Droid Does It Again: Ultra, Mini And Maxx Smartphones Coming To Verizon

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News Posted: Tue, Jul 23 2013 12:54 PM
The Droid name (and that eerie sound whenever you get a notification) has grown quite tightly into Verizon Wireless' entire image. The initial Droid phone was initially billed as the anti-iPhone -- the Android-based smartphone that could do everything your Apple phone couldn't. The Droid legacy has grown and expanded quite a bit since then, and now it's Motorola's turn to issue the latest phones in the series. Some might say that these are the final Motorola smartphones to launch pre-Moto X.

Up first is the 4.3" Motorola Droid Mini. Following the footsteps of Samsung and HTC, the company has seen that there's still demand for new phones at the 4.3" form factor. Calling a 4.3" phone a "miniature" phone is probably a bit of a comedic choice, but these days, we have to confess that it's tough to find a flagship phone with an LCD smaller than 4.7". The Droid Mini will be priced at $99 on a 2-year agreement, and will ship on August 29th. Moreover, it'll boast wireless charging capabilities.

The Droid Ultra is the next on the docket, and is said to be the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone available, measuring 7.18mm, and with a 5-inch HD display. It'll ship in Red and Black, boast a Kevlar-based unibody frame, and will cost $199 on contract when it lands on August 20th.

Bringing up the rear is the Droid to get if you just can't seem to keep your phone charged: it's the Droid Maxx -- the successor to the RAZR Maxx HD. Features wireless charging and a 3500mAh battery that gives users nearly two days of battery life on a single charge, making it the longest lasting 4G LTE smartphone available. This one will cost $299 on contract, and will be out before the end of next month.

Jelly Bean will ship on every single one, enabling Google Now to be an integral part of the experience. In fact, users will be able to awaken their phone by simply stating: "Ok Google Now." (Just make sure you aren't in a car full of Droids, huh?)
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I had also read that the Ultra was going to have an 8 core processor.

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timaeus replied on Tue, Jul 23 2013 9:46 PM

Nope. Dual-core processor, with quad-core graphics, from the specs page. Looks like all three have the same processor (same speeds, at least), though without actually identifying the processor model number, it's hard to know for sure. Of course, if that's true, that would also make the Mini the most capable, with the smallest screen... Frustratingly, they don't give actual resolutions for the three. Least not on the Verizon pages.

Ah, yup, checked Motorola's website, and all three are powered by the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System processors, all clocked the same, all running 720P.  So, they'll all perform exactly the same, but MAXX will the have the best battery life, and the Mini will have the highest ppi (I'll leave that to the reader to decide if that's a good thing or not).  Personally I think I'd rather go for the Mini, even without considering price.  I like to be able to use my phones one-handed, and 5" is just way too big for that.  And considering you're not giving up any performance or features for it, at a *much* reduced price... Yeah, I'll definitely take the Mini.

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ajm531 replied on Wed, Jul 24 2013 12:57 AM

I want to know more about the clear pixel camera. Its been noted by moto that this is a legit thing and will save all the specifics for the moto x release. Also im hoping since this is in house the its optimized to the max so performance with a 720p screen and dual core processor on android 4.3 should be as smooth as.... butter yep i said it.

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