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evleaks: Verizon to See Motorola DROID RAZR Ultra and RAZR M Ultra?

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In the wireless industry, understand that phones are often times planned years in advance. That also means that contracts or agreements have been made between phone manufacturers and carriers…years in advance. With that in mind, take today’s tip from @evleaks, which suggests that Motorola and Verizon have teamed up once again to continue the DROID RAZR line, as evidence of that idea. According to a Tweet sent out by the famed leaker, Verizon and Motorola will release new phones called the DROID RAZR Ultra and RAZR M Ultra

No other details were provided, but @evleaks has been spot on with pre-release info enough times in the past that we tend to listen when he speaks. And if you think about it, a new line of RAZR products isn’t necessarily out of the question, especially after the success of last year’s RAZR HD and RAZR M devices on Big Red.

We’re a bit confused, though, because we were supposed to see the “new” Motorola in 2013, yet a continuation of the RAZR line seems like nothing but old news. Then again, remember what we mentioned at the beginning. These phones could have been a part of an agreement with Verizon long before Google decided to change Motorola for the better.

We should point out that sources of ours recently tipped us to this new Ultra line of phones, but didn’t use the “RAZR” name, and instead referred to them as the DROID Ultra, DROID Ultra Maxx, and DROID Ultra Mini. One thing is certain, the “Ultra” tag will be a part of this new DROID line headed to Verizon. As a bonus, our sources suggested that we may also see a MAXX, which is Moto’s nickname for phones with insanely long battery life.

Now the question is, will we see these new DROIDs alongside Verizon’s Moto X (XT1060) variant? If we look at last year’s timeline, we saw the RAZR HD and RAZR M arrive in the fall. The Moto X is expected to arrive at any moment as a cross-carrier device without special branding, so maybe we’ll see the Moto X first, and these new Ultra devices a few months down the road. That of course is just speculation.

Thoughts on the Ultra line?

Via:  @evleaks

  • Vanquishgc

    so……what’s so ‘Ultra’ about it?…..I’m missing something.

  • Manthas

    Up next, the Droid RAZR M Ultra Maxx HD Google Play Edition

    • Anon

      If I could beat someone with a stick every time I heard that old, lifeless, stale, and yet always-repeated-by-someone joke….

  • KDC

    if this phone comes with a snapdragon 600 or 800,1080p screen,4000mah
    battery they can take my money plus motorola build quality and radios
    and a better camera since google is backing them now would be a awesome
    phone.

  • primarchlion

    Might get it if it fits in my lapdock and takes my microSD card.

  • Sporttster

    Here at work guys that bought the Samsung devices are all complaining about signal loss while us Razr guys are all happy with our signal strength. Wouldn’t mind Sammy but for the cheaper radios and build quality. What good is a top notch phone if its signal sucks?? Expensive paper weight. Moto knows how to build a quality phone. I’m interested in a upgrade to a Ultra Maxx if the specs are there….

    • bananatroll

      What your coworkers are experiencing is typical with Samsung devices. Lol I’m not surprised. They’re good at a lot of things in south Korea, but the actual cellular part of their devices pale in comparison to Motorola, apple, RIM and Nokia.

    • Vanquishgc

      Having owned the Note 2 for 3 months now, I have yet to find a fault (trust me, I always try to find something wrong), and that includes signal strength. Granted, Moto, and to a degree Nokia, will always win out. However, Sammy has come a looooong way since the days of the Droid Charge *shudder*. Seriously, I’ve owned 11 Android phones, and that was beyond the worst. A T-bolt would have been a better choice. I’m not saying signal is the best on it, but I can’t exactly complain.

  • GigaJake

    So…. Droid 5?

  • Jeremy Martin

    “We’re a bit confused, though, because we were supposed to see the “new” Motorola in 2013, yet a continuation of the RAZR line seems like nothing but old news. ” – I don’t agree with that assessment. RAZR is a household name of sorts. RAZR has been around for a very long time name wise. Killing off the RAZR name to me is not a wise move.

    To me taking away RAZR naming would be like Intel doing away with “Core” or AMD doing away with Phenom. Then again Intel moved away from “Pentium” and AMD changed focus from “Athlon” so change happens. I would just hate to think of RAZR = old when RAZR to me signals quality.

  • Fresh360

    I am obviously in the minority here but I always liked the Razr line, never owned one, the industrial build was always appealing to me.
    I do think Moto/Google should abandon the MAXX battery thing, it should be standard not a $50 option. From what i could see from a hands on, the difference between the HD and MAXX HD thickness was imperceptible. I think anyone would forgive a 1/3 mm gain to get 5 more hours of battery time.

