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Verizon’s DROID ULTRA Spotted in Red


While Verizon has been reported to receive a white and black variant of the DROID ULTRA, it appears that a device painted red is also in the works. Leaked from the reliable @evleaks Twitter account, the red version should launch alongside the other two, giving buyers a tough decision if they plan on picking one up. 

Verizon has set up a press event for July 23 which we will be on hand for, with all fingers pointing to the unveiling of these devices. We’re ready, Verizon. Bring it.

Anyone liking the red?

Via: The Unlockr

  • Justin

    I think this device looks HOT!!! I would love to have a “droid red” phone…..I officially call this color “DROID RED”….but when I make my final decision the battery life is going to be a huge factor in what I choose to get.

  • chris420o

    wow…thast a bad ass looking phone…i love red n black my fav colors and that backplate is sick…if you dont like it your gay no other way around it

    but…those physical buttons and that chin…meh

  • areffes

    Gawd, that is an ugly phone.

  • chucklehead322

    Gotta say I’m digging the RED.
    Not interested in getting the phone… but digging the RED.

  • Alexander Garcia

    Datum! That red/black patterned back looks sexy as hell! =)

  • Froosh Freak

    Hey baby, is red carbon fiber? No? Red Kevlar, huh? Would look a lot better on my bedroom floor in the morning…

  • Eddie Ramirez

    So is that kevlar?

  • jboogie1289

    I must say that this Red finish isn’t bad at all. Not a fan of Moto phones but I’m not hating it. Nice job.

  • dominguez619

    This is hottttttt

  • Justin Larmay

    Is it just me or did anyone else notice that the nav keys don’t look like they are on screen keys?

  • Sam

    Can’t wait to see the Droid Maxx. Been excited ever since Motorola announced all their new phones were going to be stock android.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      They will be stock in many ways, most notably the launcher, built-in apps, and keyboard. However, they will not be vanilla or GED/GPE. From the leaks, the camera app is quite different (which is a good thing, mind you), and they add background stuff for gestures/voice actions/etc.

  • Justin Larmay

    Man that red version looks sick as hell! Been holding into this upgrade for a long time waiting for the one. Think this might be my next upgrade though!


    Maybe it’s for Verizon employee’s only, like last time?

    • Shaun

      Lets hope not!

  • TheRobotCow

    I hope the Maxx will come in Red and white.

  • Swoops212

    Am I the only one who remembers this from the moto site. Available in a bunch of glossy colors https://forums.motorola.com/posts/35a3b8e0db?commentId=718788#718788

  • aDROIDfreeworld

    am I the only one that sees the original DROID font on the back? It’s like the one from the OG DROID boot up sequence… Interesting.

    • zurginator

      It’s not an official render.

      • aDROIDfreeworld

        well crap

  • NemaCystX

    They decide the 4G LTE logo wasn’t needed anymore finally?

  • percysnow

    One thing you can’t say about Verizon is that there’re not reliable, and one thing you can’t say about Motorola, there’re not reliable, the best roll with the best…

  • primarchlion

    Just leak a picture of the sides of the phone please =( They’re all the same to me until I see a microSD or microHDMI

  • tabassamed

    If you think Denise`s story is inconceivable,, 5 weaks-ago my friend’s cousin basically also got paid $5562 working 40 hours a month from there house and their buddy’s sister`s neighbour has been doing this for three months and easily made over $5562 in there spare time on there labtop. apply the instructions from this site…, http://www.Pro67.com

  • RoadsterHD1

    I like the Nav keys. Just my preference but the on screen don’t appeal to me.

    • WalkerNA

      It looks like there’s an ‘Option Key’ on the back of the device (at the bottom). I liked the idea at first since it would eliminate the occasional single item on-screen key but I’m starting to think it might get annoying. I can see myself accidentally hit it numerous times and being thrown into an undesired menu.

  • aDROIDfreeworld

    Verizon, can we please get these bloatware, laggy, old pipe line phones out of the way please? I mean common…. Hardware navigation keys?!!?!

    I can tell Motorola is trying to distance itself from the DROID brand as much as possible by making the choice to not use software keys.

