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Motorola announces a trio of Droids

All three Droids can be pre-ordered starting today, but you'll have to wait until August to get your hands on these new smartphones.

Today, Motorola introduced the Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini smartphones. All three are equipped with a 10-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, as well as a couple of interesting photo-specific features. The first, Quick Capture, works by shaking the camera twice in quick succession (with a double twist of the wrist) to access the camera. Then, you can tap anywhere on the screen to activate the shutter and snap a picture.

The second photo-specifc feature is called Droid Zap, which allows users to share pictures by simply swiping up on an image. This only works, though, if the person you want to share the photos with is nearby (within 300 feet) and also has one of the new Droid smartphones. To grab the sent image, all the receiver has to do is swipe down on his or her Droid's screen. Each new Droid is equipped with NFC, which can be used to transfer data to/from compatible devices as well.

All three smartphones are similarly equipped, featuring improved performance (Motorola estimates 24% faster CPUs, 100% faster GPUS) and offer 2GB of RAM, double that of previous models. One can assume (or hope) that the performance boost will speed up any in-phone editing you want to do.

Notable differences include size, storage and battery life. The Maxx measures 71.2mm x 137.5mm x 8.5mm, weighs 167g , sports a 5-inch display, 32GB of storage and an impressive estimated battery life of 48 hours (more than enough time to capture plenty of photos, videos and do some editing, too).

The Ultra has a physical profile similar to the Maxx except it's thinner at 7.18mm and, at 137g, weighs less, which is not surprising given its slimness and estimated 28 hour battery life. It's available with 16GB of storage.

As expected, the Mini is the smallest of the three at 61.3mm x 121.25mm x 8.9mm. It weighs 130g and features a 4.3-inch display. 

Pre-orders can be placed starting today; the Maxx ($300) and the Ultra ($200) are expected to ship on August 20, with the Mini ($100) shipping on August 29.  Pricing is with new, two-year Verizon Wireless agreements.


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One thing not mentioned oddly enough is the red green blue clear pixel array that the sensor uses

Also not mention is the fact the phones use a Moto x8 computing chip. Not quite octacore but similar. The gpu is composed of (I think) 4 adreno 320 CPUs.

So these phones are actually little power houses.

The other 2 cores(besides the 1.7ghz s4) are...
• One local natural language processor (L‐NLP). Motorola proprietary low‐power specialized processor with audio sensors, noise estimators, noise cancellation, and speech recognition technology to enable always-on voice based user interaction without sacrificing battery life.
• One contextual computing processor (CCP). Motorola proprietary low-power specialized processor that computes contextual data from sensors enabling intelligent mobile computing and always-on display mode.


Google must be content to let Motorola hang itself or be a perennial loss... Either that or they had standing contracts with Verizon. These phones don't seem bring anything that would make them stand out vs a One, S4, or even an LG Nexus 4... You gotta think at SOME point they'd either want to leverage Moto's engineering to build a fully in-house Nexus or do something special in some way.


The Moto X should be the in-house Nexus announced on August 1st.

Jeff Keller

Unfortunately it sounds like the Moto X will be a mid-range, rather than flagship phone.

  • Disappointed Droid RAZR MAXX HD owner
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