Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday July 23, 2013.
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Verizon Wireless today unveiled the next generation of its DROID series of Android smartphones. Designed to "make DROID more powerful than ever before," the new Motorola DROID Ultra, DROID Maxx, and DROID Mini are a familiar update to anyone who has been paying attention to their many leaks.
The DROID Ultra is the main device in the new Verizon DROID portfolio. It is also the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone that the carrier offers with just a 7.18 mm thinness. The phone has a high-gloss finish with Kevlar and fiber woven into the rear of the device. Internally, there's an eight-core X8 processor developed by Motorola. There are 4 graphics cores, 2 app cores, 1 contextual computing core, and 1 natural language processing core.
The DROID MAXX also cut its thinness to 8.5mm yet still managed to increase the battery to last for 48 hours. It has a 3,500mAh battery and that's the selling point of the phone. The DROID MAXX is identical to the DROID Ultra except for the extra battery life. Both devices also have 5-inch 720p displays. They also have 2GB of RAM and a 10 megapixel camera. Aside from being thicker and lasting longer, it also forgoes the glossy finish by instead having an exposed Kevlar finish similar to the DROIDs released last year.
The DROID Mini is a smaller version of the phones and has a 4.3-inch display. It's designed to deliver a similar experience with one that is more compact. It has the same RAM, processor, camera, and Android 4.2 software capabilities. The only difference is the condensed package.
All three of the DROID phones will go on sale August 20. Prices for the device include $99 for the DROID Mini, $199 for the DROID Ultra, and $299 for the DROID Maxx.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.