    Let them come, and let them go, and all the ill-informed folks who buy them.


    • DCABuckeye

      Look up, yes up there in the upper left-hand corner. Yes, see that “DROIDLIFE” logo? See the URL you typed or more likely have bookmarked like the rest of us? Do you see the logo? Now look at the back of this phone? See that logo? See it match? Because someone wants a phone you don’t want or like doesn’t make them ill-informed. Perhaps you should hang out (notice I didn’t say troll) on a site that doesn’t have the name droid in it’s URL.

      • Steve Benson

        Pretty sure about 98% of Android fans want Droid to die. Verizon has completely ruined the name.

        • DJ SPY

          I’m the 2%!

        • DCABuckeye

          Yes, in the 900 million Android activations, you can speak for the 882 million who are -according to you- opposed to the proper noun “Droid.” Perhaps you should direct your ire at Kellex for his continued use of the logo and name.

          • aDROIDfreeworld

            just because its called droidlife, doesn’t mean it has to revolve around Verizon’s DROID brand. Seriously look at how many articles here are DROID centric vs not. Its like 2 out of 10 dude.

            I love droidlife, and all the good work kellex does here. But if he decided to call it banana life I would love that too.

          • Jose

            Who here remembers Android-life.com? Yeah, that didn’t last too long…

        • What why? Droid put Android on the map!

          Go use an iphone on AT&T bro.

          • trwb

            Droid is associated with bloated Verizon Android phones. They do not represent android well. Yes the D1 gave Android some clout, but it has been other devices that have carried Android through.

          • aDROIDfreeworld

            It did, that much credit is due. But it waters down the user experience to bloatware, Verizon advertising, and misrepresents the android ecosystem.

            DROID will die soon enough – Android is evolving as you can see with stock phones like the moto x, GPE X, GPE S4.

            More people are starting to realize that Touchwiz, DROID, motoblur, etc, are giving them a raw deal.

          • My Razr Maxx is pretty stock.

            And most people are saying that the HTC One Google edition is a big step down from the Sense version (you didn’t name sense above, but it’s interesting to note you lose a lot going ‘stock’).

        • aDROIDfreeworld

          And they have also ran it into the ground. DROID branding causes so much confusion among consumers its not even funny.

          Most folks who rock a RAZR, BIONIC, etc, don’t even know they own an android device – they just know its a DROID.

          It does not help the cause of Android at all – it hurts it.

          • Vanquishgc

            They definitely did run it into the ground. The Charge had no business having that branding, and neither did the DNA. I’m sure I’m missing a couple. “Droid” used to mean something, now not so much. And you hit it perfectly man. As a Verizon rep myself, there are so many people that don’t realize they’re using an Android phone that have the phones you mentioned. I’ll show someone a Samsung, or a Lucid 2, or whatever, and they’ll be like ‘no, I think I want to stick with Droid’. Then I facepalm….

          • chris420o

            and galaxy is better? at least android has droid in it…shut up you sound stupid

      • aDROIDfreeworld

        i don’t come here for DROID news… I come here for android news. I’ll “hang out” where I please. It’s ok you want your convoluted android experience… Thats why its open.

    • I’ve had two droids and they’ve both been amazing phones.

      • WalkerNA

        On the flip side, I have a Droid Charge. Not that amazing of a phone.

        • Well, that was Crapsung. I think Verizon learned from that one.

        • Vanquishgc

          I HATED that phone. Had it for 3 months and wanted to kill it with fire. Only good thing was the display and the 32 GB card that came with. TouchWiz was so bad on it I had to use Go Launcher. Went from that to a Bionic, and was way happier. Thank God Sammy learned their lesson from that turd. Gave them another shot with the Nexus (hesitantly), and it still had issues (just bugs that were eventually fixed), and I’m glad I did. Now I have the Note 2, and along with the GS4, both show how committed Samsung are to being the best they can be. So even though I love Moto, going back to the OG I had, I’m sticking with Samsung.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            I agree on the Charge. If Motorola can fix their cameras (the display on the Razr HD was really quite nice, and the Razr M was at least acceptable if not great), then the only place they would fall short to many would be pulling SD card support. Removable batteries are arguably less useful when your stock battery is as large as the ones they use.

