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We have three new DROID devices to talk about today, so here is a post focused just on the device’s specs. Below, we list out specs for the DROID ULTRA and DROID MAXX. Both devices are almost identical in the shape and size aspect, but the insides differ just ever-so-slightly. They both feature 5″ OLED 720p displays (non PenTile), 2GB of RAM, Moto’s new X8 Computing System and 10MP cameras.Β 

Take some time to acquaint yourself with the new family members.


  • 5″ OLED 720p Display
  • Motorola X8 Computing System
  • Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.7GHz dual-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Touchless Control
  • 10 Megapixel back-facing camera
  • 2 Megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2,130mAh battery
  • 7.2mm thin
  • 16GB of Onboard Storage
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Android 4.2


  • 5″ OLED 720p Display
  • Motorola X8 Computing System
  • Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.7GHz dual-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Touchless Control
  • 3,500mAh battery
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 8.5mm thin
  • Gorilla Glass
  • 32GB of Onboard Storage
  • Wireless Charging
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Android 4.2

More specs will be confirmed and added to this list as details for the devices are released. With only about a single millimeter differentiating these two in looks, which would you lean towards? Wouldn’t the MAXX be the clear buy even though it does cost $100 more on contract? Can’t argue against 48 hours of battery life.

  • D.B.Evans

    Why does Verizon hate phones with adequate storage? If they are going to short-change on storage, why not include an SD slot? The Ultra should be at 32GB, the MAXX at 64GB.

    • hkklife

      Because it’s SO painfully obvious that they want you to stream everything and burn through your tiered data. Samsung is the ONLY manufacturer with the balls to stand up to Google and the carriers and include microSD slots. Of course, Samsung is hell-bent on gimping their devices’ internal storage so they are at fault too.

  • UpdatesFromHTCAreAJoke

    Anything on the little dude?

  • Kanaga Deepan N

    Did Motorola said why they selected Capacitive navigation keys instead of on-screen ones????

    • hkklife

      They didn’t select it, VZW did. More usable screen space and more intuitive are the likely reasoning.

      • scarshapedstar

        Do people still not understand that the on-screen keys disappear when they’re not needed?

        • guest

          not in games

          • scarshapedstar

            Um… yes, they do, on my Nexus 7. Unless it’s a poorly coded game. What exactly distinguishes a “game” from a regular app in terms of coding anyway?

  • Aaron

    So did verizon say anything at all about the one?

  • Drome

    i think this is the clearing out of the old pipeline they were talking about.

  • X8 gpu is going to help carry the load as well

  • csd5

    you cant even tell the difference on a 32 and 40inch 1080p TV but you guys are worried about it on a 5 inch phone….idiots

    • Nathan Aker

      Good point but looking at a S4 and comparing it to my S3 the resolution looks a lot better on the S4.

    • Butters619

      Are you trying to say you can’t tell the difference between 720p and 1080p on 32 & 40 inch TVs? If so, I beg to differ. Connect a bluray player to both TVs and play a movie in native 1080p and down-converted 720p. Even at normal viewing distances you can clearly tell a difference.

      • chris420o

        u know little of tvs…go find a 32″ tv with 1080p…manufactors dont make them because theres is no point you cant tell the dif why most tv sizes are 40″ and up

        • Butters619

          They don’t make them? Really?…..

          Best Buy 32″ 1080p TVs

          Again, with native 1080p content, you can most certainly tell a difference. Unless you are sitting 12 feet away.

        • M3D1T8R

          Why do ignorant people speak. The first LCD HDTV I bought was a Sharp 1080 32″ model, and that was about 6 years ago. More options now. I specifically seeked out that model because a person, myself anyway, absolutely can see the difference. Bluray at 1080 vs 720 is all you need to see it. I can also see the difference up close in 1080 on my current 5″ DNA vs 720 on my previous 4.65″ G.Nexus. But coming from someone who starts their post with “u” , and uses no punctuation, no surprise you’d spout off factually incorrect bs like this, instead of taking a minute to research it

          • chris420o

            Does it feel good to be a big fat liar…a dirty lying pirate hooker

          • M3D1T8R

            Put down the joint, kid.

