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Last Minute Thoughts or Predictions for Tomorrow’s Verizon Event?

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Kellen arrived shortly ago in San Francisco, one of two cities (the other is NYC) where Verizon is hosting a small press event. There are no guarantees in this world, as we’ve seen Verizon pull a fast one on us before, but their invitation does state that we are to see the next generation of their most popular family of devices. We can’t think of any VZW device family that would be more popular than the DROID family, but again, it’s Verizon. 

With plenty of leaks from last week and over the weekend pointing to an unveiling of the DROID ULTRA, ULTRA MAXX and DROID Mini, is it possible that Verizon could have anything else in store?

Take to the comments section below and let us hear your final thoughts and predictions for tomorrow’s event. Now would be a good time to work on your Viva Movil jokes.

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  • Armus

    It’s a Moto device on VZW = locked bootloader. Nuf said

  • schoat333

    I would laugh if this was another troll for some stupid racial based VZW stores again.

  • Josh C

    What time is the event? I can’t find that detail anywhere.

  • MichaelFranz

    biggest surprise…these phones will be fast enough and the gpu is so extreme it can mine bit coins…(i kid i kid)

  • Justin Larmay

    anyone think there is a possibility that they might announce a droid butterfly s today? maybe as a droid dna s or the droid one? butterfly s looks like the best phone ever made right now. 3200 mAh battery!

  • yummy

    JLo Ultra Maxx running BellyJean
    4.3 right out of the box.

  • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

    Great comments… I just wasted 30 minutes reading through this thread… some good new info on MotoX, etc.

    The thing is, this VZW event has nothing to do with the MotoX… it’s just the new Droid branded devices.

    MotoX is being announced tomorrow, 7/24… my guess is one day after Moto’s contractually obligated old “Droid” agreement before the Google buyout.

  • Stephen

    plenty of awesome “droid” phones, that will unfortunately be locked down

    edit: i want a droid ultra maxx, that is unlocked so i can ROM it. I honestly don’t even care about looks anymore, I just need a huge battery.

  • KOBALT

    MOAR X AND MAXX X AND MAXX X+ AND HD MAXX PLUS X MAXX PLUSS X MAXX PLUS

    • KOBALT

      +++

  • Mike

    $799 off contract

  • Rob

    “shortly ago” really, Tim? You couldn’t choose a better adverb than that?

  • Knlegend1

    Hmmmm Verizon could announce everything that would have made me stay.

  • trwb

    I foresee garbage

    • LiterofCola

      you’re right, I see a garbage comment from trwb.

  • StankyChikin

    Fear The Droid!!!

  • Frawlz

    Jo-Lo will be announcing her updated prepaid plans… in spanish.

    • LiterofCola

      I’ll give you a “B” for effort

  • chris

    All this hating on the droid brand is very understandable but when you think about it, as far as motorola branded droids, they atleast get software upgrades. The Rezound for example is stuck on ics while the razr, which came out at the same time is on JB. You have to atleast look at it from that perspective

    • aDROIDfreeworld

      DROID devices are not bad, especially the most recent ones. Timely updates, a very light UI, and less bloat than there was two years ago. But compared to what Motorola could do without the hindrance of a UI skin, using the same quality hardware, batteries, and infamous radios all under the watchful eye of mountain view? There is no comparison.

      • LiterofCola

        The hinderance of a UI skin? Have you used a Moto device lately? My Maxx is about 98% stock Android AND got JB before the GNex officialy did.

        • TylerCameron

          No it didn’t…

          • LiterofCola

            Yes it did. There was the ability to flash it to your phone, but it wasn’t released officialy until after the Razr got it.

          • TylerCameron

            The Galaxy Nexus has had Jelly Bean since september last year. The RAZR only recently got Jelly Bean a few months ago.

          • LiterofCola

            A few months ago? Check your sources again, I’ve had JB since last year

  • Dave

    I predict I will be perfectly content with my Note 2 for a while still….

    • David W. Skyview

      until they announce the note 3 in september

      • reynold

        lol. can’t wait to get rid of my freezing, memory-less, quick-dying incredible!

  • cjgm86

    Htc one finally????

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    I have to commend Motorola. Unveiled tomorrow, and we know virtually nothing but their names and what they look like.

    /slowclap

    • Render

      That is typically a bad sign (no leaks/hype), but it makes sense since this is likely their last “Droid” branded phone, which will be replaced with the Google influenced Moto X. Moto X has taken the show in terms of leaks, in fact I don’t recall a phone with more leaks/hype/mystery than the Moto X.

      • LiterofCola

        Uh, no leaks? Where have you been?

      • Kenton Douglas

        Do you think these will be the last of the Droids from Motorola? It’ll be interesting to see how that develops – Motorola have depended heavily on the Droid brand in recent years.

  • Jordan

    Does anyone know what time the event is (timezone also please)?

