seemed gone for good, with leaks revealing a sliding QWERTY Android supposed to be the Motorola Droid 5. At least, following the speedy replacement of the Droid 3 with the Droid 4, followed by the utter lack of attention Motorola provided the phone, we wouldn’t have been surprised for the original hardware keyboard line of Droid phones to have been swept under the rug, as Motorola focused on full-touch handsets. Now, that apparent Droid 5 is back, arriving with some new specs.
Basically, the hardware should be an updated version of last summer’s Photon Q 4G LTE. That’s no big leap, considering the large degree of similarity between that handset and what we’ve already seen leak. The most obvious change might be the phone’s display, as while we’re still talking about a 4.3-inch panel, the Droid 5 would step up from qHD to 720p resolution, and the hardware reveals a much narrower bezel compared to the Photon.
Sadly, the silicon doesn’t appear to see a huge improvement – still 1GB of RAM, and still a dual-core 1.5GHz SoC. Maybe we’ll see some Moto-X-style optimization, where the phone really screams despite the appearance of only meager abilities. Storage could get a bump, going from 8GB to 16GB, but look for the same eight-megapixel camera. There’s also mention of NFC and wireless charging, but we had assumed all that from what we saw in last month’s leak.