          • onDroid

            He was mostly correct. The sharp Aquos was the only 32″ 1080p TV for a long time because at that screen size and the average distance a person sits from the TV there is little to no discernible difference between 1080p and 720p. There are tons of 32″ 1080p TVs now. 32″ is considered to be the smallest screen size where it is considered worth is to get 1080p. Anything smaller and you’re just paying extra for the number. That being said, I have a 27″ 1440p monitor for my computer and I can tell the difference between that and 1080p. That has everything to do with viewing distance. At 5″ and an average of 2′ viewing distance there is little discernible difference between 1080p and 720p. The difference is so small that I would rather my screen be a lower resolution in order to save battery. Now, the differences between the S4 and Gnex are all to do with panel tech. The S4’s screen is much brighter, has better color reproduction, and has better contrast ratios. These are extremely important to picture quality but have nothing to do with resolution. The real way to tell the difference in picture quality between phones is to compare them side by side, not on paper.

          • M3D1T8R

            Good post. You are absolutely correct on all counts, other than the first, “he was mostly correct”. You point out there are many 32″ 1080 models. I won’t bother repeating/agreeing specifically with each of your other well written points.

          • onDroid

            Haha, his correctness is debatable. Definitely not any more correct than you. My concern is that Moto hasn’t exactly been a leader in screen technology. I’m not going to discount the phone for being 720p and in fact I could see it being an advantage if done well but I’m afraid that they will just throw in a mid range panel and cal it a day. A 720p display has the potential to look just as good as the S4 and HTC One’s 1080p display if done right. Moto just can’t be cheap with the display tech. I’m interested in what these displays look like in person.

    • JMonkeYJ

      i can easily tell the difference be tween the 720p Nexus 4 and the 1080p HTC One. it’s not a big difference, but it’s easy to see even with normal use (ie not putting it close to your face and trying really hard to see it)

  • legaceez

    OMG you spec whores are so annoying. You guys are why mega pixel marketing works…

    720P and 1080P would nearly be indistinguishable on a 5in screen if the screens are of similar quality (e.g. non pentile, lcd vs oled, etc). You’d have to zoom in with a magnifying glass to justify it.

    S4 PRO is basically the S600 but with dual instead of quad cores. Last I checked those two extra cores make no difference in real world performance. They just get you like a 5% greater benchmark score. While the S800 is a bigger step up, there is nothing the S4 can’t handle at the moment and last I checked nothing even is released with it yet.

    • Iron_Catastrofe

      this >

    • Fozzybare

      “there is nothing the S4 can’t handle at the moment”

      at the moment is the key phrase here. yes, there not be anything that the S4 can’t handle right now but you will be locking yourself into this phone for 2 years. 2 years of being on the S4. who knows what is going to come around in that time.

      • legaceez

        Let me rephrase that then. There will be nothing the S800 can handle that the S4 cannot. Even the top of the line 3D game in two years time. I guarantee it. Sure you might get like 5 more fps but who really cares besides people that obsesses over having the absolute best? At that point they wouldn’t want there S800 anyways.

        • Weber

          You’re gonna have someone call you out on this in two years, either ramming it down your throat or congratulating you for calling it. heh
          I personally agree with you. And Idk why everyone’s GNex is suffering. Mine is still holding up, aside from battery life.

          • tomn1ce

            Thanks to the dev community my vzw G-Nexus is still ticking and working fine…aside from the battery life like you mentioned.

      • Blue Sun

        This is so true. Two plus years down the road on my Xoom tablet is definitely showing it’s age on certain apps. My GNex is almost 2 years in age, & just starting to be not usable for some apps. I’d future upgrade to get 2+ years of usefulness.

        • legaceez

          There in lies the false promise. In two years time both chips will be showing it’s age and you’d want an upgrade no matter which one you had because the technology would have advanced so exponentially.

          There really is no sense in future proofing when the lifetime of these devices is 2-3 years anyways.

          • Dale

            I agree 100% with Blue Sun. My GNex is struggling now and my buddy’s GS2 is still running strong. These phones came out around the same time.

          • legaceez

            Refer to above.

          • Blue Sun

            I think I can get another 6-9 months out of my GNex only due to maintenance & running ROM’s. I don’t think I would be able to say the same for a mid-range device. As for tablets, two years has been a huge evolution from honeycomb.

          • legaceez

            That would make sense as the SnapDragon in the GS2 was quite an upgrade over the TI-OMAP in the GNex. The SnapDragon actually has a different architecture.

            In this case though (S4 PRO vs S600) the difference is a lot less. They both have the updated GPU just 2 v 4 cores in the CPU department. Remember the S4 Pro is actually a new chip. It’s an upgrade to the S4 Plus and S4 regular. I wouldn’t consider the S4 Pro a mid range device at all.

