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Verizon and Motorola Announce the DROID ULTRA, MAXX, and Mini

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Verizon and Motorola unwrapped their latest collaborations today at a press event in NYC as the DROID ULTRA , DROID MAXX, and DROID Mini.

The DROID ULTRA is all about being thin, with the MAXX acting as the battery workhorse, and the Mini is about being “compact without compromise.” 

In terms of specs for the ULTRA, we’re looking at a 10MP camera, with a kevlar back, a better CPU than last year’s RAZR HD, along with double with the RAM. The device carries a 5″ 720 OLED display and a 2,130mAh battery.

The MAXX carries similar specs, but jumps battery life up to 48 hours on a single charge, yet is still 8.5mm thick. Inside is a full 3,500mAh battery and 32GB of onboard storage. The MAXX also supports wireless charging, but it isn’t clear yet whether the ULTRA is also capable. We are leaning towards yes.

Motorola is also implementing a new 8-core processor architecture that they are calling X8 Mobile Computing. They are dedicating cores to select areas of the device, like 2 application processor cores, 4 graphics process cores, 1 contextual computing core, and 1 natural language core.

On a software front, these new DROIDs will use some of the Moto X’s tricks in terms of voice control without having to touch the device. You’ll see the on-screen notifications, though the entire screen doesn’t need to light up in order to show you them. They are also introducing a new camera sharing feature called DROID ZAP (hah, really?).

Pricing is as follows:  ULTRA at $199 on contract, MAXX at $299 on contract, and the Mini will be $99 on contract. You can pre-order today – devices ship August 20. Buyers should note that if you purchase the device before September 30, you receive six months of Google Play Music All Access for free.

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  • What is a natural language core [out of the 8 processor cores]?

  • Brandon Wood

    Is it me or does this new line of droid phones seem like there named after tampon sizes? mini Max and ultra lmao

  • Brandon Wood

    Is it me or do the new line of droids sound like tampons max mini and ultra

  • SkylaC90

    I want the maxx version of this phone, 48 hour battery life!!!!!

  • Liderc

    Not impressed, but we saw this coming. We need to flush all of these phones that were designed pre-Google buyout and be done with them. Not having a 1080P screen is kind of laughable right now considering it’s been, what, a year since we saw the first one?

  • AC

    what…no jlo?

  • Tyler James Edward Hills

    Does this mean the Moto X will carry this X8 mobile computing architecture as well?

  • John Burke

    According to PocketNow, the 4.3 update increases the Nexus 4’s battery life by 500%…so if the Maxx already lasts 48hours, does that mean when it gets 4.3 it’ll last a week and a half? LoL
    I’m still more super skeptical about PocketNow’s results…but just imagine that for a moment.

  • AndrewScottRox

    Why can’t they just keep the dang back of the phone a solid color instead of using kevlar? 20010 called and it wants it’s gimmick back.

  • StankyChikin

    Sarge is probably scrambling to update his Moto X specs right about now.

  • James Hill

    So, it still looks like the Note 3 is going to be the phone we’re all going to be waiting for.

  • NexusMan

    That 6 month All Access deal is sweet.

  • Eric

    I just want to know how can they honestly release a 720p phone 7 months into 2013? Once again Motorola dropped the ball.

    • Dave S.

      I understand the sentiment, but honestly, at just 5”, 720p is perfectly fine. That, and I’d imagine that 1080p screens chew up more battery life…not that that would be a big problem with the MAXX, but still.

      • Eric

        With all the 1080p this year it is a big deal. Everyone wants a better screen. When people see these sitting next to a 1080p S4 which one do you think they’ll choose?

        • Dave S.

          For the majority of what anyone is doing on a cell phone these days, 720p is more than enough. Would a 1080p screen be nicer?…sure, but it’s not necessarily a deal breaker for me. I’d much rather have a quality screen (which this one will be) and a phone that simply works and handles anything I happen to throw at it (which it looks like these phones will do).

          • DJ SPY

            And that actually let’s you accomplish what ever you want to do without fearing that the phone will die due to the battery.

        • Paul Hansen

          Motorola has positioned themselves as a battery life company. Those 1080P screens draw a fair amount of energy compared to 720. Once the power draw on those screens comes down I’m sure they’ll start using them but until them 720p is totally fine. Look at the nexus 7. It’s bigger and same res. Looks fine. Just sayin.

