Three new Droid smartphones from Motorola coming from Verizon

Even as Motorola, and its parent company Google, get ready for the official reveal of their Moto X smartphone on August 1st, it also has some other new Android devices on tap that it will being selling via Verizon Wireless this August.

Today, the wireless carrier announced the new members of the long running Droid family: the Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx. All three Android smartphones are available for pre-order today on Verizon's website. The Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx will be in Verizon's stores on August 20th, while the Droid Mini will follow on August 29th.

All three new Droid devices will have a DuPont Kevlar fiber unibody design and all will have a 10 megapixel rear camera, a 1.7 GHz dual core processor and 2 GB of RAM. The Droid Mini will cost $99.99 (with a two year contract) and will have a 4.3 inch display and 16 GB of on-board storage. The Droid Ultra will pack in a 5 inch screen for $199.99 and also has 16 GB of storage.

For the folks who want a smartphone that won't run out of power after a few hours, the Droid Maxx may be for you. Verizon and Motorola says that the $299.99 5 inch smartphone has an 3500 mAh battery that the companies claim will last up to 48 hours based on "typical" use. It also has 32 GB of on-board storage.

Verizon also claims that the new Droids will have some custom software packages that will allow their owners to accomplish tasks like making phone calls, sending texts and more without having to touch or even unlock their smartphones.

Source: Verizon | Image via Verizon

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Yes but you'll lose the HDMI port and SD Card slot. CPU, GPU, RAM, on board storage, Screen, etc. are all better though.

The Ultra and Maxx don't look particularly competitive with the Galaxy S4 and HTC One however the Droid Mini is better than the S4 Mini and One Mini.

Droid Mini + Physical Keyboard = Droid 5.... I wish.

I agree that Google is trying to create a low-cost device and enter the market with a great price. I feel one of the reasons is that the Nokia 5xx is Nokia's best selling phone, not it's high-end models.

But me being a tech enthusiast, I'm hoping Google announces a high-end smartphone soon. I'm thinking Google is keeping the Nexus line to be their high-end. The latest rumor is that the Nexus 5 will be based off the upcoming LG G2

OMG, its an NSA listening device, its always listening and storing your conversations for Obama to listen to... /s

I actually have been waiting on Microsoft to introduce voice control since I saw the TellMe concept video, they have it on the XB1 so hopefully theyre bringing it to WP and Win8 as well

SteveyAyo said,
OMG, its an NSA listening device, its always listening and storing your conversations for Obama to listen to... /s

I know you were kidding but the FBI can already activate the mic on your phone and listen to your conversations even if the phone is off so having the OS actually keep the mic on doesn't really allow anything they couldn't already do. Now that a lot of phones don't have removable batteries there really isn't anything you can do, if you have a smart phone, the government can listen to you... may as well use the mic for some nifty features you can actually use yourself.

I kind of see that as an issue naming-wise. Probably would be better named as Max 16 and Max 32 to signify the amount of storage each of the two have.

The naming is very bad. They already have the Droid Razr Maxx HD. Based on the name, what do you think the differences are between the Droid Maxx and Droid Razr Maxx HD? Maybe it's slimmer and has a better screen? No. Does the name convey which is more advanced all-around? No.

Why do the Mini and Maxx support wireless charging but the Ultra does not?

And this bit is directly from Verizon's release page touting the Maxx as the longest living battery available, even though per their own comparison tool the Razr Maxx HD has longer battery life than the new Droid Maxx.

DROID MAXX: Features wireless charging and a 3500mAh battery that gives users nearly two days of battery life on a single charge, making it the longest lasting 4G LTE smartphone available.