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      I have the original Droid Razr and can attest to the industrial build. It has lasted me through over six months of daily drops (what can I say, I’m clumsy) and it only met its untimely demise after falling down a set of outdoor steps and landing on the one giant boulder at the bottom of the staircase.. Its just my luck that it would have hit the boulder perfectly on the corner causing the screen to crack instead of landing in the soft sand! Anyhow, I will definitely be looking into what they have to offer with the new HD lineup (seeing as they are getting near EOL and I might be able to snag one online fairly cheaply inorder to keep unlimited data).

    • Vanquishgc

      Totally agree. By having one model, it would cut down on manufacturing costs, and then they could focus more on the hardware and software (like, I don’t know….camera software that doesn’t suck?)

  • bigdav1178

    Meh. Unless one of these would come with a qwerty (which I’m pretty sure they won’t), they’re just more slabs to me. But then again, I haven’t really gotten excited by any new phone for quite some time now.

  • Matt Hoenig

    I really want to know when the Razr HD will get 4.2 :/

  • Bionic

    These ARE NOT the X phones you are looking for

    • http://xn--wbg.com/ Michael Anthony

      That’s good. because even the Xfone looks like old news.

    • Pedro

      Per Sarge

  • XvierX

    The ghost of Sanjay Jha continues to haunt us.

  • Liderc

    Blaeh. HTC is the only company making a phone I want to buy and it’s not even on Verizon’s Network.

    • Raven

      I actually love the industrial looks of the RAZR HD and RAZR M. The RAZR MAXX HD was almost my next phone, but I decided to hold on to my Droid 4 a bit longer. I am just not ready to give up my physical keyboard yet.

  • a.c. slater

    Moto phones are so clunky looking. Please moto stop with the zack morris clunkers.

    • LionStone

      Yea the square trim around the camera lens doesn’t help it…should be round imho.

  • Alexander Garcia

    ULTRAAA COMBOOO!!!
    Gawd I miss Killer Instinct. Haha

    • Brandon Golway

      CACACACACA-COMBO BREAKERRRRRRRR!!!!!

    • Fred

      It’s coming back….. Just in case you didn’t know.

    • Vanquishgc

      Killer Instinct FTW. You win the internet today sir :)

  • dmagicp

    This must be the new Droid that Verizon is hinting at

    • Vanquishgc

      god I hope not. As much as I’ve crapped on HTC (DNA? really?), the rumored version of the One with a 3100 mAh battery and SD storage would make me consider getting rid of my Note 2 for. Crossing my fingers…..

  • droidrazredge

    Am I the only one when I read the world Ultra after Razr HD that I think of Killer Instinct when the announcer says “Ultra Ultra Ultra Ultra” after doing a 70 hit combo ? Maybe Motorola is going for the knock out combo.

    • bananatroll

      Lol 2d fighting games and RAZR definitely belong on the same sentence

    • Brandon Golway

      Another guy said that above lol The thing that always comes to mind when I think of KI is “CACACACACACA-COMBO BREAKERRRRRRRR!”

      • Vanquishgc

        Kilgore was the best. Dude was so badass.

        • Brandon Golway

          Yea he was definitely a beast!

  • Ben Klene

    How far behind the times does Verizon intend to get? I can only imagine the delays on decent phones now.. And just when I was about to give up my keyboard.

  • http://blog.mattalgren.com/ Matt Algren

    Holy God, enough with the kevlar!

  • Justin Bontrager

    Glad I bought my S4.

  • Eric
  • Warwick

    If this is in the pipeline they should just trash it. the whole pipeline while they’re at it.

    • Bionic

      waste of money, they need to recover some of that cost

  • Dave

    Hey everybody keep holding your breathe, Moto is about to launch their first device on JB already.

    • Bionic

      fail

      • Dave

        Besides the Razr M international version, has their been one? I’ve been wrong before….

        • Bionic

          i thought you meant only phone with JB, not launched with JB

          • Dave

            No…LoL. I’ve backed away from the dev community, but not that far.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          They’ve had several regional launches with JB out of the box, but nothing recent, and afaik there hasn’t been a single 4.2 leak for any Motorola device, which is, simply put, extremely odd considering they were all about quick updates last year.

  • Bionic

    Ok this is exactly what sarge said “old portfolio stuff, nothing exciting” So yeah……..moving on, LOL

    • Josh C

      I can’t believe this shitt is still in the pipeline. Who would honestly buy these?

      • Bionic

        Well, remember that during the process of being purchased by google and even afterward, motorola was sort of in chaos and some of the pipeline stalled. If they dont release these its a total waste of production costs.