          • Eric

            Even going from my Gs3 to the Nexus 7 the nexus 7 screen looks terrible and washed out and I can see the pixels.

  • A.Miller

    I wonder how the camera will be? That is becoming in the top 1-3 things for me in a new phone.

  • Alexander

    What’s the processor clock at?

  • Shane Redman

    So everyone gets an Ingress invite and 6 Months of Google Play All Access Music free???

  • abrego47

    this dual core is the 8 core system in it so it might be different!

  • Jon

    Anything about the HTC One?

    • abrego47

      that is what i’m hoping for still

  • 18footJ

    Droid Mini is $500 off-contract.

    I think it’s safe to put the Droid-X sub $300 price rumor to rest. More likely to be around $400.

    • StankyChikin

      Kind of wondering if the X is just a variant of the mini or vise versa..

      • Kenton Douglas

        Should have exactly the same internals as these 3 but with a 4.7″ screen, and a 2200 battery – and a better design.

  • schoat333

    5″ screen but not 1080? That’s odd. Not that it really matters but you would thing they would follow suit if this is their flagship.

  • BRIM

    5″ with 720p? What is this? 2012?

  • Guest

    Any difference between AMOLED and OLED? or are they essentially the same thing?

  • Kyle Miller

    Nice new Droid phones! Should satisfy a lot of people besides the Moto X diehards.

    • NexusPhan69

      Well, other than the ugly (IMO) external shells this is the moto X with .3″ more screen and capacitive buttons. I’l thrilled by the internals. Better than I expected.

  • DJ SPY

    No 1080p? That’s a bummer. I’m glad they’re implementing the voice commands from the Moto X. Another head scratcher is that the Moto X has a bigger battery than the Ultra.

    • Kenton Douglas

      wonder if it’ll be wireless rechargeable though?

      • DJ SPY

        The Maxx does but the other two don’t.

        • LionStone

          Cool, at least one of them has the feature…maybe the Moto X will too?

        • Kenton Douglas

          Not surprised at the Ultra not having actually. Do you see how thin that thing is! 🙂

  • chris125

    720p? Man Moto always has something to screw up an otherwise great phone.

  • Eric

    720p? No thanks, my gs3 will do just fine.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Seriously? No 1080p display? Sup with that?

  • Robert Macri

    according to droiddoes.com the MAXX has 32GB on board, ultra is 2130maH battery and available in red, white and black

    • DJ SPY


  • tyguy829

    BALLS. The Min, Ultra, and Maxx are $500, $600, and $700 off contract, respectively. Damn

    • DJ SPY

      That $700 price kills it.

  • Charlie R.

    It looks like no MicroSD slot.

  • mustbepbs

    Why is it called the DROID ULTRA when the DROID DNA has a better screen?

    • Justin W

      Because Verizon doesn’t care if it makes sense? I would’ve thought the mid-level (Ultra) would be just Droid and the top level would be Maxx, but that’s not the case.

      • mustbepbs

        Somebody at Verizon needs to understand the meaning of the word ultra.

  • Zach Armstrong

    Not a big fan of the look of the devices Verizon enough with the Kevlar already

    • Kenton Douglas

      The material is fine, it’s the styling …

      • Zach Armstrong

        They should of went with a different design with less Kevlar Instead of the whole back Kevlar

        • Paul Hansen

          You ever try to damage one of those kevlar backs? I’m happy it’s here to stay. Just saying…

          • Liderc

            They’re junk, it’s like a think piece of plastic/rubber.

        • Kenton Douglas

          Maybe, but the colours and patterns on the finish don’t help at all in my opinion. The styling on the Moto X (whatever the material) is much better – less bling!

  • What about the bootloader?

    • WickedToby741

      Locked tight.

  • Justin W

    Up for pre-order and a free 6 month subscription to All Access, according to VZW’s DroidDoes website.

  • Gregory Hill

    Kellex, what are those accessories that they are announcing with this new line? I know I saw headphones, but there are also some box like things, speakers maybe?

  • jnt

    I know it’s OLED and not pentile, which helps, but is it extremely spoiled of me to say I’m a bit worried how a 720p resolution will look on a 5″ screen?

    • NexusPhan69

      It will look fantastic.

    • socarwolverine

      On 5″ screen, it’ll be just fine. Bigger than that, then maybe I’d worry.

    • Kenton Douglas

      How does 720p look on a 7″ tablet? nothing to worry about