Jul 23 AT 12:06 PM Dima Aryeh 10 Comments

Verizon announces Motorola DROID Mini, Ultra, and Maxx


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.

Source: The Verge

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    As much as I’m not a fan of the Droid series of phones, it’s great to see some of the Moto X stuff sneaking into the “old school” Motorola products! Kudos to them for improving on things that were previously expected to be written off as “not my problem”. Obviously, this is a good financial decision for them!

  • redraider133

    Wonder how this chip will stack up to others? Also 720p? They could have really had a winner with 1080p screen on the maxx battery.

  • Nate B.

    The reason it’s a 720p screen is because OLED at that resolution allows them to have that feature where only the middle of the screen turns on when you have notifications. This feature was shown off on the Moto X video. Same reason why they also has a 720p screen. You can’t do that with a 1080p OLED screen. At least not yet. I’m sure they considered it but they weren’t able to achieve it.

    • Bobba

      Um…yes you can do that on a 1080p AMOLED screen. I’m using an app on my Galaxy S4 that copies the feature. And also the S4 has this feature stock. There’s even a OEM Samsung cover for the S4 that has a window in the cover that allows it to show notifications on just a portion of the screen through the window.

  • jonstle

    It really looks like a solid line up of phones! I can’t wait to go and try these out along with the new Moto X.

    • breckdroid

      Yeah I’m super excited to try out all the upcoming Motorola phones.

      I am a little curious to see if Moto will drop HD(1080p) versions of the Maxx and Ultra in the near future. It wouldn’t be unprecedented. They did battery capacity bumps with the Motorola HD vs HD Maxx. Except now it’d be resolution increases Motorola Maxx vs Maxx HD. We shall see.

  • John Patrick

    Sorta skeptical of the battery life. 28 and 48 hours of ‘talk time’ on the Ultra and Max respectively.. Wish they would give a flat-out X number of hours of screen-on time at max brightness. Those talk times are a little deceptive since who knows how dim they run the screen and what power-saving features are enabled. This is even more critical when using sealed in batteries.

  • lou2cool88

    I’m excited for these phones but I can’t for the life of me figure out why they went with capacitive buttons instead of on-screen… 48 hr battery life, though…

  • DrFaust

    As always the battery life is very attractive on these phones, and I like the look and construction, but the processor is a bit disappointing; don’t be fooled by the marketing speak of the “x8″ processor, its just a modified snapdragon pro, which is almost a year old processor. I would have liked to see Motorola make their top-end phones actually top end, instead of mid-range.

  • donger

    But it’s Verizon.