    • King Lo

      11 eastern 8 pacific

  • Kindroid

    Droid Ultra and Maxx. 5″ screen, Snapdragon 800 processor, 3 meg ram (well I can dream), and larger batteries…for the same price as current Droids.

  • Trevor

    Personally, I think Viva Movil has revolutionized the mobile industry. I bet it was Apple’s idea.

  • Bionic

    News from sarge.

    Moto X on Verizon will be unlocked. Shocking I know. He warned that they can still change their mind.

    Moto X will be $300 OFF CONTRACT. Price rises with customized back plates.

    On contract price of $99

    So now we know why the phone is appealing.

    • Trevor

      Awesome stuff if true. I would definitely buy this for $300 off contract. Closest thing to a Nexus device we’ll get on VZW for a loooong time I imagine. Even if the low(er) specs slow this phone down – it’d be a great backup/hack the ish out of it phone.

    • NexusPhan69

      It appealing for many more reasons than price in my opinion. I sure hope youre right tho.

    • SeanPlunk

      To clarify is it bootloader unlocked, or carrier unlocked?

      • Bionic

        He didn’t say. I would think just bootloader since there are versions of the phone for every carrier.

        • tyguy829

          hopefully it’s both actually. fingers crossed.

          • EC8CH

            carrier locked means little for a phone on verizon with a cdma radio.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Almost all of their recent devices will run on HSPA+, but are SIM locked to not work on US GSM carriers. However, this device’s resale value skyrockets if it is usable on any carrier’s LTE at any time.

          • EC8CH

            I think its far more likely to see an unencrypted boot loader as opposed to any meaningful compatibility between Verizon and any other domestic networks.

          • TylerCameron

            All Verizon phones with LTE are SIM unlocked by law.
            The proof is my friend using a Verizon RAZR M I bought on Straight Talk AT&T. I never had to unlock it.

          • tyguy829

            Oh I mean I was just assuming it would be a “global phone” with gsm radios like most of Verizon’s recent offerings. I guess I should ask does anyone know if that has been confirmed one way or another?

        • Render

          There are only multiple versions because of CDMA/GSM bands, the FCC filing showed that this phone has all LTE bands covered (a first I believe) if I recall correctly.

          • Bionic

            I really cannot see Verizon allowing a sim unlock

          • tomn1ce

            Wasn’t that part of the deal that they had to sell their phones sim unlocked when they bought their 4G band? I could be wrong (-_-)

          • TylerCameron

            You’re slow.
            Every Verizon LTE device has the SIM unlocked. They have to by law…

          • Stephen

            That’s what I thought, but i’m in Ireland, and I tried to put a local sim in and it wouldn’t let me use it (on stock software). Had to put cyanogen mod on it to use it, which I thought was really weird.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          SIM unlocked would be possible as well, meaning it could be used on Verizon as well as AT&T and T-Mobile, as the CDMA version at the FCC had HSPA+ radios.

          If it is bought off-contract through Motorola, I would suspect it to also be an unlockable bootloader. On-contract, I understand if they lockblock it (I don’t agree, but I understand). If that is true, this device could be the most ROM-ed device next to a Nexus (and possible more, depending on how easy it is to develop for).

          • Render

            Agreed, if bought on contract it will not be sim unlockable, however if bought through Motorola (likely on the play store) it will probably be sim unlocked.

          • sski66

            Hey Buddy, Well it looks like we were real close, looks like I”M going to get a real nice Tab & Phone for under $550 & still be able to keep my Unlimited Data, pretty cool.

      • CapnShiner

        Carrier unlocking is useless on a CDMA phone unless it has all the GSM bands too. Bootloader locking is the important thing, IMO.

        • TylerCameron

          Every recent Motorola device on Verizon has had unlocked GSM on it.
          All Verizon LTE phones have to be SIM unlocked by law.

          • CapnShiner

            And none of that really matters because the GSM chips don’t support all the bands necessary to fully run on AT&T or T-Mobile. They are designed for global roaming. Besides, if you want to use your phone on a GSM carrier it’s stupid to buy the CDMA version when there is already a GSM version.

          • TylerCameron

            Every recent Motorola device (dating back to the first DROID RAZR) has been GSM unlocked, quad band HSPA+ 21mbps and GSM.
            My friend’s RAZR M get’s HSPA+ on Straight Talk AT&T.

          • CapnShiner

            And that matters why? Can it also make phone calls through Straight Talk? Does it make sense to buy a CDMA phone and pay for GSM service? No. You can keep arguing if you want but it changes nothing. It’s still pointless to pay a second monthly fee for HSPA data when you’re already paying for EVDO and LTE data through Verizon. Maybe if Verizon’s coverage sucked and you had to switch between Verizon and AT&T’s networks to stay connected it might make sense but Verizon has the best coverage and that situation won’t occur. Pointless.

