Droid Turbo 3 tipped for October 2016 launch

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Motorola is in the midst of a lot of trouble (I’m not sure if I can still call them Motorola, for that matter) with a class action lawsuit being filed due to customer service issues involving warranties, and because of disorganization over at Lenovo. That doesn’t mean the company won’t be continuing down on its usual path and it looks like a Droid Turbo 3 release date is coming up fast. The Droid Turbo and Droid Turbo 2 were launched in October in 2014 and 2015, and the rumor is still quite silent about the Droid Turbo 3. However, evleaks, our favorite when it comes to Android leaks, has confirmed in one of his usual inconspicuous tweets that the Droid Turbo 3 and a Droid Maxx 3 are both coming this year.

The Droid Turbo 3 release date should fall in October 2016, as it would be the usual release schedule for Moto devices. However, with the reorganization that Lenovo’s been doing, we could see the Droid Turbo 3 release being either delayed or scheduled for earlier, to get ahead of the Nexus 2016 release from HTC, the iPhone 7 release from Apple and the upcoming Galaxy Note 6 launch from Samsung. Although there’s little to be known about the Droid Turbo 3, we can certainly speculate a bit about what kind of approach Lenovo and Motorola Mobility will they take with their ruggedized smartphone.

The Droid Turbo 2 was one of the most impressive releases from Motorola, and even though the handset got bad reviews because of defects and manufacturing issues we’ve spoken about, the handset was overall an impressive release, too bad customer service and quality control went to sh*t since the Lenovo buyout. Nonetheless, we trust that Lenovo is going to get things sorted by the time the Droid Turbo 3 comes around and surely, the class action lawsuit will also be resolved with a settlement and new smartphones for all parties involved. Of course, we can’t now that right now, but one can always be hopeful, especially when it comes to Motorola.

Now, the Droid Turbo 3 is definitely going to be a rugged smartphone and we’ve heard rumors from industry insiders that Motorola Mobility is picking new materials to make the handset out of. If we’ve been used to kevlar and the like, this year something new is going to come our alley, although we’re not sure what could be stronger than kevlar. Moreover, it would be sensible on the part of the company to launch yet another Droid Turbo 3 with a shatterproof screen, but this time actually making it shatterproof and scratch-proof. At the same time, waterproof certification is a definite possibility, alongside shockproof certification. A pressure-sensitive display has also been rumored for the Droid Turbo 3 and the Droid Maxx 3, so the new features in Android N that support 3D Touch input could be of great use once the new devices are launched.

As for hardware, the Droid Turbo 3 specs are still a mystery, but we can guess. The Snapdragon 820 is most likely going to govern things, alongside either Android 6.0 Marshmallow or even Android N if the device is launched in October. Under the hood, the Droid Turbo 3 will also feature 6 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage, a 4500 mAh battery with fast- and wireless charging, a USB  Type-C connection, a 16 MP improved camera on the rear, an 8 MP camera up front  and of course a fingerprint sensor. Most likely the screen will stay at either 5.4-inches or move up a bit to 5.5-inches, depending on what design the company will choose for the Droid Turbo 3. If the battery is massive, and the body of the phone is bulky, adding a bigger screen wouldn’t impact user experience that much. With that in mind, we’re definitely expecting the Droid Turbo 3 display to feature QuadHD resolution. Sounds pretty good aye?

So, it seems like we’re definitely in for a Droid  Turbo 3 launch, if evleaks says so, and that’s valid for the Droid Maxx 3 as well, which will most likely share a lot of these specs. What remains to be seen is how Motorola and Lenovo will handle marketing, seeing as their customer service and quality control departments are really under fire from fans. We’re hoping for the best. What’s on your wishlist for the Droid  Turbo 3 and Droid Maxx 3?


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  1. SD 820 & 6 GB RAM would be great! Even more important to me is the capacity of the battery, alongside design(small chin/borders) & external storage. I have big hopes for this Motorola/Lenovo launch!

    1. SD823 would be better, like with the 2016 Samsung Galaxy Note. Oh, and add rear camera OIS and stereo speakers, while keeping Qi wireless charging.

  2. The most important thing is WATERPROOF!! IP68! OIS on the rear camera.Stereo speakers would be a nice touch. Wireless charging. Get rid of the headphone jack.You have Bluetooth and NFC.Loose the wires.

  3. The turbo 2 has a 21MP rear camera why would th turbo 3 go down to 16mp?

  4. I absolutely love my Turbo 2. But have recently experienced the green line. My wish for Turbo 3. Lenovo needs to NOT run a legendary brand into the ground by neglecting customer service. I’ve preached to everyone and their brother how awesome this phone is, but it looks like I’m gonna get the run around like so many others when I take it in. So with that said, how can I possibility say anymore that this is the best phone ever when I show them the screen. And no it hasn’t been dropped. I bought the $60 shock absorbing bumper just in case.

  5. Well, I recently purchased the Z Force Droid bc I was informed the Droid Turbo line was done…by someone at Moto..lol Anyway the phone was pretty cool and had a FANTASTIC camera, 21 mp and OIS etc… Great shots.

    I did find out that the Turbo line is possibly still in production an I must say I’m a HUGE fan of the Turbo line, so I returned the Z Force in hopes the Turbo 3 is coming. Battery life was meh on the Z Force with the 3500mAh but I use the phone a lot so I’m probably the worst person to judge batt life. Anyway, hope this article is true, peace!

  6. I talked to Verizon today and release date of the turbo 3 is this October…. Along with Maxx 3….I see no downgrades…. With that said I can anticipate sd823, minimum 28 mp camera, waterproof, shatterproof, scatchproof, 128 minimum internal storage minimum 6 G ram, 5.6 display, 55 hour battery and Quad HD!!…. BOOM ULTIMATE PHONE…. NO MORE OTTERBOXES NEEDED!!!!

  7. I wish a Turbo 3 was in the works. Motorola/Lenovo tried to give the impression the Moto Z Force is the replacement. I’m still hoping for a 4th quarter surprise!

  8. I have the Droid turbo 1, but I’m not sure about getting the turbo 3.

    I may decide to wait til the spring and switch to AT&T and get the new Galaxy S.

  9. I think it should have screen on the phone all of the front should be a screen 5,7 in back the same as turbo2 I love myn

  10. I’m a fanatic about my phone working and looking perfect and I have the original Droid Turbo and it’s the best phone I’ve ever used in every way other than the front facing camera. Like all phones and computers it’s a little glitchy every now and then but compared to other phones it’s a joy because it just works. It takes crisper cleater photos & video than any iPhone in any light, its footprint is smaller so the entire phone is a screen making it very comfortable in the hand and it fits in pants/shorts pockets. If they double the Ram, make the memory removable and even though it’s not necessary make a slight Improvement on the processor & battery along with making it unbreakable and unscratchable there will be no phone that can compete. I love the idea of a great looking phone that never needs a cover. It’s a joy to look at with a battery that never runs out. My Droid Turbo original has pretty much replaced my computer… what more can I say 🙂

  11. I sure wish they’d announce this phone…My original turbo has seen better days. I’m here…Just waiting…For the turbo 3

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