      • These phones have a group of processors in them (6 I think), each dedicated to certain functions. Comparing them against anything else on the market right now is futile. Even benchmarks may be unreliable.

        • Fozzybare

          i was just pointing out that his “S4s are fine right now” was wrong due to the fact that we dont know what is going to happen in the next 2 years for phones…and being stuck on an S4 will kind of suck if any of the innovations in the next 2 years are worthwhile.

          • I’m with ya. Buy for the future, not for today.

    • If you are like me, and you like to cram all sorts of cool stuff on your home screen, you can cram much more on 1080P while maintaining sharper images. Also, I use my phone to remote desktop into my desktop and being able to run a 1080P desktop resolution is key to a more usable experience.

      I am sure dialing your phone works great at 720P, for everything else, there is 1080P πŸ˜›

      • legaceez

        The way most phones and tablets homescreens scale 1080P doesn’t actually give you more usable space but that’s besides the point.

        Maybe for something like RDPing it would be useful but saying 720P is only useful for dialing is pretty off base. Pretty much any game, video, image will look just as good if not better as most things on phones aren’t designed for 1080P.

        • I was only kidding about the phone dialing thing πŸ˜€ And high resolution is more taxing on battery anyway, especially in graphic intensive applications, so I am mostly with you.

          • legaceez

            LOL you got me I took that way too seriously

    • Scott Webber

      This is just not true. The sharpness of text on 1080p vs 720p is a noticeable difference. Do people actually do comparisons before making these ridiculous claims?

      • legaceez

        I do comparisons all the time between all the iPhones, Galaxy phones, Droids, HTC Ones, etc … I’ve handled pretty much every top of the line phone on every carrier. At least to me the difference is barely noticeable even side by side. Even then it’s not that big a deal unless you magnify something. Things like color range and brightness are a lot more noticeable though and not to be confused with resolution. Like i’d have to try and squint really hard to make out any difference at all and I have perfect 20/20 vision.

        People make such a big deal about it but in reality anyone one of them is perfectly usable.

      • Ryan Tervo

        I agree. I just bought an HTC One and S4 over the weekend. I put them in a line with my wifes S3, Nexus 4, and a friends iPhone 5 (ugh lol). Colors aside, the clarity was immediately noticeable, especially with text and websites.

    • Dale

      Engadget is showing a significantly lower benchmark versus the GS4 and One.


      • legaceez

        That’s what I mean though besides benchmark numbers anyone would be hard pressed to find a difference in real life performance.

        Use them side by side and you’d almost have to make up a difference that could be chalked up to network speed or anything else.

        Bottom line is it’s not the end of the world and doesn’t really future proof anything to have the S800 instead of the S4 Pro. Look at how far behind the iPhone is and they still sell like hot cakes.

        • Dale

          I agree. But I would almost put money down saying the same will not be true 2 years from now when Android and its supporting applications are beefier and more demanding.

          • SparkysShocker

            And in those 2 years I think this divided chip structure will have held up better than the Quad core in the HTC One and Galaxy S4

        • AJNYY24

          Ok, we get it.Ur a moto fanboy and will get extremely butt hurt if anyone says anything bad about specs that are included in these phones.You’ve established your non-wavering position on this.Now as for other people chiming in on what they think or their own opinions let them be.Like I’m sure you’re gonna fire back on what what I think but here goes nothing anyways.Coming from a bionic to a DNA I for sure know I’ve seen a difference in resolution especially since I use my phone every now and again to watch Netflix.I deff need my next phone to have 1080p.The quality in my movie watching is so much better on my DNA..Sorry if u can’t tell the difference but I know I can.However,I will say good luck with ur next phone which very much sounds like it’s gonna be one of these three.Btw, the S4 chip is quad core not dual.AJNYY24

          • legaceez

            Actually I’m not a fanboy. I’m getting the Sony phablet phone next. I don’t even own a Moto phone anymore. It’s just the amount of misinformation and spec whoring is pretty annoying. It’s like complaining about mega pixel count in a camera when sensor size and lens is more important. I’m not even defending Moto just specs in general.

            Keep in mind going from the Bionic to the DNA it’s not just the resolution but the overall quality of the display that has been upgraded. That’s the point people don’t realize. The upgrade they’re seeing is has more to do with an improvement in PPI and upgraded LCD/OLED technology than actual resolution bump.

