Latest Motorola DROID Ultra leak shows both sides of eagerly awaited handset
A couple of comments about the cosmetics of the device. The Motorola DROID Ultra is thinner than the 'MAXX' version that evleaks outed the other day. This makes sense because of the thicker cell used for the extended battery. Also, the phone will be available in black, white (XT-1080W) and red (XT-1080R). We should also point out the lack of any branding on the front of the phone save for a small Motorola bat wings logo on the front corner of the phone.
While we are told not to expect the Motorola Moto X at the manufacturer's July 11th event, no one said anything about the new DROID models.
source: TheUnLockr via AndroidGuys
1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
Only flaw you might be able to point out with this phone would the camera :)
7. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4217; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Even then, Google did say they wanted to focus on cameras, so this camera might actually be decent. The text around the camera module looks like it says 10 megapixels, which is the same that is rumored for the Moto X
27. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
The only flaw is the fact that it will be a Verizon phone which means bloatwear up the ass, updates as fast as a snail, CDMA not GSM standard, and no unlimited data which means that LTE chip is being wasted.
29. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10088; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Or, you know, LTE coverage all over the US.
37. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
True, but for me in Chicago, I have NEVER seen the LTE speeds go over 10mbps (I'm downtown) and the signal penetration through walls is pretty wimpy.
Also yeah, I'm on a 2gb data limit and it really does suck. You hit that amount in no time. I'd kill for 5gb.
2. Meleagru (Posts: 91; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)
Who is seriously expecting another Motorola Droid?
4. roldefol (Posts: 3639; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I want to give Moto a chance, and this device looks like my dream phone (pending camera evaluation). What's more likely to give me good software support, a Droid or the Verizon Moto X?
8. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4217; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The Moto X would definitely get better support, even though it's on Verizon.
13. roldefol (Posts: 3639; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Kind of like the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon?
Sorry, I had to. We've all been burned.
16. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4217; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
It still got better updates than most carrier branded devices.
19. roldefol (Posts: 3639; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
True. It may ultimately come down to size and feel then, since the UI and camera are likely identical. If the Moto X is only a 4.5" screen (splitting the difference between the iPhone and Galaxy), I'm not interested.
21. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4217; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Yeah, if you want a big display, the Moto X probably isn't your choice.
25. BattleBrat (Posts: 1302; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
My RAZR went from Gingerbread to ICS to JB, and the updates came in a timely fashion, that is why you buy a flagship phone RIGHT when it comes out. You catch the full upgrade path that way. Typed using my RAZR
31. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
I dont see how the X phone is better than Verizon DROID version.
33. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5690; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
it won't be better, just different.
Motorola will probably make pretty clear distinctions between their Google babies and their Droid handsets.
Droid handsets will be more expensive Verizon-ized Powerhouses
and the initial Google influenced devices will be inexpensive with more mid range specs but they'll probably make people more happy because
Google will see to it that they get quick updates and Motorola will be giving consumers more personalzation options.
34. papss (unregistered)
Spec wise it won't be close. My guess is software inhancements.
39. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4217; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I think you misunderstood. He was asking which would get better support; the Verizon Moto X, or a Droid branded phone like the Ultra in the article. The obvious answer is the Moto X because it is the pure Google device that will get updates near instantly. Even though it's on Verizon, it will still get better updates than the Moto-skinned Droid Ultra.
44. roldefol (Posts: 3639; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I'm expecting pretty much the same Moto skin on both phones. Whatever always-on features they add, it will be Moto software, not stock.
And my comment about the VZW Nexus was to the point about "near instant" updates. Anything Verizon touches is subject to Verizon testing, unless it's an iPhone.
46. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4217; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Well the Moto X should be completely stock, it is Google's phone after all. The Droid Ultra I would think Motorola would add onto it, because that really is their flagship. So, The Moto X's updates will go through Google to Verizon, but the Droid Ultra will have to wait until Motorola gets done adding onto it before it goes to Verizon. It shouldn't take long because Motorola's skin is very light, but still slower than the Moto X.
The Galaxy Nexus update on Verizon was delaying for a few months, but it was still much faster than any other carrier branded Android phone. The Galaxy Nexus was in the generation of the Galaxy S2 and Droid Razr, and neither of those got Jelly Bean until 2013, while the Verizon Galaxy Nexus got it in September.
5. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4217; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
That's a very glossy Kevlar, looks more like carbon fiber. Also, it looks like the text around the camera says it's 10 megapixels, the same mentioned for the Moto X.
22. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3271; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
I think that's just a way to make it look 'shiny'. Not the actual appearance.
6. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
Not really sure about the SD800 processor but if it has it, I'm in.
9. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4217; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Well, we were also hoping for the S4 Pro on the Razr HD, but instead we got the typical S4 Plus even though the S4 Pro was readily available. At the very least I would think they would put in a Snapdragon 600, but the 800 is welcome.
10. roldefol (Posts: 3639; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Hope forever, expect nothing, I guess. Whatever they put inside the Ultra, it should support LTE-A. Heck, it should outdo anything else on Verizon for the rest of the year. It's about time we had a stellar all-around Droid.
11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5690; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
mmm, I never realized how much I've missed smexy Moto designs. o:
this may very well be a phone for me.
12. roldefol (Posts: 3639; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I like how rounded and streamlined the Ultra is. Finally moving away from the identifiably awkward octagonal Razr look. And forget about side bezels - check out the trim top.
42. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5690; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
you're right. I hadn't noticed that. that may be the Chemical X for the design of this thing.
47. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4217; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Remember this post, and how people were wondering where the on screen buttons were, well the Droid Ultra doesn't have on screen buttons apparently. Mystery solved.
48. roldefol (Posts: 3639; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I'm kind of hoping the Ultra doesn't have on-screen buttons because it's an LCD, not AMOLED.
15. Cyberchum (Posts: 587; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
"may be the one for me","i'm in seems like you guys buy every appealing new phone.
18. roldefol (Posts: 3639; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Not me. I'm a good boy, I only buy when Verizon lets me upgrade. So I'm eagerly awaiting what will be my sole device for the next 2 years.
17. roldefol (Posts: 3639; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
'While we are told not to expect the Motorola Moto X at the manufacturer's July 11th event, no one said anything about the new DROID models."
Has anyone considered.... 11.11.11 was the DROID Razr. Anyone who bought the Razr at release will be due for their 20 month upgrade this week. Maybe this is just wishful thinking, but with leaks coming fast and furious, the Ultra could arrive this month.
28. BattleBrat (Posts: 1302; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
No, I preordered my RAZR got it 11/10/11 and used my upgrade on it, Verizon won't let me upgrade until November no more early upgrades, I cannot upgrade anyway, unlimited data
35. roldefol (Posts: 3639; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Are you sure? I upgraded on 11/20/11 and am eligible for the 20 month early upgrade on 7/20. They didn't end the early upgrade deal until this year.
38. BattleBrat (Posts: 1302; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Yep, November for me, Upgrades are useless to me anyway, unlimited data....
55. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5690; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
if you have a line with a basic feature phone you can use your upgrades and retain your unlimited data.
24. roldefol (Posts: 3639; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Droid is Verizon's brand, yes. Hopefully there will be an international version too, but the rest of the US is out of luck.
23. BattleBrat (Posts: 1302; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
One of the reasons I liked the RAZR was the angular design. I'll need to hold this new phone...
26. aboona777 (Posts: 12; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
i dont really see the "small Motorola bat wings logo on the front corner of the phone" anywhere in the picture!!
also prefer having the lock and volume rocker buttons on different sides of any device..
30. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
So why give Verizon full hd screen when the X phone only 720p hd?
32. roldefol (Posts: 3639; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Depends on the screen size of the X. If it's less than 4.7", 720 is sufficient for most people, especially at the rumored low price.
40. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4217; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Because the Moto X isn't Motorola's flagship, the Ultra is.
36. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Wow, looks like every other motorola smartphone released in the last 2 years
43. roldefol (Posts: 3639; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
You could say the same of the Galaxy S3 and S4, the iPhone 4 and 5, the Lumia 800, 900, 920... It's called design language.
41. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
not sure how much longer i can wait for the MOTOROLA X PHONE!!
45. darkkjedii (Posts: 17020; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Not really a good looking device, great specs tho
51. Newton (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)
It feels like Motorola should discontinue the Droid branding because its goodwill has been put to shame by Verizon.
53. roldefol (Posts: 3639; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Or, Verizon (which actually owns the Droid name) should cut the brand down to the 1-2 really solid Motorola devices it needs. Which is pretty much exactly what they're doing with the Ultra and Ultra M.
52. kanagadeepan (Posts: 806; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
Model number XT-1080M gives hope that this device is coming with FHD 1080p display....
Lets wait and see...
54. roldefol (Posts: 3639; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Well, I don't really need all 1080 lines. I'll take the 1060p XT-1060.