          • TylerCameron

            Who said my friend was paying for both carriers? That’s dumb.
            I had the phone first. I terminated my Verizon contract and sold it to him for about $200.
            That’s a hell of a lot cheaper than the unlocked RAZR i runs. Fully functioning phone at about half the cost of the international variant simply because it had a Verizon logo on the front of it ($200-$250 is about what RAZR M’s run) Unlocked quadband HSPA is never pointless. You could move somewhere where Verizon doesn’t have coverage, but at least you don’t have to buy a new phone! It also makes it much MUCH easier to sell your phone.

          • CapnShiner

            1) Can it make and receive phone calls on Straight Talk? 2) Could he not buy a used, unlocked GSM phone for less money that’s as good as a RAZR M? 3)Why didn’t you keep the phone and use it on whatever your new carrier is? Did you switch to Sprint?

          • TylerCameron

            Yes, it makes and receives calls just fine.
            For the price I sold him, about $200, there really wasn’t any other phone that was as good or better.
            I sold it also because I bought the Galaxy Note II.

          • CapnShiner

            Well, I’m sorry if I came off sounding like a dick. I honestly thought that Verizon’s phones with unlocked GSM were only capable of HSPA(+) data in the U.S. and both calling and data overseas.

          • sc4fpse

            Seeing as how effective global roaming capabilities require quad band GSM, these phones *do* have the necessary bands for AT&T and T-Mobile. However, Verizon devices are prevented from operating on AT&T or T-Mobile. It has nothing to do with the bands.

    • AxemRed

      If that’s true I’m surprised but happy. I’ll buy it and save my upgrade for the launch of a good VoLTE phone next year.

      • Bionic

        Good plan

    • Render

      Still not buying the S4 Pro rumor, but other than that everything sounds about right. A dual core S600 would also be ~$99 on contract since the S600/S800 phones are $199 on contract.

      I have a feeling we will find something out tomorrow in regards to the mysterious model # (MSM8960DT) S4 Pro that does not exist on the qualcomm website, or anywhere on the internet (the Ultra likely sports the same CPU as the Moto X).

    • EC8CH

      This makes sense. $300 off contract is very attractive pricing.

    • speraider430

      You say the phone will be unlocked. Then you immediately say they can still change their mind leaving a convenient little escape hatch! Either way you are right so why put it out there?

      Here’s my try at it: The new moto phone could have a 50 kWh battery, or it may not.

      • RoadsterHD1

        take it eassseeee….. At least he didn’t say its going to be locked for sure.

    • DMBatCOFC

      $300 OFF CONTRACT = CLUTCH!

    • LiterofCola

      Not a Moto X thread

    • CapnShiner

      If that’s true, it’s undercutting the Nexus 4 just enough to matter. It’s probably going to kill sales of the Ultra M, unless I’m getting specs mixed up. If it’s $300 off contract, it should be free on contract, though. If Verizon can subsidize $400 of the cost of a GS4, the only reason they don’t do the same for everything else is profit. I wish the other carriers would catch up to Verizon in terms of network coverage an reliability so I could actually live with switching carriers.

      • hkklife

        Ultra M , I predict , will essentially be a carrier-branded Moto X but with capacitive buttons (so more usable screen space), a microSD slot and maybe a slightly larger battery. It will probably debut at $100 on contract before quickly falling to “free”.

        • CapnShiner

          When I said Ultra M what I meant was Droid Mini, assuming the leaked names are correct that DL is using. Ultra M just makes more sense to me, so I forgot that’s not what it’s actually called. The device you’re describing will likely never exist. The Droid Ultra, Droid Ultra Maxx, and Droid Mini are the last of the phones designed by Motorola before Google ownership. Google will not use the same branding for an entirely different family of devices. Google will also not likely release anything new with capacitive buttons or a microSD slot. Patterns in Nexus device specs tell us that. The Moto X will debut at $99 on contract and $300 off contract, according to Bionic. The on-contract version will be carrier branded, the off-contract version probably will not.

    • Stephen

      I can’t even handle this honestly. COUNT ME IN.

    • Armus

      Don’t hold your breath on it being unlocked

  • Ugly

    Anyone know what time the announcement is scheduled for?

  • kixofmyg0t

    Hmmm.

    Let me take a guess.

    5″ non pentile AMOLED 1080p display.

    S4 Pro Rev 2 8960DT

    10MP Clear Pixel camera.
    3400mAh battery for the MAXX with wireless charging.

    under 7mm thick for the non MAXX ultra
    4.2.2 out of the box

    Oh and it’ll be called DROID. Just DROID, DROID Mini and DROID MAXX.

    • David W. Skyview

      this is DROID:

      • kixofmyg0t

        No this is DROID

        • David W. Skyview

          lol, you win

          • kixofmyg0t

            Woot! :D

      • RoadsterHD1

        MOTOROLA started Droid, and MOTO will come thru again.

  • James Hill

    These phones look boring.

    • LiterofCola

      So does your life

      • James Hill

        Your moms boring.

  • Amon Murray

    Reading the comments in the “pull a fast one on us before” link has made my entire day..

  • Ed

    Going to announce how locked up the device is, and how it will never get updates.

