Motorola may launch new Droid Maxx and Droid Mini handsets powered by Snapdragon 801 processors

Several hours after we reported about a possible next-generation Motorola Moto G, we now have info on other two upcoming smartphones made by Motorola. 

According to @evleaks, the company is allegedly preparing to introduce new Droid Maxx and Droid Mini models. Reportedly, the former is codenamed Abbagoochie, while the latter is known as Valocia. An “abbagoochie” is a fierce mythical creature - thus not real - while the name “valocia” doesn’t ring any bells. Anyway, @evleaks says that both upcoming handsets are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processors, so they might be high-end devices. Unfortunately, other details aren’t known at the moment.

Both the original Droid Maxx (pictured above) and Droid Mini were introduced about a year ago - so the timing seems right for Motorola to launch new models. Needless to say, if the new handsets indeed exists and get to be released, they’ll be exclusively available via Verizon in the US, just like all previous Droids. Of course, that doesn’t mean that Motorola can’t launch similar devices (under different names) via other carriers, or in other markets.


source: @evleaks

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30 Comments

1. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

My company just forced me to Verizon. When looking at phones I would have like to have done the Droid Maxx but its aging. I had taken a iPhone 5S but its a joke on VZW network. First is the roll back to 1X when on a call and No WIFI, and second is using Hotspot disables calls. I did go the route of LG G3 but think I will return it because its not all it cracks up to be.

4. jdubis

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

It's not a Verizon issue with the iPhone, but a Apple one. It's apple who chooses to only have a single antenna in a phone

5. yep_its_ed unregistered

Actually it is a Verizon issue. My iPhone 5 on T-Mobile can use the hotspot while on a call.

7. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Actually isn't this a CDMA issue? Sprint does the same. GSM does simultaneous voice and data while CDMA does not.

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I was under the impression that the Sprint version of the iP5S can handle simultaneous voice + data. There was an article on PA a long time ago (maybe around the time the iP5 was released where they discussed the dual antenna function on the GSM iPhones.

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7220; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

CDMA is dead.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

More like an issue with the VZW edition of the iPhone. The VZW iP5S has only one antenna, so it can not have simultaneous voice and data activities. The GSM version (AT&T + T-Mo) of the iP5S has two antennas, and can thus have simultaneous voice + data activities. I wonder if Apple is going to remedy this omission with the iP6 models?

13. jdubis

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Yeah you can do voice and data at the same time on gsm as that's how it was designed. The issue is if you have LTE in the iphone, when you make a call it then drops data to H+,3G,2G depending on carrier. All in all it's an Apple issue.

20. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

HTC phones like the Thunderbolt to the Rezound on Verizon were capable of simultaneous voice and data, not sure about the HTC One as I never really toggled off 4G LTE. Even then I still found myself able to do voice and data while on LTE on my HTC One.

27. troutsy

Posts: 382; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Thunderbolt and Rezound!?!? Yikes, how did you manage to buy both #1 and #2 in the list of VZW's worst smartphones?

29. g2a5b0e unregistered

The Thunderbolt was garbage, yes, but I've never heard anyone say that about the Rezound. It received near universal praise & contrary to what most people seem to think, it was the first 720 phone to release Stateside. It dropped a few days before the Galaxy Nexus.

25. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I own a iPhone 5 on AT&T and it rolls to HSPA when activating a data while on a call and also can Hotspot and call at the same time. According to both an Apple Store and VZW Store Manager, VZW opted to not go with two antennas.

15. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

FWIW: My nearly 3 yr old galaxy nexus (verizon) will do LTE data while on a call, and allows calls while using it as a hotspot.

18. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I just want to chime in here and say that the 5s is aging also. i just got done test driving one with tmobile. i am a total experience, smoothness, and quality freak. you really missed out by not getting the maxx. if you are still within your 14 day grace period i would go back and get that phone.

21. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Why not get a Moto X ? Great design , features , updates ... The droid series should be dead by now , its a joke

28. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I'd have agreed with you up until the razr maxx HD and the Maxx (~yr old) the former was a solid phone for it's time (2-3 day battery life, snappy reponse time) and the latter is still a decent phone. But yes, the other 80% of the line was a joke.

26. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I did go the route of LG G3 but think I will return it because its not all it cracks up to be. How's is it not? I'm trying one out right now & with the exception of the music quality I like it. I haven't used it enough to determine if it could be my main phone but I'm impressed with the improvement from the G2 to the G3. Still, I'm hoping for a major improvement in the Droid line this year.

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Great phones, too bad they're VZW exclusive.

3. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I hope they both have matte finish on the Kevlar. I love my Droid Mini, but the glossy back gets kind of annoying after a while.

9. trickster_qc

Posts: 107; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Yes. I don't understand why Motorola deceided to go the '' glossy way''. they regular kevlar matte finish is almost perfect. Verizon probably wanted to sell some cases lol

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Interesting... The Droid Maxx and Moto X both had relatively the same internal components, RAM, processor, GPU... Do you think that the 801 could make it into the Moto X+1?

10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I would say so. I'm planning on a Moto X2 being the successor phone to my Note 3. I had a Moto G for 6 months and I loved the ergonomics of that phone. If the X2 has similar ergonomics with a larger screen I'm going to be in heaven.

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The X was basically the non-VZW edition of the Droid phones. If that similarity continues, then yes, the X should be similarly spec'd as the new Maxx/Mini.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

True and false. The droid phones have a lot of added UI crap that the Moto X went without so there were some differences... still though, both were (are) great phones.

17. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Not really. There were some added widgets and wallpapers but otherwise they were the same thing, just with different screen/battery sizes and designs. All of the bloat they added was barely noticeable, except for Droid Zap which has a permanent spot in the settings. But they did have identical internals. They all use Motorola's X8 MCS, have 2 GB of RAM, 720p displays, and the same 10 MP camera.

22. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

But Moto x is also available on Verizon ..

16. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

between the new crop of rumors and the timing of it all i think the time for Moto to make a move is upon us and i do quite look forward to it.

19. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I never cared for any of the DROID or DROID Razr models. Not even the Mini or the Maxx. I do love the Moto X though...amazing phone.

23. gigantos

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

Moto's stubborn exclusive policy ruins their market share. Many love Droid phones, they are unique and have some features Moto X/G don't have (Kevlar, compact form factor, great battery life,....) but don't like Verizon or simply live outside US. I don't care much about chipset, since KitKat even phones with quad-core A7 or dual-core Krait can runs most apps smoothly.

30. NIK01

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

Droid Mini has got one of the brightest display.

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