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