    • LiterofCola

      Like the Razrs never got updates before your precious GNex?

  • Jon

    I’m calling for an HTC One announcement

  • percysnow

    If this moto x phone be like $300.00 with no contract, it’s going to be some serious competition out there, like best or second best selling phone record competition, or if this new droid line be something we never expected cause they clearly kept specs away from phoneperazzi’s Verizon will well remain on top #teambigredmotodroid

  • Mark Schleupner

    How about the DNA Plus (Butterfly S)?

    • James Hill

      @Mark, A new DNA would be way better than having a VZW HTC One. The DNA is one of the nicest phones I’ve ever owned. I like it better than the One, mainly because of the bigger screen, wireless charging, and smaller bezel.

      • Dominick White

        I love my Dna for the same reason, i haven’t Seen anything that hss made me want to upgrade from it.

        • Stephen

          i keep switching between an s3 and a dna right now, but i agree with this. I think the only problem I have is the storage capacity.

    • Stephen

      if only. sigh.

  • Zack Kolev

    Its Verizon, so I’ve learned to keep my expectations pretty low. (I’m a former VZW customer, no regrets at all for leaving them) Much more excited about Google’s event on Wednesday and Motorola’s event on Aug 1st!

    • speraider430

      I agree, I am still on VZW but won’t be truly excited until we see VoLTE

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    I have a feeling they are going to release a brand new line of “flagship” phones that are really nothing more that Verizon keychains… They will also price them at $50 more than competing providers’ identically spec’d keychains… They will also be on a 3 year contract.

  • dannyWHITE

    meh…don’t care

  • ConCal

    I would love to hear something about VoLTE, but I’m not holding my breath.

    • AxemRed

      If it’s cheap off contract, just buy one outright and hope for a VoLTE beast in about a year.

  • David W. Skyview

    i dont get it. why the hype over moto x instead of these? the x is more dated in looks and internals than the One Mini… i don’t see anyone losing sleep over the one mini launching

    • Brian

      on-screen buttons

      • David W. Skyview

        i had them on the GNex and the N4, but for me it was always a compromised experience, since it uses us screen space (=battery drain) for just buttons (they don’t dim out), and when i’m in a hurry (moving), swinging in rotation all over the place when I don’t want it to (have to look at the screen to know where to hit), and back then on the gnex for some apps in landscape mode it uses up a whole row on the bottom

        • NexusPhan69

          Black on AMOLED screens no battery. It’s so minimal from the white pixels it’s not even worth mentioning. Which is why I’m really thinking (and pretty confident) of an AMOLED Moto X.

          • David W. Skyview

            good point. i guess there’s not much harm with on screen buttons, but i wouldn’t count it as a plus. physical buttons is definitely a no-no for me but capacitive vs on screen buttons is a toss up for me.

          • NexusPhan69

            PIE is actually what I use and it’s amazing. Hidden soft keys are great.

          • tomn1ce

            I use LMT Launcher, I find it better then PIE.

          • Justin W

            I loved PIE in Paranoid Android (the draw-in animation was nice too). It would be nice if it was thrown in as an option (maybe hide it in the Dev Options so those that don’t know what they are doing don’t get into it)?

        • tomn1ce

          The onscreen buttons don’t occupy any of my screen space.

          • David W. Skyview

            isn’t that an oxymoron? so the nav buttons are hidden then?

          • tomn1ce

            That’s the point you may be able to hide them depending on the ROM that you may use. I’m actually using LMT Launcher to replace the nav buttons. It would be nice if Google would make the nav buttons customizable out the box instead of us having to use ROMs to play with the nav buttons.

          • David W. Skyview

            nice! last phone i messed with was the bolt (yeah i kno, shhhh). that would be nice if they allowed a customizable nav bar next.

    • Eric

      How in the world is the moto x dated in looks???

      • David W. Skyview

        look at the one and replace high grade aluminum with rubber

        • NexusPhan69

          I know. That’s why we all like it so much. Aluminum is a dumb material. Scuffs, scratchs, dings and dents, oh my!

          • David W. Skyview

            not saying it’s better, saying replace the material and color and you have the same look basically. looks dated.

            and i actually the the n4 glass front & back better than aluminum.

          • NexusPhan69

            My friend, on his third Nexus 4, has broken all three glass backs. My iPhone 4 had a broken glass back. My girlfiends and sisters iPhone 4 has a broken glass back. It’s the worst material they could have gone with. Girlfriend’s aluminium iPhone 5 (ya, ya I tried) back was completely ruined by a case within a week. That leaves only plastic or rubber for my liking.

          • David W. Skyview

            i guess i tend to take care of my phones for the most part. no cases but yeah the N4 is super slippery if not careful. i got the white one so maybe those 2 tiny nubs helped as well. but yeah no ideal for use, just looks better.

        • Eric

          The looks of the one are great but I’d much prefer rubber although I’d much rather have aluminum over samsung plastic.

