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A recap: the DROID family - MAXX, Ultra and Mini, launching today

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The new DROID family, from left to rig - Motorola DROID Mini, Ultra, MAXX

The new DROID family, from left to rig

Motorola DROID Mini, Ultra, MAXX


We don't see it as any kind of a stretch to come out and say it outright – it's a pretty exciting time of the year, if you're a tech enthusiast. With some highly-anticipated devices (to put it very lightly) already out of the shadows, we now turn our attention to the next in line – the upcoming Motorola DROID trio – the Ultra, MAXX and Mini. Of course, none of this is, strictly speaking, official – nevertheless, most of it appears as reliable as it can get when unsanctioned leaks are involved.

Speaking of leaks, lately, when it leaks it usually pours. Not so much with the upcoming smartphone line of the now Google-owned Motorola. In fact, intel is kind of scarce, especially in the case of the DROID Mini – probably because it's the least interesting of the trio.

But the Mini is rather self-explanatory – its name clearly puts it in a category of its own. What about the Ultra and MAXX, though? Much less obvious, since both names try to communicate a mostly interchangeable message: “I am the flagship”. From what we know, so far, the only difference between the two would be the significantly bigger battery on the DROID MAXX – the rest of the hardware specs are, supposedly, identical.

With this distinction out of the way, and without any further ado – lets have a quick recap on what we think we know about the line that will dethrone the RAZR moniker to establish its own.

We present to you: the Motorola DROID family

Regardless of how Motorola decides to play this out, the MAXX is the clear flagship, having the, you know, better specs. Therefore, bar battery, everything that is true of the MAXX is also true for the Ultra (sans slimness, probably).

Of course, hardware is at least half of the deal, so we'll start there – we're expecting to see really top of the line specs here, meaning a 5-inch 1080p display powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 system-on-a-chip and 2GB of RAM. Motorola's ClearPixel technology is also expected to make an appearance in the 10MP sensor of both the MAXX and the Ultra. The pixel count, whether its camera will incorporate the new imaging tech or not, plus the exact hardware specs, remain unknown in the case of the DROID Mini.

We did mention battery being the differentiator between the MAXX and the Ultra, and here's something a bit more precise: the MAXX will come with a giant 3,500mAh battery, while the Ultra will sport a far more frugal 2,130mAh one.

For comparison sake, the DROID RAZR MAXX HD (ain't that a mouthful), the predecessor of the MAXX, featured a slightly smaller 3,300mAh battery, whereas the Ultra-equivalent of old – the DROID RAZR HD actually had a slightly bigger 2,530mAh battery.

The DROID Mini is expected to come with the same 2,000mAh battery its predecessor sported.

All new DROIDs, according to this same listing, will incorporate wireless charging capabilities.

The trio is expected to arrive packing Gorilla glass protection and a Kevlar body. Unlike its previous line, however, Motorola has changed its utilitarian philosophy in terms of design and decided to go for a rich choice of colors, much like with the Moto X.

Speaking of the Moto X, we have no reason to believe any customization options apart from the color of the Kevlar body will be available. We're also unclear whether the 'always-on listening mode' will make an appearance with the DROID line. LTE will surely be supported, but we're also wondering about LTE-Advanced.

As you can clearly see, and much unlike the supposed 'people's handset' – the Moto X – we've come across a far scarcer amount of details. That, more than anything, should convince you to tune in for our liveblog in just a few hours, when Verizon is expected to introduce the line.

Should you find yourself asking for more, then the gallery underneath should get you sorted until it gets official.

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posted on 23 Jul 2013, 08:43 1

1. blazee (Posts: 239; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


If the maxx comes without the moto blur I might be sold on it

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 08:43

2. MikeG77 (Posts: 348; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


So the New Mini battery is slightly smaller and yet it has the same size battery as before.....am i missing something or is this a typo?? Maxx looks good but if the specs are correct it seems like Motorola intentionally made the Ultra considerably smaller relative to the Maxx and the RAZR HD to push people to it. Personally i would get the Maxx but it all depends on the bloatware, camera quality, software tweeks and if they offer a developer version.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 09:03

5. Chris.P (Posts: 196; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


It was a typo. Thanks for bringing it up. :)

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 08:43 1

3. saltydog15 (Posts: 11; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


The DROID Mini is expected to come with a slightly smaller, 2,000mAh battery – a jump from the RAZR M's 2,000mAh one.

nice jump

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 09:05

6. Bedz81 (Posts: 42; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)


Haha, i spotted that too, still not bad for mid-range, better than the One Mini. I'm just waiting on international (namely UK) availability.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 08:55 1

4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3643; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I hope the 2,130 mAh battery leak isn't right. Not only is it actually smaller than the Razr HD's, but it's going to be powering a 1080p display and Snapdragon 800 processor. I would hope for at least 2,600 mAh from the Ultra.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 09:11

7. Kjayhawk (Posts: 273; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


I really don't think we will see a Snapdragon 800... More like a S4 Pro or maybe a 600... I just can't see motorola bringing top of the line specs... sorry

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 10:01

9. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3643; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I was just going based on rumors. I honestly don't expect a Snapdragon 800 either, but I haven't seen anything that disproves it, so I'm being optimistic.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 09:48

8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1927; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I agree with Kjayhawk. Unless they decide to start a new precedent here, I highly doubt these devices will feature the Snap 800. Motorola's year end devices always seem to sport the same processors as the mid-year flagships. S4 Pro or Snap 600 definitely.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 10:16

10. MrKharming (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Is the event being streamed ?

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