It used to be that Verizon’s “Maxx” variant has always been the top of the line Droid, with the added bonus of a battery that could barely fit in the chassis, and we’ve praised Motorola and Verizon for achieving this over the last few years. In today’s Verizon event, Motorola announced the new Droid Maxx 2, but the approach to this device is actually a different one. If you thought this would be the Moto X Play for the United States, you’re kind of right, but not entirely.
Rick Osterloh, Motorola’s CEO took the stage to announce both the Droid Turbo 2, and later the new Droid Maxx 2, which is actually more affordable variant of the 2. Osterloh mentioned that the Maxx stands for “maxx battery, maxx megapixels, and maxx value.” He claims that the 3630 mAh battery on the Droid Maxx 2 can provide users with 48 hours of power, and then can be recharged to give you 8 hours of that in just 15 minutes through TurboPower. Motorola also claimed that the 21 megapixel camera at the back can not only provide great image quality, but is also quick to launch with Moto’s famous wrist gesture. Yes, this all sounds like the Moto X Play, but where it’s different is in that it’s powered by the newer Snapdragon 617 processor instead of the Snapdragon 615 Update: or not – official specs list the same Snapdragon 615 as the Moto X Play. Other specs include a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 16GB of internal storage that’s also expandable up to 128GB via microSD, and it does sport a 5 megapixel selfie camera as well.
The Droid Maxx 2 will launch along the Droid Turbo 2 on Thursday, but at a lower price of just $16 a month, or $384 full retail price. Users get the option to add additional back covers that even feature a flip case.