          • Vanquishgc

            Your battery argument is valid. I had the original Razr Maxx and wasn’t concerned TOO much about it, I guess. But yeah, lack of SD support would kill it for me for good I think. I get Google’s flash storage argument, but some of us like myself, who put a lot of movies and music on their phones, need that card storage. Now, if they want to up the internal storage to say, 64 GB, then we can talk…

      • DroidzFX

        I just sold my Galaxy Nexus and rocking the OG droid until this new maxx comes out.

      • aDROIDfreeworld

        not saying they that moto’s DROID’s are all bad. The point is that it just makes fragmentation worse, consumers more confused as to Android vs DROID, slower updates, and an entirely inconsistent user experience.

        Sometimes unity is a good thing! Consistency, reliability, availability are all good reasons to do away with DROID.

        I gave my Maxx HD to my old man, so I’m using my OG until the XFON is released – definetly missing it now lol.

        Android needs to move in the direction of uniformity and consistency. It’s not like you can’t customize the crap out of already.

        down vote me to oblivion, but my point cannot be denied!

  • Raven

    Hmm, I have always been a basic black kind of guy, but that Kevlar looks pretty dang sharp in red.

    • Justin W

      Agreed, tis a gorgeous color. I would love to get this if I could get it without a contract and in an international/unlocked flavor, but I doubt that will happen 🙁

  • Ronaldo


  • DJyoSNOW

    I wish there was a poll what fan boy are you: lg HTC sony Samsung or….. Motorola lolz I’d never buy a Motorola scared by Samsung and like the simplicity of HTC and the what who lg and or oh yeah Sony.

  • T4rd

    MKBHD should love that color scheme.

  • chris125

    That is ugly! I still like the all black best.

  • jh123416

    Can’t lie, that’s a nice looking phone in my eyes.

    • DJ SPY

      I’ve read this

      1080p screen
      2 gigs of ram
      Snapdragon 800 processor
      Great battery

  • hkklife

    Still waiting to see if anyone knows for certain the SoC, amount of RAM or screen resolution. Runored specs so far have been all over the map.

  • DJ SPY

    I have a question, are these kevlar backs or plastic backs with the kevlar look? Might just the renders but they’re looking too shiny.

    • aDROIDfreeworld

      There is no Kevlar on any motorola phone. It is a high durability paint job.

  • WalkerNA

    Is that an ‘Option Button’ I see at the bottom of device (on the back)? If so, that might be a good way to remove one of my major gripes when using physical buttons on ICS or newer Android.

  • DJ SPY

    I’ll take it in black. I love the big DROID on the back.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Anyone else slightly disappointed that none of the new Motos seem to have IR ports?

    • LionStone

      I wonder about wireless charging too?

  • loony2nz

    I like the pronounced volume buttons. Has anyone handled the HTC One? They’re buttons are so flush with the frame, it was hard to discern any type of action on your part.

    • DJ SPY

      That’s the only thing I don’t like about it. The buttons on my Maxx HD are just right.

  • Jeremy B.

    That red is too hot to handle……LOVIN IT! Now if only the Maxx came in red…..

    • Sporttster

      I’d go with the Maxx if it is this sharp. Huge power, batt and looks….

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        There were special edition employee-only red devices that looked really hot. Can’t remember if they were regular or Maxx though.

        • Vanquishgc

          They were MAXX’s. My roommate’s mom works for corporate and got him the RAZR HD Special Edition in red for Christmas. I’m kinda meh about it given the specs, but he loves the damn thing. Can’t argue 2 day battery life, which he’s gotten. Best I’ve done with my Note 2 was about 30 hrs, with 15% left. Still pretty awesome, considering where we were a year ago with battery life.

  • NAM37

    At this point, pretty much the only spec that matters to me is battery life.

    • DJ SPY

      Me too!