            But hey enjoy your MegaPixels.

          • legaceez

            BTW the S4 Pro chip in this device is a dual core not a quad core. Read the specs above. Not to be confused with the S4 quad core that was in the Nexus 4. It’s actually an upgrade over it even though it has only two cores vs four. Not only is it clocked higher it has an upgraded GPU. Core count is another thing they market that doesn’t necessarily mean higher performance.

            That in itself proves you have no idea what the difference between these chips are and you are a typical consumer that thinks OMGZ higher number means better! Do some research before you argue with me because you will get burned … using personal anecdotal and incorrectly biased evidence means nothing.

      • These phones have an arrangement of processors so the existing processor paradigm and benchmarks do not apply.

  • antinorm

    Only a dual core CPU? I was hoping for a quad core.

    • RoadsterHD1

      Maybe it’s a OCTA core… its just separating the tasks to increase performance.

  • sk102704

    So this is essentially the 5″ version of the Moto X?

    • kixofmyg0t

      With a giant battery if you get the Maxx.

      • tyguy829

        and over twice the price (assuming the $300 pans out)

    • Pengwn

      but with 10 times the bloat!

      • tomn1ce

        Pretty sure something that the dev community can’t handle.

  • Aaron

    So any word on the Htc One?

  • schoat333

    So wait, what the hell is x8 it it has an s4 pro?

    • I think the benchmarking apps thought it was because this is new

    • Satirical processors for the voice commands and things. 2 cpu cores, 4 gpu cores, and 2 for touch free control/notification screen on for minimal battery usage. They are built to run at low clocks and voltage.

      • scarshapedstar

        Satirical? πŸ™‚

        • Fleksy doesn’t play well with chrome beta at all. Heh

        • Chrome Beta and Fleksy don’t mix well.

  • S.Scott Turgeon

    but I have to say that this phone is not a huge upgrade from the crap they put out last year I’m very disappointed I’ll have to see the benchmarks on this times 8 hoopla

  • Lucky Armpit

    Thanks DL for putting this page together. Nothing like one-stop shopping; ’tis why your site is so great. The Maxx is the one for me, but of course I’m going to wait until I see a review and a root method released.

    Okay, now that I’ve got that out of the way, I’m still not sure why everyone is saying “only” 720p display. What do you guys do with your phones that this is an issue? I check email, surf the web, text, and make phone calls. What is a few more lines of resolution going to get me, besides me getting to say “Look at me everyone! My phone has a 1080p display?!?!” Honestly I just don’t understand the gripes over that minor and insignificant detail.

    • Collin Chapin

      I think most of it is because around the same time 1080p screens became available there was also a noticeable jump in screen quality for other reasons.

      I came from a Galaxy Nexus and now have a Droid DNA. If I was an uneducated consumer I would think “I could never go back to 720p” simply because the DNA screen blows away my old Nexus.

      What people don’t realize is that there are many factors that go into a beautiful screen and it’s not all about the resolution. I am very excited to see what these screens look like and have every intention of “down grading” into a Moto X should the off-contract price be reasonable.

      • Lucky Armpit

        Exactly. And since my Razr Maxx isn’t exactly the sharpest screen in the world, I’m sure 720p is going to be quite the upgrade for me. I won’t be missing those black splotches either. πŸ™‚

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Oh god, those make me want to throw my Razr against a wall. I want a black screen, not a black-with-irregular-dark-greyish-blotches screen. Luckily, they don’t show themselves often, and let’s face it, I’d hurt the wall more than the little tank.

    • What Motorola “Droid” articles do you expect from “Droid” Life?

      • DainLaguna

        lol, this sounded mean initially, but you have a point. it IS DROID life after all…its like thanking macworld for reporting on the ipad mini.

        still, great article guys πŸ™‚

    • michael arazan

      Just One Thing….. Please add Full Retail Sales Prices!!

  • Are the front and back facing cameras wide angle?

  • S.Scott Turgeon

    if you go to the Motorola Mobility website this new times 8 Chip looks like it’s made by Motorola

  • Does no body understand how the X8 will work its going to be fast and fluid

    • PyroHoltz

      Is this a question or a comment…or both?


      • Sirx

        Sir, I believed you dropped this: #
        Learn, indeed πŸ˜›

    • I’m going through this trying to spread the word….

  • Jackson

    So that’s probably the chip going in the moto x one would think

  • oh well

    Galaxy S4, it is….

