updated 12:59 pm EDT, Tue July 23, 2013
Improved processing, battery life touted in new Droid range
Motorola has revealed a trio of previously leaked Droid smartphones, heading to Verizon Wireless late next month. The Droid Mini is the smallest phone in the group, offering the option for a smaller size compared to the other two, while the Droid Ultra poses as the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone on the market, and the Droid Maxx is claimed to have an extremely long battery life.
The Droid Ultra measures in at 7.18mm thick and is encased in a Kevlar unibody design for strength and lightness. It is said to provide 24 percent faster processing than earlier versions of the Droid line, with graphics claimed to be twice as fast as before, courtesy of the Motorola X8 computing system and its use of two cores for applications, four for graphics, one for natural language processing, and one for contextual computing. On the back is a 10-megapixel camera with an f2.4 lens, while the front has a five-inch 720p OLED display.
While the Droid Maxx keeps the same specifications and general shape of the Droid Ultra, it measures a marginally thicker 8.5mm. In exchange for the extra size, it manages to pack in a 3,500mAh battery, which is said to provide up to two days of power, an improvement on the Maxx HD it is replacing. It also retains the Kevlar casing and five-inch 720p OLED display.
The Droid Mini is claimed to have the same power and features of the Droid Ultra, albeit in a smaller device. Even though it manages to have a 720p resolution like its larger stablemates, it instead uses a 4.3-inch LCD screen rather than an OLED version.
The new line offers "touchless control," letting the user make calls and perform searches without looking at or using the screen. A new Droid command center will offer quick access to Droid apps and functions, such as Droid Zap for sharing images with other devices by swiping the screen, and Quick Capture for faster camera loading. Active Display is also present, allowing for just a small section of the screen to be lit up, showing the time or notifications when it is hibernating while also saving power.
The Droid Mini, Ultra, and Maxx will cost $99, $199, and $299 respectively when bought with a two-year commitment. Pre-orders will begin later today, and will be shipping on August 20th.