        Look at it as “clearing out our inventory”

        • Josh C

          Lots of pipeline. Should have cut their losses at design and development.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Contracts tend to make that insanely painful. Not just carrier contracts, but supplier contracts, purchase orders, supply chains, fabricators, asemblers, etc. etc. have to be in place sometimes 12+ months out, and many of them are multi-year deals to get the best offer terms. These devices are likely what the Google execs are talking about by “old pipeline”, contract fulfillment devices. The X phone is the “new” Moto. I wouldn’t even expect these to be heavily endorsed by Motorola, and that Verizon will handle the press for them.

            On the other hand, maybe this is the reason DROID launch account came back online, gearing up for these “Ultra” devices.

          • Bionic

            exactly, you cant just throw stuff in the trash

          • Brandon Golway

            Not really feasible or smart because they’d be wasting millions of dollars on phones which are pretty much complete. Why say “fu** it!” and scrap a bunch of devices which you could potentially recoup all of your expenses on and use that profit for future devices? If they scrapped them they would be in the red before they even got to the new googlerola devices.

    • bananatroll

      Yes! Bionic you keep pumping use full of your test hyper juice and we’ll keep coming back for more.

      just don’t be wrong or a digital Lynch mob will down vote you into the oblivion of Disqus.

      Jk keep up the good work

      • Jeremy Martin

        He has been wrong…I still don’t see this fabled Nexus 4 LTE device he was spouting off about a few months back that was supposed to be shown to the world but never happened :)

      • Justin W

        The digital lynch mob always downvotes him. I for one agree with a lot of the info he provides and am glad he does it.

    • http://twitter.com/zbaltrip Zach B

      Any news about guts inside this old portfolio lineup?

      • Bionic

        no, but if sarge says they are nothing special, you can probably imagine its old crap.

        • Justin W

          I’m guessing it will be a S600 with 1080p, but it would be nice if they’d go with an S800.

  • NorCalGuy

    What about the ultra unlocked Google Edition?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I hope Ultra replaces MAXX. Cuz i’m with that.
    ultra is better than max, right?

  • Bionic

    These might be the x phone names for Verion, im checking with sarge.

    • Brandon Golway

      I was actually thinking that myself!

      • Bionic

        sarge said no, old stuff

        • Brandon Golway

          Yea I saw you disproved this further down in the comments, oh well, not like I was going to get it anyway. I’m more than happy with my S4.

    • John

      Whose sarge? Just curious ..

  • Shaunwin

    RAZR…Please go away…

  • bananatroll

    I hope to Google that these are NOT Verizon’s moto x devices

    • nwd1911

      These aren’t the Droids you’re looking for.
      Can we still use that?

    • michael arazan

      I think this means when the Moto X comes out it will be pushed back 6-9 months until they feel they have sold enough of the New Razr phones. Verizon can’t have 2 new phones at the same time by the same company.

  • Tyler Durden

    Is it bulletproof?

  • Daniel

    What about a Droid 5 or Droid 4 Ultra, or I dunno, a new qwerty slider from Motorola, please!!

    • nick rigsby

      I don’t know how to put this gently, but i believe QWERTY is dead. I just don’t see it happening anymore. Unless you wanna go Team BlackBerry

      • GigaJake

        It’s only dead because everyone makes it out to be. Build a Droid 5 with solid specs and it will sell. Sucks being a smartphone minority though

  • 18footJ

    Same design as the Razr HD but with 1080p and quad-core.

    • Justin W

      Clarification – must be a Snapdragon 800. I don’t want them to be behind the curve again, they should be at the front of it.

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    My money is in my hand. I need a maxx phone asap.

  • Albert Reyna

    It just pissing me off that they make a maxx editon. Just make one phone with great battery always!

    • Greyhame

      Could not agree more. I guess it gives them the opportunity to charge more for the premium device? Still, this seems very un-Google-y.

    • Dave

      Not if they can get another $100 out of it

      • Albert Reyna

        If they sold more maxx razr than regular ones it kinda cancels itself out making extra money. Atleast thats the way i see it.

    • http://TransientTangent.com/ Blake Mitchell

      Users like great battery life but some also really like their phones as slim as possible. Why not make both and capture both crowds?

      • Albert Reyna

        yea but it seems like the maxx overshadowed the regular HD. I see way more people with maxx than the reg. razr

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      THIS^

      Verizon and Motorola basically screwed over all the customers who bought the original Droid Razr on launch month because they literally released the Droid Razr Maxx a few weeks later!

      • Diablo81588

        They were released two months apart.

  • MichaelFranz

    pinches bridge of nose and exhales…

  • AndrewScottRox

    I’m not Ultra surprised. Get these phones out of your system Moto, and get on to the next generation.