  • chris125

    Not worth the price. More outdated tech trying to push it as “new”

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      So a brand new, never-before seen mobile computing platform combined with brand-new screen tech is outdated? SMH

      • chris125

        Brand new screen tech? Oled isn’t new tech. Not to mention the s4 pro processor is over a year old so yes outdated.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          OLED != AMOLED, they are different tech.

          This is not an S4 Pro, it is an X8 which uses 2 x Krait 300 cores and 2 x application-specific cores, plus the Adreno 320 GPU. It is a completely custom fab that hasn’t been seen in mobile computing before.

          So I stand by my original inference: this device is just as tech-forward (if not more so) than its competitors. Oh, and they were able to squeeze out a 60% increase in battery life per mAh while they were at it, just for S&Gs.

          • chris125

            Where did I say oled is the same as amoled? Oled has been around for awhile…

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Not on mobile.

            However, that discussion is irrelevant as I just looked at Motorola’s spec list and they list it as AMOLED. My dreams of a true OLED screen on mobile are still unfulfilled.

            So, I’ll concede a draw on the issue of “old tech”, as the screen is AMOLED (though is a new panel as its RGB not PenTile), and the processor is a brand-new custom SoC.

  • Bob

    No 1080p on the MAXX? sadface.

  • Alexander

    Where’s that Snapdragon 800 processor Bionic talked about?

    • AxemRed

      I don’t recall him saying that these would have a Snapdragon 800. He said that they supposedly wouldn’t be anything that great. The first place I saw talking about Snapdragon 800 was just a random site speculating.

      • Alexander

        Oh, that makes sense πŸ˜›

      • He said it would be Tegra 4 at one point.

        Do the math.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          I don’t remember him saying anything about these devices except that they weren’t anything really special.

      • hkklife

        No, EVLeaks reported it was an Snapdragon 800 + 1080p screen 2 weeks ago and then BGR ”confirmed” it earlier today. Whoops!!

        • AxemRed

          Oh did they? I didn’t realize that. All I saw was one site that mentioned it in speculation. Derp.

  • Lucas Tetrault

    Is anyone actually impressed by any of this … sadface.

    • bogy25

      No…Droid Razr Maxx owner….I won’t get fooled again.

      • Lucas Tetrault

        Double sadface for you. πŸ™ … πŸ™

      • LiterofCola

        I love my Razr Maxx, but after two years, it’s dying. Definitely getting this bad boy

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life


  • Charles Hobbs

    I’m completely OK with a 720 screen, it’s less battery drain and more compatibility…

    1080p screen on the Wife’s HTC One, and from personal experience, you’d be surprised the apps that aren’t compatible with this or have text too tiny to read because it doesn’t scale…


    This is 2013, no 1080p? GTFO, massive disappointment

  • joejoe5709

    Loving the Maxx battery, the 10MP camera, the mostly stock Android, and 32GB storage. Touchless Control has me very intrigued. This is something I’ve been hoping Google Now would integrate. I like the specs, but I think they could have pushed it just a tad farther and made a huge impact. Here’s hoping there’s a flagship coming with a little bit better specs. As-is, this at least brings Moto back into the game.

  • jscofi


    • UpdatesFromHTCAreAJoke


  • Robert Macri

    Dual core, plus quad core gpu equals 8 cores… where are the other two processors coming from?

    • jackspar

      learn to read dumbass.

  • Is the X8 going to be in the Moto X?? If so instant by!

    • onDroid

      I’m pretty sure it will be. The leaks have pointed to a 1.7GHz S4 Pro dual and that lines up with what the new Droid phones have. Plus there was that benchmark of the Moto X that made no sense because it was using and older processor but benchmarked remarkably well. This would explain the benchmark.

  • MikeD675

    OLED screen? Is this the first on a phone?

    • staticx57

      They have been on phones for years now. Even before android and android has had MANY oled phones.

  • Brum08

    I know it has special notifications on screen but does it have an RGB LED notification light? The VZW chat rep said yes, but I dont think I believe her. Love it on my nexus

  • nate

    5″ and 720p? Why?

  • Bootloader?

    • Greg Morgan

      Need you ask? lol

    • antinorm

      Motorola does have their bootloader unlock program. Hopefully it’ll cover these.

      • EC8CH


  • LiterofCola

    Maxx, need that battery!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    720p OLED? Have we seen this display in person on any other device?