  • droidrazredge

    hmmmm get this nice Droid Ultra in red….. or wait for the Moto x “Hero”. Decisions Decisions…

  • DCABuckeye

    Here’s a good suggestion: If you don’t want one, don’t buy one! I swear if Verizon and/or Motorola offered to pay each of you $5,000 to take one of their “crappy” phones, you’d complain that it wasn’t offered in small bills. Buy the phone you want from the carrier you want to buy it from, but quit sniping at every single item that mentions Verizon and Motorola. We know, we know.. you all hate Verizon. WE GET IT!

    • Verizon

      I’m not that bad of a guy either.

      BTW, I am never going to offer to pay anyone $5k in large or small bills to take a phone. I may charge $5k for a phone one day though.

    • aDROIDfreeworld

      here’s another good suggestion: If you don’t want us pissing and moaning about DROID bloat-phones, then stop asking us not to!

      • Adamania

        But you will regardless…

        • aDROIDfreeworld

          I’m sorry did you say something?

          • LiterofCola

            He said go jump off a bridge.

    • sonicyoof

      Man I hate Verizon.

      • Verizon

        I don’t even know you!

        • sonicyoof

          Really? You screw me every month.

          • Verizon

            Sorry, I’m not used to seeing you from this side.

          • Tyler Durden

            In the butt?

          • Jonathan Williams

            At an angle

          • LiterofCola

            You screw yourself for sticking with them if you don’t like them.

          • CJ Wolven


    • Trevor

      I’d gladly take 5 $1000 bills.

      • Verizon

        How about 100,000 nickels?

        • Trevor

          I draw the line at quarters.

    • LiterofCola

      You Sir, are a gentleman and a scholar

  • gmx

    Everyone don’t get too excited verizon also liked to release devices in red as employee exclusives I have a Red numbered Droid DNA they also made a red Razr Maxx and a grey and green HTC 8X


  • RoadsterHD1

    Does anyone know if these will have SD card expandables. HDMI out?

    • MyStroPro

      No rumors on either tmk

  • Futbolrunner

    MKBHD is going to be all over that one

    • T4rd

      D’oh! I just made that comment too, hah.

  • SRodriguez

    These new “droids” are nothing to be excited about, I know there the last devices from the previous CEO but even the new Moto X looks weak. Locked bootloader, non-removable batteries, crappy camera and so on. So happy with my Galaxy Note 2! 🙂

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Sooooo, you really haven’t read anything about the leaks pointing to top-notch performance, very large (possibly non-removable) batteries, and their use of a supposedly brand new and greatly improved mobile camera tech?

      Thanks for joining us.

      • SRodriguez

        I’ll believe it when the specs are actually confirmed and released. I’m actually rooting for the new Moto/Google but the Moto X doesn’t seem ground breaking or a game changer from the leaks……

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          I suppose that depends on your definition. I doubt we will se much groundbreaking or game changing from anyone for a long while until some new more intuitive usage paradigm shifts the world again (the smartphone proliferation is nearly unmatched in the history of technology).

          I still think they’ll be solid devices. Not the same use case as a Note 2, so if I had one I wouldn’t be terribly excited either, but solid nonetheless, and more importantly, likely a good enough seller to keep Motorola afloat.

        • Really?

          So you’ll downplay a device based on rumored specs, but then disregard other rumors that say the device will have better specs? Which is it – either you believe the rumors our you don’t. It seems silly to knock a device that we don’t have confirmation on but then ignore specs that might go against your opinion.

          • LiterofCola

            Shhhh, you’re making his brain hurt.

        • Vanquishgc

          Google has already said they’re not going to go spec war with anyone. It’s about total user experience, and I get that. I actually like the thought process. Listen, it’s not designed to go after the Note 2 or like devices. And that’s fine. Lots of people don’t want that. Most just want a smooth experience, that just plain works overall, and will be reliable. I have no doubt that Moto and Google will succeed on that front. While I won’t be getting one, I am excited for it.

    • MyStroPro

      If the rumors about a 48 Hour battery life are true… I’d say a non-removable battery is a non-issue.

      I haven’t heard anything specific on a Locked Bootloader or Crappy camera yet (rumor says it may actually be a great low light camera, but we will have to wait and see).

