Once again, the turning rumor mill has steered us in the right direction. Earlier on Tuesday, Verizon held a press conference to go over some exciting, new handsets to see a proper release soon — an updated Motorola DROID smartphone line. Marketed as “thinner, lighter and stronger,” our speculations of seeing an updated DROID MAXX, a potential DROID MINI and a DROID ULTRA, were right on point.
Let’s have a quick a look at each, shall we?
Probably the biggest bragging rights for the DROID MAXX is that it boasts a 3,500 mAh battery, said to provide up to 48 hours of battery life. The MAXX measures in at 8.5mm thin with a 5-inch HD touchscreen. It’ll come in a 32 GB flavor and will feature wireless charging, only in ‘soft touch black.’
The DROID ULTRA is ultra-thin at 7.18mm thick with a 5-inch HD display. It packs a 2,130mAh battery and will come in high gloss black, white and red. It’ll be supplied with a 1.7GHz 8-core processor and 16 GB of storage.
And the DROID MINI is for those who prefer a more compact form factor, “compact without compromise,” as the company says. It packs a 4.3-inch HD S-AMOLED display and wireless charging, available in ‘high gloss black.’
Rolling out with the new DROID lineup are some neat features that’ll be pre-installed on each device, packaged as DROID Command Center. Quick Capture is a new photography feature that allows users to shake their phone twice and tap the screen to take a photo. DRIOD Zap is a quick means of sharing photos; slide your finger across the image and those in your general vicinity will receive an alert to download the photo.
Each of the three new DROIDS will feature a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 10-megapixel rear-shooter. The latter can handle 1080p video at 60-fps and the former will be able to capture Full HD video.
As far as availability, we know that the new line will hit Verizon stores on August 20. With a two-year contract, pricing will be as followed: $299 for a DROID MAXX, $199 for a DROID ULTRA and a DROID MINI for $99. Pre-orders, which are now available at the new website, also rolled out at the conference, www.DroidDoes.com, come with some perks: a free 6 month Google All Access pass, featuring millions of streamable songs, and a free invite to play Ingress.
As always, stay tuned. We will have more information in the near future.