    • Mike

      AMOLED > OLED . Amoled has a higher refresh rate about the only difference between the two

  • wawa

    looks like stock android, but is that confirmed?

    • Josh Carroll

      Doesn’t look stock to me, at least in the screen shot. The “4GLTE” in the status bar is blur not AOSP.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        That’s actually Verizon’s 4GLTE logo. Its on all their branded devices.

        • NexusPhan69

          Except the only stock device they sell.(GNEx.) AKA. Not quite stock.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Forgot that the Verizon GNex was branded. Well done.

            *nearly all their branded devices.

        • Josh Carroll

          I thought I remembered the HTC 4G indicator looking differently. In any case, NOT stock, that was my point. πŸ˜‰

      • sc4fpse

        Additionally, the AOSP Dialer icon is blue, not green, as seen in the photo. Minor difference, but a difference nonetheless.

    • NexusPhan69

      Not quite. Which unfortunately means a very loud no.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Near-stock only. They’ve definitely added some things.

  • JΓ©rΓ΄me Besnard

    I’m so tired of the Verizon Droid phones, it’s not funny. Hopefully they are the last ones of their kind and manufacturers take control of what they sell, not the carriers. It started last year with Samsung pushing the same Galaxy SIII, then a couple of month ago with the HTC One, and finally next week, hopefully we will have the Moto X. It’s about time that we imitate what Apple has done forever with its iPhone.

    • n900mixalot

      Droid = Verizon with Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC
      Apple = Apple

      • JΓ©rΓ΄me Besnard

        It’s not about the amount of flagships. It’s about making them carrier exclusive. We live in the only country that does that! The Xperia Z is an awesome device: T-mobile exclusive. I have a friend on Verizon who would love a S4 active: ATT exclusive. I’m with Google: carriers should be dump pipes. Can’t wait for my contract to be up and starting going with pre-paid plan. Freedom!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

        • n900mixalot

          Oh, I didn’t get that from your original post.

    • joseph barrientos

      samsungs getting there themselves, with all of their s variants, from the fascinate to now with 3 different notes, a mini, an active, its getting pretty damn annoying too

      • n900mixalot

        I’d hate to go grocery shopping with ya. “ALL OF THIS F***ING CHOICE IN CEREALS! GAHHH!!!”

        I don’t like any of the Droid devices personally, but whatever. Pointless for me to bash anyone over it. There’s always going to be someone who doesn’t like something. Some are less vocal about it than others–it’s a sign of maturity.

        • joseph barrientos

          choices we like, but slightly changing something and slapping a new name on it isn’t helpful to anyone, it’s apparent that they’re only looking out for number of sales (which they should, its a business) however atleast respect your customers enough to not try to polish a turd and call it gold. *cough *cough apple *cough

      • JΓ©rΓ΄me Besnard

        I agree with you. Samsung is getting under my skin. I loved their commercial for the S3 (“how do you know it’s a different phone, it looks the same”) but it turned out the S4 looks like the S3. And I don’t even wanna get started with Touchwizz. It ruined my original Galaxy Tab 10.1 that was shipped with stock Honeycomb. To replace it, we ended up getting a Chromebook (my wife wanted a physical keyboard) which by the way, we love. My next tablet will be a Nexus 10!

        • Nathan Aker

          The S3 and S4 are similar but they didn’t go the identical rout that Apple went going from the 4 to the 4S. The Screen got bigger, the device got flatter, and they changed the location of the flash on the back of the phone.

          • JΓ©rΓ΄me Besnard

            Agreed. Few changes but not enough to mention in a commercial and poke at Apple again. Honestly, you and I can see the differences. Most buyers however can’t. BTW, I spot a S4 right away by looking at the shape of the home button that is now symmetrical.

          • Nathan Aker

            I’m Sure they’ll do one of those commercials again around the launch of the next iPhone but yeah you’re probably right they’re not gonna make fun of keeping the design the same. And I thought I was good at spotting a S4 but I don’t think I can tell by the Home button lol I usually can tell by the smaller bezel and all the sensors on top.

  • turdbogls

    so 1.3mm = almost 1400mah? thats crazy. i realize they were going for the super thin phone, but why not throw on .5 mm and put a 2700 mah battery in there?

    • NexusPhan69

      For the extra $100

      • Averix

        Wireless charging and 32 GB vs 16 GB also. Makes that $100 more palatable.

      • turdbogls

        thats what i figured…but the Razr HD and HD maxx only had a 600Mah difference i believe and people payed the difference.