    • dandar

      My Razr Maxx HD has had an unlocked bootloader for months now. If these have Snapdragon 600, improved camera and even a larger battery than my Maxx HD then they will easily be the best phones on the market right now.

    • kixofmyg0t

      The RAZR HD was the last device to be cooked up during the old management.

      • Justin W

        Not necessarily – 12-18 months ends in November. The Moto X is the first Google-backed device, while the Droid Mini/Ultra/Maxx are (likely) from a contract from the previous regime.

        • kixofmyg0t

          Except Ultra development started less than a week after Vanquish hit market. Moto was already Google owned then.

          You’ll understand more once the announcement is made, it’ll make sense as to why Ultra and X are so close in model number.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Verizon wanted more Droids, as it is an extremely important brand for them. Motorola made a business decision to continue providing devices for Verizon’s Droid line. I’m pretty sure it’s sales motivated, since if they didn’t feel like putting a different shell around their internals, another company (likely Samsung) would have gladly stepped in to do so. That’s the only reason that I expect them to be well supported, because they will likely require little in the way of development that Motorola wasn’t already going to do for the Moto X(s) to support the Droids.

            Honestly, I just want to see the 2012 Razrs get 4.2, and what it looks like on Motorola’s devices (dear lord I pray any new camera software gets back ported, as Moto’s camera app is awful at rendering).

          • kixofmyg0t

            Well to be fair the stock Android camera app isn’t too swell anyway.

            Have you looked into the media profiles tweak that showed up on the Nexus 4 forums? The N4 doesn’t have a great camera and side by side comparisons of touchwiz and GPE Galaxy S4’s support the idea that its more of the sw than the hw responsible for sub par camera’s. No one would believe me if I said that the Galaxy S3 and RAZR HD have almost the same camera module….but they do.

            I ran the 4.2 camera apk(then finally the GS4 GPE) with the media profiles tweaks for awhile on my RAZR HD before I got this phone. It helped a bit IMO. But YMMV.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Oh, sorry, I thought my comment on the app at the end there made it clear that I wasn’t blaming the sensor. With vanilla ROMs, my Razr’s camera is actually on-par with other cameras from the time, so I am absolutely convinced that it is the camera software holding back the image quality. Same thing on the Nexus 4. Simply put, Samsung, HTC, and Sony have invested heavily into perfecting their camera apps, and it shows. Google and Motorola have not invested those resources, so theirs are comparatively lackluster. So, considering that Google and Motorola have heard that message loud and clear based on their recent comments, they will hopefully make major improvements in their next software revisions.

            For the record, I expect a very much improved app in 4.3, and that the very minor bump in the GPE devices was not indicative of their next major version.

    • Vanquishgc

      I actually think the Ultra is pretty badass, from looks to specs. I just hate that Moto went to non removable batteries like HTC, even though they’re freaking huge. Big turnoff. Next thing you know they’ll do away with SD support. Oh wait…nevermind. Thank you Samsung for not doing that.

    • LiterofCola

      Actually it’s an improved camera, improved specs (who cares about a bootloader) and so on. You may leave now.

  • looks pretty damn slick to me…

  • Steve Benson

    OMG. Whoever designed this should be dragged outside and shot.

    • Papa Snarf Snarf

      Whoa…I think you’re taking this whole phone design thing a little personal

      • Weber

        Yeah, take it easy, pal.

  • mrbirdman

    that red texture thing tho…what were they thinking with that texture.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Its an identical weave to the rest of this year’s colors.

      • zurginator

        It’s a really terribad photoshop though. There’s no way this is the legit press render. All prior Moto devices have used the same pattern in their press releases, and this is a different pattern. All prior Moto devices have used a ‘matte finish’ layer, this one uses a really bad gloss. Also the Verizon logo isn’t quite centered.

        Final design? Probably. Press render? Probably not.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          You’re right, it is a different weave. Well spotted sir, I stand corrected.

          • zurginator

            Thank you sir, design is something I’m keen on.

        • MyStroPro
          • zurginator

            Same render with a different texture layer. I also posted a similar comment on that article.

            If anything this points even more so to them being fakes — Moto always uses the same weave for the different colors.