          • David W. Skyview

            actually that reminds me, why can’t they make the same rubber coated aluminum bodies like they did the Droid 1 and Droid X. those last better than glossy plastic and matte aluminum.

          • Justin W

            They did – the Bionic had it, and I agree, it felt much better than a glossy plastic or glass would. IMO, I still like the feel of the One, but I’m hyped up for the Moto X simply because I’ve always had Motos (until the Nexus 4 and HTC One).

    • Qwerty

      Because the Moto X is the first Google/Motorola product to be released since the company was bought out. For many that are on Verizon, including myself, this is the closest device to a Nexus that we can hope to get. I’m personally sick of the Droid phones. I owned a Droid X and wasn’t very impressed by it at all. The latest upcoming family of Droid devices may have excellent hardware, but they’ve never been aesthetically pleasing to me either.

  • eric

    just hoping for a mention of the htc one.

    • Eric

      there probably will be but at this point I don’t even want the one anymore. Something better is right around the corner pretty much now.

      • Justin W

        It’s always around the corner, though. If you wait after these, you’ll have the next gen HTC One, S4, etc.

        • Eric

          Yeah but I’m not 100% satisfied with the ONE. I really wish it had on screen buttons.

  • joejoe5709

    Unfortunately it’s that time of the year where I get tunnel vision. If it’s not Nexus, I’m pretty much tuned out. It’s really difficult to get excited about anything else. I lost interest in this when there were five different Droid X theories flying around and none of them seemed 100% credible.

  • SeanPlunk

    5″ 720p AMOLED Screen
    1.7ghz Dual-Core S4 Pro Processor
    16GB/32GB Memory
    1 GB RAM
    10.5MP rear camera
    2.1MP front camera
    SD Card Slot

    3700mah battery for the Maxx
    2700mah battery for the Ultra

    • NexusPhan69

      Nope.

      • SeanPlunk

        I think that’ll be mostly right. The camera stuff is a guess, as is the exact size of batteries. The rest has been semi-confirmed on another board by someone that use a prototype :shrug:

        • NexusPhan69

          Uh, you’re way out in left field here. Just wait for tomorrow.

          • SeanPlunk

            Hey, I’m happy to be proven wrong :)
            The source has been pretty spot on in the past though.

          • NexusPhan69

            What source is that? EVERYTHING I’ve seen has been 1080p, 2GB ram, quad core.

          • rk

            If it is 1080p then it won’t be amoled. That is a samsung exclusive for now. I am guessing it will be 720p amoled.

          • Franklin Ramsey
          • SeanPlunk

            KBMAN on howardforums. Dude has a pretty solid track record going back years with Motorola phones.

            On the first leak:

            “The white one is the Ultra and it is also a 5″ 1280×720 1.7ghz S4 Pro MSM8960 1 GB RAM device with smaller battery and internal memory and very thin profile with wrap around kevlar body.

            My friend hated it and it was totally uninteresting to me as well. It’s like a RAZR packaged in a Samsung like body.

            It was the first device he tested and I saw it about 7 weeks ago in a pre-production body that he was told was NOT the release version, although it was white and looked very much like the EV Leaks image.

            I was in a huge hurry that day and didn’t have time to spend with him and was more interested in the test builds he had on his engineering model HD.

            The MAXX is the one we both liked and had 32 GB internal and the 10 MP camera and advanced contextual awareness features.

            He did not have the MINI version but had seen it and knew people in that group. He didn’t care for it but said it was similar performance wise to the MAXX with lower resolution display and small form factor.”

            On the second leak:

            I already posted that the MAXX has a 5″ 1280×720 display, which is why I said “also” above referring to that prior info.

            None of these has a removeable battery, but all have external SDcard support AFAIK, although I have not seen the MINI nor the Moto X.

            Referring to the MAXX:

            “Yup, that is the device I saw a few weeks ago.”

            This is in regards to the 1080p, S800 rumors:

            “That article says “and he’s guessing…blah blah”
            and he is wrong…simple as that.”

            Link: http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1785095-Motorola-s-been-pretty-quiet/page35
            His quotes are on 35 and 36.

          • NexusPhan69

            If it is ture, it’s entirely pathetic. Really? How is this an upgrade over the MAXX HD at all? Ditching the on screen soft keys? I just don’t believe it.

          • nate

            That’s why i think these 720p 1gb ram and S4 rumors are wrong. These are going to be flagship phones. They can’t be worse than the DNA or other previous droids that were released so many months ago.

          • LiterofCola

            A 5″ screen, quad core processor, 2 gigs of Ram

      • nate

        Not even close. He mixed some of the rumored specs of the moto x and the ultra into a POS.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          I actually doubt he is far off on the specs, but I think 2GB Ram, not 1GB.

          • NexusPhan69

            And quad cord and 1080p. That’s the difference between a mid-range and high-end for phone specs today.