  • Terrance Steiner

    Just because the branding of “Razr” might continue does not mean that these will not be new phones from the ground up. Anyway, I own the Razr HD. I love it and it is one of the best phones that I ever owned. The only downside is that there is next to no accessories for it. There is a bunch of cases for the Razr Maxx HD but not for the Razr HD.

    The Razr HD does not have the best camera but I do not take a lot of pictures so it was a non-issue for me.

    • chris420o

      i finagled a razr hd out of asurion for keep screwing me over with broken galaxy nexus replacements…i am so much happier with it as a phone…only thing the nexus had better was the camera…im patiently waiting for hashcode to finish the aosp kernal so i can get some carbon goodness on this baby bc as much as i love the circle widgets the stock launcher is a memory hog to the fullest

      • Justin W

        Wait, a nexus device had a better camera than Moto’s cam? That’s saying something about their camera software :(

        • Terrance Steiner

          The last update made it a bit better. I have also found that if I use aftermarket camera apps I get better pictures.

      • Terrance Steiner

        I agree on the launcher. I replaced it with Nova Launcher almost as soon as it came out of the box.

  • chris125

    Maybe this is what they are going to call their x variants? You know Verizon is all for the overused droid branding for mid range moto phones

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

    Hopefully they change the backside of the phone! The original Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx’s used the Kevlar as more of a accent piece but on the new HD models they made the whole back kevlar and IMO its ugly!

    • Albert Reyna

      Agree. The first razr looked so awesome!

  • Bionic

    These are from the old pipeline

    • bananatroll

      Do you promise?

      • Bionic

        no im not sure, im gonna ask sarge, i think its possible that these might be the x phone names for verizon, im looking into it

        • bananatroll

          Ugh oh… I thought Motorola was under Google’s thumb to sell mostly stock android devices. If these turn out to be their x phone variants that means Verizon still has Motorola bent over for their own pleasure.

          • Bionic

            we’ll see

        • MooseCat

          That’s what I was speculating as well. For better or worse, these product names already have exposure so why not build off of that.

  • htowngtr

    Would be nice if it’s actually something worthwhile.

  • http://xn--wbg.com/ Michael Anthony

    I’m waiting for the Droid RAZR Super Duper Awesome Limited Edition.

  • Bill Hill

    Is this why they haven’t said the HTC ONE release date?

  • poop

    If they are good phones, I’ll look forward to it. Hopefully it can pave the way for great new phones from “a Google company.”

    • LiterofCola

      For all you know these could be a complete redux keeping the Razr name? Only time will tell.

  • Zach B.

    ..

  • TheBigNoob

    Let’s hope this turns out as well as the HTC First

  • Mort

    Motorola DROID RAZR Ultra MAXX HD 4G LTE LMNOP WTF BBQ

    • LiterofCola

      Kill yourself

      • Bionic

        harsh

        • LiterofCola

          Lol, was kiddiiiiing

      • Mort

        Settle down, Beavis.

        • T4rd

          You mean Farva?

          “I want a liter of Cola!”

          • Tyler Durden

            Car ramrod

          • Blue Sun

            “Say it! Say Car ramrod!”

          • Brandon Golway

            Why didn’t you say it? I had it on the sign!

          • Chris Schmucker

            shenanigans…

          • Westicles

            This all needs to stop right meow.

          • Brandon Golway

            Did you just say “meow”?

      • Brandon Golway

        Do we make ‘literacola’?

    • bigachx

      I LOL’ed :-D

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      I’m waiting for the Motorola DROID RAZR Ultra MAXX HD 4G LTE LMNOP WTF BBQ GOOGLE PLAY EDITION

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        Well, remember that during the process of being purchased by google
        and even afterward, motorola was sort of in chaos and some of the
        pipeline stalled. If they dont release these its a total waste of
        production costs.

    • http://twitter.com/tarund TarunD

      Don’t forget the Motorola DROID RAZR Ultra MAXX HD 4G LTE LMNOP WTF BBQ supercalifragilisticexpialidocious edition…Coming 2013 Holidays Season!

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    Good God, I thought those razrs variants were over. Well, if the HTC one ever makes it to Verizon, that’s gonna be my phone.

    • Jordan

      Hopped ship from Verizon to AT&T(T-Mobile has 2G in my area) about a week ago. Phone bill is cheaper(~$30), costumer service has been great(AT&T started a free activation promo… I had activated before. Called & they credited my account.).. Service has been about the same in my area, lack of LTE though. Do however get HSPA+, which is good enough for now.

      Oh & I can use pretty much any phone now. That’s an added benefit. Got the HTC One for $80 during an Amazon sell.

  • Damian

    What?

  • Ryan Christopher

    please no we dont need another