A Trio of new DROID’s by Motorola are about to invade the shelves exclusively to Verizon Wireless. The new DROID line-up consists of the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini.
The impressive triad of new smartphones is packing some new features and apps along with Google NOW intigration that gives the phones some great interactive features.
The phones are based on a new Motorola designed System-on-a-Chip (SoC), called the X8, giving it 24% faster processing speeds than last year’s model and boasting 100% better graphics performance. The Ultra and Maxx both have 5-inch, 720p, SuperAMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) displays. They are still not the RGB stripe displays like those of the HTC One or iPhone 5, but the best screen comparison would be like that of the Galaxy S3’s 4.8 inch display. The Mini comes with a 4.3 inch LCD display which is also in 720p.
These new phones are breaking some barriers with their new designs. The Droid Maxx is advertising some of the best battery life ever seen, and Verizon is claiming that 85% of Maxx owners will get 48 hours of battery life at “mixed” usage levels. Although, many believe there needs to be more thorough testing before those facts can be written in stone. The Ultra is earning its name, at 7.18 mm (.28 inch) thick, it is the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone on the market. But it’s not just their designs that have Droid lovers impatiently waiting, some of their new features are even more mouth watering.
The Droid Command Center is a new exclusive homescreen widget where users can easily access notifications for texts, missed calls, battery level, and such things like weather forecasts. The command center also hosts a new Wireless Display feature, called Miracast, that allows you to mirror what’s on the screen with a compatible HDTV. This option can be used for playing games, browsing the web, or sharing pictures and video on a big screen.
Employing the new Google NOW app, Droid users have a whole new array of features and options available using voice activation. The new Touchless Controls that use Google NOW allow users to make calls, send texts, get directions, play music, set reminders, and preview notifications, all hands-free without having to unlock the phone. Users can wake up their Droid by saying “OK Google Now” and then tell it what they want it to do. For instance, for those who are constantly misplacing their phone or leaving it in random places, they can now say, “OK Google Now, call my DROID” and the phone will start ringing to help you locate it.
The new Active Notifications feature lets users preview messages and app alerts without waking their phones. The feature also takes advantage of the OLED displays on the Maxx and Ultra and only activates the part of the screen that shows the notifications, saving a significant amount of power and extending the battery life. And with the new Active Displays, users can share phones, videos, and pictures with other nearby Android phones using the Droid Zap app.
Here are the specs that we know so far for each of the new Verizon Droid 4G LTE smartphones running on their stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Droid Maxx: 32 GB Memory, 48 hour battery life, 5 inch OLED 720p display with Gorilla Glass, 10 MP back facing camera, 2 MP front facing camera, wireless charging, DuPont Kevlar fiber unibody in Black or Red.
Droid Ultra: 16 GB Memory, 24 hour battery life, 5 inch OLED 720p display with Gorilla Glass, 10 MP back facing camera, 2 MP front facing camera, wireless charging, DuPont Kevlar fiber unibody in Black or Red.
Droid Mini: 16 GB Memory, 24 hour battery life, 4.3 inch 720p HD screen with Gorilla Glass, 10 MP back facing camera, 2 MP front facing camera, and wireless charging DuPont Kevlar fiber unibody in Black or Red.
The new Droid line-up is available for Pre-Order online as of July 23.
The Droid Maxx will be $299.99, and Droid Ultra $199.99, both available for purchase August 20th.
The Droid Mini will be $99.99 and will be available for purchase August 29th.