          • nate

            Yep. Ultra and Maxx were rumored to have the snapdragon 800, but 600 could be more likely. It will definitely be 1080p and 2GB of ram. He took some specs from the X: 4.6″ 720p and dual core s4. But even the X will have 2GB of memory.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Actually, the most recent rumors I’ve been seeing are saying the Ultra and Maxx are coming out with the same specs processor wise as the Moto X. I guess it depends on what rumors you believe.

            http://www.phonearena.com/news/New-black-and-red-Motorola-Droid-MAXX-for-Verizon-leaks-out_id45488

          • NexusPhan69

            Haha. PA. Kellex I need your help over here with PA and the garbage they spew for site hits.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I understand PA spouts a lot of stuff, but not all of it is garbage. I was giving one example of the latest rumor that has been hitting not just PA but other sites as well. Maybe they all got the rumor from PA, but most are referencing tipsters.

          • NexusPhan69

            There is just no way. It doesn’t even qualify as an upgrade from the MAXX HD. This would be the most pathetic announcement since the iPhone 4S if these specs are true. I don’t believe them.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Well, this is Verizon we are talking about. Viva Movil anyone?

          • Render

            That is because this is not the S4 Pro that we currently know…notice the “D” in the model number for the Moto X, and then look for it on the qualcomm website…its not there.

          • nate

            I am believing Droid Life’s rumors (or whatever they were) that said snapdragon 800, 2GB ram, and full HD display. These upcoming droid flagships can’t be worse than the DNA, a droid that was released at the beginning of the year.

          • Render

            We will see, tomorrow could potentially clear up a lot…including what processor is in the Moto X given that these phones are rumored to have the same model “S4 Pro” (MSM8960DT) that is not even listed as a model on the qualcomm website. The S4 Pro also does not support 802.11AC, yet its confirmed that the Moto X/Ultra both support 802.11AC.

          • nate

            So you’re saying it will be a newer, more powerful S4? That would make sense. I thought i saw that some of the X’s benchmarks were on par with snapdragon 600 phones, so this would explain that. That was one of my biggest gripes with the X: the fact that it seemed to have an outdated and outperformed CPU. that and the screen.

          • Render

            I believe its a S600 dual core (no device with it yet, basically 2 Krait 300 cores vs 4) based on the results its shown. That would scale nicely with the S600 quad core benchmarks (adding two cores is never a 50% increase since its likely that android/benchmarks hardly utilize the additional two cores right now).

            You can never ever take what a CPU Identifier spits out verbatim, as has always been the case with new CPUs (intel/amd). They almost always show up as an older model CPU because its not yet in the database. If a tipster cracked open one of these phones, we would know for sure.

          • nate

            Ah i see. And I’m assuming that applications and the OS have to be designed to use the extra cores? I know that’s the way it is with PC’s.

            I guess with a high frequency like 1.7 Ghz, the performance increase over something like a galaxy nexus would be very noticeable, and i’m assuming that if you are correct (dual core 600) it would also have the same GPU as the 600?

          • Render

            We already know it has the 320 GPU (same as the S600). Only the S800 has the 330, which is 50% faster.

          • nate

            oh ok. If it does turn out to be 720p, the moto x might not be very far behind 1080p phones with the S600 in performance.

          • LionStone

            DNA released a day before Thanksgiving 2012. It’s 8 months old.

          • nate

            wow, that long ago? damn lol.

          • SeanPlunk

            Not at all, I’m going with what KBMAN said. See below. I think anyone expecting 1080p or quad-core is going to be disappointed tomorrow.

          • nate

            Moto/verizon wouldn’t wait all year to release a droid worse than the DNA. The ultra and maxx will be the next flagship droids, so there is no way they would be worse than a phone released at the beginning of the year. I’m going with Droid Life’s info/prediction/leak/whatever-it-was that said quadcore snapdragon 800, 2 GB RAM, and full HD display. I’m not making any bets, as verizon is known to dissapoint, but i don’t think your guess is anywhere close to being correct.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            All anyone has to say to “Verizon wouldn’t” anything is Viva Movil.

          • nate

            All I have to say to anyone that says that, is “WILDCARD, B1TCHES!” (I hope someone gets the Sunny reference lol)

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Sadly the newest rumors point to him being right. No quad core or 1080P screen.

            http://www.phonearena.com/news/New-black-and-red-Motorola-Droid-MAXX-for-Verizon-leaks-out_id45488

    • hkklife

      Very close to what I am predicting. I will say $150 for the Ultra and $200 (maybe $250) for the Maxx. 16gb storage for Ultra, 32gb for Maxx, just like last year. Not having 2Gb RAM is the only major bummer for me personally, though quad-core Pro or S600 and a 1080P screen would be nice extras. Let’s just hope the cameras are good!

  • Captain_Doug

    I wish they had stuck with software buttons. Not too big a fan of capacative keys.

    • geedee82

      Yup. I don’t even think twice about phones without software buttons anymore. Soft keys are like phat asses, if they ain’t got em, I don’t even give ‘em the time of day!

      • Eric

        Not much choice on verizon. The last phone to have them was the Gnex unless you want a real low end phone.