  • n900mixalot

    Mini and Ultra: 16 gigs of onboard storage
    Maxx: 32 gigs of onboard storage

  • achilles

    Does it have a micro-sd card slot? If not, then its the Note 3!

    • n900mixalot

      Doesn’t look like any of them do according to the specs on the Verizon site.

    • hkklife

      Only if they offer the Note with more than 16Gb storage!

      • n900mixalot

        Dunno, but chances are we’ll get external storage … maybe.

  • 2Berad

    Are these waterproof like the HD Maxx?

    • emoney

      they have a nano coating that makes them repel water

      • NexusPhan69

        I’m wondering if that will be on the Moto X too. (I think) All of the previous Droid Razr’s have had the coating but it wasn’t readily advertised so hopefully the X will too. Bionic? Haha.

  • Greg Morgan

    Doesn’t look like SD Card support.

    • n900mixalot

      Doubt it.


    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Nope, no SD Card.

  • Jimeong Lee

    OLD 720 displays…that made me chuckle.

  • Adam Emshwiller

    so would this have the “always on”, “always listening” voice search like the Moto X has?

  • Will P

    old displays or oled displays? (or both)

    • Jonathan Bunch

      720p…is it 2011?! Come on now moto.

      • UpdatesFromHTCAreAJoke

        Seriously, we should have 4K on our phones by now! I don’t think a device with less than at least 9000 PPI is acceptable in 2013.

        • Jonathan Williams


        • Jacob

          If we had devices with 4k ultra hd the battery life on the cell phones would be about 5 minutes, unless they were as thick as phones from the 80’s. The new droid devices are 720p because it goes along with the 48 hour battery life. It’s actually been proven that any screen over 250ppi can’t be disassociated with regular 1080p, it all looks the same just darker contrasts. The iPhone is actually less than 720p, they just call it a retina display because you can’t see individual pixels. Sincerely, I’m 14 and I still know more than some of the people on this site.

      • Kanaga Deepan N

        Come on… Its non-pentile 720p, which is better than MaxxHD’s pentile, imho…

      • Blue Sun

        Who was crazy enough to down vote this? Consumer Cellular users?

  • ramifications

    If only they had 1080p screens… the Maxx would have been my next phone. Probably gonna pick up an HTC One or S4 now.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Wait, what? Is the resolution really that big of a deal that it overrides the fact that it gets nearly triple the battery life?

      • Guest

        So your eye is so keen that it can distinguish between 720p and 1080p on a 5″ screen? By all intents and purposes, 720p is high definition. So that means the Maxx can save the processor and battery from that extra resolution and put it towards stuff that actually matters.

        • ramifications

          Have you looked at a galaxy s4 next to a galaxy s3? You can definitely see the difference. Or at least I can. Not sure about everyone else. The 1080p screen looks gorgeous, while the 720p screen just looks good.

          • Zacharypt

            S3 wasnt high definition. 480p I believe

          • S2556

            no 720p. the Gnex had 720p which came out 6 months earlier.

          • Zacharypt

            Thanks for the courteous response. My bad. #humbled

          • Just….just log off, now!

          • Zacharypt

            Don’t be a douche. Look at s2556. They know how to handle bad info.

          • AxemRed

            There’s more involved than 1080p vs 720p I think. My GNex looks like crap (imo) compared to other 720p screens I have seen.

          • ceejw

            Put an S3 next to a One X and it also looks like crap and those screens are the same resolution. The S3 and gnexus screens were bad because they were pentile not because they were 720P.

        • Most people can barely tell the difference between 720p and 1080p on a 32 inch screen.

          • turdbogls

            sitting 8 feet away.

        • onDroid

          Exactly. This is why for the longest time the smallest 1080p TV you could buy was 32″. From a normal viewing distance the human eye cannot tell the difference between 720p and 1080p on a 32″ screen. Considering the viewing distance is dramatically changed from a TV to a cell phone this does not scale properly but the same logic applies. I would actually rather have a 720p phone. If I can’t tell the difference in resolution then why would I want my GPU working harder to put out more pixels and consuming more battery?

      • ramifications

        It is a big deal to me. I look at my friend’s S4 and it’s 1080p screen looks phenomenal compared to the 720p screen in my galaxy nexus. And these droid’s will have larger screens and thus lower ppi than my nexus.

        I wish I could have both, but I’d rather just charge my phone and enjoy the beauty of the 1080p screen.

