Verizon Announces The Motorola Droid Mini, Droid Maxx & Droid Ultra


Verizon has today unveiled a new family of Motorola Droid devices, including the Droid Mini, the Droid Ultra, and the Droid Maxx. The Droid Mini, the smallest of the three, prides itself of being “compact without compromise,” while the Droid Ultra is “all about thin.”

The Droid Maxx, which succeeds last year’s Razr Maxx, is all about battery life.

All three devices are very similar on the inside, but they cater to different needs. The Droid Mini provides you with most of what the others have, but it comes in a smaller package, so it’s ideal for those who don’t like large devices. It’s also the cheapest at $99 with a two-year contract.

The Droid Ultra is for those who don’t mind a big display, but do care about thickness. It measures just 7.18mm, and it packs a 5-inch 720p OLED display, and a 10-megapixel rear-facing camera with an f/2.4 lens. It’s priced at $199 with a two-year contract.

The Droid Maxx is the high-end option. It costs the most at $299, but it promises up to 48 hours of battery life on a single charge. It’s slightly thicker than the Ultra at 8.5mm, but it offers the same 10-megapixel camera, and the same 5-inch display.

All three devices feature Motorola’s trademark Kevlar backing, and interestingly, they’ve gone back to using capacitive buttons, rather than the virtual, on-screen buttons that Motorola began adopting last year. These devices also feature Motorola’s new X8 system-on-chip, which dedicates two cores for application processing, and four for graphics.

The X8 promise a 24% increase in processing speed, and a 100% increase in graphics speed.

Pre-orders for all three devices are open now ahead of their August 20 launch, and customers who make their purchase before September 30 will receive a free six-month subscription to Google Play Music All Access.