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

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-07-29

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. 

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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