  • slider112

    That’s pretty sexy, I must admit.

  • maxx1987

    looks cool, can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeve!

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    On the fence about these new DROID devices. I love my Razr, and these sound amazing, buuuut I feel like they’ll be the redheaded step children of the Moto device family.

    • Lucky Armpit

      That’s a good point but I hope that’s not the case. I was in the running for the Moto X until I heard about the specs, so I’m going to pass (assuming the rumors are true of course). Not talking CPU but storage specs. Anyway the Droid Ultra is next in line. I sure hope it’s not left behind. Think about it this way… the Razr Maxx got JB, so why shouldn’t the Droid Ultra get updates?

      • trixnkix637

        what’s up with the storage specs (I haven’t been paying attention…)?

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Last leak showed 16GB internal/12GB free. I’ll assume that there’s a 32 GB version, but have to agree that 16GB is right at the edge of “just barely enough”.

          • Ted

            There is a 32GB version, 100% guarantee I promise.

          • Vanquishgc

            Yeah that’s way too little for me. If there was SD expansion, then yeah, fine. But unless they have 32 GB under the hood, I can’t even consider a device like that. I put on way to much music on my phone for that. That’s what helped kill the DNA in my opinion. Well that, and the bugs….

    • It will be interesting to see but the original Droid Razr has got 2 major updates so far (Ice Cream Sandwich and 4.1 Jelly Bean) while the Droid Razr HD shipped with JB.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        I thought it shipped with ICS but was upgraded within a month to 4.1

        Whatever the case, my biggest hope is that they will also announce updates to 4.2 for the 2012 Razrs (they are long overdue), the new ones will launch with 4.2, and then 4.3 will be released the very next day (kick in the nuts if you ask me), but hopefully there will be a (relatively) quick turn on 4.3 for the new Droids and 4.3 on the 2012s as well (they should definitely be able to handle it no problem).

        I’m happy with my OG Razr’s progression so far, so if 4.1 is the end, so be it. It’s had a better run than 80% of Android devices.

        • Yeah hopefully they do something with the Droid Razr because ever after the update mine just hasn’t been running the way I would like. I did a full wipe before installing the update and have cleared the cache many times but yet I still get an extremely unresponsive experience coupled with awfully slow load times! At this point the only thing mine is good for is WiFi hotspotting to my MBP and Nexus 7!

    • LiterofCola

      Seriously doubt they will.

  • Jake

    looks sharp

  • AndrewScottRox

    This should now be dubbed the Droid Nosferatu.

  • Jason Downing

    The whole black/red thing is a bit tired in my opinion, but then again that is part of the DROID branding

    • standardsdt

      That is part of Verizon’s branding in general. Generally they either advertise in black and red or red and white.

      • zurginator

        We could use more Red/White devices.

      • hoosiercub88

        A lot of companies use greyscale with red accentuation. It pops in design and really stands out when you’re looking at it. Look at any popular magazine, it’s a theme that once you realize is a ‘thing’ you’ll see it everywhere lol

        • zurginator

          It’s more of a recurring ‘accent color’ idea. Google uses it extensively in Android as well.

          Blue/Orange is also everywhere — but that’s because it’s naturally occurring.

          • hoosiercub88

            Most usually with the red, it’s in a contrasting situation, if not B&W then heavily de-saturated.

            OMG, someone brought blue/orange to my attention like 8 years ago and now it can’t be unseen.

          • zurginator

            I really wouldn’t say red is more common than any other color. DL here uses pink, I use orange for my personal site, Android is cyan, the play apps have theirs, Xbox/Kickstarter green, Playstation/Wii/AT&T blue, T-Mobile magenta, Sprint yellow, et al.

      • Jason Downing

        Indeed. They just really represent it with that line.

    • Vanquishgc

      I like the red personally. Works better than say, blue would. What I’d like to see though, instead of a shade that stands out that much, is a darker shade of red to give it a more aggressive look.

  • MyStroPro

    I will hold judgment until I see it in person, but the red weave pattern I always thought looked nice in small amounts

    • Jeff

      I agree. I think the splash of red on the front looks great, but I am uncertain of the back.