        • The GNEX screen is not very good. You’re not comparing them properly – pentile is just trash. 720p on a phone smaller than 5 inches is completely fine.

          • n900mixalot

            I’m one of those people who can’t tell. I think the GNex screen looks great…

        • TSY87

          I can definitely tell between 720p and 1080p at 5″… its minor, but its there. I also understand there are other features that come into play with what makes a good looking screen. That being said, I dont think Motorola has ever been known to have amazing displays… I’m still bitter from the bionic.

          • UpdatesFromHTCAreAJoke

            Those godawful displays Moto put out were a joke. Droid 3, 4 – the displays weren’t low-res, but due to the tech they looked pixelated to the point of being distracting

          • Dean

            I still have the Bionic. Sooo… any of these phones will be a step up. A big step up.

            I do have to say the build quality has been great and the phone is still functioning well enough for me to hold out and see what’s around the corner.

            Anxious to see reviews of the Moto X compared to these phones, and how they all fit together.

        • onDroid

          I can tell the difference between my Gnex and the S4 I have for work. The Gnex screen looked great to me until I got the S4. Now it looks like crap. The thing is, the Gnex isn’t lacking in resolution. When I compare the two screens and look at things like text, they both look crisp. The S4’s screen is better because it is brighter, has better color reproduction, and better contrast. None of those things are dependent on resolution but are a product of panel technology. Go look at a high end Samsung or Panasonic HDTV and compare it to something from Westinghouse or some other cheap manufacturer. Do the high end tvs look better? Yes, they look much better but I bet you they both have the same screen resolution. People judge these displays too much based on resolution when we already have such high ppi that the human eye cannot possibly tell the difference between 720p and 1080 at such a small screen size. If you want to judge a phone’s screen nowadays then go to a best buy or your carrier’s store and look at them side by side with comparable brightness settings. Only then will you be able to tell which screen is better.

      • UpdatesFromHTCAreAJoke

        I have special eyes! O_O

    • Xious

      So your eye is so keen that it can distinguish between 720p and 1080p on a 5″ screen? By all intents and purposes, 720p is high definition. So that means the Maxx can save the processor and battery from that extra resolution and put it towards stuff that actually matters. 1080p is just a spec, nothing more.

      • zachos

        It’s actually a pretty big difference and not “just a spec.” On a 5″ screen, 1080P (1920×1080) is 441 PPI. 720P (1280×720) is 294 PPI. I realize there is a point where the average eye can’t distinguish additional PPI, but there is a definite, distinguishable difference between 441 and 294 PPI at the distance most people hold a 5″ phone from their eyeballs.

    • KJ Burrier

      I spend large amounts of time on my lapdock 500 with my droid bionic… the idea that people are disappointed by the 720 over 1080 makes me want to lmao… if we are talking TV sets or projectors I can understand, especially if they are edge lit LEDs but on a 5″ screen with a supior construction… come on you’re just looking for a reason not to like it or you have no idea what you are complaining about. Not trying to come off condescending but that’s just the reality of the matter. What moto has done with hardware and software upgrades, not to mention durability of design, more than justifies the screen choice. I am disappointed by not having a SD card slot if this is true. It is not a big problem for most currently but for future purposes of apps and software hogging up so much more space it may be quickly realized. That and when a phone becomes lifeless it is so much simpler to transfer a card to your new device no matter what make or model that device is. Options is the name of the game and I hate to see those limited in any way whether they are currently needed or not. This is true for their decision to drop webtop suport as well, I really enjoy the option to use my device as an all purpose device and think they lacked in properly marketing it is the only reason it apperead not to be so popular. I have seen companies do this in the past too numerous to mention that they give up too early on a technology and it takes many years to just catch back up to where they were then.

  • Tony G.

    I would’ve bought this last year. good specs, not great

  • Kevin


    • dtraini30

      Get over it.

      • jose

        What is wrong with this site? When Samsung or HTC release a phone with MEH specs they get ragged on. But if Moto does it we make excuses. GTFO

        • AxemRed

          I’d say the Moto X has taken its fair share of grief for the dual core.

  • tyguy829

    Does the ultra not have gorilla glass?

    • It could, but it’s not confirmed yet.

      • tyguy829


        • n900mixalot

          Because we live in the world of higher expectations than we really need to. That leads to people dying with regrets.

      • Thomas

        According to http://www.droiddoes.com it does have GG. So yes, change this from “confirmed” to confirmed πŸ˜‰