        • geedee82

          That’s not exactly true but I get your point. That’s why I’m looking forward to the non-droid motos on verizon later this year, as well as the G2 (if it drops on vzw).

          • tomn1ce

            Vzw is not getting the LG G2, They already picked up the LG Enact instead…..lmao….

          • geedee82

            Ha! that phone has no business being a phone in 2013

          • Marsg

            Sad day :(

        • hkklife

          Nope, the RAZR HD & HD MAXX released in Oct of 2012 on VZW had soft keys.

          • EC8CH

            RAZR M too!

      • C-Law

        I’m using soft keys on my gs3 and love them. You just have to add a line to ur build.prop to get them to show,plus I’m running cm10.1 so I’m on mostly stock android. Yeah it sucks to still have a big chin down there but I love this phone so much more with soft keys and easy Google now and recent apps access. Plus the home button makes it easy to turn on the screen

        • vitriolix

          You can change that home button to be a dedicated camera button with some ROMs

    • EC8CH

      While I agree with you about capacative buttons, I don’t care what Verizon does with their Droid branded phones because preloaded VZ Navigator is a none starter for me personally.

      • Captain_Doug

        While I agree with you about bloatware, it doesn’t bother me how much there is if I can root/rom the phone.

        • EC8CH

          The Droid branded stuff to me is a last resort just because of all the BS control Verizon has over them. Which is a shame too because some of their hardware designs are unique and interesting.

          • Captain_Doug

            Agreed. I don’t like Verizon.

          • Marsg

            That makes you and just about everyone else, its a shame they have the most coverage and some people don’t have a choice but to use their so called services

          • Captain_Doug

            It is a shame. Only thing keeping me is a contract which won’t last forever. Only 6 more months I think.

      • Butters619

        You mean you don’t want to use Verizon’s $10/month crappy navigation software when your phone comes with free amazing navigation software? Who even are you?

        • pappy53

          Actually, VZ Navigator is highly rated by critics everywhere. But I am not going to pay for it, when Google is free. But it is a good navigation app.

      • LiterofCola

        Since Motorola gives you the option to disable the preinstalled apps, the bloatware argument is pretty much a non-issue. Besides, I’d take a few preinstalled apps any day as long as I have the capability to use an SD card.

        • CapnShiner

          Not all of the preinstalled apps can be disabled. I tried to clean up my parents’ RAZR Ms and some of the apps didn’t have an option to disable. I’d root their phones if I thought they wouldn’t get themselves into trouble somehow. They barely know how to use them.

    • Armus

      I like soft keys personally. I bought this phone because it has a large screen. I refuse to give up that real estate to buttons.

  • DroidzFX

    Got the KY on standby…..

    • Raj Bhatt

      Reducing data allowances in 3…2…

    • Thomas

      Try those new Trojan lubes…they work great ;)

    • CapnShiner

      Why would Kentucky need to be on standby? ;)

      • slickdroid

        Cause Kentucky jelly is good on any thing!

    • a.d.AM

      This could literally be a FIVE tissue kind of day…..

  • Eric

    I’m guessing another carrier suited towards a specific race…

  • pubasnacks77

    New Partnership with Nicki Minaj, Starship Mobile/Verizon stores. DONE!!

  • DROID

    bunch of HATERS, DROID FOREVER

  • Butters619

    Finally! Moto will have completed their contractual obligations with the devil!

    • NexusPhan69

      Oh right. Completely forgot that contract. Now I’m thrilled that these are coming out!

    • Timothy McGovern

      Does this mean moto doesn’t have to make “droids” anymore?

      • Butters619

        I’m pretty sure this means they don’t have to. Only time will tell whether Verizon will offer them enough money for Google to fall for carrier phones again. I sure hope not. And I don’t think Google is that stupid. The O.G. Droid helped propel Moto into Android stardom, but Sanjay made deals with Verizon that nearly drove Moto into non-existence.

        • Timothy McGovern

          Maybe this will open the door for Moto to lay down their own rules sort of like apple did with their iPhone. I doubt it though considering Samsung is doing so well.

        • michael arazan

          Plus with Google backing Motorola they don’t have to bow before Verizon for money.

      • tomn1ce

        They can still do them, but not release a Droid device every 3 months like they used to do. At least now they didn’t released a Droid branded phone for about 9 months. The last Droid phones they released were the D-Razr HD, D-Razr Maxx HD and Droid M back in Nov of 2012.

        • Butters619

          Of course they still can do them, but I don’t think they will. It’s a lot of effort to make and support a phone that is an exclusive to a single carrier. Plus, when it’s a carrier branded phone, the carrier gets a lot more say. On top of that, carrier branded phones dilute your brand and confuse your marketing.

          • tomn1ce

            I understand that point. They should just do the Maxx and not make the regular one. But if they don’t do any more droid I just hope that vzw picks up the high end devices that Moto spits out and don’t get beat by at&t on their best devices.

