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Leaked renders show what could be Motorola's DROID Turbo 3

The leaked images show a stark departure in design. (Source: Weibo)
The leaked images show a stark departure in design. (Source: Weibo)
Images recently leaked from China show renders of a Motorola branded phone. Could this be the DROID Turbo 3?

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Motorola’s iconic DROID brand has always been at the bleeding edge of smartphone technology and a showcase of Android. The DROID Turbo line is known for its top-of-the-line specs, long battery life, and rugged design. Motorola, who is now owned by Lenovo, has been completely silent on the successor to the popular DROID Turbo 2, a Verizon exclusive here in the United States. However, Android Headlines recently shared leaked images from Chinese site Weibo show what could possibly be the Motorola DROID Turbo 3.

This year’s Moto Z was praised for its thin profile, its smooth materials, and its rounded design. The renders of what could be the DROID Turbo 3 show a design that is markedly different, though. This is odd, as the DROID Turbo and DROID Turbo 2 shared similar design aspects with the Moto devices released in the same year. Instead of the smooth, round edges, these images show a device that is more angular. While the Moto Z was designed around circles, this device takes inspiration from rectangles.

Visible in the images is a line of what appear to be input pins, which could be the same “pogo pins” used by the Moto Z to connect to Moto Mods. The pins are in the renders are in a straight line, however, which contrasts with the Moto Z’s dual row array. If this is the DROID Turbo 3, it may not be compatible with the current line of Moto Mods. The renders definitely show some kind of expansion attached to the device, though.

The noted feature shown in these renders is a Hasselblad branded 16 MP camera with an f/1.9 aperture. This could be very possible, as Hasselblad already makes a camera Moto Mod.

No other specs are known about the device, and it is unknown if the device will carry on the rugged nature of the DROID Turbo phones. Last year’s DROID Turbo 2 made waves with its ShatterShield display that was highly resistant to cracking and shattering from drops.

Note that there is no confirmation that these images are even renders of the DROID Turbo 3, as neither Motorola nor Lenovo have indicated they will continue the line. These images could simply be someone's idea of the what the next Motorola phone will look like. With the differences we saw this year in the new Moto z under Lenovo’s direction, the DROID Turbo line may die with its second iteration.

Is this the DROID Turbo 3? (Source: Weibo)
Is this the DROID Turbo 3? (Source: Weibo)
The device in these renders shows off a Hasselblad branded camera. (Source: Weibo)
The device in these renders shows off a Hasselblad branded camera. (Source: Weibo)

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Sam Medley, 2016-11-15 (Update: 2016-11-15)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.