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Verizon announces Motorola DROID Mini, Ultra, and Maxx

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Verizon held a press conference today, and they announced three new devices to go into their DROID lineup. Those devices are the Motorola DROID Mini, DROID Ultra, and DROID Maxx. All three are the next generation of Motorola devices, so they include a bunch of cool features we’re expecting to see in the Moto X whenever it releases.

These new devices will be powered by a very unique processor called the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System. This is an octa-core chip with dedicated cores for a few functions. Two of the cores are standard processing cores, four are graphics processing cores, one is a contextual computing processor core, and one is the natural language processor core. Quite impressive, but will it be “high end?”

The DROID Ultra will feature the 10 megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture that was rumored to be the “Clear pixel” camera. We don’t know if this is it, but we’ll find out soon! The DROID Maxx also features a 48 hour battery in a small, 8.5mm body (compared to the DROID RAZR MAXX HD’s 32 hour battery in a 9.3mm body).

The DROID Ultra and Maxx will features 5-inch 720p displays, surprisingly. Considering all flagships now have 1080p displays, and these will have a lower density than the older models, we’re not sure how to feel about that. Luckily, they aren’t PenTile at least. And the DROID Mini gets a smaller 4.3 inch display, but still 720p.

An emphasis was placed on the new touchless control system. This will allow you to activate functions of the device without touching it. This is done through speech, as the phone listens with its new dedicated cores and activates when you speak to it. Then there is active display, which turns on the screen really dimly to display notifications instead of using a notification LED. Hopefully that won’t waste too much battery.

There are also a few extra little features. DROID Zap allows you to share photos with other phones with a swipe. DROID Command Center is the classic three ring widget that has some controls in it, from the looks of it. The devices will come pre-loaded with Ingress, Google’s strange scavenger hunt. And if you buy one of these devices before September 30th, you’ll get six months of free Google Play Music All Access.

These devices are now available for pre-order if you want to go order them. The DROID Mini is only $99, the Ultra is $199, and the Maxx is $299, all with 2-year contracts. They start shipping August 20th, and will come out soon after.

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