DROID MAXX and Ultra ship dates pushed back to August 27th

DROID MAXX and Ultra ship dates pushed back to August 27th
If you are in the market for a new Verizon Motorola DROID MAXX or a DROID Ultra and you haven't pre-ordered yet, you may have to wait a bit longer for your device. The ship date for the devices has changed on the Verizon pre-order pages, and now instead of the original August 20th release date, if you pre-order your device won't be shipping until August 27th.

There isn't a lot of information about what has happened, but we assume that this is a simple supply/demand issue, and that those who have already pre-ordered either the MAXX or Ultra will still see their devices shipped or arrive on the original release date of August 20th. If you are putting in a pre-order now, you will be waiting an extra week. 

The DROID Mini hasn't seen its date change, so if you're in for that device, it should still be shipping on August 29th.

source: Verizon via Droid Life

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DROID MAXX
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Motorola X8, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3500 mAh
DROID Ultra
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Motorola X8, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2130 mAh

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29 Comments

1. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Good sign. I'd like to see Motorola selling well, even if it's the Droid line. I'm waiting to test one in a VZW store, feel the size and see how that 5" 720p AMOLED RGB screen look before I buy.

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Talking about Moto X, you should consider that Moto X is more for average user than for tech enthusiast. Since Moto X is mid-range device. :)

3. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Oh, don't you start. ;) The Moto X is for average users, just like Samsung markets the Galaxy S4 for average users. So you see, they're competing flagships. Except at Verizon, where the larger/thinner Droid Ultra and larger/awesomely-powered Maxx are tops.

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Oh, don't you start. ;)" No, I'm telling you, you will be disappointed if you buy Moto X. I'm telling you, don't do that! :D

5. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Hmm, yeah, it's a bit small. Guess I'll look at the Droid Ultra. But wait, it's only available in a 16 GB with no microSD... ah, but the Droid Maxx has 32 GB. And a massive battery. I'll take it!

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You do realize that the main specs which everyone claims make the Moto X midrange, its screen resolution and processor, are identical in the DROID line? The main differences the DROID line offer are size, materials, and in the MAXX's case, battery and storage capacity. Incidentally, I'm pretty much settled on going for the Maxx, because of the battery and storage. If it weren't for that, I probably would go with the Moto X because it is beautifully compact for its screen size.

19. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And just because it is one of the phones which you considering to buy, Moto X automatically becomes as an "High-end" device, right? :D

23. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

No, "just because" it introduces new and different ways of executing notifications and activating voice commands, in addition to other very good software, and "just because" it has the innovative processor to back that software up without sacrificing battery life, it becomes a "high end" device. But if you want to think that your precious quad core processor automatically makes the S4 and other devices a hundred times better, go right ahead.

7. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'm deciding between the Droid Mini and the Ultra. More dense LCD screen with a smaller profile, or a larger AMOLED screen with a slimmer profile? I'm torn between the two.

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Are these sold outside of the US?

10. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Not yet. I don't know if they will be or not, but Motorola has sold the Razr and Razr HD in Europe, so they might sell a Razr Ultra too.

14. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Seriously, they have a winner on their hand with the MAXX, seems odd why they would not push for a major release. The Droid line-up is more exciting than the Moto X IMO.

15. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

They're going for the mass market (women and men equally, current iPhone and Galaxy S owners) with the Moto X. The Maxx continues the Droid industrial design. It's a two-pronged approach. Also, they probably have a multi-year exclusivity deal (5 years?) with Verizon on the Droid line. They're focusing all that Google marketing cash flow on the X and letting Verizon sell the Droids.

8. Brewski

Posts: 725; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I forget, does the Maxx have the clear pixel like the Moto X?

9. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Internal hardware is identical except for the screen size, which is a 5" AMOLED RGB on the Ultra/Maxx and 4.7" AMOLED RGB on the Moto X. The RGBC camera, X8 processors, and memory are identical. The software is similar, but the Droids have the old circles widgets, and the Moto X is slightly closer to stock.

11. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

The X has a better GPU doesn't it?

12. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The GPU is the same. Both use the X8 system with the Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core and Adreno 320 quad-core. It makes sense for Motorola to use the same chips across the board. Hopefully they'll get updated on similar schedules too.

13. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Sorry Moto, going with the iPhone 5S this time around. You've forsaken specs, and although it hums along with its dual processor on Jellybean, how's it going to run two android versions from now? My RAZR ran great on GB and ICS, but she's choking to death on a lack of RAM, yes I have Autokiller, I know all the tricks, she's just getting old, and the RAZR was top specd when released. How's a phone like the Ultra gonna be in two years? I don't wanna think about it. My 4S is still as zippy as when I got it, so iPhone 5s it is. But I'm not leaving Android, for I have a Tmobile line too, I'm getting the top specd Honami instead....

16. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

How is any phone released this year going to handle Android 6.0? Who knows? I think Motorola did everything they could to balance performance and battery life. No, they didn't trump the major players (Samsung and HTC), but they're no worse performance wise. And if iPhone history is any indication, your iPhone 5S may not get everything iOS 9 has to offer. It's industry-wide planned obsolescence.

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Fu.ckin' seriously? No phone that started out on GB made the transition to 4.0 and beyond very well. You do what you want, but I am tired of the specs argument. And in two years we'll see how the current Droids stack up with their supposedly inferior specs.

20. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I agree with you, better wait for Sony i1 (a.k.a. Honami). :)

21. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

First, Android 5.0 (KLP) is supposed to be engineered to work better with lower end specs. Second, the 8x chip still runs with phones like the S4 and HTC One, probably due to the oem skins, but stays with them never the less. Third, how many carriers or OEMs push updates after the first year to year and a half? The Nexus are the only ones that can claim that.

22. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"First, Android 5.0 (KLP) is supposed to be engineered to work better with lower end specs." If it will work well with lower specs, then it should work even better with high specs. ;)

24. ollienightly

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

oh if only that higher specs don't burn themselves alive :p s800 and exynos octa are running @ 1ghz. wake up people! aside from better gpus, the almighty new soc has nothing over the good old 8960pro or 4412

26. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Snapdragon 800 is running up to 2.3 GHz.

27. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

End you are wrong, they have a difference and CPU frequency is not the only difference.

25. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Devices with bleeding edge specs also usually have worse battery life. The difference between 720p & 1080p on a 4.7" screen would be negligible, but being full RGB over pentile would. The optimization done on this phone is letting the dual core (main cores) run with the quad cores on the S4 & One. Work smarter, not harder. It makes more sense to optimize the hardware for smooth running rather than try to brute force it. But that takes time.

28. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Blah, blah, blah... Empty talks!

29. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It's all empty talk right now. It doesn't matter what the hands-on reviewers here or at CNet or PCWorld say. We'll truly see when customers have the Moto X, Droid Maxx, and G2 in hand.

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