          • Butters619

            Well according to Verizon, Motorola will be the exclusive Droid maker. So expect more Moto Droids :(

          • tomn1ce

            I don’t have a problem with the Droid brand my first smartphone was the OG Droid and that device was what got me using Android. I just hope they don’t release a phone every 3 months like they used to and hopefully they put the latest hardware in them as well.

          • Butters619

            I’m pretty sure you will see more of a yearly release cycle from Moto going forward. And the hardware in the current Droid line matches the Moto X, but depending how you feel about the dual core (and S4 Pro) you may not say it’s top of the line.

    • Dave

      And finally release a device with JB out of the box.

    • EraserXIV

      Anyone realize the Moto X is basically the Nexus 4, just also available on Verizon and has LTE? Same price, same processor (give or take), same RAM, same size, similar resolution, similar battery size.

      • SkylaC90

        OMG!!! YOUR RIGHT!!! with one exception, the Moto X will last 2 days on a single charge (Mind Blown..) and it won’t be fragile plus you can customize the hell out of it and finally the N4 has a quad core snapdragon processor while the MX has a dual core processor of the same variety.

        • Steven Berger

          customize the hell out of it?!?!?! I hope you are right, but the only customizations we have heard of is different colors(maybe different material for the back: wood, metal, etc.) and engravings. Not really “the hell out of it”.

        • Butters619

          It will last a full day. Even with battery optimization I don’t see a 2200 mAh battery pushing a 4.7″ 720p display much more than a day under normal use. But hell, at this poin in time I will take a full day phone. One X is a 3/4 day phone.

      • decidedtochangename

        If the $300 pricing for 16 GB and $350 for 32GB turn out to be true then yes, it’s still a big deal. There’s people who are still buying Note 2’s which have about the same specs. I would buy a phone with Note 2 specs for that price.

        • ImmaDroid

          Theres no way that it going be $350 off contract through Google play if iy will be Verizon compatible. You know they wont let fly

          • Stephen

            if it happens, i will be so excited.

          • michael arazan

            Verizon will want it to sell to customers and get their $200 mark up for middleman charges and contract leverages

        • michael arazan

          But if a Motorola Flagship device is coming out in October, wouldn’t we want to wait for that?
          I may have to get the Moto x personally just on price alone because i am on unlimited and have to pay full price for a phone and $350 isn’t too bad for 32 gb

    • michael arazan

      Can we get Julius to retrieve Motorolo’s soul back like in pulp fiction

    • LiterofCola
  • Adam Collins

    Is it bad that I’m no longer interested in these at all? Too excited for the MotoX to bother caring about the tarnished DROID line.

    • NexusPhan69

      I’m right there with you.

    • Geekdad

      I wasn’t until the Moto X was announced with only 16GB. These might have to do for now.

      • Den Dolansky

        Umm…it’s coming in 16 and 32gb flavors. Where have you been?

        • Geekdad

          The Moto X has only been shown to come in 16gb. Do you have a source showing otherwise?

          • bnx

            Everything is rumor just wait till an official announcement.

    • LiterofCola

      Why are you excited for the Moto X? This is going to blow it out of the water.

      • Adam Collins

        They’re ugly and the droid name is ruined, plus I’d want a phone that can be developed on.

  • NexusPhan69

    I can’t lie; I completely forgot about this happeneing tomorrow. I just don’t care. These are clearly still from the pre-Google Motorola and they just don’t interest me. I’ll follow along and maybe I’ll be surprised. Thats the great thing about Android. So many choices.

    • kashtrey

      Though they were likely designed prior to Google, everything seems to indicate that they will have many of the features software wise as the Google/Motorola phones.

      • NexusPhan69

        We’ll see tomorrow. I still can’t get over the style of these. My GNex looks way better. Boo.

        • LiterofCola

          Bwahahahahahahahahahahah. Sorry.

  • Eric R.

    Snapdragon 800, or Terra 4 I can only hope.

    • hkklife

      We wish! We still cannot even get a Droid-branded Moto with 2Gb RAM!

      • kixofmyg0t

        Until tomorrow.

    • AxemRed

      Nope, they will save that for the next Droid they will be announcing in October. ;)

  • emoney

    i really just want to upgrade my old ass Incredible, please release something half decent.

    • Sirx

      Holy cow! Can’t believe you’re still rocking that! Never say die indeed.

      • emoney

        my charge lasts till just after the sun rises. it’s terrible

        • CapnShiner

          You could just get a new battery for it.

    • James Hill

      GS4 not decent enough for you?

      • emoney

        it is a great device, just not what I’m looking for

    • Alex

      Still rocking the Dinc with CM myself. Just haven’t found anything on Verizon that seems like it had staying power. Almost bought a DNA but then heard the One was in the pipeline. Yet here we are, nine months later….

  • Viva Droid

    Viva Droid!

    • lgreg64

      and don’t forget the Viva Droid Maxx

      • Timothy McGovern

        You ruined it

        • LiterofCola

          It was ruined from the beginning