Verizon's New Motorola Droids Packed With Power in Slim, Tough Frames

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-07-29 Print this article Print

Verizon Wireless introduced a trio of Droid-branded devices July 23, saying they put an emphasis on intelligence, strength and endurance." Google-owned Motorola, which made the phones, calls them its "best-performing products yet." Each new Droid has its super power: The Ultra is thin, the Maxx has an impressive battery life, and the Mini packs the perks of the larger two into a more-compact physique. All three feature the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System, which consists of eight cores—two high-end application processors, four graphics processors and two unique cores. This unique setup, says Motorola, "makes Droid a finely tuned machine that enables amazing new software capabilities while providing improved overall performance and extended battery life." All three Long Term Evolution (LTE) smartphones run Android 4.2.2, are wrapped in super-strong DuPont Kevlar fiber, come with a dual-core processor, near-field communication (NFC) technology and Zap—an easy way to share content with other phones in a 300-foot range—and will be available from Verizon beginning Aug. 20. 

  • Verizon's New Motorola Droids Packed With Power in Slim, Tough Frames

    By Michelle Maisto
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  • Verizon's New Family of Droids

    The main boast around the Droid Ultra is its slim physique, while the Droid Maxx boasts the longest-lasting battery on a 4G LTE smartphone and the Droid Mini is, as the name suggests, compact. With two-year Verizon contracts, they'll sell for $199.99, $299.99 and $99.99, respectively.
    1-Verizon's New Family of Droids
  • Droid Ultra

    The Droid Ultra features a 5-inch HD 720p (720x1280) display, a 10-megapixel back camera, a 2-megapixel on the front and a 2,130mAh battery.
    2-Droid Ultra
  • Droid Ultra

    The Droid Ultra measures 71.2mm by 137.5mm by 7.18mm. For context, the Samsung Galaxy S4, which also features a 5-inch display, is 69.8mm by 136.6mm by 7.9mm.
    3-Droid Ultra
  • Droid Ultra

    All three new Droids come wrapped in DuPont Kevlar fiber, for strength and a unique look, plus glossy red and black "composites," which give them a "luxurious feel," says Motorola.
    4-Droid Ultra
  • Droid Ultra

    The Droid Ultra, like its sister devices, includes support for LTE, High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA), Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA), General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and assisted GPS, and NFC technologies.
    5-Droid Ultra
  • Droid Maxx

    All three new Droids feature Touchless Control technology, which lets users search for something, make a call or find directions hands-free—even when the phone is asleep—by starting with the prompt, "OK, Google Now."
    6-Droid Maxx
  • Droid Maxx

    The Maxx measures 71.2mm by 137.5mm by 8.5mm and features a 3,500mAh battery, said to offer 48 hours of performance on a single charge. It has the same 5-inch display as the Droid Ultra.
    7-Droid Maxx
  • Droid Maxx

    The Maxx features the same cameras as the Ultra and the Mini, along with Quick Capture technology, which wakes a photo with a quick twist of the wrist, helping users snap a scene before it's gone.
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  • Droid Maxx

    The Maxx, like the other new Droids, also includes a feature called Droid Zap, which enables a user to share photos and videos with other Android devices (running Ice Cream Sandwich or higher) within 300 feet.
    9-Droid Maxx
  • Droid Mini

    Most minis are smaller but also lower-end versions of larger models. The Droid Mini, however, is a smaller phone—for those who care more about pocketability than 5 inches of screen real estate—with exactly the same power as its larger siblings.
    10-Droid Mini
  • Droid Mini

    The Mini features a 4.3-inch display and a 2,000mAh battery. All the technologies packed inside it, though—from the cameras to LTE to the eight cores—are the same as in the Maxx and the Ultra.
    11-Droid Mini
  • Droid Mini

    The Mini measures 61mm by 121.3mm by 8.9mm thin. Like the other new Droids, it features Active Display technology, which shows off things such as the time and new messages without illuminating the whole screen and shortening the battery life. Like Active Display and Touchless Control, Motorola says the result of these technologies is "doing things faster and staying connected to what matters most."
    12-Droid Mini
  • Moto X

    Verizon brands the Motorola phones as Droids. But under its own label, Motorola has at least one other major device planned for this year—the Moto X. The X.1? Feel free to read into this photo, which Google, in an overall very Apple-like ad, placed in several major newspapers July 3 to announce that the X will be made in the United States.
    13-Moto X
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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